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July 5, 2013

Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant- Greenhills Shopping Center

Growing up in a Chinese family, I've been accustomed to dining in a lot of Chinese restaurants all over the Metro. Chinese cuisine is like our family's trusted cuisine. For them, it's like you can't go wrong with Chinese dishes. As much as I want to try and explore other cuisines, it seems like I always come back to that particular taste that feels like home. 

Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant is this famous restaurant in Greenhills that generated a number of loyal patrons and customers from the Chinese community. And now, they decided to expand and relocate to a bigger place and accommodate a bigger and wider market of foodies both from the Chinese and non-Chinese community.

After attending two weddings at their newly built establishment this year, I was ecstatic to go back and sample more of their classic and new dishes. 

Let the feast begin..

Abalone Sashimi


Starting the feast was a grandeur entrance of a wooden dragon boat carrying fresh slices of Abalone Sashimi. It was made more dramatic with the smokey effect brought about by dry ice underneath. Now this is my kind of sashimi, since I don't eat salmon or tuna sashimi. It's fresh, tender and chewy, a great way to start one fine Chinese feast. 


Chiu Chow Cold Cuts


Now, one staple appetizer when dining panto style is the Assorted Cold Cuts Combination. We are used to the classic combination of century egg, seaweeds, soy chicken, asado and suckling pig, but this time, we were introduced to Gloria Maris' Chiu Chow Cold Cuts. It consists of california maki, crispy pork (lechon kawali), fried enoki mushrooms, bacon rolls and roasted duck slices

The whole platter is a fusion of Japanese, Chinese and Filipino appetizers. A modern twist to the traditional starter which most Chinese families order. 

2 Tone Almond Seafood Pumpkin Soup 


A combination of creamy almond puree and seafood pumpkin soup, the 2 Tone Almond Seafood Pumpkin Soup was served in a beautiful and artistic yin-yang presentation.

It was very unusual to me since I drink almond puree for dessert and not as a soup. But its subtle taste and aroma was easily appreciated by my palate after a few spoonfuls.

Prawns and Pop Rice with Strawberry Sauce



Everyone was in awe to see these fried prawns atop crispy pop rice crackers, drizzled with strawberry sauce. The taste was reminiscent of D's favorite sweet and sour dish, and that's why he enjoyed this very much.

One thing I noticed about the dishes served to us that day was that Gloria Maris __ away from the classic and traditional lauriat style presentations. You would see that they really took time and effort in making every dish presentable by placing some animal sculptures on it, even though nobody would eat them. 


Scallop and Shell Meat with French Beans and Radish


I love everything about this dish. From the fresh scallops and shell meat, the crunchy French beans, down to the fried radish cake. But honestly, it was the French beans that won my heart. It's been months since we had this at home.

Peking Chicken Salad


My second favorite. It was my first time to try this Peking Chicken Salad at Gloria Maris and I was completely sold by its beautiful presentation and taste. Tasty fried mantou slices, kani salad, crisp and juicy peking chicken shreds and skin.. Everything was like a party in my mouth.

Steamed Lapu-Lapu Fillet with Egg White


I'm used to having the whole lapu-lapu served on the table when dining panto, but this was a fine and sophisticated way of serving the dish individually. A fresh and tender lapu-lapu fillet delicately rests atop steamed egg white custard with light yet tasty sauce.

Fried Crab with Salted Egg


The highlight of my Gloria Maris feast. My guilty pleasure and ultimate indulgence. My eyes lit up as I read Fried Crab w/ Salted Egg on the menu. My all-time-favorite, I didn't mind having my hands oily while feasting on it. A MUST-TRY!! :)


While I was still enjoying more of the fried crabs, a lotus pond of Jumbo Buchi was served on our table. The buchi were bigger than the usual size, but smaller than what we had in New World's Jasmine Restaurant. As expected, it was hollow inside making it less filling yet equally tasty.


Next was another dramatic entrance of what D called "Bunny Slippers". The Marshmallow Pastries as they call it were soft and pillowy bunny-shaped marshmallows coated with desiccated coconut on top of small pie crusts.


But if there's one dessert that Gloria Maris is famous for, it's their classic Taho. Smooth and silky bean curd served with the classic tapioca balls and syrup. 


The new Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant along Missouri St. in Greenhills boasts a bigger and grander dining space, with sections for Hotpot/Shabu-Shabu, Dimsum and Fine Dining at the ground floor, Banquet/Reception Hall at the second floor, and VIP Rooms located at the mezzanine level.

There is a total of 13 VIP Rooms in the mezzanine each equipped with a private restroom. This is a great venue for private functions, small gatherings and intimate occasions of families and friends. 


The Banquet Hall on the other hand is ideal for weddings, big gatherings, birthdays and corporate events. I've been able to attend two weddings at the new Gloria Maris and I must say that the venue is just perfect! It is spacious and vibrant that could go from simple to elegant, depending on the motif and theme, making every wedding special and worth remembering. 


It was truly one sumptuous feast at Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant. Thanks to Ms. Candy Uy who invited us over and hosted our lunch. She also explained that Gloria Maris in Greenhills is a totally different restaurant from other Gloria Maris branches. Yes, they are the first and only one Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant in the Metro. Looking forward to try their hotpot and dimsum selections on our next visit.

To celebrate their 1st anniversary and two decades of serving sumptuous dishes, Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant in Greenhills is treating all customers to a 30% off their total bill (for a minimum spend of P1,000) Mondays-Fridays until July 31, 2013


It's Beryllicious Picks:
Abalone Sashimi
Scallop and Shell Meat with French Beans and Radish
Peking Chicken Salad
Fried Crab with Salted Egg

Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant
Greenhills Shopping Center, Missouri St cor. Connecticut, Greenhills, San Juan
Contact Number: 570-0921, 570-0923, 570-0924