West Empire Chinese Restaurant and Seafood Garden: Davao’s Chinese Fine Dining

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Two-Way Bamboo Lobster a West Empire Specialty

Allow yourself to be treated like royalty. Sit down, relax and receive zen in your being. Experience the calm before the storm.

This is really an understatement of what a select few from the Davao Bloggers and myself have experienced at the newest Chinese Restaurant located in the heart of uptown Davao City. WEST EMPIRE CHINESE RESTAURANT AND SEAFOOD GARDEN.

West Empire occupies a full floor dedicated to no less than Chinese Culinary. It combines rich and carefully prepared dishes, a posh and modern imperial Chinese interior and very attentive servers at your beck and call.  It is an ode to the Tan family ancestry whose humble beginnings can be traced back to a popular and well patronized restaurant along R. Magsaysay Street (formerly Uyangureen).

What is the secret of Chinese cooking and why restaurants of this line rarely fail? Here is an inside secret. Ancient Chinese believe that there are food properties that influence bodily functions. These are hot, warm, neutral, cool and cold. Our body needs a balance (yin yang) of these energies to sustain our daily activities, increase energy or allow it to relax. Flavor (consisting of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and pungent) is as ever as important to Chinese food too. Simply because it makes one ‘full’ in a short span of time, which steers the person from the dangers of over-eating, and binge eating. If the cook masters this, (along with a couple of special requests like no MSG, less salt and less oil), the Chinese dish being served has a concrete foundation. Add a business savvy individual to run the place, then the formula for a good Chinese restaurant is born.

Having the principle of balance in mind, I invite you to do a mental checklist with me as I present to you West Empire’s specialties:

For Appetizer: Assorted Cold Cuts

For Appetizer: Assorted Cold Cuts

Soup: Eight Treasure Soup

Soup: Eight Treasure Soup

Main Course: Fried Crabs with Salted Egg (an interesting combination, don't you think?)

Main Course: Fried Crabs with Salted Egg (an interesting combination, don’t you think?)

Main Course Favorites: Steamed Lapu-Lapu in Soy Sauce

Main Course Favorites: Steamed Lapu-Lapu in Soy Sauce


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Main Course: Spare Ribs Salt and Pepper

Main Course Favorites: Sizzling Beef Tenderloin Chinese Style (this is a favorite among kids because of the sweet taste)

Main Course Favorites: Sizzling Beef Tenderloin Chinese Style (this is a favorite among kids because of the sweet taste)







Main Course: Lemon Chicken Fillet (Recommended for kids)

Main Course: Lemon Chicken Fillet (Recommended for kids)

Main Course: West Empire Special Seafood Noodle (house specialty)

Main Course: West Empire Special Seafood Noodle (house specialty)

French Beans with Garlic: A healthy companion to your main course
French Beans with Garlic: A healthy companion to your main course
Side dish specials: Taro Puff with Assorted Meat

Side dish specials: Taro Puff with Assorted Meat

And, unanimously voted by all 8 Davao Blogger guests, the one food that will be on top of the order list would be this:

Warm Prawn Salad: Defintely something worth ordering! An instant blogger favorite.

Warm Prawn Salad: Definitely something worth ordering! An instant blogger favorite.

Sample these dishes and a whole lot more choices at West Empire Chinese Restaurant and Seafood Garden today. They are located at the 2nd Floor of West JBT Plaza, Lanang Davao City. (Infront of the Waterfront Insular Hotel, and beside Subaru Showroom)  For reservations and other relevant inquiries, please give them a ring at (082) 282-0519.

Thank you very much Jong and Belinda for being such generous hosts, and to the Davao Bloggers who have responded to the invite in such a short notice. Till the next food adventure!

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