Summer Palace’s Steamed Scallop Dumplings; China Blue’s Carrot and Pear-Shaped Dumplings; Lung Hin’s Steamed Vegetarian Dumplings. Photographs by Cyrene de la Rosa and Edsa Shangri-La Manila
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The 5 most deluxe dim sum lunches in town

As we mark the start of the Year of the Earth Pig, it’s high time to celebrate with some extra fancy dim sum from the city’s top hotels
Cyrene de la Rosa | Jan 31 2019

Metro Manila is spoiled for choice when it comes to good dim sum spots, ranging from small mom-and-pop establishments, to posh restaurants and international restaurant chains. But for an indulgent celebration, it’s hard to beat the combination of topnotch dim sum served in a luxurious setting that a Chinese restaurant located in a five-star hotel usually provides. Here, in alphabetical order, are my top 5 picks for the best hotel dim sum lunches around:


Canton Road

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort offers modern Cantonese food with a touch of Huaiyang cuisine in a well-appointed, contemporary, Asian chic setting. Its refreshingly bright and modern dining room is the perfect venue for a relaxing dim sum lunch with family or friends. It also offers an extensive tea selection that goes well beyond tea blends that one usually associates with the bite size cuisine—a perfect match to its modern take on dim sum.


Steamed fish maw, shrimp and beetroot dumplings
Baked pumpkin, black truffle and chicken puffs
Iberico pork dumplings with abalone and black truffle
Fried taro puffs barbecue pork with mango sweet chili sauce
Swan-shaped taro puff pastry

Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (02) 820-0888, dim sum available daily 11:30 am to 2:30 pm


China Blue

This highly-acclaimed Chinese restaurant inside Conrad Manila offers a contemporary take on traditional Chinese cuisine crafted by celebrity master chef Jereme Leung, regarded as one of the most influential chefs in the modern Chinese culinary movement. Its Instagram-friendly creations make it stand out among other restaurants. But the gimmicks do not detract from the quality of the food, as almost everything tastes as good as they look.


House specialty steamed truffle mushroom buns
Carrot and pear-shaped dumplings
House specialty black gold egg custard buns
Deep-fried swan-shaped pastry puff with minced abalone
Steamed chicken and vegetable corn dumplings 

Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, (02) 833-9999, dim sum available daily 11:30 am to 2:30 pm


Lung Hin 

Another worthy destination for Hong Kong-style Cantonese cuisine is the award-winning Lung Hin, located at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas. Originally from Hong Kong, dim sum master chef Wong Chiu Lung serves special dim sum dishes in a classy dining room that boasts a sweeping view of the city from the 44th floor. Make sure to reserve a table beside the floor-to-ceiling glass windows that surround the main dining room and private rooms. Watch for special promotions this year, as the hotel will be celebrating its 5th anniversary soon.


Steamed shrimp dumplings with gold leaf
Steamed pork siomai with truffle sauce
Baked barbecue pork buns
Steamed vegetarian dumplings
Steamed abalone glutinous rice in lotus leaf

44/F Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig, (02) 720-7720, dim sum available daily 11:30 pm to 2:30 pm


Shang Palace

This fine dining Chinese restaurant in Makati Shangri-La Hotel is your best bet if you prefer more classic Cantonese fare, including dim sum. Thus, it comes as no surprise that dim sum remains its top attraction, where it still offers the best dim sum lunch deal in town called Dimsum Plus. Available Monday to Saturday, this special deal offers unlimited dim sum for P998++ per person, inclusive of your choice of one main dish. The Dim sum Plus menu also includes at least 8 vegetarian options excluding desserts.


Barbecued pork pie
Deep-fried spring rolls
Spinach dumplings stuffed with shrimps
Deep-fried ham shui kok


Steamed crystal skin shrimp dumplings

2nd level, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati, (02) 814-2580, Dim sum Plus lunch available Monday to Saturday, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm


Summer Palace

This Cantonese restaurant in the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel recently acquired a fresh new look after celebrating its 25th birthday. It continues to serve some of the best dim sum and Cantonese delicacies in town, making it the institution that it is today, and still a favorite go-to place for many special celebrations.


Fried mango shrimp rolls
Fried wontons
Steamed pork siomai with shrimps
Steamed scallop dumplings
Deep-fried crispy sesame balls

Photographs courtesy of Edsa Shangri-La Hotel

2/F Tower Wing, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Manila, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, (02) 633-8888 Ext. 2928, Dimsum Breakfast available Sundays 9 am to 11:30 am, Dimsum Lunch available Mondays to Saturdays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm


Photographs by Cyrene de la Rosa

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