Bale Datung: Home of Filipino Culinary Ingenuity (Angeles Pampanga)

Pampanga, Philippines

If you're a foodie, then you certainly have come across Bale Datung by Chef Claude TayagMany have traveled all the way to the outskirts of Angeles Pampanga just to try the Filipino culinary ingenuity it offers.  Dining here is strictly by reservation for lunch time except perhaps if you're Anthony Bourdain

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Bale Datung means House of Wood. And, that is what you'll expect when you walk-in.

bale datung chef claude tayag

bale datung chef claude tayag
Wooden totems, artifacts, furnitures and fixtures add an ethnic vibe to the wooden house itself.

There's a wooden staircase that leads to the second floor.

There's a simply veranda overseeing the garden-front.


We tried the Lechon Menu (1,800 php/head) which represents lechon eaten in 5 ways.

Ensaladang Pako
We start with the Ensaladang Pako which is a fiddlehead fern salad.  This is a refreshing starter that's perfect for awakening the taste buds.

Balat ng Lechon at Liver Sauce
The Balat ng Lechon at Liver Sauce is simply sinfully good!  This is the starting point of our savory endeavor.

Lechon Tortilla
Crispy Roast Pork Flakes

The ingredients were served before us.  Chef Claude Tayag's wife Mary Ann taught us how to make the Lechon Tortilla.

Lechon Tortilla
So here's mine...

Lechon Tortilla
Deliciously savory and crunchy!

Sinigang na Lechon
You can add as much vegetables as you want.

Sinigang na Lechon
I've tried Sinigang na Corned Beef before.  This Sinigang na Lechon is an equal rival to that.  One slurp and you'll feel the rich savory wonders of the lechon!

Lechon Sisig

Pig's Brain (Optional)

Lechon Sisig
Freshly cooked Lechon Sisig with pig liver and liver sauceWinner!

Kare-Kareng Dagat
Hands down the Kare-Kareng Dagat is one of the best kare-kare I've encountered in this lifetime.  The key is the freshness and quality of the seafood ingredients!

The Paradiso is like a local version of creme brulee.  It is a egg yolk in water buffalo/carabao milk topped with balls of yellow and purple yam and coconut (macapuno).

Kapeng Sinaunang Panahon

I love the presentation as well as the flavors of the Kapeng Sinaunang Panahon.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Dining at Bale Datung is definitely a luxurious and a long one (around 3 hours).  Pampanga is one of my favorite food destinations.  I've tried a lot in the area but none of them offers a similar experience to this.  I loved everything that we was served and I really enjoyed this dining experience.  You can bring some wine since they don't charge any corkage for that.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Bale Datung
Ambiance  Anthony Bourdain Menu
Lechon Menu
Kapampanga Menu
Lunch - 1,800 php/head
Sundays & Holidays - 10% surcharge
Dinner - 20% surcharge 
Kid (7 to 11 years old) - Half Rate
Kids (6 years and below) - 200 php  
 Staff Meal - 200 php
Driver's Meal 150 php

=Favorites or Recommended 
Bale Datung
Business Address Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga
Business Hours 10am-5pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 2,000
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (045) 6250169 | (02) 6684038
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