Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant: Beyond Traditional Lauriat Table Set Menus in Greenhills Shopping Center

Connecticut, San Juan, Philippines

As Tsinoy Foodies, it's a major part of our lives to celebrate occasions through dining.  Whether it's a casual family dinner, a meeting with friends, birthdays or something as grand as a wedding, it takes place in a big round table over Chinese dishes served lauriat table set menu style.  

I have yet to meet a fellow Tsinoy living in the Metro who has not heard of Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant in Greenhills Shopping Center.  It's popular chinese restaurant for dimsum, hot pot and of course, the lauriat table set menu style which we Tsinoys typically refer to as pan to.

gloria maris sharks fin restaurant
Aside from the dimsum, hot pot and usual table set up, Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant has 13 VIP rooms for a more private dining experience.  

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And, for weddings and other occasion like my recent cousins wedding, they have a function hall with a capacity of 100 tables.

A few weeks ago, I received an invite from Ms. Candy Uy Lim to try their new menu offerings.  Growing up eating the traditional lauriat offerings, I was excited to try what they have in store for us.

abalone sashimi
Abalone Sashimi
First to arrive in a steamy and smoking sailboat, voyaging from the kitchen to our table, is the Abalone Sashimi.

abalone sashimi
Abalone Sashimi
I love abalone, in whatever form.  And, this Abalone Sashimi is delightful as expected!  This chewy tasty sea treasure brought pure bliss to my senses. 

chiu chow cold cuts
Chiu Chow Cold Cuts
I was definitely surprised when the Chiu Chow Cold Cuts was served.  It was an across border appetizer because there's a California Maki, Fried Enoki Mushrooms, Fried Battered Bacon Rolls, Roasted Duck and Lechon Macau.  This is good to try if you're bored with the traditional cold cut sampler with Jelly Fish, Century Egg, White Chicken, Asado and Suckling Pig.  But, for me I'd stick with the traditional.  It's something I look forward to in every Chinese dinner and I don't think that will ever change.

two tone almond seafood pumpkin soup
2 Tone Almond Seafood Pumpkin Soup
 The 2 Tone Almond Seafood Pumpkin Soup in a beautiful yin and yang presentation.  Every sip was glorified by its dominant sweet pumpkin taste with a fragrant light and subtle almond taste.

prawns and pop rice stawberry sauce
Prawns and Pop Rice with Strawberry Sauce
The Prawns and Pop Rice with Strawberry Sauce is a great alternative for the traditional sweet and sour dish.  My taste buds has encountered too many sweet and sour offering in the past, in various forms: fish fillet, pork and prawns too.  So, you just imagine how enlightened I was to try the Prawns and Pop Rice with Strawberry Sauce which is also on the sour side but  this time with a refreshing strawberry taste.

scallop and shell meat french beans radish
Scallop and Shell Meat with French Beans and Radish
Next to abalone, scallop holds second to my favorite seafood dish.  I was very pleased with the Scallop and Shell Meat with French Beans and Radish.  The tender scallop, slightly chewy shell meat, crunchy french beans and soft radish cake offered a harmonious mix match of textures. 

peking chicken salad
Peking Chicken Salad
Who would have thought the Peking Chicken Salad, would deliver a grand and majestic impact to the taste buds as its duck counterpart?  If emperor's have tried this, I think they'll bow down to this healthier version.  It's crispy skinned, succulent and tender meat eaten with mantou (fried buns) is delicious!   

steamed lapu lapu
Steamed Lapu-Lapu Fillet with Egg White
The Steamed Lapu-Lapu Fillet with Egg White is for me an epitome of a successful unity beyond multi-cultural barriers.  The Steamed Lapu-Lapu is from the Chinese, the egg white reminded of the Japanese chawan mushi and lastly, the plating looks particularly French. 

fried crab salted egg
Fried Crab with Salted Egg
If the usual Steamed Crab dish doesn't tempt you enough to get your hands dirty, then for sure this Fried Crab with Salted Egg will!  You'll surely feel dignified by the satisfying bold rich salty taste of duck egg complemented by the natural sea sweetness of king crab in every bite.  

jumbo buchi
Jumbo Buchi
The Jumbo Buchi is a bigger buchi with more shell yet airy contents.  Definitely an eye-catcher for gluttons, but I'm the type who looks more on the inside so I still prefer their traditional Buchi

marshmallow pastries
Marshmallow Pastries
The Marshmallow Pastries is such a cute and spiffy surpriseIt is a gathering of molded bunny marshmallows coated in dessicated coconut sitting on a tart.  Although it was heart breaking makes this hop their way to my stomach, I have to admit that their light and fluffy texture brought a sweet ending to our feast.  Not much credit to the tart for that though.

chilled taho
Chilled Taho
Just when I thought the meal was over, the Chilled Taho came and was emptied by the boys in the group.

It was definitely a bountiful feast fit for a royalty!  

gloria maris lauriat
Well, in case, you want to compare the new menu to the traditional, here it is.  Of course, variation depends on your budget and preference.  This is the meal I had in a recent family occasion.  My classic favorites among these are the
Cold Cuts Sampler, Steamed Lapu-Lapu, Peking Duck, Buchi and Mango Sago.

Tip: Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant in Greenhills Shopping Center is celebrating its 1st Year Anniversary by treating its loyal patrons to a 30% OFF (for a minimum of 1,000 php) on weekdays until July 31, 2013. For reservations please call 570-0921, 570-0923, 570-0924

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
It's great that Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant is now offering a wide selection for its clients.  I'm sure these options will be welcomed with glee by its loyal diners.  As they say, the more the merrier right?  I'm sure I'm bound to dine here again.  And, when that time comes, I'm sure glad to know that there are constantly adding new menu items so there's something I have yet to try.

I was also surprised to find out from Ms. Candy that Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant in Greenhills Shopping Center is not affiliate with the other restaurants using the same name.  They have their own offerings prepared by their numerous Hong Kong Chefs. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant Menu
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Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant
Business Address Greenhills Shopping Center, Missouri St cor. Connecticut, 
Greenhills, San Juan City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Lunch: 11 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6 pm - 10 pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1,000
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 570-0921, 570-0923, 570-0924
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