Fusion Cuisine

Neo-Cantonese fare with a twist
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Chinese cuisine receives a boost as Manila Pavilion's premiere restaurant Peony Garden unveils its new and improved menu options that proffer a variety of choices from appetizers and soups to shark's fin & bird's nest, unto its poultry, red meat and seafood selections to bean curd, vegetable & egg dishes, noodles & rice and dessert.
Whet your appetites by partaking in a smorgasbord of flavorful dishes delicately crafted by their master chefs led by executive Chinese chef Lee Yan Feng. “Being a chef entails a lot more than just cooking a sumptuous dish. It requires a combination of hard work and determination since our goal is to contribute significantly to the culinary industry by way of developing novel concepts in food preparation,” he said.
Delight in authentic Oriental recipes with a vibrant interplay of cultures and tastes, whether for social or business gatherings. A festive line-up of traditional specialties relished with the finest herbs and spices bring food lovers and connoisseurs a distinctive fusion of Cantonese and Malaysian cuisines.
The tastefully-decked interiors captivate gourmets and gourmands alike with a stylish ambiance conducive for intimate family and social functions or business meetings; creating an unforgettable impression with its table appointments, sleek furniture, subtle lighting and soothing piped-in Oriental music. “We are very pleased to present Peony Garden's new menu offerings that will cater even to the most discriminating of tastes with the best and freshest of ingredients available in the market,” enthused F&B director Kok Hai Ho.
Enliven your senses with a contemporary setting set against a modern backdrop enlivened by reddish-coral hues and stylish oriental fixtures that guarantee a rewarding gustatory experience. Served on sets or a la carte, the extensive menu presents a wide array of authentic Chinese specialties relished by exotic flavors and paired with a lavish selection of bubbly, red and white wines; providing a supreme epicurean adventure by serving freshly-cooked food that's meant to be savored to the last bite.
There is definitely more to Chinese fare than just dim sum. Delectable Asian gourmet creations beckon diners to its lunch and dinner buffet spreads. Satisfy your taste buds with bountiful choices either hot or cold. Mouth-watering treats to warm the stomach as well as the heart include Braised shark's fin with crab meat soup, Deep fried prawns with mixed fruit salad and corn flakes, Steamed garoupa with tao shaw and XO sauce, Deep-fried boneless chicken legs with Thai sauce, Crispy cuttlefish with butter & egg shavings, Braised home-made bean curd with fish fillets in a clay pot, Fried rice with dried meat, Deep-fried taro rings and Chinese pancakes with ice cream.
“The taste of bean curd is dictated by water in a particular area where it is made. To address this, we make our own so you'll get the same taste in all Waterfront properties in the country. For our Eat-All-You-Can spreads, you get an unlimited sampling of appetizers, soup, seafood, noodles, rice and dessert plus a single serving of abalone and shark's fin, the latter two being our upscale dishes” added F&B director Ho.
The epitome of Neo-Cantonese cuisine served in a contemporary oriental ambiance, this restaurant of exquisite culinary creations boasts of its unique blend of Asian flavors hinted in every dish. The spacious dining area seats 80 covers while three private dens (Lotus, Peach and Sunflower) seats ten to 14 diners intimately.
Peony Garden is nicely tucked at the third level of the Manila Pavilion and is open for lunch daily from 11:30 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon while dinner is served from 6:30 PM 'til 10:30 in the evening. For inquiries and reservations, simply call 526-1212 extension 2303 or visit their Web site www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.


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