Timberland Highlands Resort’s Ridge Cafe introduces Arabic Dinner Buffet

Would you like to give in to your flights of fancy and embark on an exciting journey?

A journey among extraordinary flavors, that is. 🙂

Well, head on then to Ridge Cafe at Timberland Highlands Resort up in the mountains of San Mateo, Rizal. Here, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the fresh mountain air as you dine in style, thanks to its opulent interiors and al fresco area overlooking the metro.

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Ridge Cafe from outside
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Dine in with style
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Al fresco with a view
Timberland Highlands Resort
Overlooking the metro

Here, your tastebuds can certainly go on a flavor tour, thanks to its recently unveiled Arabic Dinner Buffet.

Expanding gastronomic possibilities in the Rizal area

Every Saturday, from 6m to 9pm, you can eat your fill of flavorful and nutritious viands that boast of having Arabic, Mediterranean and South Asian origins, as well as free-flowing iced tea, all for just Php980++.

This exciting culinary curation is the brainchild of Timberland Highlands Resort’s new Executive Chef, Ranuka Hettiarachchi, who sought to include healthy Mediterranean dishes in Ridge Cafe’s buffet, as well as providing guests with vegan and vegetarian diets with suitable options.

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Timberland Highlands Resort’s Executive Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi
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A preview to the Arabic Dinner

Also, given that restaurants offering Arabic food are not that common in the Rizal area, local residents now have a new convenient destination if they want to expand their food horizons.

Representing exotic flavors from the Mediterranean and Arabic regions

Ridge Cafe’s Arabic Dinner Buffet presents travel-hungry foodies with the opportunity to enjoy signature dishes of regions such as Greece, the Middle East, Egypt and South Asia, all cohesively curated and mouthwateringly presented in their respective stations.

Carnivores will be (quite understandably!) drawn to the carving station where beautifully roasted beef striploin and leg of lamb take pride of place, accompanied by roasted veggies and a variety of sauces to choose from.

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Roasted Beef Striploin
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Roasted Beef Slices
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Roasted Leg of Lamb
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Roasted Lamb Slices

Those seeking healthier fare can always go to the cold section and check out the fresh salads comprised of crisp greens and veggies as well as filling proteins.

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Grilled Chicken Salad.
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Red Kidney Beans Salad.

Then diners can hop from station to station to sample distinct tastes from various countries in a virtual food trip across the Mediterranean, Gulf and Indian subcontinent with these flavorful offerings:

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Beef Shawarma. Middle Eastern dish wherein meat is cut into thin slices, stacked and roasted on a vertical rotating rotisserie, then shaved off and placed in pita along with veggies, cheese and garlic sauce.
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Vegetable Samosa. Also known as singara, it is an Indian baked pastry filled with a savory filling of mashed spiced veggies.
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Hummus. Yummy dip made with chickpeas, tahini, lemon and spices.
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Pita. Greek flatbread that goes well with hummus and other Mediterranean dishes.
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Chicken Biryani. Savory Indian dish in which succulent chicken pieces are simmered with aromatics in a saffron-infused Basmati rice.
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Roasted Chicken in Mushroom Sauce. Roasted chicken prepared Mediterranean-style and made more flavorful with herbs and spices.
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Mixed Vegetable Au Gratin. With this dish of cheese sauce covered baked vegetables, who says eating your veggies can’t be a decadent experience?
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Beef Kofta Stew. Meatballs made of spiced minced beef stewed in a rich red sauce.
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Pork Souvlaki. Flavorful grilled pork skewers which are staples in many a Greek taverna.
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Chicken Kebab. Spiced and marinated chicken skewers popular in Middle Eastern cuisines.
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Mixed Grilled Seafood. Fuss-free yet packed with flavor, here’s a new way to enjoy the sea’s bounty.
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Tzatziki, Tabouleh and other Middle Eastern sauces enhances flavors and mouthfeel of various dishes.

Dessert lovers can also look forward to sampling the popular desserts from these regions as well as their favorite sweets in the dessert station.

