Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Must try daily themed dinner buffet in Mactan resort

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

An alfresco table setup when we tried the different food that Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort offers for its daily themed dinners

Dinner buffet in Mactan. Where do I begin. Should I go Asian and try those sumptuous dumplings and dimsum while I place two pieces of steamed prawns on my plate? Should I stop first at the Skewered kiosk and take my pick of pork barbecue, salmon strips? But that red and crispy lechon skin is making me weak in the knees. Oh, those steamed blue crabs, now colored red and baked oysters are equally tempting. God, this buffet spread is so confusingly delicious.

The Joy of Food

Although it was supposed to be a dinner buffet in Mactan, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort assembled instead a lunch spread for us in the Media, both print and online because of availability of most guests. Different kiosks representing the different cuisines they are offering in their daily dinner buffets were assembled al fresco. With seven kiosks, one for each night of the week, it really was a challenge choosing as the variety is almost endless. Just check what is on offer:

Big Bowl Sunday: vegetable samosa, tamarind squid salad, mongolian station, ebi tempura, vanilla almond roulade and applie pie in a jar

Skewered (Monday): smoked spicy chicken, asian meatballs, skewers comprising of barbecue pork with blistered chili pumpkin salsa, coconut beef ribs, cumin chili lamb kebabs with garlic yoghurt, soy based chicken, sweet and spicy bacon, pork barbecue, beef sate, prawn skewer squid skewer, salmon skewer, brownie bite skewers; and, coconut cheese flan

Lasa (Tuesday): crab cake with nuoc cham, pomelo and turnip salad, curry station: (green curry paste, red curry paste, yellow curry paste) with a choice of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, eggplant, zucchini, mushroom ,chayote, onions, garlic, bellpepper, ginger and chili; oven baked snapper fish, native chocolate pudding, fresh mango rice in cashew meringue crust

Cebuano Streetfest (Wednesday): dried fish with fresh tomato and onions salad, green mango in salt vinegar, beef pochero, chicken inasal, lechon belly, hanging rice (puso), boiled corn on cob, nilusak na saging, and buko pandan

Flavors of Asia (Thursday): dimsusm station, scallop siomai, shrimp siomai cabbage roll, fried dumpling, different sauces (soy, chili, sweet and sour, ginger), steamed crab, stir fry beef with bamboo shoot and broccoli, steamed shrimps, biko panna cotta, and Philippine rum cake with coco jam

Palaisdaan (Friday): Peruvian ceviche, oyster with spinach and cheese, fresh seaweed salad, cambake: shrimp, crabs, local shells and island conch; mango coriander salsa, grilled eggplant, turones de leche, and dalandan cheesecake

Barrio Fiesta (Saturday): grilled pork belly and fish ceviche, pineapple macaroni salad, mango and tomato salad, whole lechon, char grilled tanigue, battered crisp baby shrimps (ukoy), steamed rice, binignit, tibok tibok with latik

But you don’t have to be confused when you dine here. Different nights, different food. For me, the fresh seafood in the Palaisdaan, the lechon in Barrio Fiesta, the skewered dishes in Skewered, the steamed prawn and dimsum in Flavors of Asia and the different select desserts were memorable. For the foreign tourists, the Barrio Fiesta is especially well attended as, other than the native food, there are cultural presentations where guests can join. And that lechon is really good!

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Fridays: Palaisdaan. Who can refuse this fresh seafood? Crabs, oysters, scallops, spider conch, prawns?

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Not just my weakness, but I think, almost everyone agrees that prawns are their weakness too

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Flavorful asian meatballs on chinese soup spoons, part of Skewered (Monday)

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Grilled pork, Skewered (Monday)

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Personal grill at our table for that delicious seafood fresh off the coals

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Prawns, dimsum and dumplings, Flavors of Asia (Thursday)

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Brownie bite skewers for the sweet tooth, Skewered (Monday)

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Clockwise from top right: delicious whole Cebu lechon at the carving station, Barrio Fiesta (Saturday); my plateful of desserts from the various kiosk samplers; coconut cheese flan, Skewered (Monday); and, my plateful of fresh seafood Palaisdaan (Friday) and lechon belly, Cebuano Streetfest (Wednesday)

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort themed dinner buffet in Mactan

Four of seven kiosks featuring the different food they offer daily for their themed dinners, clockwise from top left: Lasa (Tuesday) takes on the flavors of Asia; Skewered (Monday) is anything grilled; Cebuano Streetfest ( Wednesday) showcases the flavors of Cebu; and, Flavors of Asia (Thursday) is more on dimsum and dumplings.

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The Joy Of Food
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http://www.bluewatermaribago.com.ph/

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    March 22, 2017 @ 22:47

    #BluewaterResorts in Mactan offers sumptuous daily dinner buffets #joyoffood @BlueMaribago

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