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Xin Tian Di

For our Valentine’s lunch date, Kap & I were super excited to try the Dimsum-All-You-Can of Xin Tian Di (meaning New Heaven & Earth) in Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was very fitting that not only were we having a LOVE feast on the couples’ most celebrated day, but a FOOD feast as well! <3

Dimsum Unlimited Lunch Buffet available daily at P1,188 nett.

Besides, XTD -said to offer over 60 selections ranging from dimsum variety to noodles, rice, vegetarian dumplings, desserts & more, is the only & remaining (hotel) Dimsum buffet we haven’t tried (I think). I’ve tried, Passion in Maxim’s Tower, Shang Palace in Makati Shangri La Manila, Li Li in Hyatt Manila, and Phoenix Court in The Bellevue Manila. So I was really, REALLY excited to cross this off my list & declare myself the queen of unli-dimsum! ;P

A week in advance, I made a reservation, then also placed a “reminder call” a day before to guarantee 2 best seats on what I assumed would be a full house. Not only were we surprised to find an empty resto on Valentine’s day (I guess most celebrate V dinner), but after being guaranteed repeatedly that they will have the usual unlimited dimsum on February14, the Chef scraped out the dimsum party entirely to make way for the Valentine set menu for dinner AND lunch! @_@

Now you know that set-menu will simply not do for Kap & I! :P

That was all well & good, except the receptionist conveniently forgot to give me a head’s up so I had at the very least, the option of either agreeing to stay for the set menu, or looking for another place since our hearts were really set on a dimsum feast.

As it was already 1:30 PM by the time we got to Crowne Plaza due to the expected traffic, plus chalking up a grazed roof on our car because of the low-ceilinged, confusing basement parking, we just decided to stay & order ala-carte to save the day.

Oh yes. The sight of these babies made my heart flutter.

Xin Tian Di Chinese Restaurant

4/F Crown Plaza Galleria Manila, Ortigas Ave.

Ugong Norte, Quezon City(02) 633-7222 loc. 7240

Complimentary appetizer & tea as we waited for our daily dose of goodness.

Kap got the Fish Lip Soup 200 php (add ++ to all)

While I got THE BEST Hot & Sour soup I’ve tasted in my entire existence! <3
180 php/single bowl.

My Valentine *insert starry eyes here* ;)

Sizzling Beancurd with minced pork 380 php. Hands down our favorite item on the menu! LHAV!!

Ok change that. Make it MY FUNNY VALENTINE. *insert rolling eyses here*


Shrimp Egg Rice Noodle 380 php
Swimming in egg drop soup-like substance, but the hofan mix inside was really good & tasty.

Sizzling Chicken with Red Onion & Black Beans 380 php. I’m glad we got plain rice (50 php/single bowl) to go with our food since everything we ordered were ma-sarsa.

Sizzling Vegetable (polunchay) with Tofu & Garlic 380 php.
Could have done without. Na-sobrahan naman kami sa tokwa, lels! :P

I try to include a photo of the servers when I can.
I think it adds a dash of pizzazz to the restaurant when their servers are well-dressed, don’t you think? ;)


Hot Almond Masachi (100 php) that we shared. Para sweet! ;)
Even the masachi came in a pair. Meant to be din sila! Parang kami. <3

And don’t forget to ask for a parking ticket.

No doubt about it, the food was really good. My foul mood dissipated after one spoonful of my sweet & sour soup! <3 I really have to give credit to my hubby who is so patient with me. Always. I can be a brat when things don’t go my way (especially with food!) so he really charmed my pants off to get me back in the groove. We will just have to go back another time for the Unli-dimsum offering. At least we can have the kids with us then. I’m so excited for them to try the food in XTD. m/

Ganyan pala ang sikreto for him to be so generous! ;)) In between talking pleasantries, he ordered up a feast to make me smile since I was really looking forward to eating up a dimsum storm. Normally, he would stop at 2 viands & a rice. But this time, he really gave me a reason to turn my frown upside down since I was just about ready to eat the receptionist for lunch! :P So much food that we had a doggie bag for take home after.

