The first thing I noticed as soon as I stepped in at Choi Garden was the Hong Kong vibe that illuminates in every corner of this dimsum house found in SM Megamall.
Choi specializes in rich Chinese and Cantonese cuisine that stays away from MSG with less oil and salt on their dishes.
Bright color red is the motif of this restaurant, which of course in Chinese means good luck, highlighted with touch of gold and black wooden finishing designs. Overall restaurant layout is spacious and there are many available seats and tables for everyone. Choi Garden is also kid-friendly that there is big room to run for them little tykes who might wander while you’re enjoying your meal.
One of the best selling treats here at Choi is the Make Your Own Shabu Shabu where customers will be asked to choose the ingredients they want to mix on their noodle bowl. Choices vary from types of noodle, soup, and selection of top 3 toppings to go with it. For first timers, they will recommend HK Noodle, Szechuna Spicy Soup, and the top 3 toppings HK Curry Fishball, Beef Brisket Tendon, and Asado. Sounds expensive?
For those who are already familiar with Choi Garden Greenhills branch, Choi Garden Mega is an off-shoot of the popular dimsum restaurant. While they are both under Choi’s signature cooking style, Choi Mega caters to the fast casual diners with an affordable menu compared in Greenhills. The Greenhills branch caters for large events like wedding, baptismal, or birthday caterings and the set menu they offer are very much different from the meals available at Choi Mega. The restaurant was established by Choi Tak Pui, a Hong Kong based culinary expert who brought his passion here in the Philippines. The first restaurant is located in Annapolis, Greenhills.
Going back to the Make Your Own Shabu Shabu, for only PhP 388, you’ll enjoy a very feastful and tasteful experience of Hong Kong styled noodle soup. The noodle soup by the way is prepared as you order and in front of the customers to watch as the chef from Hong Kong mix the ingredients. It also comes with free Home Blend Iced Tea and Best Asado Bun. If you have a big appetite, this one’s perfect for you to fill the tummy, alone. But you can also share this with a partner, just in case you’re dining in for a date.
Choi Garden Mega also offers Roast Peking Duck and Roast Chicken to suit and fill your appetite.
More on the menu includes Rice Noodles Selection and Live Seafood cooked as you order. And of course, there’s the Dimsum Selection from Fried Spring Roll, Old Fashioned Machang, Steamed Beancurd Roll, Xiao Long Pao, and a lot more that mostly are just under PhP 100 per order.
For beer drinking lovers, they also served ice cold beer by the bottle like San Mig Light, San Miguel Pale Pilsen, and Tsing Tsao labels.
I haven’t been to Tim Ho Wan, and they say they have the delicious Baked Pork Buns in town, but you must also try Choi Garden Best Asado Bun too. Some of my friends who were with me during our food tasting event here at Choi mentioned that the taste can compare to that of Tim Ho Wan’s. And it’s much cheaper here at Choi.
These great and appetizing meals are products of great Cantonese Culinary Team of Hong Kong chefs who are behind the flavorful dishes produced in the kitchen of Choi Garden Mega. These chefs were brought here in Manila to share their expertise knowledge in Chinese and Cantonese cuisine specialties that Filipinos have loved since we were introduced to many Chinese comfort foods here and abroad.
Choi Garden Mega deserves a 5/5 score in our review.
Choi Garden SM Megamall is located at the Second Floor of Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. It is open daily from 10 AM to 10 PM. Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/choigardenmegamall and follow on Instagram @CHOIGARDENMEGAMALL.
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