Celian Seafoods Resto, Guimaras: New Expat Hangout

Celian Seafoods Resto, Guimaras: New Expat Hangout


It was time for a change. A contingent of expats that reside in Guimaras, the island province we call home, decided to visit a new eatery this past Friday evening. While most of the group, including this author, “The Kano,” have been dropping in at “Oliva’s Kitchen” for the past couple of months, some of us desired a changed.

Photo credit: Celian Seafood Facebook page

Celian Seafoods Resto, Guimaras: New Expat Hangout

“Oliva’s” features delicious food but the menu options for foreigners are limited. The trifecta of fish and chips, hamburger and fries, and Hungarian sausage sandwich, begins to dull the palate’s senses over time.

Word spread throughout the expat community in Guimaras that we were going to pay a visit to Celian Seafoods Resto. A diverse collection of expatriates and their Filipina spouses, totaling 16, showed up.

Now’s there’s nothing fancy about Celian’s, but that’s fine with me. I’m a simple man with simple tastes. Fine European dining with a meticulously dressed staff doesn’t appeal that much to me. I’m a Midwestern guy from Central Illinois who once dated a girl whose front porch décor featured a weathered, soiled sofa. I’m a redneck at heart, uncultured and proud of it. I’m an American.

The Eats

Although Celian’s features seafood, I already had been eating plenty of fish at home that week, and opted for the buttered chicken platter with gravy for only 160 pesos, a little over three US dollars. I washed down my generous platter of fried chicken with a cold bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen, for 40 pesos, 80¢. That’s 10 pesos less than “Oliva’s.”

My lovely asawa opted for a seafood adobo platter featuring mussels, shrimp and crab. My wife quenched her thirst with a delicious buko shake.

The seafood resto also features pala-pala or paluto style, which means that you can choose among the fresh seafood displayed at the restaurant and request for a specific dish you want with it. The cost for pala-pala is computed per 100 grams.

For dessert I opted for a chocolate ice cream cone from Selecta. My spouse and her Filipino friends had a heaping parfait glass full of halo halo, the classic dessert dish of the Philippines.

My fellow expat friends and I, however, passed on the halo halo. It’s a taste and texture issue for me.

Our total bill for the evening amounted to 12 US Dollars. An expat friend sitting next to me fed four people for about a dollar less.

Always Order the Beer Cold

Celian’s is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. It’s located at Brgy. Alaguisoc, Jordan, Guimaras just past the SeaOil service station outside of San Miguel, Jordan, on the main Guimaras Circumferential Rd in-between Iglesia ni Cristo church and the Hill Top Bakeshop.

Our group was well-served by the attentive staff. The workers put together a group of six plastic tables for our crew. We were located near the main highway but didn’t mind all the passing traffic as we enjoyed a pleasant breeze from this outdoor restaurant.


Photo credit: Celian Seafood Facebook page

When I ordered a second bottle of Pale Pilsen the waitress asked if I wanted it “cold.”

Always ‘malamig” (cold)” I quickly responded, “I’m an American.”

Our group plans to return to Celian’s next Friday evening and try out the different menu otions. My better half loves seafood and since her gastritis attack last year, is able to eat most of the foods she loved before, albeit in moderation.

It was an extremely pleasant evening spent with our beautiful wives and our foreigner friends on Guimaras. Celian’s looks like it could be one of the new stops on our Friday evening expat outings.