I come home for three reasons: family, friends and FOOD!
Meet-ups are always fun with good food. And for me, good food is synonymous with Bacolod, my home province's capital. Aside from being known as the City of Smiles where Masskara Festival is held every October, Bacolod is a popular foodie destination in the country.
Every time I come home, I always find myself in a foodie trail. I have my own restaurant checklist in my thoughts and my vacation would be incomplete without ticking each one off! I do have my classic favorites and I'm happy to share five of them in this post. :)
|My Favorites in City of Smiles|
Chicken Inasal at Chicken House
First on my list is the Chicken Inasal. It is Bacolod's specialty dish that became famous across the Philippines and even abroad. Marinated and basted with a special secret sauce and then char-grilled to perfection, the mouthwatering chicken meat on wooden skewer is always a wonderful "welcome home" treat. There are a lot of inasal restaurants in town, but it has always been Chicken House for me! A full on flavor Paa with garlic rice can surely make anyone smile in the City of Smiles!
*Price per person: Php 100-150 for a complete meal
* Location: Chicken House has branches all over the city. I frequently dine in the Art District branch in Mandalagan and in the branch along Lacson St.
Sate Babe at Bob's Restaurant
I love dining at Bob's Restaurant ever since I was a kid. The restaurant is actually way older than me; it has been serving excellent local food with a Western touch and a wide range of International dishes since 1965. An all-time family favorite is the Sate Babe. The grilled pork on skewers smothered with peanut butter sauce and served with java rice is delicious, very filling and affordable.
*Price per person: more or less Php 200 for a Sate Babe and a drink
*Location: Bob's Restaurant is in North Drive, opposite Riverside Medical Center and has branches in SM City Bacolod and in Ayala North Point in Talisay.
Mongolian Bowl at Bob's Restaurant
I'm a BIG fan of Bob's, hence I need not explain why I have two Bob's specialty on this list. :) As the restaurant's main branch is just across my previous workplace, it was where I had my payday lunch treat during my Yuppie days. Nothing beats a comforting Mongolian Bowl that I, myself, mixed based on my taste preferences. My chosen ingredients will then be stir-fried and served piping hot! It was, and still is, a stress reliever.
*Mongolian Bar is only available in Bob's Restaurant main branch along North Drive.
Beef Salpicao at Pepe's Grill
Pepe's in Piazza Sorrento has been a constant venue for a good dinner with friends, and it's simply because of my Beef Salpicao cravings! Although new restaurants have opened in the city, my childhood buddies are kind enough to take me back to Pepe's year after year! :) I'm crazy over the fork-tender bite size pieces of beef in butter and garlic sauce that I couldn't find elsewhere!
*Price per person: Php 200-250 for a complete meal
*Location: Pepe's Grill is in the 2nd floor of Piazza Sorrento along 13th Lacson St.
Mud Pie at Calea
When dining out in the capital of the Sugarbowl of the Philippines, dessert is a must! No one goes home without having a sweet treat! Meet-ups are often capped off in a cafe, and Calea is a top choice. The popular pastry shop and cafe offers a variety of cakes; ranging from cheesecakes to ice cream cakes. Closest to my heart is the Mud Pie; a chocolate ice cream cake on a chocolate cookie crumb crust topped with crunchy almond slivers. It's sinfully good!
*Price per person: Php 150-200 a slice of cake and a coffee
*Location: You can find Calea in Balay Quince and Lourdes II along Lacson St., in Robinson's Place Bacolod and in Ayala North Point in Talisay.
Narrowing down my Bacolod foodie list is quite difficult! It's heartbreaking not to include my fave seafood dishes on the list. Since I'm a big seafood eater, I guess I better have a separate blog post devoted to garlic butter scallops, sizzling blue marlin, kinilaw na tangigue, succulent steamed oysters... oh the list could go on and on and on!
Do we have the same favorite must-eats in Bacolod?
No? Then, feel free to share yours in the comment section down below! :)