Victoria Harbour Cafe in Resorts World Manila

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Victoria Harbour Cafe in Resorts World Manila
Victoria Harbour in HK

Victoria Harbour in HK

This is the picturesque view of the famous bay – Victoria Harbour – when my wife and I visited Hong Kong for the first time last year during our honeymoon. With a commanding skyline and iconic Asian features, this famous landmark represents a merging of Asian culture amidst a contemporary setting.

So imagine our excitement when Resorts World Manila invited me and my wife for a hearty lunch at their newly opened Victoria Harbour Cafe last August 8, 2014, my birthday.

Upon entering the gaming area where the new restaurant is situated beside Mercado, we were greeted by folks from Resorts World Manila led by no less than Genting Club Master Chef David Choo. Aside from running the posh VVIP restaurant Happy 9, Chef David Choo Sam Chai is also the Culinary Consultant of Genting Hong Kong. He was also joined by Resident Chef Charlie Simangan. We were caught by surprise since we thought it would just be a simple and intimate gathering to try some dishes off their menu.

Victoria Harbour Cafe

Victoria Harbour Cafe

Victoria Harbour Café

Victoria Harbour Café

Victoria Harbour Cafe Menu

Since we came a bit late due to traffic, we prioritized ordering to have the kitchen prepare ahead of time. Upon checking the Cantonese menu influenced by Hong Kong cuisine, what immediately caught my attention was the affordable price range of the 35 dishes or so.

The Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling was only P150 while the Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket and Tendon is priced at P220++. It’s not that cheap, actually. But being located within a hotel, and in Resorts World at that, that is not to be taken lightly.

With our curiosity piqued, it is then imperative to try them out to know if the taste and quality was not scrimped upon. We added an order of Hakaw / Hakao (Steamed Shrimp Dumpling; P120++) and a serving of classic steamed siomai pork dumpling (P120++) as well.

Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket and Tendon

Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket and Tendon

Taking the prior orders as appetizers, my wife ordered the Steamed Rice with Beef Brisket (P220+) while I had a serving of the Steamed Rice with Roast Pork & Chicken (P220+). The latter, I was informed, was one of their current bestsellers since it just opened middle of last month.

Chef David Choo and the Restaurant

While waiting and sipping our complimentary serving of hot tea, Chef David Choo shared some insights about Cantonese food in Hong Kong. In my inquiry about how it is different from the usual Chinese food, Chef David obliged that some Cantonese cooking style in HongKong uses the “slow method” to extract the juice and flavor. This leads to a more aromatic dishes as a result.

Chef David Choo

With Chef David Choo & Folks from Resorts World Manila

Hakao

Siomai Pork Dumplings (foreground); Hakaw (background)

He also shared that the restaurant is inspired from the fast-paced lifestyle of Hong Kong, hence the restaurant serving is relatively fast without sacrificing quality and taste.

I also like to simple yet elegant traditional design highlighted by a wall with a gigantic dim sum basket fitted with shelves and elements of a traditional Asian dining table including the restaurant’s signature red tea pot.

The Birthday Lunch

And the food came.

Up for first bite was the Hakaw which surprisingly had a whole shrimp inside the dumpling in contrast to other restaurant’s usual preparations consisting of small chopped shrimps. The steamed pork siomai dumpling was good as well.

The Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket and Tendon was one of our favorites. The noodle dish was served with generous slices of beef brisket with steaming savory soup.

My wife shared that she loved the Steamed Rice with Beef Brisket (P220+) for the soft and tasty meat and how the brisket sauce mixed complemented well with the rice.

Roast Pork and Chicken Rice

Steamed Rice with Roast Pork & Chicken (P220+)

My Steamed Rice with Roast Pork & Chicken dish was also good but the rice could have been better. The folks from Resort World Manila shared that they are continuously improving the dishes and that my comment on the rice would definitely be noted. The current simple menu is also temporary and they are definitely adding some more Cantonese dishes and photos on the upcoming new menu in the following weeks.

To close the Hong Kong inspired lunch on a sweet note, we ended it with a serving of all-time favorite Mango Sago, but with a twist. Victoria Harbor Cafe‘s Mango Sago interestingly comes with pomelo shards in mango puree and they call it “Creamy Sago with Mango and Pomelo“. For a sweet-tooth couple like us, it was definitely a hit.

Mango Sago

Creamy Sago with Mango and Pomelo

Resorts World Manila

Resorts World Manila

Asian Comfort Food

Beyond serving Cantonese cuisine, Victoria Harbour Cafe also features a number of Asian comfort food in its menu like the sumptuous-looking Penang Char Kway Teow, Sliced Beef Char Kway Teow, and Noodle with Curry Chicken.

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On another note, we were also able to try the famous Custard Pao / Custard Bun form Genting Club’s Happy 9 courtesy of Chef David Choo in between servings. But that’s another special story for another day. 🙂

In general, our trip to Victoria Harbour Cafe with its simple menu and cantonese cusiine without-the-fuss was a pleasant one.In our next couple visit, I think I would try their Stew Eggplant with Minced Pork, the much-craved Wanton Noodle Soup (P200), and Almond Bean with Longan for dessert.

Victoria Harbour Cafe @ Resorts World Manila

Victoria Harbour Cafe @ Resorts World Manila

Go ahead, visit and experience the flavors of Hong Kong in the Philippines at Resorts World Manila’s newest Victoria Harbour Café. You can call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (632) 908-8833 or check out www.rwmanila.com. It’s open daily from 10am-6am at the ground floor gaming area.

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Jonel Uy is the EIC of NomNomClub.com and Managing Director of #DigitalCircles.asia, a social media marketing agency. On Mondays, I teach IT classes at Grace Christian College. Know more @ JonelUy.com Tina Quines, on the other hand, is a contributing writer.

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