It's a long weekend. It's drizzling. And we've decided to treat ourselves to an Ilonggo-Pinoy lunch in this resto ran by Chef Tonyboy Escalante along the ridge overlooking Taal Volcano.
As expected, Chef Tonyboy's unmistakable brand of good, quality cooking and service didn't disappoint. But this time, he brought those dishes to the table at more affordable prices. We didn't err ordering the very Ilonggo batchoy and inasal. And we couldn't wait till dessert time to enjoy the freshly-made piyaya. I'm not really that fond of this Ilonggo delicacy but seeing it freshly-made right here was just too inviting.
Beef steak isn't what I'd normally order when eating out. I mean, it's everyday fare like sinigang and menudo. Nothing really special, but the elves wanted it. For our vegetarian guest, we added fresh lumpia, escabecheng plapla and ginataang puso ng saging. The entire set may not be a perfect match but we ended up savoring our lunch and enjoying the view.
I enjoyed the fish -- not your usual plapla drowning in the escabeche sauce. Rather, it's fried to a crisp and doused sparingly with a sauce reduction that leaves you wanting for more. The fresh lumpia is par for the course while the puso ng saging is just like how your mom would cook the vegetable dish.
What's more, we bought a lot of foodstuff from the Balay Dako Deli Shop. From uraro to lengua de gato to loaves of bread and biscocho, we happily brought home these yummy souvenirs.