For a place that seemingly had a lost theme and no ambience, it was a memorable experience, and i would attribute it solely to the food. It wasn't a first rate experience, but it would be unfair to the place to expect as much.
We ordered sizzling seafood, bulalo, native chicken in smoky coco milk, pinangat, and homemade ice cream. The chicken was beautifully cooked, smoky and rich as hyped. The sizzling seafood clearly benefitted from the sauce and did arrive on what was supposed to be a sizzling platter. The bulalo wasn't generic and was new to the taste. The pinangat clearly loses out to honest to goodness homemade laing. The ice cream was okay, albeit a tad un-memorable.
So why was it pretty good? None of the food felt pretentious. It tried to showcase what Bicol was about which i appreciated. Perhaps, what won me over the most, is that despite the empty place with no aural appeal, the food and the service felt comfortable in their own skin. And just for that, I'd come back again, for sure.
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