Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


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Pasig City is known for a lot of things and one of them is being a green city. However, with all the congestion that numerous developments have laid on the area, it's challenging to see its most visible application. Residential areas have become commercial centers and trees were not spared in the name of modernization. It may be absurd to treat the green advocacy in a literal sense but seeing nature is still the optimum expression of what it's supposed to be. As a long-time resident of the city, I was seeing this aspect of living fade away until I stepped out of my house in Kapasigan one morning and saw a newly-opened restaurant. Clearly, the presence of Calle Preciousa is a breath of fresh air!

Calle Preciousa Seafood Restaurant and Garden Center is a Filipino-oriented dining destination that's also a special events venue. Formerly called Sophia's Villa Seafood Dampa Palutuan, it has now continued its tradition of serving only the freshest products prepared using its owners' precious family recipes at the city proper which is 5 to 10 minutes away from most city landmarks like the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the municipal hall, Vargas Bridge and Pasig City Museum. What the owners started in another village in the city (Oranbo), they are maintaining in this new location that's visible to more local residents.

Grilled Salmon Belly with Lemon Butter Sauce

I had the chance to have my late lunch at the restaurant one weekday and found out from its staff that most of the new decorations and interior design were conceptualized by the owners themselves. Trees at the sprawling lot were kept to accentuate the garden area for special events and al fresco dining but those that had to come down to accommodate the main dining structure were turned into wooden chandeliers. Most of the hardwood furniture that serves as dining fixtures even came from the old restaurant location and now serve as complementing elements to the Mexican-inspired architecture of the whole place.

Named after the youngest daughter of the family, the restaurant was inspired by owners Teofilo 'Teddy' Vistan and Imelda 'Dang' Hernandez-Vistan's idea of sustaining the image of having a simple life by serving home recipes, along with their desire to help support local workers by promoting their products. They serve seafood from their own seafood market that's visible in a fridge where the variety of fishes, seashells, crabs, shrimps and squid are displayed for customers to choose from. The concept is for a guest to choose his or her raw food and later on decide what dish it would be. There’s a menu of possible dish outcomes to choose from anyway. Everything is made from scratch even the stock soup.

During my visit, I sampled two dishes -- the Buttered Garlic Shrimp and the Grilled Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce.

The shrimp dish looked appealing in a hefty serving that's good for 2 to 3 people to share. My mom is a shrimp aficionado and will definitely find the dish worth having as part of her meal any time of the day, even for breakfast.

I was just glad that I ordered the Grilled Salmon Belly because I love anything with a hint of lemon. I found out from a staff of the restaurant that the salmon's imported from Norway that's why it has a distinctive silky smooth quality that's on the oily side, contributing to the rich flavor of the dish. The saltiness is subtle which is a good complement to the lemon sauce. I'm not a big fan of seafood-oriented dishes, but the elaborate effort on this one got me convinced to set some of it aside for take-out as I wanted to continue feasting on it for dinner.

Buttered Garlic Shrimp

The restaurant also has a catering service. Additional services for event extras such as balloons, bridal car, cake, emcee, giveaways, flowers, magician, makeup, photo booth, lights and sounds, photo and video coverage, plus tarpaulin are also available upon request.

I'll be returning to the restaurant to celebrate my father's upcoming birthday and I know what to order as part of the full meal that we'll have. Finally, I have a new local dining destination to root for when it comes to sumptuous home-cooked meals.

Calle Preciousa Seafood Restaurant and Garden Center

Official website of Calle Preciousa

Address: Dr. Sixto Avenue, Brgy. Sagad, Pasig City, Philippines
(Near RCBC, Meralco Kapasigan and Excel Driving School)
Phone: (02) 696-6826 or (02) 622-9806
Mobile: +63 917-845-4009

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