Honey, thank you for a wonderful date & taking time off from your busy schedule to give me one whole day! I appreciate you for doing your best for us, your family. I know it’s not easy living with material girls hehe. And thank you for being my Valentine these past 28 years. But most of all, thank you for being the knight in shining armor who never fails me. I love you so much & I always thank God for giving me the gift of you! <3

Each day with you is really a Valentine. :)

PS: A touch of pangpa-kilig even though it’s been days since V day..

Kumpletos rekados ang binata ko. Mayflowers, card, chocolates, stuffed toy AT may pandora bracelet pa. Ubos na naman ang allowance. Hay! Nainggit ang nanay! ;P

But the sweetest for me is still this. A kind of love that transcends the test of time.. a love that is forever..

I love how they are building their relationship as sisters. I’m so blessed that my girls love one other & are BFFs. I know they’ll always have each other. <3

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  • Reply ewok1993

    talaga ha, may VD date kayo, sweet talaga. love the foods.

    February 18, 2014 at 9:57 am
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      ahahahahaha nakuha ko siya sa ka-dramahan ko maria! ;))

      February 18, 2014 at 9:59 am
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      Oh yes maria. Sangdamakmak na drama at emote ang ginawa ko para lang makamtan ang valentines date hahaha.

      February 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply First Wives Club (@nappyKAYE)

    You missed Red Lantern! Hehe.

    I used to love the dimsum buffet at Xin Tian Di, pero parang lately, they’ve been getting a lot of bad revs because of their service – slow, and very slow. LOL! Mabagal talaga sila. Ubod ng bagal. But tama ka, I guess, the food makes up for it.

    February 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      hahaha natawa naman ako sa pong pagong level nila Kaye! ;)) Oo nga I heard about red lantern masarap ba? I have to include that on my list :)

      February 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm
      • Reply First Wives Club (@nappyKAYE)

        I prefer Passion, but ok naman Red Lantern. May wansoy lang the hakaw, parang off yung taste for me (and I love Cilantro ha!). What I love is their dessert – egg tarts!

        February 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Michelle Melo (@michymichymoo)

    Walang overnight stay, Mama Bear? I do hope you’ll try their unlimited dimsum next time. :)

    February 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      utang na loob asa pa ako ng overnight stay, baby beary? hahaha buti nga nai-date pa ako ng mismong araw ng puso eh! ;)) Yes we will definitely go back for the unli dimsum with the kids. Matatakaw yung mga yun, sulit! ;P

      February 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Jeng del Rosario

    OMG… hindi nila na sabi na walang unli dimsum… OMG!!? Kung ako un baka nag BF ako ala White Chicks…..Hala mama bear lagot si Kap.. kasi alam mo na ang technique! Nako ma master mo lang un … lahat ng gusto mo sa menu makukuha mo! LoL! But it was kind of sweet for you guys to have a VDAY date na kayo lang po. My parents on the other hand opts to have VDAY with us kids instead… parang family affair na siya…hahaha.. :D :D :D

    February 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      we celebrated V day twice baby bear haha. Ito yung just the 2 of us then tomorrow naman scheduled to be up yung family V date. :) Of course kasama ang mga bagets nagkataon lang they had school that day kaya hindi namin naisama. Saka deadly to go out ng feb 14 night time labu-labo yan haha baka sa divorce pa mauwi pag nagka-ipitan sa traffic! ;P

      February 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply MED (@Dandasha_8D)

    Please share your “technique” – napapayag mo si Kap magdrive sa EDSA on Valentine’s Day na, Friday pa! Ang galing mooooo!!!

    February 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      Uy ako din major major nagulat meding hehe paano sabi ko kahit wala nang flowers atbp i-date mo lanag ako worh matching innocent face nyehehe. :P

      February 19, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Reply MED (@Dandasha_8D)

    BTW major turn-off that they conveniently forgot to inform you na walang eat-all-you-can dimsum!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Nakakainis!!! Nakakainis!!! I really admire you for still staying. Dapat nag-offer ng free dessert or something ‘no!?!?!?!?!?!? Or dapat 50% off discount?!?!? LOL

    February 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      hahaha wala ni isang “something”! :P Super turn off kaso nanaig ang kagutuman namin we didn’t have breakfast to prepare for the dimsum feast hehe kaya duling na kami when we got there at 1:30 :'(

      February 19, 2014 at 10:04 am

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