There are a number of floating restaurants in Manila but none is as quite posh and lavish as The Jumbo Kingdom which is docked in the CCP Complex, along the Manila Bay . “Ano ba yan, para akong nasa ibang bansa! (Oh my! Looks like am in another country)” is a common reaction of Manila’s pollution-induced visitors upon seeing this giant ship which looks every inch like a majestic temple at night with its resplendent display of bright
neon lights. Reportedly costing $600 million, this one is not your run-of-the-mill Superferry dear; this one was towed all the way from Hong Kong where it was formerly based.
I am more apt to describe The Jumbo as the Chinese version of the Titanic. I’ve eaten two times here and the food is not much to crow about; but my mouth certainly gaped at the expensive pieces of Orientalia as well as the intricate Chinese sculptures and paintings adorning the whole place. It is a tourist attraction in itself, especially if you’re like me who’s been everywhere but Hong Kong. The ship is h-u-g-e and just perfect for those banquets; the most cozy spot is the open air roof deck on the fourth floor with a bar, karaoke room and unlimited view of Manila’s glorious skyline and sunset.
The first time, we had to go to Jumbo Kingdom because they were selling whole fried chicken at five pesos (or roughly 10 cents). The catch was that we had to order $10 worth of food from their a la carte menu, and so we did. They also offer a dimsum set lunch for only P160 which we still have to try along with their other temptingly good promotions which change every week. My verdict is that Jumbo Kingdom is not as good as the other Chinese restaurants in Manila like my favorite Golden Pavilion in Heritage Hotel. The service staff also act like they’re virtual neophytes, as in… maybe the management can retrain those dudes??? But as I would say again, you’d appreciate this floating jumbo ship more for its presentation and ambiance. Go ahead tour your provincemates and balikbayan relatives here and literally smell the breeze.