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Om-Ali. Egyptian bread pudding made with puff pastry, milk and nuts.
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Gulab-jamun. Indian dessert which consist of soft balls made from milk solids and flour, then deep-fried and soaked in a light sugar syrup.
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Classic Desserts: Cookies and Cakes
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Dessert Station

While you can always take this journey by yourself, it’s best to experience it with family and friends!

Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort
Ridge Cafe - Timberland Highlands Resort

Ridge Cafe also offers other buffet meals including:

  • Top of the Morning Buffet: intercontinental breakfast menu and classic Pinoy almusal favorites at Php650 net per person (weekends from 7am to 10am)
  • Filipino Buffet: favorite Filipino dishes with free-flowing iced tea at Php980+ per person (lunch from 11.30am to .30pm | dinner from 6pm to 9pm)

To reserve a table, email timberlandfbm@timberlandresort.com or message 0999-889-2659 | 0995-840-3206 | 8891-8288 local 1030 and 1032.

Ridge Cafe is located at Timberland Highlands Resort, inside Timberland Heights, Barangay Guitnang Bayan II, San Mateo, Rizal 1850 Philippines.

To know more about Timberland Highlands Resorts latest updates and offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts about Timberland Highlands Resort:

8 reasons to have your family weekend getaway at Timberland Highlands Resort

Are the heat and the humidity of the metro getting to you? Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Or do you feel bored to bits while stuck in your room as you work from home?

It may be high time for you and the fam to take a break from the daily grind and hie off to a quick getaway for a much needed change of scenery.

That’s what Hubby and I did this last weekend. Together with the kiddos -#ExhibitA and #ExhibitB – we went off to a mountain adventure to Timberlands Highlands Resort for some family bonding time and well-deserved R ‘n R.

Here are 8 reasons why you should, too!

1. You won’t have to travel far to get there.

Timberland Highlands Resort is a sprawling property located within Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.

Thanks to the ever-reliable Waze app, we were able to reach the resort in less than an hour from our home in Pasig (not counting our lunch stopover in Marikina).

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Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

If traveling by car, it’s also around 40 minutes away from the Batasan area in Quezon City, and a little over an hour away from the cities of Manila and Makati.

Imagine being that close to your staycation destination!

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Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

2. It’s your escape back to nature.

Surrounding the Timberland Highlands Resort property are lush greenery with the Sierra Madre mountains as a backdrop.

With this high altitude and its situation away from the busy cities, the area boasts of fresh air and a cooler climate. As is typical with other green spaces, the area is conducive to outdoor activities and socializing while promoting both physical and mental well-being.

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Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

3. You can engage in revitalizing physical activity.

One of the physical activities that the fam can do together is taking a leisurely stroll through the path surrounding the property. Doing so brings you to various vantage points to appreciate the surrounding mountainside.

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Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

After your invigorating walk, you can all take a dip in the swimming pools to cool down. One is an infinity pool that lets you enjoy the view while taking a swim. The kiddie pool, on the other hand, features a slide and cascading water, guaranteeing lots of fun time in the sun for the little ones.

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Adult Pool
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Kids Pool
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Chillin’ at the Pool with #ExhibitB
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Diving in.

If the weather does not permit outdoor activities, you can always engage in physical exertions indoors, thanks to the resort’s well-equipped gym (which got a thumb’s-up from fitness buffs Hubby and #ExhibitA).

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Gym
Timberland Highlands Resort
Gym

Did you know that the resort used to be known as Timberland Sports and Nature Club? The indoor sports facilities it was famous for – such as the basketball court, badminton court, table tennis and indoor rock climbing areas are still here for guests to enjoy.

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Basketball Court
Timberland Highlands Resort
Badminton Court
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Table Tennis
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Indoor Rock Climbing

4. The kids are sure to have a great time.

While all the grown ups are exercising and getting into sports, the kids can play and entertain themselves near the pool area, thanks a wide space they can run around in, and kiddie-sized chairs and plush seats. Here, they can learn a game of chess, challenge themselves with Jenga or even spot a mascot or cartoon character handing out treats.

