Grill and Pasta Buffet at Sands Al Fresco, The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Subic
When you are in Subic and you are hungry (or craving), drop by the Sands Al Fresco at The Lighthouse Marina Resort inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and have a sumptuous grill and pasta dinner while you are being serenaded with live piano and bossa nova.
The starters include an asparagus soup and a salad bar with fresh veggies, fruits and a variety of dressings.
I don't eat much fruits. But their melon is something that I couldn't forego. It's so sweet and crisp that I imagine dipping it in vanilla ice cream.
They also have a pasta bar where you could choose from marinara, bolognese or carbonara. You also got to pick what you want in your sauce. There's anchovies, mushrooms, ham, bacon, pepper, olives, etc. Just select and they will cook it for you the way you want it.
Here's my pasta. I chose bacon, ham, black olives, white onions and mushrooms on white sauce. I selected linguine. The serving is huge than I expected, so if you want to focus on their grill offerings, tell the staff to give you just half a serving of the pasta.
The grill selection is broad enough. You can choose from pork belly, porkchop, baby back ribs, chicken and sausages.
It also include a wide variety of seafoods like mahi-mahi, squid, cream dory, and tuna.
There is also a corner where you could find different kinds of sauces like garlic yogurt, barbeque, honey mustard, toyomansi (soy sauce and local lemon), etc.
Of course, the most awaited part of the buffet, the dessert!
They have creme brulee (my favorite), banana cake and brownies.
After indulging, you may want to have a cup of hot tea or coffee to cap the night.
How to go to The Lighthouse Marina Resort:
SBFZ is 110 kms. North of Manila, the Philippines ' capital city. It is about two hours to two and a half hours drive from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) gateway of Balintawak. Take San Fernando Exit and pass thru the provinces of Pampanga ( towns Bacolor, Guagua, Lubao) and Bataan (town Dinalupihan) to the Subic Bay Freeport Expressway. ( Tipo Road , Bataan ). Once you have entered the free port zone after the toll gate and check point, drive all the way to Rizal Highway , turn right up to Manila road all the way to Waterfront road, turn right and drive straight down up to The Lighthouse Drive, final left turn and you have arrived! There are alternative routes and there are directional signages along the way. Saulog Transit and Victory Liner provide regular transport air-con bus services to Olongapo City from their various terminals in Pasay City , Quezon City and Caloocan City .. A short jeepney ride or taxi takes you from the Victory Liner terminal in Olongapo City to the Freeport , while Saulog Transit terminal is just a stone's throw away and walking distance to the Gate of SBMA where a taxi can take you directly to The Lighthouse. A shuttle service to and from the Gate can be arranged with any of our resort hosts.