A few months back, I’ve watched a certain episode from Kristv (a Philippine tv show hosted by Ms. Kris Aquino) via TFC where she featured the best dishes of Pangasinan. The crew went to Ciudad Elmina in Dagupan to try their Bangus specialties. What makes this place special is that they allow guests to catch fishes direct from the pond and cook it afterwards. I told my husband then to visit the place when we go to Philippines for vacation.
Ciudad Elmina Fishing Village and Restaurant is located in Mayombo District, Dagupan City which is a neighboring city from my hometown in Mangaldan. The restaurant is owned by former City Mayor Alipio Fernandez. It is fairly new but it is now famous for its best and freshest seafood as well as meat dishes.
I took my family out for a lunch to give it a try. We were then seated at the main dining room. They also have several nipa huts of different seating capacity, more of a resort-like type but since the main dining room is nearest to the entrance, we opted to seat there. Even so, you will still get the same wonderful dining views. The interior designs are pretty cool, they have all those fishing nets and fishing tools decorated at the ceiling to suit the fisherman’s theme. There’s also a live music band but we were told that they only perform during night time.
They also offer Seafood Salo-salo or the Boodle Fight. However it’s pre-arranged so you have to make a prior reservation to the restaurant and pre-order the the food combination choices a day before the salo-salo feast. Prices depend on the pre-ordered food.
Hubby and I both tried fishing but we were not lucky. Hubby caught only one fish which was later on cooked in Sinigang(savoury sour soup). It was very delicious, tastes like authentic home cooked food. We’ve also ordered sizzling bangus (milkfish), pancit miki bihon, pork liempo, kare-kare, and spicy chicken wings. Everything was perfectly cooked, fresh, delicious and affordable. I remembered our previous dining at Red Ginger City of Dreams where we just ordered 2 main dishes (no deserts and water was for free). Our total bill was Php 1,300 compared to Php 1,600 bill at Ciudad Elmina with 6 main dishes plus a pitcher of iced tea and 2 bottles of beer. Although Red Ginger is situated in a luxurious casino resort in Manila, the quality of the food and the service that we get doesn’t justify the high prices. With Ciudad Elmina, we’ve experienced high quality dining – best quality of food, friendly staff, good value for money and a cozy laid out ambiance. Already looking forward to my next vacation in the Philippines and dine here again.