The Emperor is one of a pair of restaurants in the big parking lot on the side of Victoria Plaza in "Bajada" in Davao City. Tell any taxi driver you want to go to Emperor Restaurant and if they look puzzled say it's in big area next to Victoria Plaza...but everyone knows Emperor (and its "cousin" Emerald Restaurant.
The Emperor features chinese cuisine that is very authentic, tasty, well prepared and equisitely presented. Though authentic and obviously well rooted in the traditions of chinese cooking, the dishes at Emperor are a little less "traditional" and the chefs at Emperor like to "kick it up a notch" to use a signature phrase of a well known american chef.
Shrimp balls are available in many places in Davao and they are a chinese contribution to the myriad gustatory delights in Davao City. But at Emperor, the Shrimp Balls are meaty-to-the-max (no gummy fillers) and each "ball" is on a stick. Easy to eat and keeps your fingers clean but.....don't throw away the stick when you finish...bite into it. Yes, bite into the stick that held the Shrimp Ball because the "stick" is a sliver of delightfully sweet sugar cane! Watch a finish to a great appetizer. And if you want your table to have a range of delectibles, add the Bacon Wrapped Seafood Roll (traditional bacon, not the local stuff) or the Mango Seafood Roll.
The entrees are to die for, but be careful. The menu generally gives you a choice of items in small, medium and large servings. If you are American be careful ordering an assortment of "small" items with the goal of sampling each. At both Emperor and Emerald, "small", "medium" and "large" really mean sizes for small families, medium families and large families. So order accordingly.
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