Where KTV Entertainment and Fine Dining Meet: Ashark Club

by - Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ashark Club is a new, hip restaurant, with the fusion not of cuisines, but of classy dining and KTV entertainment. This may seem like a weird and unmatching combination, but save those doubts for some jaw-dropping, "I was wrong" moment that will surely sink in later on. 

This spacious restaurant has a purely elegant ambiance, with furnitures dressed in white cloth, lightings looking like thousands of hanging diamonds, and jaded figurines that will make you hold on to your purses and make sure you have enough to push through. 

We were invited by a friend who won a P5,000 GC from Ashark Club, and we ordered their set meal, plus some desserts and buns. 

Set Meal P3,680++

Salt and Pepper Diced Chicken
I loved how the flavors of the salt and pepper were brought out in this dish. It was a lot spicy, but it's something I was able to appreciate rather than avoid (low tolerance on spicy food). However, I would have enjoyed the flavors even more if they used meat instead of diced chicken joints.

Sauteed Clams in Spicy Sauce
I honestly can't remember much about this dish, except that I didn't really find it that spicy and that there was no strong play in flavors.

Braised Beef Steak in Red Wine
Ashark's braised beef steak is served in a large pot with a candle beneath, which allowed it to remain hot over time and contributed largely to its delicious taste. It's a lot similar to the Filipino Caldereta, wherein the beef is cooked in thick tomato sauce. What made this version great is its tender meat and the light sweetness in its sauce. 

Deep Fried Crispy Rice with Pork Belly and Ginger

Deep Fried Crispy Rice with Pork Belly and Ginger

How do we add a twist to carbs? Make it crispy. The deep fried crispy rice of Ashark has a touch of Pinoy to it. Are you a fan of tutong rice? Well, this is it, except that it is topped with pork bits and sauce. The taste was good, but I prefer having more sauce to it to complement the really dry parts underneath. 

Vegetables with Garlic
Vegetables sauteed in garlic and topped with more crispy garlic. The vegetables were perfectly cooked, not overcooking and leaving some nice crisp to it.

Fried Hofan with Sliced Beef
I was stunned by how great this dish tasted. I really didn't expect to like it that much, but I did. The noodles were soft, but not too soggy, and definitely tasty even on a per strand level lol. 

Salt and Pepper Shrimp
Their salt and pepper shrimp was also good. Each piece was soft shelled, although I still had to de-shell it since I'm not used to eating a soft shelled shrimp. The seasoning of this dish is also lighter compared to the salt and pepper chicken, which is a bummer. It would've been better if the spice was like that of the chicken. 

Steamed Panda Bun with Lotus Paste P488
Steamed Panda Bun with Lotus Paste
ADORABLE. Completely adorable. And not just that, it also tastes as good as it looks! Panda buns filled with lotus and chocolate paste, with some chocolate chips. Best consumed while still hot. 😋

(L-R) Sweet Lotus Seed with Lily Sago, Sweet Red Bean Dumpling Soup
Pomelo Mango Sago

Pomelo Mango Sago P150
Looking for something light and refreshing for dessert? Then you can go for the more common Chinese dessert ~ the pomelo mango sago. 

Sweet Lotus Seed with Lily Sago P120
This was also a light dessert with thin, not too sweet syrup. This is best for those who want to have a light, refreshing, but unique dessert. 
Sweet Red Bean Dumpling Soup
I'm a fan of something different, and red bean, which is why I chose this as my dessert. The soup had a slightly thicker consistency compared to the first two, and and had some red beans. What's surprising is what lies inside each mochi-like dumpling ~ black sesame paste. So if you're looking for a dessert with heavy texture, then you might want to try this one.

Hedgehogs Purple Yam
Hedgehog Purple Yam
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Buns in the form of a cute hedgehog, and filled with delicious purple yam that tastes like Baguio's pride. Initially, I thought that the yam would taste weird in a siopao like bun, but woah, this really was the perfect treat. 

After the meal, we were taken to a tour led by one of the servers of Ashark. We took a trip to their aquarium section, where we were able to see their fresh, live seafood. 

After this, we went to check out their VIP rooms, and boy were we amazed. Each VIP room has an even more elegant set up, with a huge round table in the middle of the room, right beneath a lavishly looking chandelier. Where the dining area ends is a door leading to the equally extravagant karaoke room. Rates for VIP rooms start at P50,000. The amount is consumable, and good for 4 hours. 

They also have rooms that are just for dining, and just for karaoke. Starting rates are P20,000 and P30,000 respectively, and are also consumable. 

Dining only VIP room

Living Room for Dining Only VIP Room
KTV only room for 30 pax
If you're looking for a venue for your intimate gathering, then Ashark Club should be on your list. And while we're at it, don't forget to have a taste of their panda and hedgehog buns 😋

My Scores:
Pricing - 3.5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4.5/5
Taste - 3.5/5

Hungry for more,

Ashark Club is located at 2F, Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Ashark Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Parking available at Golden Phoenix Hotel

Date of Visit: August 21, 2017

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