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Recreation Area near the Pool Bar
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Entertaining games like Jenga
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Kiddie-sized chairs and comfy plushy seats
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Blippi handing out cookie treats

5. You can settle down to a relaxing retreat.

After your very active day, you can wind down and relax in your well-appointed accommodations. The hotel has 70 fully air-conditioned rooms which can all accommodate two adults and two children sharing the bed with their parents, making the hotel perfect for a family retreat.

The Deluxe Twin is a 35-sqm room situated in the main building, furnished with comfy twin beds.

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Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

The Deluxe King, a similar-sized room furnished with a king bed and features a fitted bath tub, is also an options

At the newly renovated building annexed to the main hotel, you can find the 32-sqm Premiere Deluxe accommodations.

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Premier Deluxe Twin
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Premier Deluxe Twin
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Premier Deluxe King
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Premier Deluxe King
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Timberland Highland Resorts

All hotel rooms are equipped with a safety deposit box, flat-screen TV with cable channels, Wi-Fi connection and a work desk. (The latter two, in particular, were very helpful during our first day there as I was doing remote work. I was able to log in to three consecutive Zoom meetings, and was presenting in two of them with nary a dropped call or frozen screen.)

Note: Mobile phone signal may be spotty in the room and at some other locations within the hotel so I would suggest logging your devices into the hotel WiFi. That way, you can be reachable via online messaging to your work colleagues and family members (if you want to be reachable, that is, hehehe!)

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Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highland Resorts

Other room features include toilet and bath (with hot and cold shower), dental kits, bath items such as soap, bath gel and shampoo from Aum Spa, a minibar, a coffee/tea set and bottled water.

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Hot and cold shower
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Dental Kits
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Toilet with bidet
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Minibar and Coffee Set

The fam loved the crisp linens and the blackout curtains that helped us get a restful slumber after our activity-filled day.

6. Dine with a majestic view at Ridge Cafe.

Of course, any weekend getaway wouldn’t be complete without a gastronomic adventure, wouldn’t it?

Fortunately, the hotel two in-house restaurants, one of which is Ridge Cafe. It has an elegantly appointed interior dining room, as well as an al fresco area which boasts of grand view of the surrounding mountains and overlooking Metro Manila.

Every weekend, foodies can look forward to a sumptous breakfast buffet which includes:

  • The makings of classic Pinoy silogs such as Corned Beef with Potatoes, Tocino, Longganisa and Tocino (just add the Garlic Fried Rice and a sunny-side up egg from the Omelet Station)
  • Locally-grown fresh produce for salads or fruit desserts
  • A variety of freshly baked breads, including four types of pan de sal (regular, ube, cacao and malunggay).
  • Continental breakfast choices such as cereals, chicken nuggets and breakfast sausages
  • Kiddie treats such as mini pancakes and cookies
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

On weekdays and for other parts of the day, guests can order ala carte from a menu that includes Appetizers, Sandwiches and Burgers, Pastas and Noodles, Salads, Sushi, along with main courses and desserts.

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Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

Curious about the foodie possibilities here? I’ll tell you more about our dining experiences at Ridge Cafe here, here and here.

And should you fancy a drink while hanging out at the pool or viewing deck, you can always get refreshing beverage from The Pool Bar.

Pool Bar - Timberland Highlands Resort
Butterfly Pea Lemonade
Pool Bar - Timberland Highlands Resort
Fresh Mango Juice

7. It supports local industries.

Timberland Highlands Resort recently partnered with local merchants in showcasing sustainable and home-grown products. These include brands such as Zarah Juan, TÙ by Modern Filipiniana, Gourmet Farms, Engkanto Brewery, Alab.Mnl, Lakan Lubi, Circa 1740 by Timplado, Better Snacks PH, Tu’ka Spiced Vinegar and more. Their wares are all prominently displayed and available for purchase in the Live Love Local corner in Ridge Cafe.

These are also great for souvenirs or pasalubong to your city-bound friends and relatives.

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Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

8. The management and staff are all geared up to provide you with a memorable stay.

All of these are just the tip of the iceberg, as they say, because more exciting developments are in store for guests and visitors, as envisioned by resort’s management.

These include additional restaurants and other exciting renovations (which will be revealed in due time!)

