Tuesday, July 5, 2011

King Chef Fine Dining: Cantonese Food Fit for Royalty

King Chef Fine Dining has recently opened in Banawe, Quezon City. They had their grand opening last June 30 and I was one of the lucky ones who got invited to witness it and have a taste of their Imperial feast that was definitely fit for a king!

Basically, the restaurant serves authentic Cantonese cuisine in an elegant yet cozy setting. It sits beside Starbucks-Banawe and is quite easy to locate. I was with Superfriend Nice and Mee-I and we arrived tad early. After registering and having our photos taken at the nearby photo booth, one of the receptionists ushered us into the narrow stairs that led to a spacious dining area on the second floor. It was where the program was held and the Imperial feast consisting of King Chef's prized Cantonese dishes, enjoyed by the guests.

the night's menu

We started off our scrumptious dinner with a warm cup of tea. Minutes later, the waiters served plate after plate of yummy appetizers on our table to our tummy's delight.


Frid Prawn Dumpling and Malaysian Cake

The Fried Prawn Dumpling, which happened to be King Chef's best-selling dimsum, is best dipped in this hot chili-garlic sauce.


For the complete King Chef Imperial feast we enjoyed that night, let the food photos speak for themselves:

Shark Fin's Soup

The presentation of this dish was a winner! They heated it on a stove before serving to each guest in individual woks. It was steaming hot (as in there were bubbles popping out) and I loved it.

Cold Cuts Combination

Suahe Tea Leaves

King Fish Mango Sauce

Golden Fortune Bags

Imperial Spareribs

Crab with Sotanghon Hotpot

Herbal Lemon Grass with Mixed Fruits

There were so much food that night; I hard a time finishing the various dishes on my plate. My top choices were the two appetizers (Fried Prawn Dumplings and Malaysian Cake) served before the program started, the Golden Fortune Bags with its asado-like filling (except that it was chicken and had a slight soupy consistency which I loved!), the Suahe Tea Leaves (well-seasoned, plump shrimps were deep-fried and flavored with tea leaves) and the Imperial Spareribs (I super enjoyed this melt-in-your-mouth, porky goodness that left me wanting for more!).

I daresay King Chef's Yang Chow Fried Rice deserves a paragraph of its own. It's definitely a complete meal in itself! I loved the soft but firm fried rice with scrambled egg slices, small shrimps, pork bits, veggies and spices. A visit to King Chef (or any Chinese restaurant for that matter) is never complete without this rice dish.

King Chef's Yang Chow Fried Rice is made of awesome!

The truth is, you can never go wrong with any of King Chef's dishes. I'm not a big fan of shark's fin and sotanghon (glass noodles), but after looking at the Shark's Fin Soup and the Crab with Sotanghon Hotpot served on our table, I just had to get a taste of them. And what do you know, I liked both!

I can imagine the restaurant would be a great venue for birthdays, anniversaries, baptismals and other special occasions imaginable. The ambience that night was just perfect for an intimate yet fun celebration.



Having pampered by their attentive and friendly staff that night, I can say that aside from their delicious food and lovely ambience, their edge over the other Chinese restaurants in the metro is their impeccable service.

The food prices at King Chef are quite affordable. Their dishes are good for sharing, too. If you're dining as a group, I suggest you allot P300 to P500 per head to enjoy full meals.


** King Chef Fine Dining is owned by Michael and Marites Ang. They are also the tandem behind Cantonese Soup Kitchen and King Chef Dimsum Kitchen.

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