We discovered new places to visit in ILOCOS. Swell. But ate the same food. Ilocano dishes rock. Beyond longganiza, empanada and bagnet, we feasted on poque-poque, sinanglao, pancit ilocos, dinardaraan, Pinakbet, dinengdeng, inabraw, dinakdakan and more.
We had bagnet, poque-poque and longganiza till we grew tired of it. Pinakbet was likewise daily fare. No Pinakbet pizza this time, but we tried the bagnet sisig and the sinanglao in Hidden Garden in Vigan. My friend declared it the best sinanglao ever! Oh, we were eating not so healthy stuff and never missed our desserts too! (Tip: That dragonfruit shake or ice cream from the street sorbetero is the bomb)
Hidden Garden in Vigan maybe a little out of the way but it’s worth the trip. Plants for sale enclose the dining area called Lilong and Lilang Restaurant, where one can choose to try the buffet spread or order a la carte. Along with the sisig, empanada and sinanglao, their igado and Pinakbet are good too.
Saramsan, La Preciosa and Cafe Herencia are still great to revisit for such local cuisine. For an Ilocano cuisine fix, these 3 won’t disappoint. Our only problem is we kept ordering Sinigang Na Malaga and couldn’t find it. On our last day, we did. Cafe Herencia across Paoay Church made our day!
Among the 4 dining establishments, Cafe Herencia tops in ambience. You can’t beat a window with Paoay Church in full view. Saramsam can do with some sprucing up, but La Preciosa looks lively and well-maintained. Hidden Garden serves good food and the garden concept is ok but we did miss the ambience in Cafe Uno of Grandpa’s Inn and Cafe Leona.
When we grew tired of Ilocano cuisine, we ordered ribs in our hotel’s Eagle Nest Restaurant in Laoag City. We did order a few kilos of their longganiza though to take home. All boxed, ready to fly with us back to Manila!
For more food photos, check out my previous blog on Ilocano dishes and where to eat them.