China Blue

3/F Conrad Manila, Seaside Blvd. cor. Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila

China Blue
4.5 Stars

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Marie H.
5.0 Stars

We celebrated Easter here. I requested a table near the window and the view of Manila bay just set us in the right mood. We were awash with natural light which made our skin look glowing in the photos. I suggest getting a window-side table, especially if you’re here on a date.

I had a general idea of what I wanted to order having eaten here a couple of times for client meetings. While I generally do not enjoy my meals during such meetings, the food here managed to make quite an impression on me that made me want to come back under more relaxed circumstances. So, we ordered the following:

1. Steamed truffle mushroom buns. These buns are just clever. They’re buns made to look like huge button mushrooms and filled with mushrooms cooked in truffle oil or essence (who knows what the difference is anyway). Earthy and comforting.

2. Black gold egg custard buns. I tried this in one meeting upon the insistent prodding of a visibly excited man. It is not the most appetizing-looking bun even with that gold swish. But once I bit into that black bun and tasted the salted egg custard inside, I knew that I would definitely have another bun or two. This was sinful.

3. Paper thin crispy beef. Very much like our local tapa but as crispy as bacon! Flavors are more complex than tapa though. I love this appetizer (which can also be a meal with rice128540).

4. Half order of sesame roasted chicken with plum sauce. This was off-the-menu. I wanted their roast chicken but a whole chicken was just too much for our party of three. Our able server recommended the sesame roasted chicken instead for which a half order was available. Chicken was cooked perfectly and the plum sauce gave it a bit of sweetness to round out the flavor.

5. Scallops with HK vegetables. These had some really big scallops which we thoroughly enjoyed.

6. Almond pudding with lychee sorbet. Another off-the-menu dessert. This was just pretty.

7. Chilled lime jelly with lychee mojito crushed ice and Oreo banana ball. Interesting dessert. Perhaps those who’d like some mojito would enjoy this.

8. Mango sago. Best dessert of the three, although I found their serving a tad small.

Service was impeccable. Our wait staff knew not just what was on the menu, but also suggested some off-the-menu items which they thought we might enjoy.

I’m not a big fan of Chinese cuisine, but China Blue made me reconsider that even a cuisine without proper dessert (oh, you know, those loaded with cream and chocolate and all other things sinful and decadent) can still be enjoyable.

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars

China Blue, a kind of place that I will rarely visit because of how expensive the place is but there are just those moment that everyone agree that lets splurge a little haha. Me and my barkada suddenly planned to have a stay cation in Conrad hotel and make the best out of it and try having dinner here in China Blue.

China Blue is located inside Conrad Hotel and it was really posh for a Chinese restaurant. Love the organize looks of the place with lovely Chineseware. As we were browsing the menu I was ready to escape but at the same time was drooling at how good looking their dishes are. So we ordered the following.

128009Paper Thin Crispy Beef with sweet and spicy sauce (480PHP) - this is one of the best appetizer that I've tasted in a Chinese restaurant. Crispy tasty beef. Texture and Taste wise it's a must try!!!

128009Braised Sea Cucumber fish lip crab meat broth (520PHP/Head) - I'm always a fan of Chinese soup and this gave me another new favorite.

128009Wok Fried US Beef Tenderloin (960PHP) - you know how almost every restaurant uses the term US Beef Tenderloin easily but you never find it different? This dish is the kind of dish I expect when I see that tagging. Super Tender juicy beef. Love how perfect it was seasoned with pepper. Another perfect dish for me.

128009Stir Fried Scallops (1,200PHP) - Yummy fresh scallops with veggies. Love the black truffle sauce giving an added flavor and smell.

128009Black Gold Egg Custard Buns (240PHP) - the crowd fave! Love everything about it from the looks to its taste. Yummy perfect ending.

Overall if you are looking for the best Chinese restaurant and don't mind burning some cash this is definitely the one.

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Warren T.
5.0 Stars

fine dine with family or just the two of you, ambience is perfect, and yeah younhave to dress a little nice, smart causal. no shorts and slippers, prices are off the charts! has pretty distinctive taste, do not expect the servings to be big. you go for the taste of the food, savor it. it was a pleasant experience.

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Chrisalyn T.
4.0 Stars

My date have been paying for most of our dinners, so I wanted to treat him from time to time to a nice place.

That night, I decided we should try something new and it should be Chinese. I mean we’ve been out so many times, 3 yrs to be exact and we have only been to a Chinese restaurant less than 5 times. The reason behind it is because he usually eats Chinese food on weekends with his folks. I however, usually have it at home. However, a home cooked meal is different from a hotel or restaurant cooking standard, so might as well try this place out instead right?!

