One great seafood haven in Cebu is the Ocean Garden Fish Market & Restaurant. Seafood lovers know too well that these kinds of food are priced higher than any other type of dish served in a restaurant. You’ll be pleased to know that at Ocean Garden Fish Market & Restaurant, your seafood cravings will surely be satiated while spending money as frugally as possible, even on a budget of Php300 to 499.
This restaurant has gained popularity through word of mouth and through positive feedback from loyal customers who had the opportunity to taste their delightful dishes. Though their location may be difficult to get to, especially for the first-time visitors, one taste of their delectable food is what it takes to make anyone want to go back and enjoy the flavorsome dishes that they serve.
Some of the dishes on Ocean Garden’s menu are baked scallops (with cheese and garlic), stir-fried scallops with mixed vegetables, tinola, and kinilaw. A foodspotting.com recommendation from people who use that particular Web site is the shrimp in oyster sauce. The scallops with mixed veggies and the crab or shrimp in chili sauce are also suggested dishes in the tips left by foursquare.com users. In a review, an openrice.com user also recommended the baked scallops, grilled fish, and seafood sinigang.
If by chance you’re with someone who’s not as fond of seafood as you are, when you go to Ocean Garden, your companion need not go on a fast while you feast on the bounty of the sea. Foods that are more on the turf side of the phrase “surf and turf,” like chop suey, pancit canton, chicken, and pork belly, are also provided for people who would prefer not to have the seafood. But really, who in the world would purposely go to a place that’s named Ocean Garden then refuse to even try the seafood, right?
On any given day, the seafood served at Ocean Garden depends on what’s fresh. The restaurant’s menu is posted on the wall, with large photos of the dishes, accompanied by prices listed per 100 grams. Portions are weighed in front of the customer.
What people love most about Ocean Garden, aside from their delectable food, are their menu’s affordable prices and large servings. Diners can have the restaurant crew cook the fresh seafood the way they want it. Because you can ask the kitchen staff to prepare your seafood the way you want it, the dining experience at Ocean Garden is one of personal taste. In that way, it’s a bit different from the usual and more fun.
For us Cebuanos, the concept of having our seafood any way we want would most likely include the trinity of seafood cooking methods that is popularly known as su-tu-kil, which is short for “sugba, tuwa, kilaw” or (in English) grill, soup, seviche. The abbreviation su-tu-kil was shortened further, into the acronym STK. Whichever term you might choose to call it, su-tu-kil is widely considered an fundamental part of the Cebu seafood experience.
The diners can pay on cash basis or via credit card payments through Visa or Mastercard. Ocean Garden Fish Market and Restaurant was also a participating business establishment in the Premium Privilege Plus Program offered by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with Enjoy Philippines.
So if you’re in the mood for some great-tasting seafood dishes, it’s time to try Ocean Garden Fish Market & Restaurant. It is open from Mondays to Sundays at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Parking would not be a problem since the restaurant has an ample parking space.
Because the restaurant is primarily intended for casual lunches or dinners, Ocean Garden is not an intimidating place in which to dine. It’s a cool and hushed place suitable for people who like to have conversations with one another rather than to party hearty. The inside of the restaurant is air-conditioned, but the outside area, with its large garden, is where most customers prefer to eat. By night, the place is adequately lit, with some decorative colored lights creating a charming effect.
For its customers’ convenience and pleasure, Ocean Garden became a free Wi-Fi hot spot back in 2010. Also in 2010, the restaurant gave away “suki” cards; a diner would have the card stamped five times to get discounts.
You will find Ocean Garden Fish Market & Restaurant at 22-B Sanson Road, Lahug, Cebu City, which is opposite JY Square Discovery Mall. The restaurant is a couple of meters from the main road and is situated in a subdivision behind Fisherman’s Net.
For more information, you may check out their Facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ocean-Garden-Fishmarket-Restaurant/228283942149 or call them at phone number (032) 233-4891 for reservations.