For starters, we ordered deep fried garlic flavored eel with honey sauce (P380). I must say I’m not exactly a fan of eel but this one was surprisingly good.
Was it worth the added expense? Hmm, I’m sitting on the fence on this one. Especially since it didn’t seem “complete” to me without my usual bowl of sweet spicy vinegar which, I was told by the waiter did not come with the dish since it was already “marinated”.For another signature Chinese resto dish, another must-order is the hot prawn salad.
Then for dessert, we had chilled mango pudding which we ordered because of the novel fish shape and sweetened almond cream with glutinous dumplings (not pictured).
All in all, maybe we did order too much. But the next day, we did eat the leftovers for lunch and they tasted even better.Was Shang Palace worth it? I would say yes, notwithstanding the high price (for Chinese food!) for the freshness of the food, ambiance, excellent service, and well, it is Shangri-La. Chinese food is one of my comfort food but this time, I took comfort food in such plush surroundings. It was somewhat disorienting, but in a pleasant way 🙂
I’m curious about how superior Shang Palace’s live seafood is compared to other Chinese restaurants. P5,960 per kilo for pink garoupa! When I got home and googled what “garoupa” was, lapu-lapu lang pala! And I still have two whole lapu-lapu which I brought from Samar waiting for me in my ref (for less than P1 thousand and they were bought live pa!) although they’re not pink. Hmm, looks like the search is on to source pink garoupa the next time I go home to Samar. :)I will end this with my outfit post, with me holding the fine dining Chinese takeout from Shang Palace:) Cheers!
Makati Shangri-La Hotel, 2nd Level
Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue
Makati City 1200
T: (63 2) 840 0884
*All prices as shown in the menu. Exclusive of VAT, service charge & other government taxes.
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