Li Li's Restaurant at Hyatt Hotel Manila: Dimsum All You Can

It's not everyday we get to experience the elegant and luxurious home of Li Li Ho, an elite socialite from Hongkong.  So, we took our chances and toured Lili's Restaurant at Hyatt Hotel.  It is a Cantonese restaurant made in  Li Li's name.  It has garnered quite a number of awards such as one of the best restaurant in the Philippines by Philippine Tatler and Dineasia and has been nominated to be part of the Top 20 Best Restaurants in Asia by Miele.

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Lower Dining and Upper Dining Area
Our first stop is the majestic Lower Dining and Upper Dining Area with beautiful mirrors, drapes, flower centerpiece, painting and lightings.  Li Li's ancestors paintings can be found on the Upper Dining Area as a sign of respect.

lilis library drawing room
Library and Drawing Room
The Library is one of my favorite rooms.  It contains book that are of travel and art which are  Li Li's interests.  It is also where men hang out after dinner.  While, the Drawing Room is where the woman take comfort while the men are in the Library.  It has its own pantry.

lili fei fei and bai ling room
Fei Fei and Bai Ling
As tribute to Li Li's daughters Fei Fei and Bai Ling, they each have a room with similar design but different in color.  
tea bar
Tea Bar
The Tea Bar is where all the teas are kept and where the the Gong Fu Tea Ceremony are usually held.  
wine cellar room
Wine Cellar
The Wine Cellar usually has a different table set up.  But for our group gathering, it was arranged as such.  

gong fu tea ceremony
Gong Fu Tea Ceremony
To show how welcome we are as guest, the Gong Fu Tea Ceremony is performed before us.  The Gong Fu Tea Ceremony originating from Fujian and Guangdong in the 1940's.  The original term "Gong Fu Cha" literally means "skills" or "capability".  Each gesture and artful movement is done with deep respect and intention: respect for the guest being served, respect for self and respect for the art of tea.

It involves a delicate of procedure:

  • warming the pot and heating the cups
  • appreciate excellent tea
  • the black dragon enters the palace
  • rinsing from an elevated pot
  • the spring wind brushes the surface
  • bathe the immortal twice

You'd have to watch it for yourself to understand.  It's a special service you can request whenever you dine at Li Li's Restaurant.

complimentary appetizer
Complimentary Appetizers

Dimsum All You Can
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When you avail of their Dimsum All You Can, you are given a list of all available dimsum.  You will just check what you want and they will serve your orders right at your table.

har gao
 Har Gao (Steamed Shrimp and Bamboo Pith Dumpling)
Har Gao is my favorite dimsum.  If you wonder how good this is?  Well, let's just say that I had two servings of these.  

Sio Mai (Steamed Pork and Dried Scallop Dumpling)
I have to admit,  Sio Mai is something we casually have at home so it was not something that I would be excited to try.  But, Li Li's made it into something special with the dried scallop that's a great enhancement in terms of flavors.  

xiao long bao
Shanghai-style Steamed Pork and Crab Meat Dumpling
I've always loved Xia Long Bao.  The  Shanghai-style Steamed Pork and Crab Meat Dumpling has a good and tasty soup and soft shell.  It has crab meat on top of it which is great too.

Shrimp and Spinach Dumpling
Pan-fried Shrimp and Spinach Dumpling
The  Pan-fried Shrimp and Spinach Dumpling  is pretty food too.  It's my first time to try it and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Deep-Fried Taro and Assorted Seafood Dumpling
 Deep-Fried Taro and Assorted Seafood Dumpling
I've never been a fan of cooked taro.  But, the Deep-Fried Taro and Assorted Seafood Dumpling has made me realize how much of it I have not appreciated.  This is amazing!  I'll try to have this as much as I can from now on.  

Beijing-Style Wok-Fried Pork Dumpling
Beijing-Style Wok-Fried Pork Dumpling
The Beijing-Style Wok-Fried Pork Dumpling is pretty good.  It reminds me of the Japanese Mandu and the Japanese Gyoza.  

Deep-Fried Bicho-Bicho, Shrimp, Wasabi-Mayonnaise Sauce
Deep-Fried Bicho-Bicho, Shrimp, Wasabi-Mayonnaise Sauce
Having eaten dimsum all my life, I find it my loss that I've never tried Li Li's Deep-Fried Bicho-Bicho, Shrimp, Wasabi-Mayonnaise Sauce.  It's a superb mix of textures and flavors.

Lobster and Asparagus Dumplings
Lobster and Asparagus Dumplings 
The Lobster and Asparagus Dumplings is sweet lobster balls with asparagus.  The two are a surprisingly good tandem.

Glutinous Dumpling, White Chocolate, Peanut
 Glutinous Dumpling, White Chocolate, Peanut
Last definitely not the least is the crowd-pleaser Glutinous Dumpling, White Chocolate, Peanut.  This sweet glutinous dumpling covered in peanut bits and oozing with white chocolate is so delicious!

guava iced teA
 Guava Iced Tea
The Guava Iced Tea is their signature drink which is a must try!  It's mildly sweet and refreshing.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Li Li's Restaurant offers a great elegant yet homey interiors suitable for any gathering.  Availing of their wholesome Dimsum All You Can promo is a must try!  The Yum Cha Dimsum Buffet is best for more luxurious banquet as it comes with free-flowing drinks and desserts too.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Li Li's Restaurant Price List
Ambiance Dimsum All You Can (Mon-Sat) -  788 php
Yum Cha Dimsum Buffet (Sun) - 1,550 php
=Favorites or Recommended 
Li Li's Restaurant at Hyatt Manila
Business Address
5/F Hyatt Hotel & Casino Manila,
Pedro Gil cor. MH del Pilar
Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours Lunch: 12pm-2:30m
Dinner: 6pm-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1500
Free WiFi Yes
Contact (02) 245-1234
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