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Comida China de Manila offers the finest Chinese dining experience outside of Chinatown

Comida China de Manila

Comida China de Manila is a new and upcoming restaurant comfortably located along E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (C5). While it officially opened its doors to the public on July 2011, regulars are more likely to be familiar with the establishment’s former name, Panciteria San Jacinto-Pasig. Who wouldn’t be, for it has in the last 15 years served as Pasig City’s acclaimed dining hub for celebrations, gatherings, and of good, authentic Chinese food. With such a loaded history why change names at all, one might ask.

New directions

The Torres Family chose to take a different direction from the old panciteria concept of the Pasig restaurant by opting for a more formal and upscale ambiance, says Benny V. Torres, President of Comida China de Manila, Inc. Almost immediately, the question of price comes into mind. To this, Benny happily reported that despite the upgrade in facility, service, and food quality, the price remains unchanged.

Comida China de Manila

The finest Chinese food outside of Chinatown

The thick, 12-page menu features a huge selection of dishes to tickle your palate. There are eight (8) varieties of rice to choose from, and that’s just a start! From there it’s pretty much an all-out battle royal of delightful dishes. To make things easier I’ll just focus on my personal top three:

Comida China de Manila

Fried Shrimp Balls – Minced shrimp coated in bread crumbs and fried until golden brown. The outside is fried to a perfect crisp while the inside is soft, tender, and moist.

Camaron rebosado con hamon

Camaron Rebosado Con Jamon – Another classic Binondo dish, it is deep fried battered shrimp with ham.

Comida chow mein

Comida China Chow Mien – Their signature dish, it is a combination of Chinese brocoli leaves, black mushroom, pork, shrimp, and special sauces over freshly cooked canton noodles for an interestingly different and delicious dish. So popular is this dish that it can be found in all of the set meals.

Beyond the culinary

Comida China de Manila goes beyond the culinary by offering function rooms that can accommodate up to 270 guests. The main dining area can accommodate up to 130 guests, for a total of 400 guests all in all. The function rooms are top notch. Each room is well air conditioned. Every room is full of ornate photos and sculptures that bring to life Manila’s glory days of the past. Each room is distinct — there is even a Coca-cola room!

Comida China de Manila

In addition to the spacious front, the establishment also offers covered parking. Guests will be delighted to know that parking is free. The site is still undergoing renovations. Expansion plans are underway to accommodate even more guests. We were told that guests would often ask about the possibility of opening a branch in other areas, but there are no such plans at the moment.

Backed with over a decade of experience, excellent service, and an passion for quality food, Comida China de Manila is positioned to rise to the top as one of the premiere culinary destinations in Manila.

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