Phoenix Court at the Bellevue Hotel is a fine dining Chinese restaurant on the south side of Manila. It has been a southern foodie staple known for their unlimited dim sum promo, that comes with a wide array of various freshly made steamed and fried dumplings, soup, their rice and noodle dishes, as well as, dessert.
We originally wanted to have their Unlimited Dim Sum Promo but since it was the holiday on the day we visited they did not have it available.
When you arrive in Bellevue hotel, you need to go to the Tower Wing and go up the staircase, there you’ll find Phoenix court on your left.
Step inside and see the numerous family style tables and chairs with looming pillars and large paintings hanging on the walls. Phoenix Court is a great place for reunions and family dinners, as their dishes are for sharing. Everything about the place is organized, from the placement of the tables and all movements of the staff are well choreographed.
Upon seeing their menu, you can see their wide array of options ranging from noodle dishes, dim sum, and classic Chinese favorites.
For our appetizers, we opted to have some dim sum.
Another staple, whenever we eat in a Chinese restaurant, is the Chicken Feet(170 PHP). They use large pieces of chicken feet that they first boil and marinate before steaming it in a spicy sauce with star anise, soy sauce, and other ingredients. It’s quite addicting. The skin is easily removed from the bone and is tender.
For our soup selection, we had the Hot Sour Soup (380 PHP for 3-4 persons). It’s a thick soup with soft tofu and minced pieces mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and shredded pork. The taste was comforting.
When having Peking duck, they cook it several ways to be able to optimize and eat most of the meat and skin. Upon unveiling the duck, the server will skin the duck beside your table and prepare the first way. Watch them prepare it, and you can hear just how crispy the skin really is. Once they finish they bring the rest of it back to the kitchen and prepare the second way we’ve highlighted below.
1st Way(Crispy Skin): The first way of eating the duck is by wrapping the crispy skin with a Chinese pancake together with scallions and cucumber then topped with hoisin sauce. Once wrapped, eat it in two bites. This is usually prepared by the staff and served ready to eat.
The crispy skin together with the scallion, cucumber and hoisin sauce is a melody of different flavors enveloped into a delicious bite.
2nd Way (Duck Meat): The second way is the minced duck. This is served on a bed of crispy noodles with a side of fresh lettuce. You first get a lettuce and fill it with the duck meat then top it with hoisin sauce. This was a bit disappointing. They fried the duck too much that it began dripping oil when we placed it on the lettuce. Would have also wanted a bit more of the crispy noodle underneath to add texture.
For our fish dish, we had Steamed Lapu-Lapu fish fillet (1,650 PHP) steamed with soy sauce. The fish was a little overcooked but was compensated by the light sauce and scallions.
Another staple we had was the Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple ( 380 PHP). The pork was crispy and was complemented by the sweet pineapple chunks and sticky sauce that’s sure to make you want another cup of their rice.
Let’s get down to their rice, we ordered the Yang Chao Fried Rice (390 PHP). There were generous pieces of shrimp, pork, egg, and onion stir-fried to perfection.
Phoenix Court delivers in providing their diners with the full service of a fine dining restaurant while maintaining the key flavors that we look for in Traditional Chinese Cuisine. They might lack in consistency but it was still a worthwhile experience. Our CX Rating.
- Second Floor, Tower Wing, The Bellevue Manila, North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
- Contact No. : 02 2469069 ext:658
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