There’s a new nightlife and dining destination in Newport Mall: KAO Manila. A day and nightclub, dining is available from 5 pm to 10 pm, where guests can indulge in elevated Asian dishes. Drinks, music, and dancing happen from 10 pm onwards, as KAO Manila transforms into a premiere nightclub at the heart of Newport World Resorts.
Every aspect of KAO Manila was designed to deliver a VIP experience. This was certainly the case for us, when we visited KAO Manila and experienced the new superclub ourselves. From the exterior, interior, cocktails, to the elevated dishes, KAO Manila doesn’t fall short in delivering a first-rate experience.
Executive Chef Rachel Kao is behind KAO Manila’s delectable Asian-fusion menu—from cocktails to mains. Here are some of the dishes we got to try:
To start we had the Japanese Sampler, comprised of three Japanese-inspired appetizers: Spicy Edamame, Eggplant Miso, and Spicy Tuna Salad. All three were delightful, although the Spicy Edamame was our favorite (because edamame). The Eggplant Miso was a pleasant, flavorful surprise.
Other appetizers served were the Dimsum Basket, which came with an assortment of six different dimsum, and the Hot Prawn Salad, something seafood lovers would enjoy.
But the stars among the starters were the giant Japanese oysters served two ways: fresh and fried. Staying true to their promise of delivering a VIP experience, these giant oysters are flown directly from Hokkaido, Japan weekly, and are absolutely delicious.
Whether you’ve come for a pre-party dinner or just for a casual dinner with friends or family, KAO Manila makes every dining experience a special one. The presentation of each dish is an aspect that stands out and beautifully complements the warm, elegant interior design and ambiance of KAO Manila. Most mains also come in portions good for sharing.
The Salt and Pepper Grouper is a must-try, coated in light, crispy breading while keeping the fish meat juicy and tender. As an alternative, you can opt for the Grouper in Black Bean Sauce instead.
The Beef Basket was a crowd favorite at our table. The diced beef is so tender and delectable, dressed in a balanced sweet-salty sauce. The dish comes served in an edible “basket” that was also pleasantly crispy and delicious. It complemented the beef very well.
If you love chicken, the two chicken dishes we tried were favorites, too. The Tori Momo stands out for me personally—a tender chicken yakitori (Japanese-style grilled and skewered chicken), but the Hainanese chicken-inspired Leek Smothered Chicken offers good flavors, too. This dish is full of flavor—although topped with a generous amount of leeks, it’s surprisingly not overpowering, and simply just works. It’s a comforting dish.
For those who love traditional Chinese dishes, you’ll love the Sweet & Sour Pork, beautifully served in a pineapple.
To go with our mains, we had the Shrimp Pad Thai and Salmon Fried Rice which were both, as expected, delicious.
Looking for a place to dine at Newport World Resorts? Try KAO Manila for elevated Asian dining. And if you feel like dancing, stay after dinner and catch some of the hottest local and international DJs on deck daily.
KAO Manila Day and Night Club is located on the second floor of Newport Mall.
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