Am so happy I found a new breakfast hang-out this week. It started when I started bringing my son to school at 7 a.m., two hours ahead of my scheduled work in the office. My sleepy, thirsty- for-coffee self was unknowingly led to Emerald Garden, one of the oldie but goodie restaurants on Roxas Boulevard, just across the US Embassy.
Emerald Garden is A PAIR of restaurants that’s a few steps away from each other. The first one offers dimsum, the other one does not. I’ve eaten here countless times before, because if you’re based in Manila and don’t know about it, you’re probably hanging out too much in Binondo, hehe. Prices on the menu are reasonable for Chinese food, it’s delivered fast, and they give you Nagaraya nuts while waiting.
As I found out, the best deal about Emerald Garden is its breakfast. Because you can have a decent, filling meal here for less than a hundred pesos. A definite thumbs up in these times of recession!
The Emerald Siopao (P85) should be adjudged one of the best in Manila. It’s big and filling enough to last you till lunch. They definitely didn’t scrimp on the ingredients for this one – egg, Chinese sausage, roast pork, minced meat and others. Highly-recommended for first-time visitors to the place, but be sure to buy this before noon as they run out of stock early.
Their wanton noodle soup, at P75, easily beats out Chow King, if only because I counted six pieces of wanton (wonton?) in here. You can make do without the siopao, at the risk of ovestuffing yourself, huh.
The counter beside the cashier also has all sorts of Chinese delicacies, priced from P5 to P25 each. These include the honey roll, egg tart, chicken curry pie, taro puff, buchi and “ham suy kok,” a roll made of glutinous
rice flour with minced pork filling.
Other items on the breakfast menu include all kinds of hofan, dry noodles, congee, and assorted dimsum. Fresh fruit shakes are also available, and of course brewed coffee 😛
Emerald Garden Restaurant
1170 Roxas Blvd. Manila
Telephone No. 5238510, 5238515