It all started with Janet's email - "Girls do you want to try the dim sum at Lili? They have a promo that's ending soon." Naturally the replies were fast and furious. And within a few days of the email we went to Lili for lunch. The promotion was "All you can eat dim sum" at Lili Cantonese Restaurant at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila for Php 555++.
It was my first time to eat at Lili. I was amazed at the beautiful restaurant. It felt like I was entering a richly appointed house rather than a Chinese restaurant.
private function rooms
We each had different patterned plates by Raynaud limoges "villandry" collection. Definitely not typical for a Chinese restaurant.
This was the menu to choose from. I checked all of them!
Lili dim sum menu
We had to finish everything. As in no left-overs, no take out. It's hard to find good dim sum in Manila. I really hoped it would be good. The roast pork was good but not as good as Choi's.
honey roasted barbecued pork
pork & shrimp dumpling w/ flying fish roe "siu mai"
The "xiao long bao" or soupy meat dumplings were just mediocre. It was a far cry from the ones at Peking Garden.
Shanghai pork dumplings "xiao long bao"
The spareribs were good if not for the huge chunks of fat. There was actually more fat than meat.
spareribs w/ plums
I ordered only 1 basket of squid and still no one ate it. It was quite tough and rubbery.
squid w/ garlic
All the dumplings and buns were good but nothing spectacular.
shrimp dumpling "har gaw"
shrimp stuffed spinach dumpling
chicken & mushroom bun
barbecued pork bun
dim sum galore
The baked barbecued puff pastry were the BEST! The crust was very flaky and the pork filling had just the right sweet & salty flavor. This was even better than the ones I've eaten in Hong Kong. We re-ordered this over and over again. We must have eaten 3-4 pieces each. If you ordered this a la carte, 3 pieces cost P180.
baked barbecued puff pastry
The ham sui kok at H.K. Choi is much better.
glutinous dumpling w/ meat "ham sui kok"
shredded taro & vegetable spring roll
steamed beef rice roll
Where's the sausage in this supposedly Chinese sausage in glutinous roll?
Chinese sausage in glutinous roll
wok fried turnip cake
salted chicken wings
vegetables w/ oyster sauce
fried rice w/ diced chicken & salted fish
After all the ++ after the base price of P555 we ended up paying P700 per person. It was definitely not worth the food we ate. If we ordered the same amount of dim sum in another restaurant we would probably pay half the price. Anyway we enjoyed the baked barbecued pork pastry and the company and that's important thing.
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila
1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar,
Malate, Manila, Philippines