Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Peking Garden (Specialty: DUCK!)

Thanks to my friends I was able to discover this restaurant.  We started talking about how delicious Peking Duck is.  My friends said that there's a restaurant here that is as good as the ones found in China.  This intrigued me and I wanted to try it for myself.  My friends definitely have good taste. ;)

This Chinese restaurant is turning into one of my favorites.  They have something other Chinese restaurants can't compare with.  It is their famous Peking Duck.  I've tried both of their branches in Greenbelt 4 & in Trinoma. The Makati branch is usually crowded even on a weeknight, try to make a reservation if you can to prevent disappointment. :D

When you order your Peking Duck, you'll be asked if you want your duck served one way (just the slices) or two ways (the rest of the duck is cooked to your specification).  We usually have it two ways so none of the duck meat is wasted.

Interior in Makati branch

Crowded even on a weeknight. This is on a Tuesday to be exact.

Nice chandelier

Xiao Long Bao
This is a small steamed dumpling with soup inside.  Be careful it's really hot when it comes to your table.  Many tongues have been scalded by this delicious dish, including mine. hahaha :D 

Ginger Sauce for the Xiao Long Bao

Vegetables with mushroom

Seafood Noodles

Sizzling Beef with Onions

Sizzlling Beancurd with Shredded Pork & Vegetables

Hot Prawn Salad

The most anticipated dish. PEKING DUCK!
The duck is prepared by your table side.  The server will fill a platter with slices of the duck meat with skin and the other platter with just the skin. 

Just the skin

Duck slices

Pancake wrap & cucumber with onion

Peking duck sauce

Put your duck meat or skin or both then add a cucumber/onion or both again . Finally add some sauce to your pile. :D

All wrapped up.  Tada!  Ready to eat!!

The rest of the duck is cooked as minced meat with some vegetables
Another delightful way to enjoy your duck.

Lettuce Wrap

Put the minced meat in the lettuce then add some sauce.  Yummy!

It's good to know if we start to have a craving for Peking Duck there's a restaurant here that can satisfy it. 

Remember: Eat Live and Be Happy!

Price Range: P500 - P1000

* Whole duck will cost you P2300++

Here's a tip:  If you are eating as a small group & can't finish a whole duck, try to inform the captain that you would like to order half of the Peking Duck.  The captain will try to find another table who is also willing to order half.  This way you get to have your duck & within the budget.  Try to go there early so the captain can be on the look out for other tables trying to order half of the Peking Duck.  But remember the restaurant can't always accommodate this request.

Payment: Accepts both Cash & Credit Card

Free Wifi: Not Available

Parking: Mall parking


Greenbelt 5
4/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center
Makait City, Metro Manila
Tel: 63 - (02) - 729-0567

3/F Trinoma, EDSA cor. North Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel: 63 - (02) - 901-0531

Vikings: A Feast for the Tummy & the Eyes

As a food lover, I'm always on the look out for new places to eat.  I've been seeing (actually eyeing, hahaha) the Vikings Buffet sign since last year whenever we go to the Mall of Asia.  I can't wait to try it out as soon as it opens.  Alas, when it finally did open it seems that I'm not fated to sample their fares right away.  The place is usually full when we get the chance pass by.  

One Friday morning I was invited to a birthday celebration of my uncle and it was to be held at Vikings!  YES!  I finally got the chance to check it out.  It was on a  Friday lunch when I first had a taste of Vikings.  They have a wide variety of cuisine & food choices.  There's Japanese, Chinese, International, a grilling station, a salad bar, different kinds of soup, a pizza station, a carving station & of course the dessert section.  Drinks are even included in the buffet price.  They have an assortment of juices & soda.  To my surprise, draft beer is also available at the refreshment station.

The Viking Table

Baked Oysters
 We had to request them from the waiter.  You can have them baked, steamed or ask the waiter how you would like to have your oysters prepared.  Usually raw oysters are found on the buffet table.


Carving Station

Other meat on the carving station




Salmon Lasagna
I remember eating this and it was quite salty for me.

During my first visit, I tried to sample dishes that are my favorites or have never tasted before.  There's so much food I'm afraid you can't try every single one of them in just one visit.  Most of the dishes are well seasoned.  The taste, quantity & quality of the food are almost at par with a lot of five star hotels but at a more reasonable price.  Since I enjoyed my experience at Vikings, I told my friends to try it out.  I actually went back a few times with my friends or family, but I was more focused on eating & chatting than taking notes or pictures of the dishes I sampled. 


Last month there were two birthday celebrants at the office.  Management then decided to celebrate their birthdays at Vikings.  This time it gave me an opportunity to take more pictures of the place & dishes.  We got to try Vikings for dinner this time.  The price is higher than the lunch price since they have additional dishes available only for dinner.

Ceiling Lights

Table Napkin

Our table number

Viking table at night

The other end of the table

Salad Station

Assorted Cheese


Club House Sandwich

Deviled Egg

Chinese Soup, Chawan, & Miso Soup

Lohan Mixed Vegetables

Man Tou (Fried Bread)
This is one of my favorites :D  No matter where, fried bread with condensed milk is heaven.


Stir fried squid with vegetables

Yang Chao fried rice

Pata Tim

Notice the vegetable carving is that of a roasted pig? So cute!

Sushi Boat
I had some difficulty taking this picture.  Lots of hands kept grabbing all the sushi!

Sushi Rainbow

Lengua (sorry not much was left when I took a picture)


Grill Station

Raw fish for grilling

Hmmm, there's a sign.  Better take a closer look.

Please, no leftover :D

Long line to the carving station >.<

Looks like they're sold out!


Chocolate Fondue

Dessert display case

Native Desserts

Halo Halo Station

My halo halo creation 

The two birthday celebrants got to be serenaded by the waiters & staff with a boisterous happy birthday song.  Each of them received a special cake for them to take home.  I enjoyed my dinner at Vikings.  Who wouldn't be with good food & good company.  I think this isn't going to be my last visit.  I believe they added something extra during the weekend.  ;)  Until next time.

Remember: Eat Live and Be Happy!

Price Range:

Lunch : P688 ++
Dinner: P888 ++

Payment: Accepts both Cash & Credit Card

Free Wifi:  Available but can't connect 

Parking: Mall parking & Outdoor parking


Bldg. B, By the Bay,
Seaside Boulevard,
SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Tel: 63 - (02) - 846 - 3888, 846 - 5888
Cellfone: +639175653888, +639237303888