Batad View Inn and Restaurant: Terrace View Dining Experience (Batad, Banaue, Ifugao)

Being a foodie is a cultural appreciation.  But, my cultural appreciation is not limited to food.  I'd like to believe my family is the same which is why I am very grateful that we all got to Batad in the Ifugao Region.  We stayed at Batad View Inn and Restaurant which we found on the interested where we had numerous meals which I can now share with you. 

Batad View Inn and Restaurant
The reviews we read about this place were mostly made by foreigners.  During our entire stay, we were also in the company of foreigners.  Isn't it ironic that they got to visit this place before most Filipinos?  

Batad View Inn and Restaurant
The view and Ifugao vibe is priceless. 

Batad View Inn and Restaurant
I enjoyed dining here when I was restless from trekking and even so after a comfortable rest.  To breathe and feel the fresh cool air has become a rarity for me. 

Batad View Inn and Restaurant
Although there has been some influene of mcivilization , I still find that they have their own identity.



Batad Specialty
longsilog with coffee or tea
Longsilog with Coffee or Tea (165 php)
I was expecting food to be a bit ethnic like the Pinikpikan and such that we encountered in Baguio.  But, the food is pretty much the same as here in Manila.  The server highly recommended the Batad Specialty Longsilog as something we should try.  She told us that it is different from Ilocos and Baguio but as far as I can tell it was not significantly distinguihsable.  Here in the Philippines, it seems every household has their own blend of longganisa right?

Chicken and Pork (With Rice)
the best porkchop
Fried Pork Chop (175 php or 3.25 USD)
If there's one thing we went crazy over its the Fried Pork Chop!  This is so good that we ordered this as much as we can - breakfast, lunch and dinner for days!

the best porkchop
♥ Fried Pork Chop (175 php or 3.25 USD)
Sometimes, we even order extra  Fried Pork Chop ala carte!  But, there was one time where it was cooked by someone else.  We got so disappointed because the taste and texture was different.  I hope they can keep this consistent cause it is the best home made pork chop we've tried!

fried chicken
Fried Chiken (175 php or 3.25 USD)
Compared to the Fried Pork Chop, the Fried Chicken seemed like a failed mimicry. 

Curry (175 php or 3.25 USD)
Nothing particularly noteworthy with the Curry.

batad view inn and restaurant
Spicy  (175 php or 3.25 USD), Tinola  (175 php or 3.25 USD), Pork Chopsuey  (175 php or 3.25 USD),
and Ham & Chesse Omellete (100 php)
As you can see, the dishes looks like a typical FIlipino home-made meal. The Spicy is just a spicy version of curry. 

batad view inn and restaurant
Rice here is very sacred so they can't stand even a grain being wasted.  Aside from being brought down sack by sack placed on their backs, we were also shown and taught how this was meticulously processed.

Ginger Tea (50 php)
The coffee and tea here is instant.  But, with the atmosphere, you'd still want to have some as  often as you can.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
It takes more than 10 hours and hundreds of trekking steps to reach Batad View Inn and Restaurant  from Manila.  Yet, for its breath-taking rice terrace view, fresh dewy cool air and addictive home-made pork chop, I would definitely want to go back here.  I found the expensive pricing of the dishes to be well-substantie by the labor it requires for them to to carry the ingredients through  a long trek.   Let's support our ethnic "katutubo" (tribes) guys.  Please visit this place! 

Tip: To find this place, contact them prior so they will meet you in Banaue and trek with you.  (Cellphone signal is not so good so expect delays in communication)

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Batad View Inn and Restaurant Menu
Ambiance ★★★★ Menu 1 | Menu 2 | 
Taste ★★
Service ★★
Price ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Batad View Inn and Restaurant
Business Address Batad, Banaue, Ifugao, 3601 Banaue, Philippines
Business Hours 6am-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 150-300
Free WiFi No
Contact (0916) 984-8380

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Ima Flora's Pamangan: Masarap Na Mura Pa! (Pilar Bataan)

It is part of Filipino culture to make a stop from churches and religious shrines.  Located on the way to the National Shrine of Mount Samat is Ima Flora's Pamangan

ima floras pamangan
Ima Flora's Pamangan is a huge eatery that offers an unbelieavably affordable buffet for 200 php and ala carte budget meals ranging from 70 php to 400 php.

ima floras pamangan
The dishes it serves are popular Filipino home dishes.

ima floras pamangan
It offers a refreshing wooden cabin ambiance. 

Buffet (200 php)
ima flora pamangan
We opted for the buffet because it is a steal deal!  Look at all the dish options for only 200 php!

ima flora pamangan buffet bataan
These are replenished quite often.

ima flora pamangan bataan
Among the dishes I enjoyed the most are: Crispy Talangka, Langka, Green Mango Salad, and Sweetened Cassava.

ima flora pamangan eat all you can bataan
Big groups are very welcome here as it has really long tables.

ima flora pamangan pilar bataan
You can see different kinds of people dining here from families to friends, bikers and both locals and tourists alike.  Did I mention, it also offers free WiFi?

