The sprawling 77-hectare Fort Ilocandia, in Calayab, Ilocos Norte, is a resort casino that claims as the only 5-star hotel this part of the country. It has a restaurant, Cafe Ilocandia at the ground floor. We had breakfast there recently. The place was full with Taiwanese, Korean, and other Tourists, including families, who were having the day's first meal.
Did I say there was bedlam? What do you expect? Kids running around or crying, seeking attention and what have you. But their antics are not as bad as the food spread on the buffet. The choices offered then were like atypical B movies, fat story with a thin plot.
That morning, aside from the local Ilocos longanisa or sausage, and scrambled eggs, the rest of the entrees--from friend fish in batter, a vegetable dish I can't fathom, a noodle dish, banana and pineapple, breakfast beverages (from powered flavorings), some breads, pastry and cake--showed neither talent in preparing and serving them nor excitement in tasting them. It was a terrible meal experience.
To say that this is the main breakfast and lunch outlet of this hotel is signal for guests coming from the city to have takeaways brought with them or prepare to pay extra for food delivery so guests can have decent meals.
Otherwise,the meal here is unpalatable, expensive and poor works of on-the-job cooks in training who were let lose in the kitchen. Gordon Ramsey will scream his lungs out and merrily use his machete on them with pleasure!
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