Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 Jan: Philippines: Albay: Food Strip

Albay is one of famous destinations in Philippines not only for its natural beauty but also for food satisfaction.  Below are the restaurants we tried during our stay.

La Mia Tazza Coffee
We had our first break at this café since it is located at Embarcadero. They have tables at the veranda so you can have your sip of coffee while watching the clouds as it cover the volcano tip.  We tried Pili Cappuccino (small, 98php) and Raspberry Mocha (small, 98php).



Small Talk Cafe

Located just near the Albay Cathedral, you can easily spot this restaurant.

It is a homey designed restaurant with antique pieces, piano, old photos of famous artists who dined in, old wooden tables and chairs.  The café is famous for its unique flavors of pasta and pizza.



We ordered for Pasta Mayon (pinangat/laing stuffed in raviolo pasta with red tuna sauce, 105php) and Pili Chocolate Chip Sundae.


Bigg's Cafe
A local brand that can compete with the huge names of Jollibee and McDonalds.  It has a wide variety of breakfast, snacks and full meals.  Designed with an old English art pieces like old door bell, US plate numbers, red bricks and neon lights.





We ordered for buffalo wings (4 pcs, 148php) and goto with egg (59php).  Do not under estimate the spicy flavor since we know that Bicol locals love that taste.





First Colonial Grill

Located at Pacific Mall (Gaisano Mall), its standard can be compared to Max's / Shakeys’ level.  They are famous and awarded for their unique flavors of ice cream - sili (chili pepper), pili and tinutong (over cooked rice).  We ordered for Pancit Malabon, Sweet Meat Panini and Tinutong na Ice Cream (79php, 2013).





All of our food trips stated above are definitely satisfying if you wanted to try unique flavors that are not tasted when you are in Manila.  If you still have time to roam around the area, you can also visit Waway’s Restaurant and Graceland.


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