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Zeon, Director of Operations. He’s also got great things planned for the hotel. Watch out for them!
Timberland Highlands Resort
Ranuka, Executive Chef. He’s gearing up to bring more exciting cuisines for hotel guests to enjoy.
Timberland Highlands Resort
Stephen, Sous Chef. He’s keeping the kitchen staff in tip-top shape.
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Moira, Pastry Chef de Partie. She’s whipping up new kinds of breads for guests to enjoy.

The resort also helps local communities by sourcing its manpower from nearby areas, upskilling and retooling them to provide world-class service to guests.

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Derek, F&B Manager. He oversees the dining room staff to bring you a great dining experience.
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Rey, F&B. He also taught me how to add a background to your Tiktok video (thanks, Rey!)
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Josh, F&B.
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Jona, F&B

They’re always ready to give you a hand, so when you see them around, be sure to say hi!

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Rom, Housekeeping. He gives quite an animated tour of the hotel room.
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Analyn and Marlyn, Housekeeping. These friendly ladies will keep your room spic-‘n-span.
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Edison, Kar and Genie, Front Office. Count of them for your queries about the hotel.
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JR, Lifeguard. He also takes care of the gym and guided me on a tour of the indoor sports facilities.

Thanks to the above reasons, my family and I had a fun, restful and memorable stay at the Timberland Highlands Resort, so why don’t you treat your family to one, too?

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

For more details, visit Timberland Highlands Resort’s website, call +632 8891 8288 or +63 918 9799863 (calls are entertained between 9am and 6pm) or email reservations@timberlandresort.com

Check-in is at 3pm while check-out is at 11am.

Timberland Highlands Resort is located inside Timberland Heights, Barangay Guitnang Bayan II, San Mateo, Rizal 1850 Philippines.

Timberland Highlands Resort
Timberland Highlands Resort

In accordance to COVID-19 safety guidelines set by the Department of Tourism and the local government, the following safety practices are in place:

  • Observance of minimum public health standards such as wearing of face masks, maintain physical distance and frequent handwashing
  • Requirement for guests 18 years old and older to present proof of full vaccination or a negative result of a swab or saliva-based RT PCR test, taken within 48 hours prior to check in
  • Guests below 18 years old should always be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian

To know more about Timberland Highland Resorts’ latest updates and offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my other posts about Timberland Highlands Resort:

Gourmet Food Trippin’ at Manila Ocean Park

How’s your summer going so far, foodies?

If you’ve got a hankering for some #VitaminSea but are not keen on leaving the city, then Manila Ocean Park is definitely the place to be!

Having just reopened after nearly two years of being closed to the public, Manila Ocean Park is reinforcing its positioning as the all-season holiday destination with eight exciting attractions now ready for the hordes of urbanites like you who are raring for fun and adventure.

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Exploring the Oceanarium
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Sea Lion Encounter

All that walking around and sight-seeing is sure to work up an appetite, though. Well, don’t worry, dear foodies, because Manila Ocean Park also serves up gastronomic delights that will satisfy even the most discerning gastronome.

These culinary creations are all curated by Manila Ocean Park’s Executive Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi, who brings his extraordinary skill sets to bear in bringing distinctly gourmet dining experiences for the park’s visitors through its in-house restaurants.

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Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi, Manila Ocean Park and Hotel H20’s Executive Chef
MOP Food Trip
Chef Ranuka joins Mr Francis Low in welcoming me and my fellow bloggers to Manila Ocean Park

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar came about in May 2021 when the lockdowns were beginning to ease up but indoor dining was not yet allowed. By making use of Manila Ocean Park’s Barnyard area to offer al fresco dining, and serving up a refreshed menu of Asian fusion dishes, this newly opened eatery became a bright spot for foodies looking for restaurant-quality fare during quarantine.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Looking at these mouth-watering dishes, you would be hard-pressed to imagine Chef Ranuka whipping these up using just a griddle and stove, which was all he had available when this restaurant first opened.