First of, we passed by this place weeks ago. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a table because we didn’t call for a reservation that night. I didn’t want to make the same mistake twice. So I booked us a table for 2, weeks before our planned dinner.

For our 1st Entrée, We ordered 2 different kinds of soup. I ordered TEOCHEW BLACK TURNIP AND BABY CHICKEN CONSOMMÉ (Php 360) and he ordered ASSORTED SEAFOOD IN EIGHT-HOUR GOLDEN BROTH (Php 450), which are both good for one person only. The chicken soup had a clear broth, this is one of my comfort foods whenever I feel sick. It’s light and good. However, it didn’t have much meat in the soup. I kind of had 2 small chunks of chicken meat, a pc. of mushroom and pechay and that was just about it. As for the 8 hour golden broth soup, well I actually liked it. I had a few scoops of it of course just so I can compare. If I could turn back time, I’d probably order this instead of the chicken soup. I mean it is pricey, but you can really taste the flavours in the soup. For those who don’t like carrots like me, well it doesn’t have that strong carrot taste. So i’m pretty sure you’d appreciate this too.

HOUSE-SPECIALTY STEAMED MUSHROOM BUNS (Php 260). Okay first of, this aren’t huge mushrooms okay?!haha But they sure made the buns look like mushrooms. I’m sure this is one instagram worthy dish though. Not only did it look good but it tastes good also. It kind of had that truffle flavour inside the buns with the meat filling. We actually liked this dish, just not something you’d crave for though.

CRISPY FRIED SHRIMP WITH WASABI AND MANGO SALSA (Php 890), well honestly this dish isn’t worth the price. I mean just a few pcs. of shrimps and it’s 800 plus already? pretty pricey indeed. It was good, but kind of forgettable. Not something you’d crave for actually. I liked the slight sweetness and spicy flavours added to this dish though. A little different from the prawn salad i get to eat in other Chinese restaurants. This didn't have fruits and it wasn't too sweet too.

WOK-FRIED BEEF TENDERLOIN CUBE AND ASPARAGUS WITH WILD HUNAN PEPPER (Php 950), this dish is actually one of my favourites that night. You can really taste the peppers added to this dish. It was indeed flavourful, plus the beef were tender. I also liked that the asparagus added on this dish was cooked just right also. I suggest you pair it with plain rice or the fried rice we had that night.

FRIED SPINACH BEAN CURD, SPICY SICHUAN EGGPLANT AND MINCED CHICKEN SAUCE (Php 450). Well, we already have shrimps and beef for our viands, so I suggested that we order something with vegetables. We both love bean curds, so this is one of our favourites that night. The bean curd was slightly sweet, which was good. This dish had a lot of sauce too, so it’s a bit different from the other viands we ordered. I mean wouldn’t you want to balance out your choices? like have a dish with a lot of sauce and some slightly dry ones too? haha. I’m sure those who love to pour in some sauce on top of their rice would surely love this dish. I would certainly order this dish again, the next chance i get.

WOK-FRIED RICE WITH SEAFOOD AND SIGNATURE X.O. SAUCE (Php 590), well this is sort of our typical Chinese fried rice with bits of salted fish. But I loved that they added some X.O. sauce in it that made it even more delicious. Plus the veggies in here were cooked perfectly too, so i loved that i was chewing something soft and slightly crunchy bits of veggies too. I actually love pairing the beef with this rice. It was just perfect.

Overall experience here? Well, I had a great time. The servers were knowledgeable about the dishes they serve and they are really attentive too. If you can’t decide on which dishes to order, just ask for their help and they’d willingly suggest some dishes for you to try.

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Elise C.
4.0 Stars

So glad I was finally able to get hold of a table last week!One of us has dined here twice already so as soon as we were seated, we ordered with the help of  their chinese staff. So lets cut to the chase and start this review by talking about the appetizers, next the soup, then the main entrees, the house specialty buns, and lastly, the desserts! (beware...really long review)

--Sour plum & sweet vinegar marinated cherry tomatoes Php 240 -- YUM! I love tomatoes and I have never thought of eating them this way. The tomatoes are sweet with a tiny hint of sour. They were very fresh as well. One might not think of ordering this, but I suggest you give it a try! 

--Shanghai style soya-braised fish Php 390 - The sauce of this dish is of course the star, but the crisp of the fish skin was also notable! Had this been with fish bones...I would not even consider eating them! So I'm really glad the fish was boneless, and tasted great. I love!

