Let me take you on a gastronomic adventure in Bataan. Nothing super fancy, just good ‘ol great tasting food that’s friendly on the pocket, too!
Here are some cool places to eat in Bataan
Cafe Kyoto at The Plaza Hotel in Balanga City
Craving for international fare has sometimes been somewhat of a concern for me and my family when we are out of town. But when we were in Balanga just recently, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a Japanese restaurant – and even more surprised to learn that a Japanese chef is actually manning the kitchen!
Cafe Kyoto is one of those fairly new places to eat in Bataan with just a good number of offerings. Dishes are freshly prepared in true Japanese fashion. You know how the Japanese are when it comes to food… They make sure each specialty is like art served on a plate. According to The Plaza Hotel’s Resident Manager Javier Coromina, their Japanese chef is so meticulous when handling and preparing each dish. I was also surprised to know that the price points for these menu items won’t even break the bank!
Kani and Tobiko Salad (Php265.00)
This traditional crab and fish roe salad is a favorite of mine whenever I’m in a Japanese restaurant. I drizzle Roasted Sesame Dressing on it for some nuttiness that goes well with the fresh ingredients. Crisp greens, generous amount of Tobiko and my favorite dressing. That’s happiness for me!
Spicy Tuna Maki (Php240.00)
The freshness of the tuna with a hint of heat and a nice crunch makes for one crazily good dish! The spiciness slowly hits you, exciting the palate.
Tonkotsu Ramen (Php290.00)
They say that the Tonkotsu broth is the holy grail of all ramen broths because of its thick and buttery texture from the pork bone marrow. In terms of consistency, I find Cafe Kyoto’s broth a tad lacking in thickness and creaminess that often leaves your lips sticky. But they nailed the soft-yolked egg which was done beautifully and the fork tender chasu. It’s also worth noting that Cafe Kyoto’s Ramen is light on the belly. That means less guilt (you won’t hate yourself after eating. Hahaha!)
Tempura Ice Cream (Php140.00)
After all the tummy-bulging dishes, I made sure to still have some space for Tempura Ice cream. These deep-fried treats are a great meal ender.
Who would have thought that this gelateria serves gourmet dishes? And who would have thought that I’ll be able to enjoy a gelato in Bataan? Their gelato is quite comparable to my favorite Bono Gelato in Manila!
The price range is not bad at all. Perfect for those who are on a tight budget but want to have good food instead of the usual fast-food fare.
I came in hungry and was definitely not disappointed!
Eight-Hour Roasted Beef (Php220.00)
This was a really delicious dish! Slowly braised tender beef brisket in red wine sauce with buttered rice. Great flavor and I love that the roast beef was smothered with sauce! A must try.
Grilled Salmon (Php185.00)
The salmon was grilled beautifully and the sauteed mushroom and leeks in lemon butter sauce gives this simple dish some added oomph! The buttered rice was a perfect pair. Simple yet satisfying.
Save space for some gelato. Go for the classic pistachio or salted caramel. Either way, they all taste very good! Truly, one of those must-visit places to eat in Bataan.
Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
T: (047) 237-2003
As the name of the restaurant implies, Kapampangan cuisine is served here. I am a bit biased when it comes to this cuisine as my grandfather hails from Apalit and I grew up eating and enjoying Kapampangan dishes.A typical mom and pop operation that serves no frills, home cooked meals at its best.
After a tiring day and all you need is a soothing and comforting home cooked meal. That being said, how can one go wrong with Bulalo? This simple dish’s flavor is so spot on! The broth has that real beefy goodness and the meat was absolutely tender!
Bangus with Salted Egg
Another simple yet comforting dish that goes well with the Bulalo. Cooked to golden perfection with a nice crispy skin. Eat it together with the salted egg for that home cooked goodness guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s hunger. Most definitely one of the homiest places to eat in Bataan.
Alauli Pilar, Bataan
Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an
This Vietnamese eatery is owned by Loleng, a Filipina who used to work in a Vietnamese refugee camp in Morong during the 70s and 80s. This roadside eatery has been serving bowls after bowls of affordable Hu Tieu for over 15 years.
Hu Tieu Special (Php50.00)
In case you are wondering, Hu Tieu is the cousin of pho – a hearty noodle soup with rice noodles in a golden brown broth with pork slices (or chicken) and topped with toasted garlic, leeks and mung beans. The salty-sweet-spicy flavors found in every spoonful is the perfect companion on a rainy day or during times when you are under the weather.
Banh Mi (Php45.00)
Loleng’s version of this sandwich has ham, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, wansoy and liver spread in a regular bun made by her “suking” baker instead of French bread. This filling sandwich is Hu Tieu’s perfect accompaniment. Add this little food spot to your list of places to eat in Bataan.
Mayor St., Binaritan,
There you have it. So, don’t work up a sweat thinking of places to eat in Bataan. This short list is more than enough.
How To Get To Bataan:
Private Vehicle: Take either the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
Bus: Take a bus from Cubao in Quezon City which will take you to its capital – Balanga.
Bataan Tourism Center
Roman Super Highway,
City of Balanga, Bataan
Philippines – 2100
T: +6347 2374785 / 2374476 / 935-0364
E: [email protected]
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