Dining Out

My post birthday dinner at President Grand Palace Restaurant in Chinatown

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How many President restaurants are there? I know there are two in Chinatown, each within walking distance of the other, there (used to be?) another at SM Megamall and another at Glorietta 5. Are they the same “President Restaurant”? Last Saturday, my family had dinner at President Grand Palace Restaurant and we finally asked if the other President restaurants are branches. No, we were told. They are copycats that even try to copy the logo. There is only one President restaurant, the President Grand Palace Restaurant, but it has a sister establishment called Ying Ying along Dasmariñas street in Binondo, a teahouse that serves dim sum fare.

That said, let me tell you how we ordered too much again.

To be fair, we were really hungry. And, looking at the roast meats, I wanted to eat everything. But there was a reason why I chose President Grand Palace to have my post birthday dinner with Speedy and the girls.

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I wanted Peking duck. Whatever “guilty pleasure” means, that’s what Peking duck is for me.

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And that was what I ordered. Half a Peking duck served two-way.

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The well-browned crispy skins wrapped with leeks and hoisin sauce in Chinese pancakes. The succulent meat chopped and served as a filling for lettuce rolls (see photos from a previous entry). That was all I needed, really. My birthday was complete with just that one dish.

The rest, well, Speedy and the girls to order what they wanted.

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Sam ordered bird’s nest with quail eggs.

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Speedy ordered a plate of cold and roast meat with jellyfish and century eggs…

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… and, because it’s a birthday dinner, he ordered noodles — hofan (hand-cut rice noodles) with beef.

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Alex wanted shrimp foo yong…

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… and Sam chose a chicken and cashew dish.

Of course, we had to have yang chow fried rice.

And all that together… well, we ordered enough for two meals for four people. Which means we brought home practically half of what we ordered so there was no need to cook anything for lunch the following day.

How was the food? Superb, as always. That’s why we keep going back to President Grand Palace. I’ve been a customer since my father brought me there long before I met Speedy.

The bill was a little over PHP2,400.00 (about USD55.00). Quite high for our average dinner out. But considering that we had enough for a second meal, it wasn’t bad at all.

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