Dining at the Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams always suggests a sense of occasion. From the aura of hushed formality its luxurious entrance hall suggests the finery of the restaurant’s interiors. Everything augurs an experience of privilege and exclusivity, certainly one that is more special than what usually consists our every day.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is just to stimulate your appetite before your courses,” says the maître d', announcing the beginning of our meal. “This is a lobster dumpling consommé topped with an edible gold leaf.” It effectively set the tone for the day’s nine-course lunch that would include authentic regional Chinese dishes and premium Cantonese offerings: among them a pair of dimsum treats whose names we’ve never heard of, a wok-fried beef tenderloin with foie gras in fragrant black truffle sauce, and a Cantonese style roasted baby duck. The highlight of this exquisite lunch: braised sea treasure with shredded abalone in—wait for it—shark’s bone broth.
It is a fitting way to introduce us to what BPI calls the quintessential signature lifestyle—that concept of being escorted to a strange yet alluring destination, being billeted in a hotel with the most charming amenities, or enjoying a multi-course meal in which every bite is almost a spiritual experience. (“I feel so blessed to be here,” one of us chimes in just after the second course—three differently-flavored dumplings—is served.) It is a fitting way to introduce us to the BPI Visa Signature Card’s partnership with some of the most revered premium lifestyle establishments including City of Dreams, the country’s premier integrated resort and casino, home to three luxurious hotels and select dining outlets that include—apart from Crystal Dragon—Nobu Restaurant and The Tasting Room.
Glamour, luxury and exclusivity. BPI Visa Signature Card clients can indulge in these in the form of a signature dining and staycation experience at City of Dreams from now until the 31st of January, 2019, for only half the price. For a minimum P4,000, the cardholder can enjoy a 50 percent discount on the range of French dishes at the Tasting Room, or the Japanese dishes tweaked with a bit of Peruvian touches in Nobu, or the mouth-watering Cantonese concoctions at Crystal Dragon. As if that’s not enough, a two-night stay at the stylishly modern Nobu Hotel—which boasts elegant interiors and a spectacular view of the city—is also offered to the BPI Visa Signature Card client for half the price.
Perks such as these can also be availed of in other partner establishments which include Fairmont Makati, the Willow Stream Spa, and Mireio and Nikkei restaurants.
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Deep Fried Crispy Dumplings with Prawn and Salted Egg Yolk, and Steamed Rice Roll filled with Seafood.
Braised Sea Treasure with Shredded Abalone in Shark's Bone Broth.
Wok-fried Chicken with Walnut and Hoisin Sauce.
Wok-fried Fragrant Rice Seafood topped with Crab Meat.
Wok-fried beef tenderloin with foie gras in Fragrant Black Truffle Sauce.
Sauteed Celery and Mushrooms with Lily Bulbs and Macadamia Nuts.
Deep-fried Sweetened Golden Sesame Balls.
Petit fours on the house.
The tea ceremony that capped our lunch.
Crystal Dragon's chef Yong Inn Chua.
The BPI Visa Signature Card is BPI’s response to the evolving needs of its clients. At least the clients with a P1.2 million annual income. The card has been especially designed to reflect the spending behavior of the affluent market. It allows cardholders to choose from countless benefits, such as special discounts from partners found in Visa’s Luxury Hotel Collection, dining privileges on the Visa Epic Experiences platform, and even premium rewards from points earned for every P20 spend to perfectly match your sophisticated lifestyle.
In terms of travel rewards and conveniences, the BPI Visa Signature allows for lounge access to different airports in the world, lower foreign exchange conversion rate for purchases abroad, special rates on various foreign exchange currencies at any BPI branch. Soon cardholders will have exclusive access to BPI myVoyage, an online platform where frequent travelers can book flights, hotels, and car services by just using earned points.
The BPI Visa Signature Card is the most premium in BPI’s host of premium cards, and it allows preferred clients the power to curate his or her own experience, and fashion his or her own lifestyle. After all, for this privileged set, only a distinct, tailor-fit, personalized experience will satisfy their needs.