During these rainy days, I usually have cravings for Shabu-Shabu. Not that it only gives warmth every time I sip its broth but it also tests my patience while waiting for the ingredients to cook. Shabu-shabu is not for impatient people. 😀
Our foodie friend Nina has been recommending us to try Golden Fortune because they have a Shabu-Shabu and Dimsum buffet promo. So one drizzling evening from Greenbelt Makati, we took a cab and immediately rushed to Binondo. We arrived early so we decided to stay at the Mezzanine Cafe first then at 8:45 pm, we started walking towards Golden Fortune. The place was almost filled up when we arrived there and as the buffet hours go by, more and more eager customers are coming in. I’ve never been to this place before and was surprised that at those hours (9:00 pm onwards), there are people actually going there to eat!
There are three branches of Golden Fortune in Manila, two are in Soler Street and Quintin Paredes in Binondo and the other one is in Kalaw, Manila. There are also two separate promos, we opted for the buffet rather than the discounted dimsum.
Schedule of the discounted buffet at the Quintin Paredes Branch are as follows:
Tea Break Promo – 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm = PHP 338 per head
Midnight Promo – 9:00 pm – 12:00 midnight = PHP 338 per head
Other schedules of their Shabu-Shabu and Dimsum buffet are as follows:
Lunch: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm = PHP 438 per head
Dinner 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm = PHP 488 per head
Their buffet comes with free unlimited rice, noodle, congee and dessert.
Shabu-Shabu Ingredients such as Fat Beef, Cheese Ball, etc.
There are various ingredients you can choose from whether beef, chicken, pork, vegetable and noodles. They also have 4 kinds of broths however we chose sate and the typical shabu-shabu broth. You can also ask the waiter to refill your broth anytime you want to. What was interesting to me was the cheese ball. It’s like a squid ball with melted cheese inside. It’s addicting and we had multiple orders of this!
There were only a few selections for the dimsum buffet. We only chose shrimp siomai, beef ball and shark’s fin. Unfortunately there’s no shrimp dumpling (Hakaw) but I think you can order this a la carte. Although the selection was few, we loved all the dimsum we tried.
* first photo above courtesy of Nina Fuentes.
How to go to Golden Fortune in Quintin Paredes:
Coming from Jones Bridge, just go straight towards Quintin Paredes. After the Filipino-Chinese Friendship arc, you will be able to see this at the right side of the street. This is before the Binondo Church so it’s quite easy to spot this. If you will be riding public transportation, you can ride the Divisoria jeepneys coming from Manila City Hall. The jeepneys will bring you to the right spot.