It's the last day of the year 2012. We've been hurdling a lot of end-of-the-world predictions and until now, we're still alive, breathing and blogging!
Just like when the Mayans predicted the end of the world to happen on December 21, 2012, I also predicted that something will end but only a day before that said prediction and it is---- the end of my 3-week diet! In an instant, I finally gave in back to my love for food when I was one of the bloggers who got the chance to have a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine at the newly-opened West Empire Chinese Restaurant and Seafood Garden last December 20, 2012.
Let me just give you a brief background of this new restaurant. West Empire Chinese Restaurant and Seafood Garden is actually one of the three newly-opened restaurants located at the West JBT Plaza, the new food haven in Davao City. Alongside with it are the Jaime's restaurant which offers an international fusion cuisine buffet and the quaint-looking Chiyo Authentic Japanese Restaurant and Yakiniku House which offers the best yakiniku and Japanese food in town. I'll be making separate blog posts for the two other restaurants so for now, I'll be focusing the spotlight on what West Empire Chinese Restaurant and Seafood Garden has to offer.
Brace yourselves, I'll be flooding you with pictures which will surely make you drool!
|Assorted Cold Cuts for Appetizer. See next photo for the contents!|
|White Chicken, Pork Asado, Suckling Pig, Peking Duck (everything tastes delicious!)|
After the appetizer was served, we were able to meet the Chinese dimsums.
|Xiao Long Bao|
What sets West Empire apart from the other restaurants here in Davao is the Xiao Long Bao. As far as I know, they are the first to offer Xiao Long Bao in the menu because others just served it seasonally. It was also my first time to taste such Chinese dimsum and I totally got hooked. One thing I also learned was that the Xiao Long Bao requires a unique manner of eating to fully enjoy its taste.
|Eight Treasures Soup: definitely a bowl of treasures|
Drumroll please! It's time to drool over the main courses of West Empire.
|Fried Crabs with Salted Egg: the salted egg gives the right amount of flavor.|
|Bamboo Lobster: tastes really really fresh!|
|Sizzling Beef Tenderloin (Chinese Style): tender beef strips with just the right amount of flavor|
|Lemon Chicken Fillet: the breading of the chicken tastes really great!|
|West Empire Special Seafood Noodle|
|Steamed Lapu-Lapu in Soy Sauce|
|Spareribs in Salt and Pepper|
|French Beans with Garlic: cooked just right!|
|Taro Puff with Assorted Meat: a very great surprise of flavors!|
|Warm Prawn Salad|
If there's one dish I tasted that will surely make my long commute from Bangkal to Lanang worth the while, it is their Warm Prawn Salad. At first glance, it looked like just an ordinary fruit salad, but it exploded fireworks when I tasted the warm prawn in it. Make sure to try this dish when you get to visit West Empire, or else you will miss half of your life.
|Chilled Mango Sago|
With all the food presented and served to us, who could ever resist all of these? I surely forgot the meaning of the word diet from the first taste of the cold cuts down to the last serving of dessert. I was already close to savoring the Mango Sago if not only for my allergies. Speaking of allergies, I just recently discovered that my allergies can now be triggered by not-so-fresh seafood products. Not having even the slightest allergy attack after all this feast could truly vouch that this restaurant offers delectable cuisines from the freshest ingredients.
Aside from just offering a sumptuous Chinese dinner for families and friends, West Empire also offers spacious VIP rooms for corporate events, gatherings, meetings and celebrations. The staff in this restaurant are also very accommodating, you'll certainly feel like a Chinese royalty within their midst.
If you still don't have a list of food to prepare for welcoming the new year, then try the delectable dishes shown above. For great and authentic Chinese food, visit West Empire Chinese Restaurant and Seafood Garden before another end of the world date is set to happen!
West Empire Chinese Restaurant and Seafood Garden
2nd floor West JBT Plaza
Insular Village 2, Lanang Davao City
Contact No.: 282-0519
Thank you very much to Jaime Tan, Jr. and Belinda Suaco and Davao Bloggers for this invitation.