Crys­tal Dragon

Philippine Tatler Best Restaurants - - CANTONESE/CHINESE -

WHY GO

For an ex­quis­ite fine din­ing Chi­nese cui­sine ex­pe­ri­ence. It never gets busy and crowded. Once in­side, one feels you’ve en­tered a tem­ple, al­beit a gas­tro­nomic one, away from all the glitz and chat­ter one has just passed through.

TATLER TIPS

Its whole roasted U.S. Pek­ing duck served two ways is fast be­com­ing a by-word among Manila’s dis­cern­ing cognoscenti. For a smaller group, a half roast duck is avail­able and a side or­der of del­i­cate thin pan­cakes can be had. The braised sea cu­cum­ber and baby abalone with bean curd in clay­pot and the steamed mar­i­nated pork ribs with sausage and mush­rooms shouldn’t be missed. Also a must-try is the pork siomai, which is atyp­i­cally, yet lux­u­ri­ously topped with baby abalone, striped shrimp hakaw, chicken feet, and turnip cake with XO sauce.

Braised whole abalone with supreme oys­ter sauce

MORE THAN PHP 2,000 PER PER­SON

Wok-fried Ohmi beef with chef's spe­cial sauce

Dou­ble-boiled bird's nest with sweet­ened rock sugar

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