Three other outlets also listed among 170 best restaurants
City of Dreams Manila’s three signature restaurants — Crystal Dragon, Nobu Manila and The Tasting Room – were recognized by the luxury lifestyle magazine Philippine Tatler as among the Top 20 restaurants in the country.
Three other restaurants at the property, namely Red Ginger, The Café at Hyatt, and Apu are also among the 170 establishments in the country that are listed in the recently released Philippine Tatler Best Restaurants Guide 2016.
The Best Restaurants Guide (BRG), already on its twelfth year, has delivered comprehensive reviews of the most outstanding local restaurants from across Metro Manila and in key cities, based on four categories: Setting, Food, Wine, and Service.
The Top 20 were voted by the BRG editorial committee after deliberations drawing from reviewers’ ratings and readers’ choices.
City of Dreams Manila Property President Geoff Andres said, “I am proud of the fact that in the Top 20 restaurants are the three signature restaurants of City of Dreams Manila.
The award, which honors our talented culinary and service teams, is especially meaningful to us as we celebrate our first anniversary this month.
We thank Philippine Tatler and the panel of reviewers who are among the city’s most discerning and fastidious food connoisseurs for this distinct honor.”
Andres and Senior Vice President of Non-gaming Operations Jarlath Lynch accepted the awards from Philippine Tatler Managing Director Irene Martel Francisco during an epicurean awards ceremony attended by prominent restaurateurs, hoteliers and chefs, and notable personalities in the lifestyle scene.
The Tasting Room
Modern European restaurant The Tasting Room has been a growing favorite among Manila’s gourmet society and wine connoisseurs, owing much to the bespoke cuisine prepared by two-star Michelin Chef William Mahi and the extensive wine selection presented by Restaurant Manager cum Sommelier Damien Planchenault.
The venue’s well-loved degustation experience, particularly the six-course Chef William’s Mood, the all-time favorite 52 Degree Egg, Wagyu Beef Tenderloin, and Smoked Salmon, are some of the highlighted dishes in the Best Restaurant’s Guide.
The only Chinese restaurant listed in the Top 20 list, Crystal Dragon serves Cantonese and regional Chinese cuisine that include Roast Peking Duck, Steamed Sea Grouper, Wok-Fried Chicken with Walnut, Crispy Pancake filled with Lotus Paste and Hennessy XO ice cream. Headed by Executive Chef Bong Jun Choi, Chef de Cuisine Chan Choo Kean and Restaurant Manager Eric Lim, the venue offers an extensive a la carte, lunch and dinner set menus for large groups and two private dining areas for intimate gatherings.
With the announcement of the first Nobu Hotel in Asia came the first Nobu restaurant in Manila, a Japanese-Peruvian concept made famous by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The Nobu brand has a reputation consistency throughout its 33 restaurants around the world, and Nobu Manila is no exception. Classic dishes such as Black Cod Miso and Rock Shrimp Tempura, complement well-loved items Nobu Crispy Rice with Tuna, Nobu-Style Tacos and Suntory Whiskey Cappuccino.
The Café at Hyatt
The Café at Hyatt offers an extensive buffet selection which has six stations: Italian for pizza and pasta; Grill & Griddle for meats and all things roasted; Japanese with an assortment of sushi, sashimi and more, lined next to a selection of Asian and Western Salads, fresh fruits, Cured Meats and Cheeses; Asian Noodles & Dimsum; Fried Foods; and an abundant array of desserts.
Red Ginger, a Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Audi Budiman and Restaurant Manager Juvel Contreras, curates delectable dishes daily with favorites such as Nasi Goreng Jakarta -- with shrimp paste fried rice, chicken satay, fried egg, crackers, and pickled vegetables; King Prawn with Hot Sour Lemongrass Broth comprising poached prawns, bok choy, oyster mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and kafir lime leaves; and Pork Baby Ribs with a sticky palm sugar glaze.
The Filipino restaurant Apu is one of the independently operated restaurants at The Shops at The Boulevard on the Upper Ground level. Apu showcases a modern approach to beloved Capampangan specialties, and prides itself in its Gambas Aoli, Seafood Kare-Kare, Sizzling Sisig, Lechon Kawali, and Brazo de Mercedes.
City of Dreams Manila has 24 restaurants on property, offering a well-curated selection that includes Café Society, Chez Gingy at DreamPlay, Noodle8, Wave, Breezes, Crystal Lounge, Hyatt Lounge, and those located at The Shops at the Boulevard, namely: the newly opened Ruby Jack’s, Prego, Hide Yamamoto, Taipei 101 Ding Xian, Erwin’s Gastrobar and O Kitchen.
City of Dreams Manila
City of Dreams Manila opened its doors to the public in December 2014 and marked the formal entry of Melco Crown Entertainment into the fast-growing and dynamic tourism industry in the Philippines. The new integrated casino resort at Entertainment City, Manila Bay, Manila, is solely operated and managed by MCE Leisure.
The dynamic and innovative resort complex, located on an approximately 6.2-hectare site at the gateway to Entertainment City, includes the ultimate in entertainment, hotel, retail and dining and lifestyle experiences with aggregated gaming space, including VIP and mass-market gaming facilities with up to approximately 380 gaming tables, 1,700 slot machines and 1,700 electronic table games.
The integrated resort features three luxury hotel brands: Crown, Nobu and Hyatt, and distinctive entertainment venues, including the family entertainment center DreamPlay, the world’s first DreamWorks-themed interactive play space: CenterPlay, a live performance central lounge inside the casino: and Chaos & Pangaea nightclubs situated at the Fortune Egg, an architecturally-unique structure, with creative exterior lighting design and an iconic landmark of the Manila Bay area.
City of Dreams Manila delivers an unparalleled entertainment and hospitality experience to the Philippines and is playing a key role in strengthening the depth and diversity of Manila’s leisure, business and tourism offering, enhancing its growing position as one of Asia’s premier leisure destinations. It has been developed to specifically meet the needs of the large, rapidly growing and increasingly diverse audience of leisure and entertainment seekers both in the Philippines and those visiting Manila from across the Asia region and around the world.