The JASMINE Cantonese Restaurant Experience @NewWorldMakati

Read first: A New World Hotel Makati Holiday Staycation Story JASMINE, the Cantonese restaurant of New World Hotel Makati, is consistently one of the best Cantonese-style Chinese restaurants in Manila. It’s the Chinese place to go to if you are craving for authentic Cantonese specialty dishes or if you just want to enjoy an eat-all-you-can yum cha just like the ones in HK. It’s been a while since we tried it, but this time we were able to bring the boys who happen to be our barometer for good dim sum and true enjoyment of the taste of the food. JASMINE 2nd Level New World Makati Hotel Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City 1228, Philippines Operating Hours: Open Daily Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Telephone: +63 2 8811 6888 Email: enquiry.manila@newworldhotels.com Facebook: New World Makati Hotel Instagram: @newworldmakati Website: http://newworldhotels.com/manila Check out low New World Makati rates and availability from Booking.com. First Things First It was the first time we stayed at the New World Makati Hotel, a Chinese hotel brand that recently celebrated their 25 years in the Philippines. This hotel was the setting of a lot of memories during my P&G and partying days, and the brand stood the test of time in its iconic location on the corner of Makati and A. Arnaiz Avenues (now Pasay Road). This holiday season, we created awesome staycation memories with our family of 4 boys.  Here’s our New World Hotel Makati Holiday Staycation Story. New World Makati Hotel  Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City 1228, Philippines Telephone: +63 2 8811 6888 Email: enquiry.manila@newworldhotels.com Facebook: New World Makati Hotel Instagram: @newworldmakati Website: http://newworldhotels.com/manila Check out low New World Makati rates and availability from Booking.com. Jasmine Menu: Peking Duck | Jasmine Specialties | Barbecue and Appetizers | Soups | Live Fish and Seafood | Seafood | Poultry and Meat | Vegetables and Bean Curd | Vegetarian | Rice | Noodles | Dessert | Unlimited Yum Cha Auspicious Menu: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII Drinks Menu: Chinese Tea | Chinese Liquor and Spirits | Iced Tea Infusions | Sparkling & Champagne, White Wine, Red Wine | Champagne | Cellar Selection | Red Wines: Cabernet and Blends | Shiraz and Blends, Pinot Noir, Merlot | Others, Dessert Wine | White Wine: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc | Chardonnay, Others | Single Malt, Bourbon and Whiskeys | Tequila, Cognac, XO | Beer: Local, Imported | Softdrinks, Mineral Water, Coffee You can try the Jasmine specialties or holiday specials, the Auspicious Lauriat menu options or their eat-all-you-can dim sum. The restaurant has a fine casual setting that needs refurbishment. Make sure to reserve one of the private rooms for a more intimate lauriat experience specially when you have kids with you.


Jasmine Holiday Menu Executive Chef Wong Kam On created Jasmine specialties for the holiday season that still carry the authentic Cantonese flavors that Jasmine is known for but with a holiday flair.

Hot Prawn Chicken Salad
Hot Prawn Chicken Salad
It’s a cross between a hot prawn and a creamy chicken salad to get a seafood-meat combination slathered with a creamy sauce.
Lobster Corn Soup
Lobster Corn Soup
Not your ordinary corn soup, an upgrade with lobster bits and flavor that both kids and adults will surely appreciate for the holidays.
Deep-fried scallop, minced shrimp, pumpkin sauce
Deep-fried scallop, minced shrimp, pumpkin sauce
Our favorite—scallop with crispy skin on the outside but still juicy inside on a bed of mashed spinach with egg white surrounded by pumpkin sauce.
Stir-fried fish fillet, black pepper, broccoli
Stir-fried fish fillet, black pepper, broccoli
A healthier dish of fish fillet and broccoli with just the right black pepper sauce coating.
Wok-fried beef tenderloin, XO Sauce
Wok-fried beef tenderloin, XO Sauce
Your typical beef main dish, wok-fried with a smoky flavor served with vegetables and XO sauce.
Crispy seafood, fried rice, curry sauce
Crispy seafood, fried rice, curry sauce
The boys loved this lumpia of fried rice with creamy Cantonese-style curry sauce. Yum!  