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Pineapple Glazed Pork Liempo (Php280). Grilled pork belly slices glazed with homemade pineapple sauce served with fried potato wedges, mixed salad and spicy mayo dip.
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Bulalo Steak (Php450). Batangas beef shank, sweet corn, French beans and cabbage served in garlicky gravy with Java rice.
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Umami Chicken & Cheese Madness (Php240). Grilled chicken thigh fillet in mushroom ang garlic sauce topped with melted mozzarella cheese, and served with sauteed greens, fried seaweed and Java rice.
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Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings (Php200). Deep-fried chicken wings glazed in sriracha and fermented bean paste, garnished with spring onions, garlic pechay and white sesame, served with Java rice.
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Hungarian Sausage (Php370). Fried sausages served with potato wedges and Dijon mustard.
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Blueberry Cheesecake (Php190).

While feasting on these dishes, you can quench your thirst with refreshing shakes and cocktails.

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Watermelon Shake (Php120).
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Pineapple Shake (Php120).
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Ginger + Honey + Citrus Booster (Php120).
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Mojito (Php220). Refreshing cocktail made with white rum, mint, citrus juice and soda water.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar is located at the side entrance of Manila Ocean Park near The Barnyard and Sea Lion pool.

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MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

Read about my previous experience here.

Makan Makan Asian Food Village

Makan Makan Asian Food Village got its name from the Singaporean expression that invites people to eat.

MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

Located at the second floor of Hotel H2O off to the side of Manila Ocean Park, this restaurant presents an extensive array of tasty Singaporean hawker fare, staple Chinese dishes, and Pinoy classic faves, giving hotel guests and park visitors a viable option for their midday or evening meal.

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Chicken Corn & Egg Drop Soup (Php380). A thick and soothing savory soup with chunks of minced chicken, corn and ribbons of egg whisked into the broth.
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Mixed Seafood Fried Rice (Php360). A distinctly Asian twist to our sinangag with the addition of finely chopped seafood and veggies.
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Crispy Pork with Adobong Kangkong (Php420). A take on the Ilocano dish Apan-Apan which features slices of deep fried pork belly on a bed of sauteed water spinach.
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Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet (Php350). A Singaporean version of our Escabeche made with battered and deep-fried fillets of fish served in a sweet and sour sauce.
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Pancit Canton (Php300). A Pinoy favorite made of egg noodles tossed with sauteed veggies, seafood and chopped meat.
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Sambal Squid (Php490). Also known as Sambal Sotong, it is made of fresh squid rings cooked in a sauce made with chili, shallots and garlic.

With both familiar and exotic dishes on offer, Makan Makan Asian Food Village is a worthy food stop during your Manila Ocean Park adventure.

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MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

For more details and updates on its food offerings, follow Makan Makan Asian Food Village on Facebook and Instagram.

Garden Cafe by Hotel H2O

If you feel like you want to take a coffee break in the middle of your wanderings around the park, drop by Garden Cafe by Hotel H2Oo. Here, you can relax amidst a refreshing backdrop of foliage and open air, while you sip your handcrafted coffee or smoothie.

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MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

You may as well indulge yourself with some pastries while you’re at it. These confections are usually sea-themed and lovingly crafted by Chef Ranuka’s pastry chefs.

Mirror Glazed Sea-Themed Cake.

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MOP Food Trip
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MOP Food Trip

Aqua Bavarian Donut.

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MOP Food Trip

Other Pastries.

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Almond Chocolate
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Sable Cookies

Want something to help you combat a hot day? Go for some iced coffee, then.

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Iced Latte (Php100).
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Iced Mocha (Php110).
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Iced Kopi Tarik (Php110). Made with coffee dark roasted with margarine and sugar, sweetened with condensed milk.
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Don’t hesitate to sit down and take a break with your pals while having some coffee and pastries in this comfy (and very Instagrammable) nook.

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MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

Garden Cafe by Hotel H2O is located at the ground floor of Hotel H2OO, easily accessible from Manila Ocean Park.

Follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

White Moon Bar

Want to end your Manila Ocean Park adventure on a high note?

Then, proceed to the second floor deck of Hotel H2O to catch the gorgeous sunset while you hang out at White Moon Bar.

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MOP Food Trip
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MOP Food Trip

Nibble on some appetizing bar chow while listening to chill music.

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Chicharon Bulaklak (Php280).
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Potato Wedges (Php180).
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Edamame Beans (Php350).
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Beef Burger (Php400).

