MANILA, Philippines - Known for its rich fine dining tradition, the historic Manila Hotel is poised to officially launch its newest offering in time for the Chinese New Year: a newly-renovated Mabuhay Palace.
Named by Philippine Tatler as one of the country's best restaurants last year, the Mabuhay Palace takes on a new look with murals done in elegant jade depicting the life of Chinese philosopher Confucius.
"We look up to Confucius," said Manila Hotel Executive Chinese Sous Chef Josephine Yu Tanganco-Candelaria. "What you see is the whole story of his life told in jade, pure jade."
"These jade panels were bought by our Chairman, Don Emilio Yap, from a family who made these jade panels for more than 20 years," she added.
At Mabuhay Palace, Chef Josephine said, highly discerning palates can indulge in an exquisite and authentic all-Cantonese menu cooked up by chefs flown in from Beijing.
"We have the Confucius theme but our dishes are more Cantonese style. We use authentic Cantonese ingredients with Cantonese chefs.
"The highlights of our menu for this Chinese New Year is our live lapu-lapu done in dragon-style and authentic dimsum," Chef Josephine said.
It also features an auspicious dish called "long life prawns".
"Mabuhay Palace is all about good food and a place where the family can dine together. You don't have to travel to China to taste authentic Chinese food," she added.
Amid a grand setting for a sumptuous feast, Mabuhay Palace offers abundance for the senses, and the new year.
Mabuhay Palace is at the ground floor of the Manila Hotel and is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, call (632) 527-0011 local 1261.