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
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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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Aqua Bavarian Donut.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Pineapple Shake (Php120).

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Ginger Honey and Citrus Immune Booster (Php100).

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

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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.

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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.

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To know more about its latest promos and offers, follow Manila Ocean Park on Facebook or Instagram.

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