The hubby and I were invited to partake of a dinner hosted by Marina Oysters Seafood Grill last week with a bunch of other food bloggers. Marina’s oysters, which they are known for, are flown fresh from Iloilo daily. So they guarantee to serve only the freshest of oysters. With oysters being their specialty, I was quite thrilled to see an array of dishes in the buffet table with different kinds of oyster dishes. I have always had a big appetite for oysters! The good ones, that is. I have had my share of not so good ones in the past, all of which are not worthy blogging about. So, I’m moving on…
This is the airconditioned area of Marina’s Timog branch
and then there’s the al fresco
Their al fresco area is very cozy, I should say. But with the level of humidity we’ve been having lately, I will always choose the airconditioned room in a heartbeat. I think it’s great that they made both facilities available for their patrons to choose from.
platters of crackers were strewn all over the buffet table
We were told to eat some crackers first before we partake of the oyster dishes, just to be sure we don’t get our tummies upset.
baked oysters. yumm!
I swear I could’ve gotten more if I had more room. I just love it! 🙂 Oysters are P250/bucket. You can have it fresh, steamed, grilled or baked.
This is the first time I’ve tasted this and it’s an instant favorite! The flavor of wasabi complemented the natural goodness of the oysters. The crunch that comes with it makes it even more fun, with mayo on the side. 🙂
Grilled Bulgan (Seabass), P99.00/100kg.
When Carlo was raving about this ordinary looking fish during the introduction of the Marina restaurant team, I couldn’t quite relate. But I totally dig him as soon as I had my first bite.
Too bad the hubby did not get to try how good this was. It’s flavorful and everything a sizzling dish should be and it is spiced just right. I was too busy devouring on the dishes that I forgot to tell Jeff to go dig in and try this out.
Kinilaw na Oysters
Another first and I loved it too. The hubby are so into kinilaw na tanigue and blue marlin, that we sometimes go around the city just to satisfy our cravings. Just the other night we were talking about flying to Davao before the year ends to visit his dad and indulge on our kinilaw cravings until we’ve had it. Not a whole lot of restaurants here in Manila serve kinilaw dishes like we want them. And here we were served with my very first kinilaw na oysters and I was not a bit disappointed. 🙂
There were a few more dishes that we’ve tried like KBL (Kadios, Baboy, Langka), P240, which is an Ilonggo soup with red beans, pork and jackfruit. Bihon Guisado and the Marina Fried Chicken. There was no dish I was not satisfied with.
The first time we ever tried Marina was a couple of years back, I think, when the hubby and I treated the whole family to celebrate my sister’s birthday. This food event gave us a taste of what Marina Oysters Seafood Grill has to offer. I definitely did not have an idea that they could do so much dishes with oysters. 🙂
Incidentally, Marina Oysters Seafood Grill has an ongoing Facebook Promo. This is open to all Facebook users.
Here’s how to join:
– “Like” Marina Oysters Seafood Grill on Facebook on or before May 18, 2010.
– Current fans and followers are automatically included in the contest
– You may “like” and follow Marina Oysters Seafood Grill on Facebook from May 12 to May 18, 2010.
How to win
– Winners will be determined via raffle draw
– Participant can only win once
– Relatives of Marina Employees up to the second degree of consanguinity are not eligible to join the contest.
– 2 winners of Marina Gift Certificate worth 1000 php for Facebook followers
*Gift Certificate can be used on all Marina Branches
*winners will claim their prizes at a specific branch of Marina in Metro Manila (Branch TBA)
Marina Oysters Seafood Grill has branches in Market!Market!, Metrowalk, SM Mall of Asia, SM Skygarden North EDSA, Trinoma and Timog-Panay