Pampanga is in the Manila’s northwest. This is the place where you could find the cultural theme park located in Clark Freeport, streams of Miyamit Falls, Mt. Pinatubo where it is filled with a turquoise lake. The province of Pampanga has the largest population in the Philippines. As culinary capital of the Philippines, it is full of fantastic restaurants that you should try.
1. BALE DUTUNG
This restaurant is one of the most famous eateries in Pampanga. In 2009, Bale Dutung is part of the top rank restaurant in Miele Guide magazine. Chef Tayag is the founder and he had wonderful journey toward a different part of Asia featured in magazines and TV shows such as the Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” in the year 2008. Chef Claude Tayag started his love to Filipino foods when went backpacking to Europe. He lives there spending only $10 every day. He budgeted that money then went to buy cheap alternative ingredients in wet markets.
With the experience he had by experimenting various ingredients and recipes, he comes up with the idea to start his own business, and the birth of Bale Dutung began. It is not just the foods that will make people want to visit the place, but also the Filipino ambiance that will give you “probinsya feels”.
2. MILA’S TOKWA’T BABOY & SISIG
Tokwa’t Baboy and Sisig are the Filipino’s favorite. In Angeles City, this is said to be the most famous restaurant in town. This restaurant was founded in the year 1989. At first, they were just well-known with their Tokwa’t Baboy, but they have tried different dishes later on. As of now, they are also famous for their delicious Sisig dish.
Mila’s Sisig is Kapampangan style. Locals love to gather in the restaurant because of the taste they have been craving too. According to other people who have tried Mila’s Restaurant, its Sisig dish is undeniably the best Sisig they tried.
3. 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ
For those who love coffee and terrific dishes, this would be the perfect place for you. This café restaurant’s founder is no other than Chef Claude Tayag. He invented the name 1956 Downtown Café because he was born in the same date and the peace it offers to businessman and middle-class type of people who are going out to have quality tie together which refers to downtown atmosphere.
4. CAFÉ FLEUR
This was founded by Chef Sau Del Rosario. He is a traveler, and he was inspired by various dishes from other countries. You will see in the restaurant that there are divisions of dishes. Some dishes are Thai inspired. On the second floor, the dishes are special local dishes in Kapampangan.
If you love both, then it is like hitting two birds with one stone. The budget per head is at least PHP 600. This is the perfect restaurant for your family gathering or business meetings.
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