Mangrove Restaurant: “A Home Away From Home”
NIGS. The writer exploring the landscapes of Mangrove Restaurant in Barangay Old Sagay, Sagay City, Negros Occidental. (Photo added)
NIGS. Before reaching the restaurant, guests will have to cross this lush mangrove forest. (photo added)
NIGS. Customers are not only here at the restaurant to enjoy but also to be educated on the importance of mangroves in the marine ecosystem. (photo added)
NIGS. Local products are also available at the Mangrove restaurant to help small and medium entrepreneurs. (photo added)
NIGS. It would be nice to have your cafe overlooking the sea and surrounded by lush mangrove forest. (photo added)
Have you imagined yourself enjoying your favorite dish in the middle of the lush mangrove plantation?
This is possible when you visit Mangrove Restaurant in Barangay Old Sagay, Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
What began as a passion for sharing his cooking skills and innovative menus, Junine Vistar’s restaurant has served more than its purpose as it has helped create job opportunities for the residents of Purok Santan 2 where he is located.
Vistar said it also helps people realize the importance of protecting and conserving mangroves as they play a vital role in marine ecology.
The restaurant has been around since 2017 but only opened to the public in June 2021 just after restrictions imposed by the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic began to ease, he said.
Vistar added that what makes the restaurant unique from others is that their customers’ dining experience takes place in the lush mangrove plantation, its delicious local cuisine and the love of the local community, making you feel “like home away from home”.
“We also offer overnight accommodation for tourists to stay longer in restaurants sleeping under cottages in the mangrove forest overlooking the sea,” noted the restaurant owner.
In addition to the food they offer, customers can also buy products made by Sagay and others that promote health and nutrition, such as vegetable pasta and others to help produce from local producers and farmers to maintain their existing business amid the pandemic.
“We plan to expand its operations into a resort to accommodate more tourists and create more jobs in nearby communities,” Vistar explained.
From the highly urbanized city of Bacolod, it would take an hour and a half by bus to reach the Mangrove Restaurant, which is now becoming a place for photo shoots and vlogs.
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