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14 year old KING BEE Chinese Restaurant has a new baby sister – XILAIMEN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT located at the upper ground Al Fresco area of Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City.

The restaurant opened its doors to the public last June 19 and is still on its soft opening status when I visited it last Monday (June 29) together with other foodies and blogger friends.  The first thing you’ll notice with the restaurant is its design similarities with King Bee, from the color motif to the restaurant fixtures.

XILAIMEN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT has two (2) private function rooms which you can access for a minimum of 6,000 Pesos (consumable).  While the whole restaurant can comfortably seat up to 200 people at one time (including the Al Fresco dining area).

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Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant

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XILAIMEN according to Marketing Operations Manager Andrea Ng literally means “happiness coming to the door…” describing the primary goal of the new restaurant which is to provide every customer with a satisfying meal and the best dining experience possible every time.

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Andrea Ng
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Ms. Andrea at one of the Function Rooms

According to Ms. Andrea, the main difference of XILAIMEN from King Bee is its extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes and other exotic delicacies.  From live Eels, Elephant Shells, Rock Lobsters to Frog Legs – XILAIMEN satisfies your craving for something that is out of the ordinary.

We started our dining experience at XILAIMEN with a big plate of Cold Cuts Combination (370 Pesos) which contains slices of Tofu and three other kinds of meat.  Plus a pot of their fresh hot Jasmine Tea while waiting for our main course.

Cold Cuts Combination
Cold Cuts Combination
Jasmine Tea
Jasmine Tea

Our delicious soup is called Mixed Seafood with Polanchay Soup (290 Pesos) and I think I have found myself a new favorite.  Funny how it has the word ‘seafood’ but tasted something totally different than what your taste bud would expect in a seafood soup.  The synergistic properties of polanchay and all the other ingredients made this dish an absolutely perfect opening treat.

Mixed Seafood with Polanchay Soup
Mixed Seafood with Polanchay Soup

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Another great tasting dish is XILAIMEN’s Pan Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk (390 Pesos).  This one is a bit dry but it goes very well with their Yang Chow Fried Rice (220 pesos) – my favorite from King Bee and is still my favorite here at XILAIMEN.

Pan Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk
Pan Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk
Yang Chow
Yang Chow

Of course, you can never go wrong with a Lechon Macao (300 Pesos) on a dinner table.

Lechon Macao
Lechon Macao

For long life, you will love “long time” XILAIMEN’s Sate Fried Crabs with Sotanghon (140 Pesos per 100 grams) – deadly but heaven sent.  Just be careful that you don’t eat the broken crab shells – it’s part of the dining experience.

Sate Fried Crabs with Sotanghon
Sate Fried Crabs with Sotanghon

Another specialty of the restaurant is its Elephant Shell with Broccoli in XO Sauce (65 Pesos per 100 grams) – that sauce that they used in the dish is the main thing!  XILAIMEN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT cooks all their seafood dishes fresh and you can see them all alive and well inside the restaurant, that is, before you order them of course.

Elephant Shell with Broccoli in XO Sauce
Elephant Shell with Broccoli in XO Sauce
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Fresh Sea Foods

Another freshly prepared dish is their Fried Lapu Lapu Fillet in Egg White (180 Pesos per 100 grams).  One of the most sought after fish dish at any seafood restaurant but XILAIMEN prepares it with an extra touch of authenticity.

Fried Lapu Lapu Fillet in Egg White
Fried Lapu Lapu Fillet in Egg White

Last but not the list is their Spicy Frog Legs – Sauteed Frog Legs with Chili and Garlic (380 Pesos) – tastes like chicken. hehehe

Spicy Frog Legs
Spicy Frog Legs

For dessert, we were served with a Mixed Fruit Platter (280 Pesos) – contains fruits in season like pineapple, apple, watermelon, etc.

Mixed Fruit Platter
Mixed Fruit Platter

I had a glass of Fresh Green Mango Shake (95 Pesos) to push all that down the hatch.

Fresh Green Mango Shake
Fresh Green Mango Shake

Over-all, XILAIMEN SEFOOD RESTAURANT truly lived up to its name.  I will definitely recommend this to friends and then come back to taste all the other wonderful dishes on their menu from Dimsums to Hotpots.  XILAIMEN just like King Bee also serves set menus for that worry-free family and office gatherings.

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