We, as mentioned, went on a blogger’s getaway at Aquaria Water Park courtesy of Anya Hospitality Corporation. Hence, we were blessed to try some food at Sands Restaurant.
As we were mainly focused on food and were hungry from all the activities that we had been doing, Me-An, unfortunately, failed to take a photo of the open-air restaurant. The nice-looking, simple restaurant can only accommodate a limited number of people. However, it’s all right as other guests opt to bring their own food.
Indeed, one can bring your own food. Just make sure to allocate PhP 100 (or 2.01 USD) per person for the corkage fee.
If we are with our respective families, we’ll definitely order the BILAO FIESTA, PhP 1, 100 (or 54.36 USD) good for five people. It has the following viands:
- Daing na Bangus (fried milkfish) or fried Tilapia fish
- Liempo (grilled pork belly) or lechon kawali (Filipino Crispy Fried Pork Belly)
It is served with salted egg, eggplant, tomato, onion, and bagoong alamang (shrimp paste) on the side. Finally, it comes with a five cups of rice and a pitcher of iced tea.
We think it’s a reasonable package as it’s just PhP 220 (or 4.42 USD) per person for food that’s definitely better to be eaten with the fresh ocean air. I can imagine myself already eating it with my bare hands.
What we ate were catered food by Sands restaurant. Thus, the food you’ll see below are a glimpse of what can be eaten when you decide to hold your event at Aquaria Water Park.
Aquaria Water Park is definitely open for events like corporate events, summer outing, team building activities or even beach weddings. During the time of our visit, there was actually a Christmas party going on.
Upon arriving the resort, we were greeted with welcome drinks which were cucumber juices. For those who know us personally, we hate cucumber, but, for some reason, I liked the drink. That’s a good sign I think.
We proceeded to the Sands restaurant after a brief tour of Aquaria Water Park. It was a simple but filling snack consisting of lasagna and iced tea. The pasta tasted ordinary for me, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. One may like its sweet taste and cheesy top.
After our sandbar tour, we got to fill our stomachs with a buffet of food arrayed tastefully. A creamy, thick soup was served right away to warm our tummies. We then proceeded to eating the viands while washing down the food with blue lemonade. Ended the meal on a sweet note with the buko salad, a Filipino variation of the fruit salad who primary ingredient is shredded coconut.
Me-An and I are honestly not well acquainted with the kind of cheeses. It’s because our kind of lifestyle doesn’t involve enjoying wine and cheese pairings. All we’re well familiar of is cheddar and mozzarella. So, whenever we have the chance, we try to expand our knowledge.
For that lunch, what I particularly enjoyed, if I’m not mistaken, is a Camembert cheese. It’s the round one in the right most side of the photo. It has a deep, earthy aroma and a bit sweet and milky taste. For me, its supple texture makes it go well with any kind of bread.
Served upon request, the pasta and their Italian style red sauce are heated together in a skillet.
Shrimp Skewers and Grilled Pork Meat
The shrimp skewers were a crowd favorite and it tasted great wih the lemon butter sauce.
While the food is generally tasty, I and Me-An found the honey fried chicken the best next to the shrimp skewer. The fried chicken were enveloped in a sweet tasting coating. Aside from that, it was crunchy to bite on the outside and the meat soft on the inside.
Finally, before we head back to Manila, they offered us one last meal. It was carbonara with 2 pieces of chicken lollipops and black gulaman as our drink.
The chicken lollipop has a nice texture. Meanwhile, the carbonara is a so-so for me. It has bacon bits on top and tuna bits inside the sauce for added flavor, but I found the white sauce to be really bland in my taste. The spaghetti noodles looked lifeless to me also maybe because it was served cold. Anyway, what saved the meal for me is their black gulaman. It is sweet and has different textures of gulaman inside which made drinking it fun.
Overall, based on the food we tried, the food offered by Sands restaurant of Aquaria Water Park is quite good. Although I cannot comment on its reasonableness since we weren’t served the actual food from their a la carte menu, I have to commend them for the food selection as well as the presentation of their food. Their foods’ taste is admittedly a bit hit or miss. However, we’ll opt to eat there when we return especially that they have a bilao fiesta and bilao overload meal set. It would also spare us the hassle of preparing food.
Aquaria Water Park, Brgy. Sta Ana Calatagan, Batangas.
For Inquiries & Reservations:
15F Corporate Center Building Valero St. Salcedo Village Makati City.
Phone No.: (02) 5538888 | Fax No.: (02) 750-1894
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