Saturday, December 22, 2012

Koi Restaurant: Fusion Food That's Fun and Fulfilling

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The Koi Restaurant features a fusion of popular Asian cuisine and select Mediterranean dishes. Its salad bar offers a sumptuous selection of appetizers, soup, and fresh breads.

It is the main restaurant at Thunderbird Resorts Rizal. It serves food from breakfast, lunch to dinner and even in between meals.

We had the opportunity to try out their complimentary breakfast, plus lunch at noon. We also visited the place during dinner time but my friends and I decided to eat dinner by the poolside instead so we could night swim at the pool as well.

Koi or more specifically nishikigoi (literally "brocaded carp"), are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.

Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream. The most popular category of koi is the Gosanke, which is made up of the Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku, and Showa Sanshoku varieties.

The signage at the Koi restaurant looks the same during the day and night time.

Complimentary breakfast during our stay was composed of cereals with fresh milk, some breads and butter,
soup, sauges, fried "danggit", fried milkfish or "bangus", chicken, omellete,  juices and coffee.

"Non-fans of fusion food may change their minds with the US Angus Beef Kare-Kare, whose peanut sauce is as rich as any but whose beef shames all others for its tenderness (not kidding). There's also the cornflake crusted fried chicken with country cheddar mash and homestyle gravy, which is a new take on bringing out the crisp in everyone's favorite chicken part (the skin, of course, what were you thinking?). It was a pretty good one too—we didn't know cornflakes could ever taste good. The mashed potato would need a bit more TLC though (no, not tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese).

Those with more adventurous palates can also try the Salmon and Uni Cream with Tobikko Fish Roe (sauteed salmon cubes, fresh sea urchin puree, cream and tobikko fish roe, toasted bonito flakes, served with pasta fetuccine). Koi also uses Angus Beef in—wait for it—sinigang, which it calls the US Angus Beef Sinigang sa Kamias at Tanglad." - Two2Travel


I ordered a fresh papaya drink or shake for lunch. I usually order fresh mango but I decided to try something different that day.

This is how the Koi restaurant looks at night time: 


They really love the Koi fish as their signature decor.

Loved to visit the Koi restaurant again whenever I have the chance to drop by the Thunderbird Resorts hotel in Rizal. The food there was better than the ones served at the Pool Bar, but arguably I did enjoy some of the food at the Pool Bar...yet I enjoyed all the meals at the Koi Restaurant. So, if given a choice, I will definitely choose the Koi!

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