Hainanese Chicken Rice (Singapore), Bibimbap (Korea), Omurice/Katsudon (Japan), Paella (Spain), Khao Phat (Thailand), Risotto (Italy) and Arroz Caldo (Philippines) – these rice dishes would not even be a fourth of the hundred rice dishes that cooks have experimented on through the years. (Visit this list for more.)
Rice is one of the most versatile ingredient out there that even day-old rice is heaven, just add a beaten egg and salt! 🙂
When we arrived Saturday, my older brother and his then wife-to-be met with us, my mom and my sister’s family at Golden Bay Fresh Seafood Restaurant in Pasay. A few minutes ride from the airport…it was a very convenient trip since we arrived almost lunchtime. I forgot to take a photo of the exterior (I always do)…but the building is a green-white, 3 -storey structure, you won’t miss it! The place has a big parking lot but definitely not enough for big events.
Carpeted floor, traditional Chinese decor would welcome you upon entry. Garbed in both gold and red, you won’t go wrong in this Chinese restaurant…comfy ambiance that is. The place has a big Dining Hall and function rooms on the first and third floors with each own videoke. A Banquet Hall is on the second floor, perhaps a perfect setup for big occasions as weddings.
Golden Bay also has one of the biggest open kitchen I’ve seen…because I got used to the ones here in Vienna, that perhaps to save up space, the kitchen are compact yet convenient.
In a corner, much to the kids and the hubby’s delight is a tank area where seafood is kept. True to its name fresh seafood restaurant, the aquariums were filled with live fish, crab, and other fruits of the sea. We had a great time looking at the different catch and asking the attendants a question or two. (The first time I saw live gaycrabs too!) It took time anyway before food was served so we didn’t get bored passing time. Although waiting is not really my brother’s virtue considering too that he’s always hungry (teehee).
(Overgrown shrimp errr…a lobster and geoducks, stonefish and gaycrabs, sharks and a defenseless crab)
The restaurant offers set menus and a la carte to guests. Set menus I heard costs P10,000 minimum upto P32,000 at most. Judging from these, I’d say that really big Chinese families dine here often. The tables were set in which at least 8 people can dine together. We had a la carte and ordered a variety of dishes. (I did not to take photos of all of them and I didn’t take note of the dishes’ name…sorry.)
(Noodles – it just ain’t Chinese without them)
Coming from this part of the world where Chinese dishes are synonymous to salty I was happy that what we had is far different from what my taste buds got used to. OVer-all, it was a good meal. It may not be as memorable as my others but surely, had I the chance to come back I would and I’d definitely try their more famous dishes e.g. Peking duck, dried scallop rings and steamed king prawns.
Golden Bay Fresh Seafood Restaurant
Lots 3 & 4 Block A
Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. Pasay City
Telephone Nos: 556-7525; 994-2959