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Chef's Specials at Phoenix Court, Bellevue Manila

Chef's Specials at Phoenix Court, Bellevue Manila

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Phoenix Court Peking Duck
Peking Duck... need I say more?

Sunday was the last day of our B Hotel Staycation. I started the day by having breakfast with Yedy and Eugene, while my husband and kids were still sleeping in our very cool and comfortable rooms. After breakfast, my husband headed to Bellevue Hotel to watch the Pacquiao - Bradley fight at the Vue Bar, while I went with my kids to Caviar for brunch, along with some of our food blogger friends. And as if our bellies weren't past bursting at this point, we had a late lunch at Phoenix Court to check out the Chef's Specials. To say that this whole staycation was filled with food escapades was an understatement. We were literally eating constantly, right in between sleeping, thus reinforcing our group's name: Kain Tulog Gang.

Phoenix Court Peking Duck Carving Station

Phoenix Court Peking Duck Carving Skin

Our late lunch started with one of my favorite Chinese cuisine staples -- Peking Duck. We were treated to a fine demonstration of how the duck was skinned methodically, drools practically ensuing as we looked longingly at the platter slowly being filled with glistening crisp duck skin.

Phoenix Court Peking Duck Wrap
Peking Duck 2 Ways: Duck Wrap

Phoenix Court Minced Duck Meat Lettuce Wrap
Peking Duck 2 Ways: Minced Duck Meat Lettuce Wrap

It was served 2 ways: the first one is my preferred duck experience -- skin wrapped in soft tortilla then dipped into that sweet hoisin sauce; the other is minced duck meat that you scoop into a cup of lettuce, pour in some of that sauce, then roll until somewhat wrapped, most of the time quite haphazardly.

Phoenix Court Braised Asparagus Soup
Braised Asparagus Soup

Phoenix Court Fried Beef with Black Pepper
Fried Beef with Black Pepper

Phoenix Court Sweet and Sour Pork
Sweet and Sour Pork

Phoenix Court Deep Fried Prawn with Cereal
Deep Fried Prawn with Cereal

Phoenix Court Steamed Fish
Steamed Fish

Phoenix Court Spinach Bean Curd with Crispy Mushroom
Spinach Bean Curd with Crispy Mushroom

Then came the other dishes, starting with some soup. I tend to always reach for the Sweet and Sour Pork, using it as a gauge to compare different Chinese restaurants, and this one gladly did not disappoint. Right amount of sweetness and acerbity, not too much flour, quite good really.

Another favorite is the Fried Beef with Black Pepper, which has a right amount of that appetizing savory taste that compels you to turn that heavy lazy Susan and position the dish right back in front of you.

Being our third meal within only six hours, I initially passed up on trying the Spinach Bean Curd with Crispy Mushroom. I had to leave even a tiny space in my stomach for dessert. Spanky, however, was adamant that we try those crispy mushrooms piled into a tangled heap on top of the bean curds. And good thing we did; it was addicting, and I don't think it took away the space intended for the dessert.

Phoenix Court Chilled Coconut Pudding
Chilled Coconut Pudding

Phoenix Court Strawberry Iced Tea
Strawberry Iced Tea

The dessert---Chilled Coconut Pudding---was a revelation. I haven't had this before, and when I first took a spoonful, I melted in delight at how light and refreshing this was. You have to try it when you're here!

Another must-try is their Strawberry Iced Tea with these tiny bits and seeds swimming in a refreshing crimson sea. I think I can finish about three to four glasses of it, especially in this heat.

Phoenix Court mural

Phoenix Court
Spot: Second Floor Tower Wing, The Bellevue Manila Hotel, North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Alabang
Contact No.: 771.8181
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: thebellevuemanila


Rochkirstin Santos said...

Everything looks so nice and I bet they taste delicious too! I'm suddenly craving for the chilled coconut pudding.

Guia Obsum said...

Make sure to try their Peking Duck, Fried Beef with Black Pepper, and Sweet and Sour Pork when you visit! And definitely that refreshing Chilled Coconut Pudding. Now I'm craving for it again, too! :)

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