I was invited last Friday to dine at the newly-opened Chinese restaurant along Tomas Morato named Oriental Palace. It was a very special dinner because it was my first meet-up with Didi, the blogger behind one of the blogs I enjoy reading. :)
|Ground Floor Function Area|
Spacious seems an understatement in describing how huge Oriental Palace is.
Opened last November 2014, Oriental Palace is an authentic Chinese restaurant that can cater to all types of occasions.
I was impressed with the collapsible walls so they can adjust the function rooms according to the needs of the client. Brilliant move!
Oriental Palace has 3 Hong Kong chefs to ensure that their food is as authentic as possible.
While waiting for our food, we were served Mango-Kiwi Smoothie.
I haven't tried this combination before and it was delicious! I must have this again soon. :)
For starters, we had the Sea Moss Seafood Soup (small, Php 300), Xiao Long Bao, and Dragon Ball (seriously).
The Sea Moss Seafood Soup was perfect for the cold weather. It was so soothing as I take each sip.
I was astounded on how huge their Xiao Long Baos are, but I loved their Dragon Ball (or Shrimp Balls) more, with sweet and sour sauce.
Oriental Palace also serves Japanese specialties, like the Bacon Roll (Php 250) and Philadelphia Maki (Php 300).
Probably the two most unexpected items to see on the dinner table that evening, but whoever thought of adding this to the menu made a good move. I couldn't decide which one I like more because I love both rolls. Don't miss this when you visit the place.
We also got to try their delectable seafood dishes, Fried Lapu-Lapu with Mango Sauce (1/2 kg for Php 750) and Steamed Crab with Garlic (Female, 1/2 kg for Php 750).
For the Lapu-Lapu, you can also have it steamed, with Taosi, with Sweet & Sour, Stir-Fried, or Pan Fried. I liked how the mango sauce blended well with the Lapu-Lapu. I could eat this even without rice.
I love how garlic makes any dish a lot better, like in the case of the steamed crab. The aroma from the garlic was so inviting that I couldn't resist not eating crab (though I'm not much into crab). You can also have it served other ways (steamed, with garlic & Shao xing wine, hot chili garlic, taosi chili, crispy fried, onion & ginger, salt & pepper or XO sauce) for the same price.
Another dish from the Japanese menu is the Yakimeshi Fried Rice (Php 80). I didn't think that fried rice could get my attention, but this one did. I love it!
For dessert, we had a huge serving of Buko Lychee. Definitely good for sharing. :)
Oriental Palace also serves exotic Chinese food, live seafood, hot pot, and shabu-shabu, which I will definitely try on my next visit. It's a lovely place where you can bring your family and friends and enjoy delicious food at reasonable prices.
Thanks to Tedene Chua for having us. We really had fun!
148 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Gandia Street,
Bgy. Laging Handa,
Operating Hours: 11:00AM to 1:00AM
Contact Nos: 3740693 / 3740653