A Family Affair at Oriental Palace, Tomas Morato

Eating out is a big part of our culture and we usually come in big groups. Whether we're celebrating the smallest victories or just catching up, regular communal meals cultivate relationships and makes people happier.

Oriental Palace, the newest family Chinese restaurant in Tomas Morato, started its operations last November 8, 2014. It traces its roots to Wah Yuen, a famous noodle and dimsum restaurant in Escolta, established by the Chua family's patriarch in 1978.

Mr. Henry Chua is very hands on. He goes to the market himself everyday, makes sure the food is prepared with perfection and goes around tables to talk to customers. He is from Hong Kong who specializes in Cantonese fine dining as well as their two imported chefs who takes care of roasting and dim sum.

[caption id="attachment_4704" align="aligncenter" width="700"]OrientalPalace_PekingDuck Peking Duck[/caption]

When asked about what makes Oriental Palace unique, you're in for a treat. His son, Sir Chris shared "yung sa food, kasi ngayon may mahilig na Chinese na 'Oy, bigyan mo naman ako ng something different, na ibang klaseng luto" and the father would cook a special dish for them. Their Marketing Manager Sir Joey mentioned: "Pwede mo sabihin kasi Chinese is pare-pareho lang, pero sa kanila it's the personal touch na binibigay ng father."

This massive restaurant has a main dining hall, shabu-shabu area (soon to open 24/7), function areas and private rooms that can accommodate up to 800 diners. It is adorned with beautiful chandeliers with mostly red walls and gold accents. There's an entrance and parking space (with an additional open parking lot) on all three sides but the main door is located along Scout Gandia St.

[caption id="attachment_4702" align="aligncenter" width="700"]OrientalPalace_mainhall Main Hall[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4718" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Shabu Shabu Shabu-Shabu Area[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4700" align="aligncenter" width="700"]OrientalPalace_conferm1 Small Private Room (2nd floor)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4701" align="aligncenter" width="700"]OrientalPalace_conferm2 Small Private Room (2nd floor)[/caption]

Different kinds of seafood, including exotic ones, are available in the restaurant. Choose from different kinds of fishes such as Lapu Lapu, eels, lobsters, shrimp, elephant shells, etc. with guaranteed freshness.

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Here are some of the dishes we were able to sample during their launch last February 2:

[caption id="attachment_4716" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Xiao Long Bao with Sauce Xiao Long Bao with Ginger & Red Vinegar[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4699" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Har gow / Hakaw Har gow / Hakaw[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4712" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Sio mai Sio mai[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4715" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Japanese Siomai Japanese Siomai[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4714" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Seafood Dumpling Seafood Dumpling[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4713" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Pork Balls Pork Balls[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4711" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Chicken Feet Chicken Feet[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4717" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Beancurd Rolls Beancurd Rolls[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4722" align="aligncenter" width="448"]Suckling Pig Suckling Pig[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4723" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Peking Duck Peking Duck with XO Sauce[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4709" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Tempura Tempura[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4724" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Rice Suahe Rice[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4725" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Lapu lapu Lapu lapu[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4726" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Oysters Oysters XO[/caption]

@orientalpalacebanquet's Oreo Frappe Shake. Yum! :D #GeekyKitch

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[caption id="attachment_4727" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Coffee Jelly and Ube Jelly Coffee Jelly and Ube Jelly[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4710" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Buchi Buchi[/caption]

Despite the posh-looking environment, Oriental Palace is easy on the pocket and gives you more than what you pay for. Each dish tasted simple in a good way (no umay feeling) and fresh. We kept coming back for more of the main dishes despite how full we were with the dimsum, appetizers, Jasmine tea and shakes. I wasn't used to eating dimsum without toyomansi but I got appreciate it more. I love that my Japanese food favorites are also available in their menu.

My personal favorites were Xiao Long Bao, Hakaw, Tempura, Suahe rice, Oyster XO, and coffee jelly. I would love to try their lobster and crabs next time :)

If you're looking for delicious and authentic Chinese food for private meetings, press events, weddings, debuts or other occasions, Oriental Palace is the place to go.





Oriental Palace

Restaurant & Banquet Hall

148 Tomas Morato corner Scout Gandia, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City (beside Jollibee)

Opens from 11am to 11pm.



  1. Missed this one. Grabe literally drooling with the food selection. I wonder how much yung price range ng mga food choices nila.

  2. Most of their a la cart items are between P60 - P300. Seafood is charged by kilo :)

  3. I've never tried eating at any Chinese restaurant in that area since we have enough Chinese restaurants in Binondo, my home. Oriental Place looks like a huge space serving exquisite food.

  4. Uy, lapit lang kami dito. From the outside, you wouldn't know that the place is spacious inside. Thanks for posting the menu with prices. Will try out the place soon.

  5. A massive resto, an ideal for a big banquet. The foods are great. They're so tempting. How I wish I was living near at that place so that I bring whole family dinning there.

  6. The place looks really huge. It's nice that they add a personalized touch to their Chinese food.

  7. The place is spacious, clean and cool. It's good for any occasion and gatherings. Likewise for family bonding while enjoying different food like dumplings, seafood and many more.

  8. It seems as if you went to Binondo instead of Morato. Didn't know they had great Chinese food there

  9. I just had dinner now but looking at these pictures, I think I am ready for another meal. Lol. I really have to try this place when I visit Tomas Morato soon.

  10. The suckling pig and peking duck are personal favorites of mine. I'd love to try out their Japanese fares as well.

  11. It's quite far from my place but the Hakaw looks appetizing.


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