My brother-in-law Cesar treated my mom-in-law and me to lunch at a fine dining Chinese restaurant way down south in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. He likes to explore the metro to find great dining places, and this is one of his best discoveries. Located on the second level of The Bellevue Manila, a deluxe hotel in Alabang, the spacious Phoenix Court delights the palate with its flavorful Chinese food offerings amidst an elegant setting.
Because we got stuck in traffic going to the hotel, thus making our stomachs grumble, Cesar wasted no time ordering his highly-recommended dishes. First to arrive on our table was the Quick-Fried Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper (P440+) — extremely tender, perfectly-seasoned chunks of meat in mild black pepper sauce with yellow, green and red bell peppers and onions underneath. It’s guaranteed to be a favorite for any beef lover.
Next to be served was the Fried Ho Fun with Shrimps in Egg Cream Sauce (P480+), a delectable flat noodle dish with a generous portion of fresh and succulent shrimps. My mom-in-law especially loved it because she loves seafood.
Finally, we had this very light and healthy dish called Braised Bean Curd with Bailing Mushroom and Green Vegetable (P360+). It was the last one to arrive on our table but the first to be polished off the plate. Its simple yet delicious sauce complemented the fried tofu so well.
We washed everything down with the house tea, as we always do in Chinese restaurants.
After our sumptuous meal, our waiter, Ody, asked if we would care for dessert. My mind wanted to say ‘yes’ but my tummy refused to take any more, so Cesar just asked to settle our bill already. When Ody came back with it, he also set a small plate of buchi on our table for the three of us to partake. That was really nice of him. I guess one small ball of glutinous rice with black bean paste won’t hurt so I ate one while it was still warm. Mmmm….
The servings at Phoenix Court are good for sharing and the prices are very reasonable considering that it’s a hotel outlet. The service was warm and attentive, and the staff certainly knows how to please their customers. Our dining experience made the almost one-hour trip to Alabang well worth it.