It's the love month and I wanna greet everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. Hubby and I celebrated V-day yesterday by going out to have lunch with my 2 brothers and their families. It's a group date you may say. Last year, it was only me and hubby and we had a lunch date at Hardin sa Paraiso. You can read it here.
I heard about this new restaurant called Ciudad Elmina so I researched it in the net. Ciudad Elmina Fishing Village is located in Bacayao Norte, Dagupan City, Pangasinan. The easiest way to enter it is through Arzadon Compound Road in between the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Hospital and BHF-Puregold supermarket along Mayombo District Road. The place is 45 minutes drive from our house but since my youngest brother was the one driving our newly bought pre-loved van and he's still familiarizing himself how to drive an automatic vehicle, it took him an hour to get there. When we were entering the vicinity, my 2 nieces kept on chanting "I am excited", lol!
When we arrived at the restaurant, only few customers were there because it just opened at 11AM. We passed by the main resto and the service staff led us to a nipa hut along the fish pond which is good for 15 people. The place sits right in the middle of the fish farm where the fish they serve come from like tilapia, milk fish, shrimps, etc. It has several nipa huts of various seating capacities. There's that feeling that you are in a resort. The main dining room can accommodate large parties. One can catch fish (using a fishing rod) and have the fish cooked by the chef. While waiting on our foods, we roamed around and took several photos with my youngest brother, my 2 sis-in-law and my 2 nieces while hubby stayed in the hut to keep an eye of our things. My other brother arrived later because he went to the dentist. Later, a lot of customers kept arriving. I love the scenic view of the floating restaurant and at the other side of the pond are array of palm trees. We took some photos there too.
When we went back to our hut, the foods were served. The bangus kare-kare was surprisingly yummy, the beef with ampalaya was delicious so I ordered one more, the fried chicken legs were crispy and tasty and so I ordered one more, the adobong pusit was tasty. We got 2 big platters of steam rice and 1 small platter of garlic rice for hubby and me and a pitcher of iced tea.
We very much enjoyed the food and the place and the ambiance it offers. There was a nice breeze that made our experience even better. We felt like we were in a secluded place, far from city life where in fact it's just a few minutes drive to the downtown area of Dagupan City. My other brother arrived and he ate the foods that we reserved for him but the kare-kare and squid were gone.
We tried their cookies and creme shake because that's the only one available and to my surprise, it really tastes good. It's not that sweet, just the right taste. We all love it! When the bill came, the total mount was Php2,015.00 or equivalent to US $50. Not bad for 6 adults and 2 kids. It was hubby's treat for all of us.
My 2 nieces got so thrilled watching some customers catching tilapia to be cooked by the chef.
Hubby said he loved the place and he intend to go back and spend the night in one of their rooms. Before we left the resto, we had some more photos taken. We had fun and we will definitely go back.