March 10, 2021

Dim Sum Unlimited Plus at Xin Tian Di, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

Available for lunch and dinner, every Thursday until Sunday



We're back at Xin Tian Di Restaurant (the premier Chinese restaurant of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria) to try their recently relaunched unlimited dim sum offering. The new Dim Sum Unlimited Plus features a curated selection of authentic dim sum and regional dishes made of premium ingredients.



You will recall that Xin Tian Di Restaurant reopened exactly three months ago. In addition to its renovated interiors, the restaurant also introduced new dishes on its menu. We are glad that some of our favorite dishes in the a la carte menu are also served as part of the Dim Sum Unlimited Plus offering.



Here are the highlights of the Dim Sum Unlimited Plus:

  • uncomplicated menu - a good mix of classic and contemporary dishes
  • superb taste - food quality is not compromised
  • flexible ordering - you can order 1 or more pieces of each item
  • generous serving - you can order multiple servings of the hot dishes
  • premium items - one round of Peking duck roll and hot prawn salad

The Dim Sum Unlimited Plus costs ₱1,288++ per person and is available for lunch and dinner every Thursday until Sunday. Below is the menu:

Dim Sum Unlimited Plus Menu
Steamed
  • Steamed Seafood Dumpling in Superior Stock
  • Steamed Crystal Prawns Dumpling (Hargow)
  • Steamed Pork Dumpling (Shumai)
  • Steamed Chicken Feet in XO Sauce
  • Xiao Long Bao
  • Steamed Pork Ribs in Peking Sauce
  • Chili Dumpling (with pork, shrimp, and mushroom)

Pan-Fried & Deep-Fried
  • Radish Cake
  • Crispy Spring Roll
  • Crispy Pork & Shrimp Wonton
  • Deep-Fried Seafood Taro Puff
  • Deep-Fried Mantou

Boiled Seasonal Vegetables
  • Kailan
  • Imported Lettuce
  • Taiwan Petchay

Chinese Roasting & Cold Cuts
  • Pork Asado
  • Lousoy Tofu
  • Cuttle Fish
  • Pork Knuckle
  • Beef Kimchi
Rice & Noodles
  • Fried Noodles with Shredded Chicken
  • Pork Asado Egg Noodle Soup
  • Yang Chow Fried Rice
  • Steamed Rice

Soup
  • Meatball with Misua Soup
  • Sweet Corn with Chicken Soup

Congee
  • Congee with Sliced Fish Fillet & Ginger

Hot Dishes
  • Sweet & Sour Pineapple Sauce Porkloin
  • Steamed Fish Fillet in Garlic Sauce
  • Fried Boneless Chicken with Kongbao Sauce
  • Wok-Fried Shrimp and Eggplant in XO Sauce

Free One Round of the following
  • Peking Duck Roll
  • XTD Special Hot Prawn Salad

Dessert
  • Taho with Sago
  • Aloe Vera Jelly with Fruit Cocktail
  • Chocolate Buchi


Below are the items I tried during my recent visit. Please note that I only ordered one (1) piece of the dumplings so that I can sample more varieties. As mentioned earlier, you can order one or more pieces/servings of the items on the menu. I will also mention below which ones are my favorites.



Steamed Crystal Prawns Dumpling (Har Gow) - This is one of my favorites among the steamed dumplings. It was generously filled with prawns and went perfectly well with their chili paste.



Steamed Pork Dumpling (Shumai) - Plump and packed with pork meat, with just enough fat to make it juicy and flavorful.



Xiao Long Bao - The skin had the right thickness so that it will not tear open. The inside is filled with flavorful soup. It had no strong taste of ginger.



Chili Dumpling (with pork, shrimp, and mushroom) - Another favorite from the menu. The dumpling is filled with minced pork and shrimp. The chili paste wasn't too spicy, but enough to give you a punch of heat.



Steamed Chicken Feet in XO Sauce - They serve Hong Kong quality chicken feet here at Xin Tian Di. You can easily pull the skin off the bone with your tongue, and the skin would just melt in your mouth. This quality is hard to find in Manila. It's a must-try! 



Steamed Pork Ribs in Peking Sauce - I am glad I ordered this. It reminded me of the pork ribs I enjoyed eating in Guangzhou, China. The ribs were perfectly steamed so that it was easy to bite the meat off the bone. It also had well-balanced flavors and no gamey taste at all.



Crispy Spring Roll (left ) and Crispy Pork & Shrimp Wonton (right ) - I think these two almost had the same filling, the former only had more vegetables in it. Well-balanced flavors overall. They went well with the sweet and source sauce, but I also enjoyed them with chili paste. 



Deep-Fried Seafood Taro Puff - This one served at Xin Tian Di was not oily and the taro was not mushy. Taste-wise, the taro was lightly sweet and was not overpowered by the seafood filling.



Lousoy Tofu (left) and Beef Kimchi (right) - These are cold-dishes that you must try. Both were very flavorful and you will enjoy these if love spicy dishes. I personally recommend the beef kimchi. The kimchi flavor was not very strong, but just enough to brighten up the flavor of the beef. I would love to pair these two dishes with steamed rice next time.



Fried Noodles with Shredded Chicken - This is for the Hong Kong-style fried noodle fans. This one is cooked with chicken, giving it a more delicate taste. If you love spicy noodles, you can mix in a teaspoon of chili paste. 



Meatball with Misua Soup - This is a very comforting soup dish. For me, it tasted like a lighter version of the Filipino dish almondigas without the strong flavor of garlic and onion. This one also uses the thick variant of misua noodles.



Steamed Fish Fillet in Garlic Sauce - This simple dish best represents Cantonese cuisine. The fish retained its natural flavor. Lightly seasoned before serving, the soy and the ginger bring out the umami taste of the fish without overpowering it. This is perfect with steamed rice.



Fried Boneless Chicken with Kongbao Sauce - This is one of my favorites among the hot dishes. The chicken retained its crispiness while the sauce had a well-balanced sweetness and saltiness. The dish wasn't spicy at all. I do hope that they added peanuts or cashew to the dish. This went well with steamed rice. 



Peking Duck Roll - You get a free serving of this as part of the Dim Sum Unlimited Plus offering. It tasted as good as the a la carte version. If you dine as a family or as a group of friends, you should consider ordering this from the a la carte menu.



XTD Special Hot Prawn Salad - A festive dish normally served during Chinese weddings here in Manila, and you get to enjoy it as part of the Dim Sum Unlimited Plus. Here is a huge serving of prawn with sweet, creamy, and savory sauce.



Aloe Vera Jelly with Fruit Cocktail - I got to try the aloe vera jelly when we dined here a few months ago. Unfortunately, it wasn't available during this visit. I was offered the almond jelly instead which is equally good. This refreshing cold dessert is served with fruit cocktail.



Chocolate Buchi - Finally, your Xin Tian Di experience will not be complete without its signature dessert. The green-colored crust will trick you to think that this is a vegetable dish until you taste the rich chocolate filling.



Disclosure: I dined here as a media guest of the restaurant. All opinions stated in this article are based on my personal taste and biases. Preview photo is courtesy of the restaurant and Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.



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