The Empress Dining Palace in BGC: Eat Authentic Cantonese Cuisine Like a Royalty
Prepare yourself for a grand feast as the newest Cantonese restaurant, The Empress Dining Palace officially opens in Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City to serve flavorful Chinese cuisine with a special Cantonese chef at the helm.
With 26 years of experience, Master Chef Lam Pui Hung ensures that any dish coming from the kitchen carries the taste, aroma, and elegance of a true Chinese cuisine.
With his team of Filipino chefs, expect elevated Cantonese dishes that remain true to their original recipes.
Their extensive menu includes classic Cantonese cuisine and other selected dishes, which are savory, tender and delectable. These include the special Celebrations Menu, an eight-course meal curated for milestones and more.
The first dish to try is The Empress Peking Duck (Php 1,800/ Php 3,200) from The Empress Favorites. In traditional fashion, it was first presented before being sliced and served in bite-sized wraps.
The glossy, thin and crispy skin of the duck complimented the juicy and flavorful meat, which was also brightened up by the sweet hoisin sauce.
The Empress Peking Duck (Php 1,800/ Php 3,200)
From their dim sum menu, try the fresh and irresistible Steamed Soupy Pork Dumpling “Xiao Long Bao” that comes in 5 pieces per basket.
Can’t get enough of their tasty dim sum? Well starting from December 7, guests will be able to try unlimited dim sum at The Empress’ Dimsum Buffet every weekend from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for just Php 880.
Steamed Soupy Pork Dumpling “Xiao Long Bao”
Warm-up your belly with The Empress Four Treasure Clear Soup (Php 880), a thick clean-tasting soup with collagen and various mushrooms said to be great for the skin. It is served on a candle to keep it hot and creamy!
The Empress Four Treasure Clear Soup (Php 880)
Celebrate special occasions like Chinese royalty with The Empress Treasure Pot (Php 5,800/Php 9,800)! It has all the premium delicacies in one set such as abalone, sea cucumbers, Peking duck, shiitake mushrooms, and more.
The Empress Treasure Pot (Php 9,800) before the stock was poured in
Served in a curious packet of surprise is the Chicken with Minced Mushroom in Egg White Wrapper (Php 350) that could be a very good side dish with its light yet appetizing flavor.
Chicken with Minced Mushroom in Egg White Wrapper (Php 350)
The Steamed Seabass Fillet with Cordyceps Flower and Fungus (Php 550), on the other hand, has a soft delicate texture enhanced by the cordyceps flower, which is said to very medicinal. It may be a simple dish but it is an example of how much the Chinese take food and nutrition seriously.
Steamed Seabass Fillet with Cordyceps Flower and Fungus (Php 550)
Finally, bite into the creamy Almond Beancurd with Longan for dessert. The traditional Chinese jelly snack is made with imported ingredients to make it smooth and sweet, a perfect way to end the grand feast at The Empress Dining Palace.
Almond Beancurd with Longan
Every corner of The Empress Dining Palace is elegantly decorated from the hand-painted beam at the center, the refined tableware from China to the lantern designed lighting.
The main dining hall of the restaurant can accommodate up to 108 guests. On the other hand, those who wish for a more private dining experience can opt to dine in the VIP rooms good for 48 guests and conference rooms for 18 guests complete with a dedicated service host.
Inspired by the success of Wu Zetian—the only female emperor in Chinese history, The Empress Dining Palace commits itself to share the richness of Chinese culture through food making sure that every dish tastes authentic and not modified.
How to get here:
- By car: The Empress Dining Palace is along Bonifacio High Street right along 7th street. There are parking spaces at 28th street across The Fort Strip or the 30th street across Track the 30th.
- By commute: From Ayala BGC Bus station, take the Lower West route and go down the RCBC stop which is also at The Fort Strip. Walk along 5th ave. towards the Bonifacio Highstreet. Turn right at Central Square and continue towards The Empress Dining Palace would be on your right.
Featured photo and Chef Lam Pui Hung provided by The Empress Dining Palace