When in Manila, specifically at New Port, Pasay City, try dropping by Resorts World Manila to eat. Passion Restaurant can be found here at the second floor of the casino area. This is a fine dining restaurant that serves Chinese food. I went there with my family and a couple of their friends for lunch and since I love Chinese food, I definitely brought my appetite.
Those big sliding doors were the first thing that welcomed us when we found Passion Restaurant. Looks a bit intimidating doesn’t it? But the staff in this place are really accommodating which is a big help as we had a P10,000 worth of gift certificate to consume! My mom won it from playing bingo at Resorts World Manila. Truly we appreciated the suggestions of the waitress that serviced us.
At Passion, you can indulge in irresistible dishes like the Shanghai dumpling, abalone and bird’s nest soup in a grand banquet hall with large round tables. Set within the confines of six-star Maxims Hotel, its grandiose interior reflects the rich, exquisite tastes of the orient.
Passion has 400 seats and seven VIP rooms to accommodate special gatherings like company functions, private get-togethers and family reunions. Combined with impeccable service, everything about Passion makes for an affair worth coming back to.
I love how the sun light streamed inside the restaurant. It balanced out the cold from the aircon and for someone like me who easily gets cold, that’s definitely a good thing. The place was huge too adding to its elegant look!
For starters, I ordered hot soup, Crab and Corn. It was delicious! And it immediately made me excited to try the rest of the food we ordered.
First of the many viands that we ordered was the Pork Barbeque with Honey Sauce. Just looking at it made mouths water already. Loved that the pork meat was soft and tender. Didn’t give our teeth any trouble when we bit on it. And you know how it is with some old folks and their dentures right? (Easily removable) Haha. Being a sweet toothed girl, I kinda wish it tasted sweeter, that the taste of the honey sauce wasn’t subtle.
The Shanghai style pork personally didn’t draw me in. Actually, I would say that we found this the least appetizing out of all the foods we ordered. And it was because of two things: it was strange looking and it was really because of the food’s smell: there was this distinctive Chinese spice to it. I guess if you like exotic looking/smelling foods, this will appeal to you.
Sweet and Sour Lapu-Lapu – this was definitely one of our favorites. And I was surprised at how much I loved it as I’m not a big fan of sweet and sour foods. But after one bite, I was hooked! We loved how crispy the skin of the fish was! And I personally thought the sweetness was just right. It wasn’t uber sweet but it wasn’t too sour either. I guess that’s why I really ate so much of this…That and the fact that the lemon chicken which was my favorite was gone too soon.
We also ordered the bacon and garlic minced broccoli. I seriously don’t get why a lot of kids hate eating broccoli. They are absolutely good! And by good, I mean both in taste and for one’s body. I love eating broccoli with or without rice and this was no exemption. I could just keep on munching one of these babies up. Look how fresh and green they are!
And of course, I had to order my all time favorite Chinese food: Boneless Deep Fried Lemon Chicken! You can’t go wrong with this one. It’s always a delight to eat. Everyone else loved it too – too much apparently that it was gone too soon. I was actually tempted to stop them all from getting a share because I tell ya, it was really good! I wanted it all to myself! Haha. It’s a bit disappointing that there were only four pieces of the chicken in one order.
We ordered Passion Fried Rice as well because they didn’t carry our favorite fried rice: Yang Chow! The taste was okay. It wasn’t great or anything special which was somehow what I was expecting considering it bore the name of the restaurant.
We ordered the stir fry noodles with assorted seafood also. I’m actually not crazy about noodles with seafood toppings because most often than not, the taste of the seafood is overpowering. Not this though. This was real good. I thought it was cooked real well. The taste of seafood was there but it wasn’t overbearing and the noodles were firm not soggy.
You’d think after all those food we ordered, we would already have had enough. But what’s Chinese food without siomai and dumplings right? The shrimp dumplings and siomai both looked moist and freshly steamed. Dipped in chili and lemon sauces, it taste even better.
We capped off our lunch at Passion with dessert: sesame seed balls! Yummy! It truly was sweetness overload for me as I finished off the whole plate!
Overall, I would say that our fine dining experience at this restaurant was a meal to remember. The service was good, the ambience was very relaxing and more importantly, we were stuffed with ma-umami foods! Would we go back here again? Well, if we had the budget, (like around P3,000 for a group of 3 to 4 persons to be safe), we’d dine in again especially because its near the casino. What can I say? We like trying our luck on those slot machines!
When in Manila, experience Chinese fine dining the Resorts World way: dine in at Passion Restaurant. It is open for lunch from 11am to 2:30pm daily and open for dinner from 6pm to 1opm. It is located at the 2nd Flr., Maxims Tower, Resorts World Manila. You can pay with cash, credit card. Resorts World Manila members can also use their RWM card points at Passion Restaurant. For inquiries/reservations, you can call them up at (+632) 908 8875.
Passion Restaurant at Resorts World Manila Philippines
Type of cuisine: Cantonese
Seating capacity: 400
Ambiance: Fine dining
For reservations: Call (+632) 908 8875
2nd Flr., Maxims Tower, Resorts World Manila
Operating hours: Daily
Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.