From the Choi Garden fame in Metro Manila known for authentic Chinese cuisine comes the latest fine dining destination in Cebu. CHOI City Cebu started operating last November 19, 2010 with one of the partners, Frank Lao, brought it here in Cebu.
CHOI City Cebu boasts of 6 Special Function rooms which can seat upto 240 persons while the Ground Floor can seat up to 200 people with a separate smoking area as well.
Choi City (Cebu) is the 5th branch of Choi Restaurants in the country and the first in Cebu. Prices are 20% cheaper compared to Choi Restaurants in Manila. To keep the consistency of the dishes and the flavors with the other branches, the chefs are Chinese nationals that are expert in Cantonese food and they trained under Mr. Choi himself.
For lunch we were served Shao Long Pao, Shrimp Pork Siomai, Fresh Squid with brocolli, Steamed Lapu-lapu with brocolli, Peking duck, Lechon Macau, Salted Fish Fried Rice and Minced Peking duck with lettuce, Ocean Crabs, Malay Cake and Taho.
The Shrimp Pork Siomai was just so fall with the stuffing that you will feel full by just consuming maybe 5-7 pieces of it.
The Peking Duck and the Minced Peking Duck were ultimate winners. It was my first time to taste Peking Duck and I loved it. It would be best to pair them with the Hoisin sauce. If I knew Peking Ducks tasted this good, I would have searched for this dish years ago. My ignorant tastebuds were in heaven.
The Lechon Macau was just so beautifully prepared that you did not want to destroy it and as we were told about the intricacy of how it was prepared, you just did not want any part of it and you just want to frame it. The skin was as crispy as crackers while the meat was soft and tender. It would be best to pair it with hoysin sauce instead of the mustard sauce, but it is always up to what works best with your tastebuds.
I am not a fan of fresh-looking fish and just seeing the Steamed Lapu-Lapu with broccoli and hearing its name scared my tastebuds and I was really hesitant to taste it. After maybe 20 minutes of having tasted everything except the Steamed Lapu-lapu, I slowly dug my fork got a piece of the fish and slowly ate the fish, then I got another piece, then another, then another. The fish was just so tender and perfectly cooked and to top it all off, the fish was so fresh there was no fish stench at all.
The same applies to how I tasted the Fresh Squid with broccoli. I was a bit hesitant at first but by the time I started digging in and eating, I was unstoppable.
The Ocean Crabs was so inviting and I got a piece immediately when the plate landed on the table. It was really tasteful but I did not bother getting another piece as cracking the shell and choosing the meat (yes eating big crabs is a big problem) is a big trouble so I just changed my focus to the Malay Cake served.
My favorite from all the dish is the Malay Cake. The phrase “melts in your mouth” just applies perfectly for the cake. Once you take a bite of the cake, you feel it disintegrating your mouth and it tasted just like heave in your mouth.
The taho was smooth, delicious and with just the right amount of sweetness but I am more of a fan of the hardcore street taho with all those caramel and sweetness exploding in your mouth.
The only two setbacks that I noticed when we visited the place is parking space and WiFi connection. Parking could be a problem since parking is dependent on Banilad Town Center’s parking space as Choi City does not have a dedicated parking space reserved for their customers. Also, there is no current WiFi service in the restaurant. The manager said that they actually have one but it’s too slow that they have to hide the signal rather than have customers/patrons vent out their frustration on the slow connection.
If you are a big fan of Cantonese and/or Chinese food, curious about it or you just want to pig out anywhere you can, then you should check out Choi City in the G/F South Arcade of Banilad Town Center (Banilad, Cebu City).
CHOI CITY CEBU
South Arcade, Banilad Town Center
Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City
Telephone No. +63 32 239 0800 or 239 0999
Opens Daily from 11:00AM – 2:00PM and 5:30 PM – 9:00 pM
Photos by Clarence Mongado of Everything Ubec