August 8, 2019

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Canton Road is the premier Chinese restaurant of Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. The restaurant serves Cantonese as well as Huaiyang, Sichuan, Hunanese, and Fujianese cuisines. Dishes at Canton Road adheres to traditional Chinese cooking techniques while being presented in a very modern fashion.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Main Dining Area | Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Canton Road's spacious main dining area has tables that can accommodate small groups of two persons to bigger groups of eight persons. Guest can choose to be seated next to the glass window where they can enjoy a view of the city or choose one of the round booth dining tables for a more comfortable dining experience.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Round Booth Dining Tables | Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Canton Road also has eight private dining rooms which guests can book for private celebrations. The private rooms are named after some of the most popular streets in Hong Kong. The private rooms can accommodate groups of 8 to up to 24 persons.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Admiralty Room | Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

For the comfort of the dining guests, all private dining rooms are equipped with private pantries and restrooms. Each private dining room also has a dedicated team of servers, ensuring that guest needs are always attended to.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Kowloon Room | Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Since it opened in 2016, Canton Road has been my go-to Chinese restaurant in the Bonifacio Global City CBD area. Since my office is located near the hotel, I usually have lunch here whenever I crave for Chinese cuisine.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Steamed Iberico Pork Dumpling with Abalone and Black Truffle
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila 

I go for dimsum when I dine for lunch by myself. My usual choices include the Steamed Iberico Pork and Shrimp Dumpling with Mud Crab Roe, the Crystal Skin Shrimp Dumpling, and the Steamed Iberico Pork Dumpling with Abalone and Black Truffle.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Pan-Seared Spicy Radish Cake with X.O. Sauce
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

If I am dining with friends or family, I usually add dishes such as Pan-Seared Spicy Radish Cake with X.O. Sauce, Hong Kong Style Noodles with Chicken and Green Chives, and Yangzhou Style Fried Rice. Serving size at Canton Road is very generous and reasonably priced.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Hong Kong Style Noodles with Chicken and Green Chives
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Canton Road has recently added new dim sum items in its lunch menu, more reason for me to keep coming back to this restaurant. I visited Canton Road last week to try some of the new dishes. The Steamed Bean Curd Roll with Assorted Mushroom is a healthier alternative to pork-based dim sum items.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Steamed Bean Curd Roll with Assorted Mushrooms
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

The Fried Lobster Wanton is so far my favorite among the new items. Each piece of wanton is generously stuffed with lobster meat and comes with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Fried Lobster Wanton
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Another interesting addition to the menu was the Roasted Pork, Mushroom and Sea Cucumber in Baked Potato Bun. The filling was overflowing with beautiful and fragrant Cantonese flavors, with a well-balanced mixture of sweetness and saltiness.

Canton Road at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
Roasted Pork, Mushroom and Sea Cucumber in Baked Potato Bun
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

What I also love about Canton Road is that they regularly feature a special menu promotion which highlights a regional Chinese cuisine. Earlier this week, I decided to have dinner at Canton Road to try some of the dishes in their Mingnan Promotion. Mingnan cuisine is basically Southern Fujianese cuisine of the Hokkien people.

Pan-Fried Oyster Cake
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

One of the most popular Mingnan dishes is the Pan-Fried Oyster Cake. This dish is traditionally cooked with tapioca which gives it a slightly gelatinous texture. This one is not as gelatinous as the one I tried in Xiamen, which is good because a lot of Western people get turn-off by the texture. This one has a generous amount of oysters.

Xiamen Noodles with Pork Belly, Oysters, Shrimps and Fritters
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort Manila

It was a rainy evening when I went to Canton Road, so I wanted a soup dish to warm me up. I chose the Xiamen Noodles with Pork Belly, Oysters, Shrimps and Fritters. The noodles used is commonly known in Asia as misua. I remember this dish as a popular breakfast food in Xiamen. The taste was very comforting. I really enjoyed it with the fritters (youtiao or Chinese doughnut) which gave the dish a contrasting crunchy texture.  The menu says that this is an individual serving, but I think it is good enough for two persons.

Steamed Glutinous Rice with Salted Egg Yolk, Pork Belly, Dried Seafood, Wrapped in Bamboo Leaves
Canton Road, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

The last item I ordered was the Steamed Glutinous Rice with Salted Egg Yolk, Pork Belly, Dried Seafood, Wrapped in Bamboo Leaves. More commonly known as machang or bachang among the Hokkien people, this dish is very popular in Fujian and Taiwan. This one served at Canton Road tasted like the one I tried in Xiamen. It is traditionally paired with Fried Pork Rolls (called kwekeng by the Hokkiens). Luckily, Canton Road also has this in its a la carte menu as Mingnan Style Pork Belly Wrapped in Bean Curd Sheet. Every bite of it reminds me of Xiamen.



Aside from the authentic taste of the Chinese dishes served here at Canton Road, as well as the generously-portioned serving size and relatively affordable prices, another reason why I keep coming back here is the outstanding customer service. The staff is very knowledgable about the menu and can provide excellent recommendations. They are very attentive to the guests' needs and display a high level of enthusiasm to serve.




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Canton Road
Level 3, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (BGC)
Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63 (02) 820-0888
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Operating Hours: Lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm; Dinner from 6:00pm to 10:30pm

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