December 7, 2020

Xin Tian Di at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

New Normal Dining, COVID-19 Update, Dine-In Feature

newly renvated Xin Tian Di Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

After undergoing months of renovation, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria finally announced the reopening of Xin Tian Di Restaurant yesterday, and we were there as the restaurant's first guests. The renovation was really done well that it felt like a restaurant is a newly opened hotel.

newly renvated Xin Tian Di Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

Upon arrival at the hotel, you need to fill out the Health Declaration Form available at the lobby. You can also access the online health declaration by scanning the QR code posted at the entrance door. For your convenience, here's the link to the Health Declaration Form which you can fill-out while in transit going to the hotel.



A copy of your accomplished Health Declaration Form will be sent to the email address you provided (see sample above). You should then present this email to the security at the lobby and to the hotel receptionist. Your body temperature will then be taken both in the lobby and at the restaurant. For your safety, hand sanitizer stations are available in the restaurant.

newly renvated Xin Tian Di Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

Upon registration at the restaurant's reception, the dining staff will prepare your table while you comfortably wait at the reception area. We recommend that you make a prior reservation so the restaurant can prepare your table in anticipation of your arrival.

newly renvated Xin Tian Di Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

Safe physical distancing is strictly observed here at Xin Tian Di. Guests are not allowed to dine face-to-face. Tables that used to accommodate four persons are now limited to seat two persons. Markers are placed on tables to remind guests to keep a seat vacant.

newly renvated Xin Tian Di Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

When we visited the restaurant, we requested a table by the window. Our request was granted and we were given a table that can accommodate three persons. As you can see in the photo below, the table has a total of six chairs, only three seats can accommodate guests while the other three must be kept vacant.

newly renvated Xin Tian Di Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

Utensils are also placed in a sealed paper bag. This is to keep them sanitized while not yet being used by the guests. Once utensils are removed from the paper bag, the same paper bag can then be repurposed to store your personal facemask. Alcohol wipes are also provided.

newly renvated Xin Tian Di Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

Physical (printed) menus are no longer provided to guests. Instead, an electronic menu is accessible by scanning the QR code available on the table. This eliminates the need to sanitize a physical menu every after use, and likewise, it prevents cross-contamination among diners.

newly renvated Xin Tian Di Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria


► A LA CARTE DINING



The a la carte menu of Xin Tian Di features classic and new signature dishes by Chef Peter Yeung. We started our lunch with our usual selection of dim sum. We ordered our favorite shumai, har gao, and radish cake. As recommended to us, we also ordered one of the new items on the menu.



Steamed Pork Dumpling with Crab Roe (Shumai) - Xin Tian Di's shumai are firm, chewy, yet juicy. The dumpling must have been made with more pork meat. The crab roe added umami taste to the shumai. Each order includes five pieces of shumai.   



Steamed Shrimp Dumpling (Har Gao) - Those translucent dumplings are filled with plump and juicy shrimps which tasted fresh and sweet. We recommend adding a bit of chili-garlic paste to enhance the taste of the dumpling. Each order comes with five pieces of har gao.



Fried Radish Cake - We requested the radish cakes to have a toasted crunch. The inside is soft but not mushy, just the way we like them. Minced Chinese sausage is mixed in the radish cakes to add umami to the taste. We also loved the Xiamen-style chili sauce served with the radish cakes. 



Steamed Lobster Dumpling Topped with Black Truffle - A generous filling of lobster meat and black truffle as topping make this one of the premium items on the menu. A bite of this dumpling is immediately followed by a burst of flavors, a mix of umami and sweetness from the lobster. Each order comes with one piece of steamed lobster dumpling which size is equivalent to three pieces of har gao.



The highlight of our lunch was the 2-Way Oven-Roasted Peking Duck, another signature dish by Chef Peter Yeung. The Peking duck was carved by Alex, the dining staff attending our table. The first way to enjoy the Peking Duck is to wrap the carved duck meat in Chinese pancakes with scallion and hoisin sauce.



In the new normal, we didn't want to handle the food with our hands, so we asked Alex to wrap the carved Peking duck for us since he was already wearing kitchen gloves. Below are the Peking duck wraps beautifully plated with prawn crackers. Special thanks to Alex!



For the second way of enjoying the Peking duck, the remaining duck mean can be used to prepare another dish. We chose the Stir-Fried Minced Duck in Lettuce Cup. The other two options are the Work-Fried Shredded Duck with Wheat Noodles, Wild Mushroom in Abalone Sauce and the Duck Soup with Vegetables and Bean Curd.



The 2-Way Oven Roasted Peking Duck is good for six to eight persons. Half order of the Peking duck is also available and is good for three to four persons. In our case, we opted not to order rice anymore since there were only two of us sharing this meal. The dining staff should be able to guide you.



Finally, for dessert, we wanted something cold and refreshing. We ordered the Aloe Vera Jelly with Lychee and the Almond and Black Grass Jelly with Fruit Cocktail.



Overall, we enjoyed the superb quality of Chinese cuisine served here at Xin Tian Di Restaurant. There are so many interesting dishes to try from the menu, especially the regional Chinese specialties. The dining staff was very engaging and you can feel their genuine pleasure to serve. We will surely be back here.



Xin Tian Di Restaurant
Fourth Floor, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
Corner Asian Development Bank Avenue and Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Center
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63-2-8633-7222
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Operating Hours: Daily from 11:00am to 9:00pm