Of course, your sunset chillout sesh wouldn’t be complete without some of White Moon Bar’s Classic and Signature cocktails.

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Tequila Sunset (Php300). A sweetened version of Tequila Sunrise due to the addition of grenadine.
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Amalfi Sour (Php390). Made with limoncello and vodka, shaken with honey, strawberries and fresh lemon juice.
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Sangria Blanco (Php320). Made with white wine, a splash of sweet citrus, cucumbers and peaches.
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So take the time to enjoy good food and great company at White Moon Bar as you wind down from your activity-packed day at Manila Ocean Park.

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MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

Follow White Moon Bar by Hotel H2O on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on its offers.

Watch out for more foodie destinations that Manila Ocean Park will be launching soon!

Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta along Roxas Boulevard, Ermita Manila. To stay updated on its promos and offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended food tastings held at these restaurants during my recent tours in Manila Ocean Park. Food items here were served at no cost to the attendees.

Check out my previous posts about Manila Ocean Park:

Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar

It’s been more than a year into the quarantine, and while we have gone back to less stringent restrictions, there are many of our life’s former pleasures that some of us still can’t enjoy.

One of these is dining out, isn’t it?

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

The excitement of venturing outside our home, discovering a new place to try or a new dish to enjoy, and hanging out with our friends – all these and more make up the experience of dining out that we used to take for granted.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Thankfully, more of our favorite haunts are re-opening, albeit while adopting new ways to operate so that they could keep us, the dining public, as well as their staff safe from the still present threat of pandemic.

One of these pivoted but still very welcome returns to the local food scene is Manila Ocean Park’s Whitemoon Bar which recently launched its Garden Dining.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Situated in The Barnyard, Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar offers a delectable array of Asian fusion dishes that can be enjoyed in a relaxing al fresco setting.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Here, diners can take a brief escape into the outdoors, surrounded by greenery and interesting bric-a-bracs, while they enjoy their meal amidst the gentle breeze from Manila Bay and chirping birds from the aviary.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Sri Lankan Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi brought his considerable skill sets to bear in whipping up dishes for Garden Dining’s refreshed menu using just a griddle and a stove in The Barnyard’s recently converted kitchen.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Safely served in to-go containers yet still retaining the visual appeal of gourmet food, these dishes put a fresh spin on our old favorites. Together with fellow food, bloggers Jen of sandundermyfeet.com, Anj of anjcolumna.com and Nix of ieatandiwander.com, I was able to check out samples of Garden Dining’s offerings such as:

Onion Rings (Php120). Large slices of onions battered and deep-fried for an appetizing start to the meal.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Corned Beef and Cheese Toast (Php140). Truth be told: I’m not a fan of corned beef sandwiches but this made me change my mind. The combination of grilled cheese and corned beef is a highly snackable treat.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Kimchi Fried Rice (Php190). A blend of tangy and spicy flavors, this fragrant rice complements the viands served.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Pork Satay (Php180) and Chicken Satay (Php160). Seasoned meats grilled to smoky deliciousness and served on skewers with sauce on the side.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Pineapple Glazed Pork Liempo (Php190). Tangy pineapple tidbits complement the savory grilled pork belly.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Spicy Asian-Style Seafood Spaghetti (Php250). A hearty and delicious taste of the sea with loads of seafood and noodles tossed in a slightly spicy sauce.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Whether you’re looking for refreshments or in the mood to imbibe, Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar also has a great selection of drinks for you, such as:

Watermelon Shake (Php130).

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Pineapple Shake (Php120).

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Ginger Honey and Citrus Immune Booster (Php100).

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

A variety of red and white wines from its wine list such as this 2014 Elfo Salento Negroamaro from Italy (Php230/glass).

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

We’re still a long way from enjoying everything we used to enjoy before the pandemic, but with places such as Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar, we can recreate those experience we look back on so fondly and even make new memories to cherish.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by Whitemoon Bar is located at The Barnyard, Manila Ocean Park, Luneta, Manila, open for outdoor dining Thursdays to Sundays from 3pm to 9pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 85677777.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

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Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended a food tasting held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to facilitate this feature article