All-you-can-eat Dim Sum Jasmine has become famous for its dim sum, and it feels like eating in HK here with the quality of the dim sum and variety of specialties. We also tried all the dim sum in the Unlimited Yum Cha (₱1,388/person) menu and here are our favorites: Soup

Hot & Sour Soup
Hot & Sour Soup
So surprisingly good that even the little ones loved it—a little sweet, with a little spice and a little sourness. Just the perfect thing to stimulate your appetite.   Steamed Dim sum
Pork dumplings, crab roe, 'Shao Mai'
Pork dumplings, crab roe, ‘Shao Mai’
The boys are siomai monsters, and they loved this because of the fuller meat, thin wrapper and umami from the crab roe.
Steamed Shrimp dumpling
Steamed Shrimp Dumpling
The hakaw also got approval from the hakaw monsters, and each one got a basket each with a good amount of shrimp inside.
Pork spare ribs taosi
Pork spare ribs taosi
The chicken feet and pork spare ribs cooked in tausi sauce was Chinese-wife approved, and this is often our benchmark for good Cantonese food.
Pork Xiao Long Bao 'Nan Xiang'
Pork Xiao Long Bao ‘Nan Xiang’
After the little monsters devoured one basket each of siomai and hakaw, they turned their attention on the xiao long bao which was equally good, and they got one basket each.   Baked and Fried Dimsum
Seafood taro puff
Seafood taro puff
The puff had a crusty and flaky texture with just the right seafood taro mash inside. So good!
Barbecued pork puff
Barbecued pork puff
Like a fried siopao with a form factor than resembles an empanada with a hopia-like delicate texture.
Wagyu beef, mango roll
Wagyu beef, mango roll
This is their best seller, which is like a strip of steak rolled with mango and bound by seaweed. Definitely an acquired taste, but excellent  if you are looking for a good piece of meat.
Fried wanton, sweet sour sauce
Fried wonton, sweet sour sauce
Fried wonton with sweet and sour sauce to snack on throughout the lunch.   Dessert
Deep-fried sesame ball
Deep-fried sesame ball
The buchi monsters couldn’t get enough of the perfect buchi—right sesame crust, chewy mochi texture and sweet inside.
Chocolate, glutinous rice dumpling
Chocolate, glutinous rice dumpling
After the buchi, you can feast all you can on the chocolate mochi dessert.
Mango cream, sago
Mango cream, sago
Eat-all-you-can mango sago was heaven for the boys, and this dessert was just the perfect ending to the yum cha.


Final Thoughts Overall, Jasmine’s eat-all-you-can Yum Cha is Chinese-wife and little dim sum monsters-approved. I also like their take on Cantonese specialties and how they are surprisingly consistent with the quality of their food over the years. The Jasmine service staff is friendly and helpful, with reinforcements coming from Li Li restaurant in the former New World Manila Bay hotel. Jasmine stood the test of time, but I think its time to refresh the interiors and take the Cantonese cuisine in Manila to a whole new level. Congrats, Jasmine team!   JASMINE 2nd Level New World Makati Hotel Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City 1228, Philippines Operating Hours: Open Daily Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Telephone: +63 2 8811 6888 Email: enquiry.manila@newworldhotels.com Facebook: New World Makati Hotel Instagram: @newworldmakati Website: http://newworldhotels.com/manila Check out low New World Makati rates and availability from Booking.com.   Live an Awesome Life, Anton Founder, Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: We were media guests of New World Makati Hotel.  I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights. P.S. The dim sum chefs from Li Li recently transferred to Jasmine and replaced Jasmine’s long-time dim sum chef.

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