I am a big fan of seafoods. Shrimps, prawns, scallops and squid are my top favorites. I’ve visited a lot of seafood restaurants here in Cebu and I was able to compare what restaurant cooks the most delicious shrimps, well cooked prawns and appetizing calamare dish. Last Tuesday, I attended the press launching for Ocean Garden Seafood Restaurant. I was really excited because I love their foods even back on their first branch in Lahug. Seafood lovers just like me would really love what they are offering now because they have added more choices in the menu.
The restaurants name already speaks for itself. When you enter, you will see fresh seafoods that they are going to cook.
The area is wide it can hold up to 100 guests on the ground floor and up to 50 guests on the second floor. This is an ideal place for family dinners and for everyone who loves Sutukil. I mean, who would want to go to Lapu-lapu just to dine when you can have it here at the heart of the metro, right?
Without further ado, let me present you their food for our gastronomical delight.
Calamares with Tar-tar sauce. This is one of my favorite. I love calamare, I always order one when I am in a seafood restaurant, but this is the first time that I tried it with tar-tar sauce. Most of the time you eat calamare with a mayo or salad dressing, but its totally different with tar-tar sauce. The taste of calamare improved, truly a definition of an appetizer.
Seafood Chowder. This is really creamy and flavorful.
Ocean Garden Salad with Wine Vinegar Dressing. I love Salad, I am more like a goat specially when I am following a diet plan. I love everything they added on the salad but I am not really a big fan of vinegar dressing because it has a caustic taste.
Steamed Lapu-lapu with Black Bean Sauce.
Grilled Prawns. This prawn is sooo good! It’s well cooked, crunchy and crisp. Oh my god, it’s ambrosial! The food that fit for the gods!
Chili Crabs. I am not really into crabs because eating one is a bit tricky. But surely this one looks wonderful and it has a unique taste.
Grilled Lobster with Lemon Butter Sauce. This is the first time I tried lobster because in seafood restaurants, lobster is always the most expensive. The texture is just like a shrimp but the taste is totally different. The sauce is a perfect blend that marry so well you feel an explosion of flavors in your mouth.
Grilled Pork Belly. Another favorite, because I love pork belly. I love its richness and juicy loveliness.
Mixed Vegetable with Scallops. It is well cooked, I love how healthy it is and the taste is pleasing to the palate.
Shrimp Pineapple Rice. This is the first time I’ve tried flavored rice and I so love it! I didn’t expect rice eating can be so exciting.
Sinigang Rice. Yes, it is possible indeed. Sinigang is my favorite Filipino dish and this idea of Sinigang rice truly amazed me. I love the balance of flavors, its slightly sour and it is savory.
Cinnamon Pudding. This is absolutely sinful, a tiny version of a guilty pleasure. I like all types of pudding and this cinnamon pudding is a must try. Its silky smooth in your tongue, heavy, rich and decadent.
This is Kevin Dinsay, Ocean Garden Seafood Restaurant’s Manager. Thank you for having us! We’ve learned a lot from you. Thank you for feeding our minds with information and our tummy with your foods.
Ocean Garden Seafood Restaurant is located at:
A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City, Cebu, 6000
Open from 11 AM – 11 PM
For reservation, please call: (032) 238 4474
You can also like their Facebook page here.
For geographically challenged people just like me, please refer to the map for direction.