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City Of Dreams Manila Celebrates Chinese New Year With Auspicious Offerings


A quintessential dish for an auspicious Chinese New Year celebration, Crystal Dragon’s Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng Salad is tossed as high as possible by the diners while they shout “Lo Hei!” for well-wishes of abundance, good fortune and harmony in the Year of the Metal Ox.




City of Dreams Manila marks the arrival of the Year of the Metal Ox, the second animal of the Chinese zodiac, with festive menus that symbolize good fortune at its well-loved signature restaurants – Crystal Dragon and Nobu Manila.

To complete a joyous holiday celebration with the family, a staycation at the integrated resort’s three luxury hotels is recommended to allow family members regardless of age, to partake of the auspicious meals. With the current practice of social distancing, families are also encouraged to book their tables in advance.


Crystal Dragon

Diners can indulge in a prosperous meal of fine Cantonese cuisine and regional Chinese specialties at Crystal Dragon from February 4 to February 26 in celebration of the Lunar New Year. To wish for a bountiful year, the restaurant sets up the ubiquitous Chinese New Year traditional table fare, the Yu Sheng. Crystal Dragon elevates the ritual with the Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng, a vibrant salad drizzled with oil and sweet plum sauce consisting of sliced abalone, colorful julienned papaya, pomelo, carrots, radish, onion leeks, chopped peanuts and deep-fried flour crisps, which are customarily tossed while saying auspicious wishes or simply “Lo Hei!” out loud to bring in good luck. Diners are encouraged to toss the salad enthusiastically, as it is believed that the height of the toss reflects the growth of one’s fortunes.

The abalone symbolizes abundance, while the oil represents a wish for a smooth sailing year. The chopped peanuts and deep-fried flour crisps signify prosperity, and the sweet plum sauce denotes a sweet and harmonious family relationship.

Specialties to welcome the new year make up the special a la carte menu, which include: Double-boiled Black Chicken Soup with Chinese ham, conpoy (dried scallops), maca (Peruvian ginseng) and fish maw; Steamed Prosperity Chicken with assorted Chinese herbs; Wok-fried Mud Crab in spicy chili bean sauce; Braised Chilean Abalone with pork knuckle, dried oyster, sea cucumber, and black moss; Steamed Taro Rice with lap cheong (Chinese liver sausage), mushrooms and diced chicken; and Crispy Rice Net Wrapped-Tikoy topped with cheddar cheese and accompanied by candied winter melon.

Crystal Dragon is open daily from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.




Signifying good beginnings and abundance in the Chinese New Year, relish Crystal Dragon’s Wok-fried Mud Crab in Spicy Chili Bean Sauce.




With exquisite Japanese-Peruvian fusion artistry, Nobu Manila presents a Chinese New Year dish of Whole Lapu-lapu Nobu Style Sushi and Sashimi Canapés (from top): Umamijime, New Style, Tiradito, Dried Miso, and Kobujime, symbolizing abundance.




Nobu Manila

Celebratory a la carte dishes infused with Japanese-Peruvian flavors made famous by celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa are fit for a joyous Chinese New Year dinner fête at Nobu Manila. Available throughout February, these include: Sea Bass Tempura with sweet chili cilantro, mixed field greens and sesame seeds; Nobu-Style Pica Pica Platter, a mouth-watering assortment of Wagyu tacos, Kobe dumplings, black cod in butter lettuce and scallop in phyllo; and Lapu-Lapu in a selection of Nobu-style sushi and sashimi canapés: Tiradito, New Style, Dried Miso, Umamijime and Kobujime.

For a leisurely al fresco dining experience, guests can book their dinners at the restaurant’s open-air cabanas and bask in the glow of the new moon. Nobu Manila is open Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


Dream Staycation at Nuwa Manila, Nobu Hotel, and Hyatt Regency Manila

A safe, five-star staycation experience awaits families at the integrated resort’s three Forbes Travel Guide-recognized hotels, with each property offering a Dream Staycation promotion, consisting of: an overnight stay for two adults and two children; complimentary breakfast for two; 20% food and beverage discount in in-room dining and in restaurants operated by City of Dreams; and a special welcome amenity. The staycations are available only for residents of Metro Manila and Calabarzon, including expatriates with a valid ACR.

Weekday rates start at P16, 400 nett for Nuwa Manila, P9, 400 nett for Nobu Hotel, and P6, 300++ for Hyatt Regency Manila. For weekends, the rates are: P17, 900 nett for Nuwa Manila, P10, 900 nett for Nobu Hotel, and P7, 300++ for Hyatt Regency Manila. Booking and stay period is from February 1 to June 30, 2021.

For inquiries and reservations, call 8800-8080 or e-mail [email protected] or visit Explore more of City of Dreams Manila’s promotional offers, rewards, or instantly check Melco Club points with the new Melco Club App, available for free download on iOS and Android. 





About City of Dreams Manila

The luxury integrated casino resort City of Dreams Manila marks the formal entry of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited into the fast-growing and dynamic tourism industry in the Philippines. Officially opened in February 2015, City of Dreams Manila is operated by Melco Resorts Leisure (PHP) Corporation, a subsidiary of Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation.

The dynamic and innovative resort complex, located on an approximately 6.2-hectare site at the gateway to Entertainment City in Parañaque, includes the ultimate in entertainment, hotel, retail, dining and lifestyle experiences with aggregated gaming space, including VIP and mass-market gaming facilities.

The integrated resort features three luxury hotel brands, each awarded with an accolade by Forbes Travel Guide (FTG): Five-Star Nüwa Manila in 2018, 2019 and 2020 which also named it one of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels in 2018; Four-Star Nobu and Hyatt Regency, also for three consecutive years. FTG also awarded Nuwa Spa with Five-Star rating in 2020. More than 20 impressive restaurants and bars, a retail boulevard, health and wellness centers, and distinctive entertainment venues, including the family entertainment center DreamPlay, the world’s first DreamWorks-themed interactive play space, and The Garage, a VR Zone and food park, complete the facilities.

City of Dreams Manila delivers an unparalleled entertainment and hospitality experience to the Philippines and is playing a key role in strengthening the depth and diversity of Manila’s leisure, business and tourism offering, enhancing its growing position as one of Asia’s premier leisure destinations. For more information, please visit

About Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation

Integrated casino developer Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation (“MRP” or the “Company”) is a subsidiary of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ:”MLCO”), the developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia and Europe.  MRP’s subsidiary, Melco Resorts Leisure (PHP) Corporation (“Melco Leisure”), which developed City of Dreams Manila along with SM Investments Corporation, Belle Corporation and Premium Leisure Amusement, Inc., is responsible for the operation and management of the luxury integrated resort.

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