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Friday, February 14, 2014

Celebrating Valentine's Day at Hardin Sa Paraiso

Hubby and I celebrated Valentine's Day by dining out as we used to do. We went to try this restaurant called Hardin sa Paraiso located in Lelemaan, Manaoag. It was our first time to go there though we passed by it a few times before. I heard good reviews about it so I was curious and have to try it for myself. It was past 12 noon when hubby and I went there. Hubby parked the car and we're lucky that there was a vacant spot close to the gate. Upon entering the gate, we went down a few steps to a beautifully manicured garden. The nipa huts were all occupied so we went to their main dining hall and it was fully packed. The waiter gave us a seat. We waited until they came to give us a table.

Hubby and I love the place. The main dining area is spacious and ideal for special occasions and events and is made of bamboo, wood and concrete, with a roof of cogon leaves and netting. The tree houses are small but ideal for couple on a romantic date. Families and friends would certainly enjoy dining in the nipa houses. The garden is neatly trimmed and looks like a small park. It has a delightful ambiance truly making you feel that you are in a "garden in paradise". The place is very ideal for photo shoot for people who love taking photos like me.

Since I'm on a diet, I ordered the blue marlin loin steak, plain rice and fruit salad for dessert. Hubby ordered kare-kare, garlic rice and iced tea. Their prices are not really bad and the kare-kare with beef is good for 2 to 3 people. Our foods were served and the blue marlin is served with 2 slices only and a small bitty slice. I thought it was more than that. The taste is okay. The kare-kare is good for 2 to 3 people but the taste is not that good. We had better like the kare-kare from Matutina's and Deluxe restaurants. So we were both disappointed with that. Kare-kare is one of hubby's favorite Filipino foods along with fried squid and adobo that's why he likes to order that in the restaurants we've been to.

We didn't eat all the kare-kare and I asked the waiter to put it in a doggie bag  and when we went home, hubby gave it to my brother's dog. They gave us a red, heart-shaped box with half dozen chocolates as Valentine's Day give-away. The amount hubby paid was Php672.00 but we were not fully satisfied. I think I like the foods in Deluxe better and it's cheaper there too. The thing that we like about the Hardin sa Paraiso is the place and the garden view. Would I want to go back there? I definitely will. Hubby and I would want to try their other menus. Who knows, it would be a lot better than their kare-kare.

16 comments:

betchai said...

ahhh, the blue marlin looks so very inviting, so juicy looking, haha, I could devour it so quickly

Joy said...

simple celebration yet full of love :) beautiful photos of you and your husband :) Happy Hearts Day!!!

Teresa Martinez said...

Well that is just how it goes, there are always good and bad points for any establishment we choose to try but the one thing that is always good here is being together with our special someone.

Tavel Quest said...

Sweet! Happy Valentines day. Glad to see you and your special someone in this very special day really connected and having fun. I'm glad he able to spend Vday in our country you are lucky.

MaryJane Tauyan said...

both of you looks so in love!! the food looks very yummy and the place looks very peaceful for a special day of lovers like the two of you

nova hedges said...

awww..very sweet couple, a nice date and a good food on valentines day.

Traveling Morion said...

Natakam naman ako dun sa Blue Marlin, yummy! Will definitely check that place- thanks for posting

Juliana said...

Hello! Manang, buti ka pa may date. The resto indeed looks inviting with the nipa huts around.

V day was spent at home. Sobrang ginaw naman kasi dito. Ang snow storm, they come one after another. We're about to have another one later this afternoon.

kulasa said...

I love their nipa huts! I bet the flooring made of bamboo is cool to the feet...I love taking off my feet inside nipa huts and eating with clean bare hands! hmmm those recipe look scrumptious! love your happy inlove smiles :)Happy Heart's Month!

Rovie said...

The date would have been perfect if the "kare-kare" tastes good as expected. Good thing that at least the ambiance and the place itself is more comfortable. Maybe you could try something new that will satisfy you in your next visit.

Happy Valentines Day Ate!

Ria C said...

Happy Valentine's Day Lisa and to your husband. I like the food photos you posted. They look delectable!

Are you in the Philippines for good?

Chubskulit Rose said...

HOw sweet it is to celebrate Valentine's day at the garden of paradise! I can see the overflowing love in both of you.

Lainy said...

HI Ate Lis! It's good to see you and your husband having a great time together on V-day. The garden ambiance looks so refreshing and the foods so divine, except of course for the kare-kare. You must be disappointed!

Anyways, it happens sometimes, Ate Lis. Charge to bad experience. Hihi!

Hope you're having a beautiful weekend!

Love and hugs!

Jonas Labagala said...

If I were to visit this place, I would be instantly attracted since I love garden and I hope that their food is delicious too.. :)

lencilicious said...

That's so sweet. I've been to Manaoag but never been to any restaurant there. Maybe next year when I visit there.

Algene said...

Wow! You look so happy together on your Valentine's day celebration. My favorite photo is the one taken with the bahay kubo (or bahay kubo looking) background :)

 
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