Saturday, July 30, 2016

Canton Road | Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila [NOW OPEN]

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort

Where there is a Shangri-La Hotel you can expect an excellent Chinese restaurant. And that is exactly the case with Canton Road (廣東道), the newly opened Chinese restaurant at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the Philippines. Located on the third floor of the hotel, Canton Road offers a unique Chinese dining experience by serving traditional cuisine in a modern style of presentation.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort

All roads lead to this new dining destination in BGC and as soon as your arrive, you will find yourself in a crossroad of design elements from the East and from the West, harmoniously converging in this magnificent dining space.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort

Just like the hotel's High Street Lounge, Canton Road also features a glamorous yet relaxed dining environment to which the present generation, with its vibrant energy, can easily connect with. A perfect example of modern Chinese interior design, Canton Road has a simple interior layout which is matched with lots of natural light, thus creating a warm, spacious and airy feel.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort

The traditional black, red and gold motif was replaced with shades of violet and celadon with a liberal use of brass, dark wood, yellow onyx marble, while the oriental ambiance was achieved by integrating exquisite metal screens, subtle floral and geometric patterns, textured silk panels, embroidery patterned wallpaper into the design.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort

Canton Road features a spacious main dining hall with center tables and half-circle sofas which can seat up to 88 persons. It also has eight private dining rooms for a more exclusive and intimate dining experience. Each private dining room is name after an iconic location in Hong Kong: Kowloon, Peking, Nathan, Mody, Salisbury, Admiralty, Austin, and Granville.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort

The culinary team of Canton Road is headed by the restaurant's Executive Chinese Chef, Chef Wei Qing Wang who has championed the art of Cantonese cuisine and Fujian-style dishes. In his team are Head Dim Sum Chef Lin Zong Jin, Head Barbecue Chef Zhu Jin Xuan, Head Huaiyang Chef Luke Shen Gang, and Head Chopper Chef Robin Dong Hua.

(L-R) Mr.. Edgar Co of, Ms. Enah Baba Communications Executive of Shangri-La at the Fort,
Executive Sous Chef Edwin Loh, Executive Chef Wei Qing Wang, Mr. Ramil Delos Reyes of
With Cantonese cuisine in its core, Canton Road is also a crossroad of regional Chinese dishes blending the flavors of Cantonese, Huaiyang, Hookien and Sichuan cuisines. In keeping with the Cantonese dining tradition, Canton Road has separate Lunch Menu and Ala Carte Dinner Menu. During our visit, we were able to experience a traditional Yum cha (飲茶) or brunch tea.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort
Canton Road Lunch Menu styled like a gazette
The Lunch Menu consists of a wide selection of Cantonese dishes, from Canton Road's signature roast barbecued meat, steamed dim sum, wok fried dim sum, noodle dishes, double boiled soups, and finally to selected dessert items. Here are some of the dishes we enjoyed.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort
Chef's Shrimp Dumpling
The Chef's Shrimp Dumpling (P348.000) is a special kind of har gow (hakaw) which are steamed dumplings filled with plump king prawns mixed with Yunnan ham, and then topped with flying fish roe. The regular har gow, the Steamed Crystal Skin Shrimp Dumplings, is also available at P248.00 (4pcs).

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort
Beef Ball
The US Angus Beef Meatball, Water Chestnut, Chinese Celery (P228.00) are served in a generous size with a very clean and refined taste. They are perfectly steamed to be tender and moist, and seasoned with well balanced flavors. The dish is served with chili paste which went well with soy sauce.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort
Turnip Cake / Chai Thao Kwe
The Wok-fried Turnip Cake with Preserved Meat and Dried Shrimp in XO Sauce (P228.00) is an upscale version of this traditionally simple dish. The cakes were crisp on the outside but moist on the inside. The XO sauce coating provided a mild savory taste to the dish. It is also a good value for money for its price and serving size.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort
Ngo Hiang
The Mingnan Five-spice Marinated Pork Belly Wrapped in Dried Bean Curd Sheets (P748.00) is a Hokkien dish from the Dinner Menu. Called Ngo Hiang or Ngo Hiong in Fookien, this version of Canton Road retained its authentic flavor of five-spice and presented in a modern upscale style. It has a beautiful blend of textures and flavors making this dish one of our favorites.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort
Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun / Liu Sha Bao
The Steamed Custard and Salted Duck Egg Bun (P228.00) a comical way of presenting the Liu Sha Bao in form of panda heads. This steamed dim sum dish is currently gaining popularity in Manila. The steamed bun is filled with a mixture of sweet-buttery custard and salted egg. The black ears, eyes, nose and mouth of the panda head are colored with bamboo charcoal imported from China.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort
Black Sesame Cheesecake
Reminded by the black sesame macaron at the hotel's High Street Cafe, we ordered the Black Sesame Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis (P228.00) for desssert. It is a fusion of the flavors of East and West, a perfect representation of the Canton Road concept. This is also available from the Dinner Menu.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort
Signature Canton Garden Tea
Canton Road offers 21 premium and gourmet tea selections from MingCha, a Hong Kong based brand which aims to introduce authentic, handcrafted Chinese tea. We ordered the Canton Garden (P88.00 per person), the signature tea created by MingCha exclusively for Canton Road. It contains a blend of genuine white tea leaf variety and four flowers: rosebud, wild chrysanthemum, golden osmanthus and syut guk, a rare Tibetan flower found in the mountains of Kunlun in China 3,000 meters above sea level. The wait staff will constantly refill your tea pot and would replace it as soon as the tea gets cold.

Canton Road Shangri-La at the Fort

Prices on the menu are inclusive of service charge and applicable government taxes. Canton Road is open daily 11:30am to 2:30pm for lunch and 6:00pm to 10:30pm for dinner. Walk-in guests are welcome but we highly suggest that you server a table in advance by calling +63 (02) 820-0888. You can also email them at

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If you are a Shangri-La Golden Circle (GC) member, don't forget to provide your GC Membership Number and your Name when paying in order to earn Golden Circle Award Points. You can then redeem your GC Award Points into USD credits (10 GC Points into USD1.00) to cover full or partial payment of your future dining bills at any Shangri-La Hotel dining outlets. If you are not yet a member of the Golden Circle, we suggest that you Join Now.

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Canton Road
Level 3, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City,Taguig City, Philippines
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