--BBQ honey-glazed Matsusaka pork neck Php 490 - so tender and I loved how sweet it was, meat is definitely of great quality! this is the real deal!

--Assorted seafood in 8-hour golden broth Php 450 per person - our soups were served with candles underneath as to keep them warm. This was not heavy at all, and had the right kind of thickness. Perfect choice of ingredients, equally great as the appetizers.

--Rose apple and pork with sweet, sour and spicy sauce Php 550 - this was also good, I find it surprising that I liked the sweet and spicy one better than the sweet and sour one. Also their serving size for the spicy one is larger than the sweet! Anyway, this dish was mostly crispy. Not really special as I do not find it unique, nor the cooking style. But that doesnt mean I didnt like it, I, for one, enjoyed it!

--Fried spinach bean curd Php 450
- I find myself liking Shang Palace's version of this better, as the spinach part of the tofu only tasted nice for me. But then again, kudos for making me eat tofu!! It was rather enjoyable.

--Fried snow fish w/ leek & duo mushroom Php 1200
- This must be the most expensive dish we ordered, and it is probably the best. Loved how the fish was so soft and tasty. It being fried made it taste better! love!!

--Wok-fried rice with seafood & signature X.O. sauce Php 590 - also good, but not as remarkable as I thought it'd be.

--Pan-fried scallop and shrimp mousse in crab roe sauce Php 1100 - by the time this arrived, most of us were already full, so we had this for take out. Scallops were really huge. This dish was nicely made as it was mild in taste, not salty at all. Yum.

Now we go to the house specialty buns!

Steamed mushroom buns Php 260 - smelled like truffles, and looked really really cute!! I enjoyed eating this as much as I love mushrooms!!! Totally recommend you give it a try. 

Black gold egg custard buns Php 240 - if you think the mushroom buns are the best, you're wrong! these are better! I loved the consistency of the oozing yolk. Perfectly made. I dont know where else you can find egg custard buns as delectable as these!

The best part of a meal, as they say, is dessert...lets see!

Chilled lime jelly with lychee mojito crushed ice and oreo banana ball Php 280 - not our favorite. instead of lychee, we tasted mint. not so great, but wonderfully plated.

Tofu gelato with bacon crisps & Palawan honey Php 290 - this would probably be  the star! reminded me so much of my favorite childhood snack, taho with sago! Tofu gelato???? Only in China blue. Must sound weird, but it tastes great, I swear. This is a must when you visit.

Mango sago Php 220 - mango sago made even more sosyal! with quality ingredients, of course. tasted better than the chilled lime jelly.

Chilled yuzu jelly & lemon grass sorbet with sugar comb Php 270 -very fresh and citrus-y, was okay. better than chilled lime jelly as well.
And if I say I was not full and immensely satisfied with dinner....... I would be bluffing. This was definitely one of the best dinners I've had. Service is of course top-notch, even the servers are well-knowledged. Plating is fantastic. Ambience is of course, perfect, with fireworks display at night. Food is of course expensive, with servings not as big as one would expect, but fret not, food is done right. My 8 recommendations and the dishes you must not miss are -- 

Sour plum & sweet vinegar marinated cherry tomatoes
Shanghai style soya-braised fish
Assorted seafood in 8-hour golden broth
Fried snow fish w/ leek & duo mushroom
Steamed mushroom buns
Black gold egg custard buns 
Tofu gelato with bacon crisps & Palawan honey
Mango sago

dont forget, and of course, enjoy!

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Mike L.
4.0 Stars

I actually got mixed reviews from my friends but had to try it to myself. I actually like it. There were misses but I have to say the good ones were really good. The truffle bun127812 was yummy. What stood out was a very simple appetizer - the pickled cherry tomatoes127813. Make sure to order that. Oh and if of course, the pièce de résistance - the slated egg bun128035 for dessert!

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Ian P.
5.0 Stars

Had lunch with the in laws to celebrate our uncles 73rd birthday!
The food here is in my opinion modern Chinese.
Excellent restaurant. Decor, service, staff, the food everything was excellent. Hard to describe the food. Just go!

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David B.
5.0 Stars

Chinese modern cuisine with a twist. From the moment you enter the place, to the sculptures by Indy Paredes, to the motorized lazy susan, to the time you finish off every morsel is an experience. The wok fried beef tenderloin cubes melted in your mouth. Highly recommended. It is a bit pricey though but for special occasions, it is worth every cent. Didnt have time to get pictures because I was busy with the food.

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