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Celebrate (sorta) new beginnings with Chinese New Year Lunch at Peking Garden

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

Peking Garden opened its doors in Ayala Center, Makati City on July 28, 1995, and is actually a long-running partnership between Hong Kong-based Maxim's Caterers, Ltd. Inc. and Manila's Exotic Cuisine, Inc. Seasoned chefs and staff were flown in from Hong Kong and trained its equally competent local team, all of which preserve the true art of Chinese culinary preparations.

 

Like a classic timepiece, Peking Garden continues to keep the traditions alive by being one of the best fine dining Chinese restaurants in Manila that serves authentic and classic Northern Chinese cuisine.


That's 26 years of showcasing their exquisite, signature dishes that patrons can't seem to get enough. A few known dishes are their Scrambled Egg White with Minced Fish & Dried Scallops, Deep fried Shredded Beef with Chilli served with Sesame Puffs, and Crispy Vegetables with Conpoy, Bamboo Shoots and fancy nuts, among others.


Chinese New Year has always been about celebrating new beginnings and fresh starts, and being more careful about the things we do both inside and outside our homes. While big family reunions is very prominent during this holiday, we make this another year to reconsider your plans and settle for smaller, more intimate gatherings instead. Remember, safety first always!


Peking Garden has a lunch and/or dinner set menu available for groups of 6 and 12, just in time for CNY 2021. See what's on their menu below.


Get this magnificent Peking Duck at Peking Garden

Cold Cut Appetizer comes with some jellyfish and deboned steamed chicken with sesame which was easy on the stomach before the big plates start arriving. The Fish Lip with Assorted Seafood and Egg White Soup was exquisite, hearty and comforting. It was a sign that lunch was going to be good!



And yes, it was. Oh yes it was.


I always admire how the Chinese meticulously prepares this dish. Just flavorful, crispy duck skin and juicy tender meat. There were not too many words left to speak. We just needed to get things rolling (our duck pancake rolls, that is).



Just look at that. I am simply and utterly mesmerized.



I do recall reading an old Chinese recipe book in our house and spotted a recipe for Chinese pancakes, and how pancake rolls should be eaten (like a cigar, they said). For me, the best duck pancake rolls has a slice of leek, cucumber, meat and skin with a hefty amount of hoisin sauce.



While I won't disclose how many rolls I've had, I can say that lunch wasn't over. 500g of Steamed Lapu Lapu topped with soy and hot oil, Salted Egg Goldern Prawns, Braised Pig's Knuckle, Deep Fried Peppercorn Crabs and Yeoung Chow Fried Rice came after that Peking Duck, and everything was so good. And I am so stuffed, damn it.



At least I still had some space left for Golden Tikoy.



Peking Garden's excellent and well-executed preparation of Chinese food just proves why they have been here for the last 26 years. And to be part of that history is something that we have to thankful for.


Gong Xi Fa Cai, everyone!

恭禧發財, 大家!


Check out how Peking Garden is doing and check out their quick facts below.



Operating Hours:

(temporary hours)

Tuesday to Sunday - 11am to 8pm


Find them online:

Peking Garden on Facebook

Peking Garden's website


We suggest reserving a table before you visit them, but walk ins are also available.


Contact details:

+63 2 77290567


Safe Dining Protocols:

-Observes use of facial mask and shield

-Observes social distancing

-Tables are disinfected

-Paper Bag for face mask provided

-No Acrylic separators installed


Set Menu Price:


You can also check out their updated menu as of November 2020 here.


Ambiance:

Not a lot of people when we went there for lunch, so no worries if you're wary about crowded spaces.


Customer Service:

Classic Peking Garden. Many of their servers have been working with them for many years already, so it's nice to know that the restaurant still thrives to support their employees.


Parking:

Greenbelt Mall parking


Takeouts:

Yes, takeouts are allowed


Bike friendly?

Mall parking for bikes is available


Pet friendly?

No pets allowed


Open for private gatherings/functions?

Yes, just contact them but make sure you don’t exceed the allowed maximum capacity.

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