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.

 

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The restaurants name already speaks for itself. When you enter, you will see fresh seafoods that they are going to cook.

 

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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?

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Without further ado, let me present you their food for our gastronomical delight.

 

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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.

 

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Seafood Chowder. This is really creamy and flavorful.

 

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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.

 

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Steamed Lapu-lapu with Black Bean Sauce.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Grilled Pork Belly. Another favorite, because I love pork belly. I love its richness and juicy loveliness.

 

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Mixed Vegetable with Scallops. It is well cooked, I love how healthy it is and the taste is pleasing to the palate.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Healthy refreshment.

 

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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.

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Last December, (yes, December) we went to check on a restaurant that is located inside Sto. Nino Village. This is the second restaurant that I’ve known located on this secluded area. What I learned about marketing strategy is that your business needs to be in a strategic location for it to attract customers, however, this restaurant’s marketing strategy was only through word of mouth. People who had experienced dining on this restaurant will tell their friends, information passed on to another friend until it spreads like plague.

 

Cul de sac in french means “dead end”, indeed it is a dead end. The restaurant is located at Maya St. inside Sto. Nino Village in Banilad, just walk until to reach the end and there you will see what you are looking for.

 

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This is the menu. If you will notice the table, it is still decorated with Christmas themed mantel because we went there on December 2014. This is already a back log post since I was so busy last December and earlier this year, but I would still wish to share this experience with you guys because this restaurant (by far) reached my standards for food and dining experience.

 

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Cerveza corner.

 

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When you order main dish, it includes soup and dessert. This is their Pumpkin Soup.

 

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Mushroom Soup.

 

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Enjoying my mushroom soup.

 

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This is what I ordered. It’s Rhapsody in Blue (fish with shrimps) for (P220.00). I ordered this because shrimps is my favorite seafood. I am not really into fish but when the waiter recommended the dish because it is their best seller, I gave it a try. Indeed I was not disappointed. It’s very flavorful you will not know that what you are eating is really fish.

 

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This is the Shredded Chicken (P190.00). I love the sauce and this is a perfect chicken meal.

 

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Bon appetit!

 

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This is their Iced Mocha (P85.00).

 

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This is the beautiful looking Berry Sprite (P60.00), we ordered as per waiter recommendation. It is a Sprite soda with berry juice topped with cherry.

 

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Pardon this shot, my hand just looks lovely holding this drink.

 

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This decor is just so beautiful, I still have to post this even if it is no longer Christmas.
Cafe Old Cul de Sac is located at:
29 Maya Street, Sto. Niño Village, Banilad, Cebu City
Telephone number: (032) 346 1676
Open daily from 11AM-2PM and 6PM-10PM

 

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I am a fashion blogger; lifestyle blogging is not my thing where in people is updating people what is new in town. My blog is really personal, it only contains thing I want to blog particularly fashion because that is the reason why I created my domain.  But I do blog other things, such as restaurants that become my favorite, places that have been very remarkable and unforgettable travels. My blog is sort of my diary. I already got tired writing in my diary because what I write are not secrets, so I decided to share it through blogging.

 

Today, I will be sharing my dining experience to my now new favorite restaurant in Cebu, Brique. For those who do not know where Brique is located, it is at Salinas Drive, Lahug Cebu City beside Chika-an Restaurant and STI College. When this restaurant was still under construction I already know that this is going to be a big deal just like the Pizza Republiq when it opened, which is not just far from where Brique is located.

 

When a new restaurant opens and it has an interesting structure and design, people will go there out of curiosity. If people will be satisfied with the food, word of mouth will spread and words will become wind. This is how Brique started. I am not into craze type of person. I do not go where all people go because I dislike queue and crowded place. I will only go there once the craze is over and the restaurant will just be as normal. I know Brique is still a craze even after few months, so we went there on weekdays 4PM (yes, not dinner time), because I know the place will be crowded at dinner time.

 

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This is how it looks like inside. The interior is perfect and well designed. If you noticed cemented floor, walls and the front counter is not painted, it is just cement finished, but it looks really sophisticated. They have this longitudinal wine storage you can see in the wall that can be reached through the ladder. This place is really cool. I mean, there are not a lot of restaurant that has this interior. They have a second floor but it was not open at the time we visited so I was not able to take a picture.

 

Let us move to the main event, the menu and the food.

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For my drinks, I ordered Cafe Mocha, P80.00. I am not really into coffee, but I need to be awake for the next few hours because I have a travel itinerary to make. I love it, truly, it is a concentrated cafe mocha. Not like the other Cafe Mocha from other restaurant that I tasted that are just so diluted with lots of ice. This coffee has lots of ice but since it is diluted, the taste did not charge.

 

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For starter we ordered Chili Con Queso Dip, P165.00. This is a Mexican spiced beef chilli with Mozzarella cheese. I love dips, if I see dips in the menu, I always order one. The other dip that I like is the Mozarella dip of Cafe Georg, but Brique’s Chili Con Queso dip is also exceptional.

 

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For main dish you can have a choice of Salad or Rice. We chose Salas for this Southern Fried Chicken, at P260.00. It is 2 chicken breast fillet served with country style gravy. Wow for this chicken as it is very flavorful and wow for the gravy that I wished I could ask for more.

 

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This is the Braised Beef Pot Roast for P240.00. It is a tender beef pot roast with potato, carrots, and mushrooms served in thick gravy. This is really delicious and highly recommended. I just hope the serving is a lot more because I only have few beef slices. Though, I really love the sauce I finished it all clean plate.

 

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This is a feast!

 

So here in my verdict: I score 5/5, 2 points for food, 2 points for place and ambience, and 1 point for customer service.

 

For the food, I will give a score of 2. The serving may not be that big but the food is exceptional. It is favorful and tasty; I wish to try other menu next time and will still get this kind of satisfaction.

 

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For the place and ambiance, its 2 points. I loved the interior design, the originality and the comfort the place brings. It is clean including the toilet.

 

For the customer service, this will be tough as I am also working in customer service and my standard has become really high. I will give them 0.25 points. Servers are nice no problem with that, but they are not smiling and they don’t look approachable. They gave us a menu and forgot about us afterwards. We waited for 15 minutes for them to take our orders; good thing we were not in a hurry as we are also taking time appreciating the place and we are not that hungry. I was raising my hand more than 5 times and no one seems to notice. There were only few customers but the service is really slow. I was not upset with the servers because they were kind when they approach; I just have something to say about the slow service.

 

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That is a total of 4.25 points for me.  The place and the food is truly amazing, I wish they will just improve customer service. The smile that I have is for you Brique. I want you to know that I enjoyed my dining experience.

 

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