Monday, August 3, 2015

Barbecued Baby Backribs Buffet at Casa Bella Ribs and Seafood Restaurant!

The outdoor seating at Casa Bella's.

I've been living in Pangasinan for 18 years already, and one thing that I have to say about the variety of Dagupan City's dining establishments is that it's generally lacking in that department.
As compared to five years ago however, the dining options have drastically improved to include-- aside from the sudden proliferation of various fastfood chains-- the sudden boom of coffee shops (such as Pebbles Beach Cafe and the undying Starbucks), Western-inspired restaurants (like Todd's and Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina), Asian-themed restaurants (like Enzo and Maki Yaki), and even resto-bars (like Mint and Mugshots). For an avid eater like me though, there's something quite missing from all of this. Where can I enjoy a nice, good buffet? (And I don't mean those family-friendly overly-commercialized grilled-chicken places that offer unlimited rice and drinks.)

Dagupenos would probably cry "Foul!" and try to point me to Red Themes, the newest buffet located near Music Warehouse at Perez Blvd., but I've already tried what they had to offer and-- well, let's just say I wasn't really happy with the foo-- okay okay, that's another review for another time. 

Anyhow, when it came to buffet restaurants I knew about one place situated in close proximity to Dagupan City-- like a 30-minute drive away. Casa Bella's (formerly Bella's House of Ribs and Seafood Restaurant) located in Brgy. Manzon, San Carlos City, Pangasinan has been in business for more than 10 years already. On Wednesdays, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, their buffet spread opens-- and it's such a steal at Php 249.00 per person since you can enjoy all the tender baby backribs that you can eat!

It's always wise to come early because (1) you'll get the best seats (the restaurant can sometimes get crowded), (2) they only fill the trays according to the number of diners still active, and (3) sometimes they run out of certain dishes.

It's by the highway, so it's very easy to spot.

Note the telephone numbers.

Casa Bella also delivers within San Carlos and Calasiao for orders that cost a minimum of Php 350.00.

The buffet spread at 7:00 pm.

They also offer Dampa-style service.

The salad and dessert bar at 8:00 pm. Since there were less active buffet diners already, they stopped refilling.

I don't eat dinuguan, but my companions who do say this tastes reaaaaaally good!

This is Casa Bella's bestseller and I could see (and taste) why! The ribs are soft and chewy, and it goes great with the barbecue sauce that smothers it. Imagine ordering this from a high-end restaurant. It would probably be very expensive. Incidentally, though, an order of these babies at Casa Bella's is Php 175.00.

Casa Bella's regularly changes the menu for the buffet. The only dishes constantly included were the baby backribs, lumpia Shanghai, and dinuguang Kapampangan. One time, we had the delight to encounter pork Callos, seafood marinara in white cream sauce (very delicious), buttered tahong (also very delicious), and crispy pork binagoongan. 

The staff at this restaurant were very courteous and accommodating. The restaurant itself is beautiful inside and out. Very nice ambiance for dining with the whole family. There are also areas that were dimly-lit for couples wishing to do a romantic dinner, a function room, and a bar/KTV/smoking area on the second floor. It's truly a delight to dine at Bella's.

Casa Bella is located at #75 Brgy. Manzon, San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines.


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