Phoenix Court is my pick for the best Chinese restaurant in the South. I’ve been there before and ordered some dimsum dishes but was never able to try their dimsum all you can promo. Good thing this was on our itinerary during our recent staycation at Bellevue Manila. The dimsum all you can is available daily during both lunch and dinner service and features 38 items from which you can choose from. They steam and cook only upon order like most places to keep the dimsum fresh.
I started with a bowl of Sweet Corn Soup with Crab Meat to warm the stomach to prepare for the awaited dimsum feast.
Lauren is very picky with her dimsum dishes and only eats a handful of things. We were actually worried she would not like anything on the dimsum all you can menu but saw a Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup and ordered that one for her to try. It actually passed her test and she ate at least 3 bowls of the noodles and all the soup, the wonton and noodles were quickly farmed out to us.
Tops on our list was the Crystal Prawn Dumpling Hakao. Plump shrimps with a thin flour wrapper that were as good as we remembered them.
Another of my dimsum staples is the Spareribs with Taosi. Phoenix Courts version has well marinated riblets that were still quite meaty with no bits and pieces of bone.
Irene had the Pan Fried Radish Cake, something I’m not inclined to order.
A love for bean curd skin is something Irene and I share, from dimsum to hotpot ingredient. so we immediately got an order of the Steamed Bean Curd Sheet Roll. The skin had a nice bite to it, with meat and seafood encased within.
Some of the other items we tried were the Pork and Shrimp Dumpling Siomai, Shrimps with Wonton Wrapper, Scallop Dumpling and Salmon Taro Puff.
The Szechuan Duck Buns were a nice discovery. A nice soft bun with a lightly seared on top with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds. The filling is similar to a bbq pork bun but uses duck that spiced up a bit instead. I think this was the first time I’ve encountered this kind of bun.
I also got an order of Mango Seafood Roll Mayonnaise on a whim since Irene dislikes fried stuff. I felt is was nothing special, good thing my table mates helped me finish it off. They in turn had me try their Nori Shrimp Roll which I enjoyed a lot. I would have wanted to get another order of that but I was too stuffed at that point.
Here are some nice dimsum plates our dining companions ordered but I was not able to try. Watercress Dumpling and a flaky Barbecue Pork Pastry.
Irene had an order of Hot Taro Sago with Coconut Milk. She appreciated the nice taro flavor but felt it was a bit too sweet for her.
I ordered the Chilled Almond Bean Curd with Longan but they ran out of longan that day so they asked if it would be ok to substitute with lychee and fruit cocktail. I actually was happy they substituted it because I’m not fond of longan. The almond bean curd was soft and silky and just seems to glide off the tongue. The fruits were a bit on the sweet side but I did not mind but you can actually ask for some crush ice to dilute it and even cool it some more as a bonus.
Here’s a photo of the menu with all the items included in the dimsum all you can promo.
The dimsum all you can at Phoenix Court is a value for money deal at P650++ for adults and P350++ for kids 6-12 years old. A wide assortment of quality dimsum dishes steamed only upon order in great surroundings. The only tip I can give you is to order ahead since it takes a bit of time before the dishes arrive on your table.
Phoenix Court Dim Sum All You Can
2/F Tower Wing of The Bellevue Manila
North Bridgeway, Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Contact No.: 771-8181 Rates:
- P650++ – Adults
- P350++ Kids (6-12 years old)