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Before or after heading of to the National Shrine of Mount Samat, make a meal stopover for Ima Flora's Pamangan.  You won't regret it!  It also has a pasalubong store which I found to be convenient.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Ima Flora's Pamangan Menu
Ambiance Buffet - 200 php
=Favorites or Recommended 
Ima Flora's Pamangan
Business Address Governor JJ Linao Rd Alauli, Brgy. Ala-uli, Pilar, Bataan
Business Hours 8am-9pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 100-800
Free WiFi Yes


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Saverde Coffee Shop: Bataan's Leading Homegrown Coffee Shop (Abucay Bataan)

While the international chain of Starbucks is dominating most towns in the Philippines, I'm happy to find out that Bataan begs to differ.  Both tourists and locals visit Saverde Coffee Shop.

saverde coffee shop

Saverde is not located on a famous mall or at a main stream corner lot.  In fact, it is found in a conspicuous alley. 

saverde abucay bataan
Yet, it is full even on a typical weekday.

saverde abucay bataan
It may not look much from the outside, but you'll find it cozy once you step in.

saverde coffee shop abucay
Saverde has a lot of options from food to drinks.  I noticed most customers already know what to order so they could probably tell that we were tourists as we took a lot of time in deciding what to order.  What shocked us was the unbelievably cheap pricing!

saverde coffee shop
If you're a fan of nighttime al fresco, don't you agree this is a decent spot?  It's not as popular as the air-conditioned areas though.

saverde bataan
Saverde also has this pink hue function room.

buttermilk toast
Buttermilk Toast (20 php)
When I first saw this, what I thought was.  Why don't they raise the price?  Are they even earning?  If I ordered a toast like this in any cafe in Manila it would surely be over a 100 php.  Believe me this
Buttermilk Toast is as good as it looks!  I am so willing to pay much more for it.  

beef tapa
Beef Tapa (75 php)
My favorite Filipino breakfast is actually Tapa.  I have a narrow preference when it comes to tapa.  Believe it or not, I am one of the few who did not fall in love with the tapa of famous Tapa chains like Tapa King and Rufo's.  But, I loved Saverde's Beef Tapa.  It looks so gourmet yet check out the price and you'll surely be surprised!

chicken in a basket
Chicken in a Basket (130 php)
The Chicken in a Basket is a great dish to order for sharing.  Because of the cozy ambiance, I'm sure you and you're companions would want to stay a bit longer.  You can munch on this to enjoy your stay even more.

Ice Blends
ice cafe latte
Iced Cafe Latte (60 php)
This is by far the cheapest coffee drink I have ever encountered!  I found it to be a bit sweet for my taste because I'm a black coffee drinker but my companions loved this!  Plus points for presentation too right?

mango burst
Mango Burst (60 php)
For a hot summer day, I can't help but be pleased by the refreshing Saverde  Mango Burst upon first sip!  I truly enjoyed this that I would order this over coffee drinks. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Saverde Coffee Shop reminds us that there are so many homegrown industries out there that deserve to be discovered! When visiting Bataan, check out Saverde Coffee Shop - Bataan's Leading Homegrown Coffee Shop in Abucay, Bataan.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Saverde Menu
Ambiance Espresso | Ice Blends | Food
=Favorites or Recommended 
Business Address Gabon Street, 2114 Abucay, Bataan
Business Hours 3pm-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 501-0000
Other  Email: Website
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Hui Lau Shan 许留山: Hongkong's Famous Mango Dessert is Now in Manila (SM Megamall)

If you've been to Hongkong, I'm certain you've encountered Hui Lau Shan 许留山!  It's so famous that you'll find in almost everywhere especially the busy districts. 

Hui Lau Shan  许留山 manila

I was lucky to be invited for a sneak peek prior to its opening.  I'm sharing here what I had then.  I'm aiming to go back soon to try more!!!


Handmade Mango Desserts
mango romance
Mango Romance (170 php)

The Mango Romance is Hui Lau Shan's world-famous set because as you can see, it seems like an ideal sampler to order.   You get three desserts in one plate: (1) Mango Chewy Ball (2) Mango Crystal Jelly (3) Mango Mochi.  All of them are equally good!  I noticed the pricing here is cheaper than in Hongkong perhaps because their mangoes are sourced here in the Philippines.  Lucky us!!!

Handmade Snacks
mango mochi
Mango Mochi (90 php/3 pcs)
While we do have some Chinese restaurants here offering the Mango Mochi, I dare say that it is not at par with Hui Lau Shan's Mango Mochi.  The soft and chewy texture of the mochi with the sweet and tangy mango cube filling will surely delight you.

mango pancake
Mango Pancake (140 php)

The first time I've tried a Mango Pancake was in HK 88 Dessert in 999 Shopping Mall Food Court back in 2012.  Unfortunately, it closed down and I haven't had one since.  While I loved the Mango Pancake upon first try, I never thought that it could be as good as how Hui Lau Shan made it out to be.   The pancake had such a light and velvety texture that was well-complimented by the light and fluffy cream-filling and refreshingly sweet and tangy mango.


Mango & Coconut 
mango coconut juice red bean
Mango & Coconut Juice with Red Bean (110 php/18 oz)

When it comes to coconut juice desserts, I can only think of Buko Bar and Haokang Hongkong Desserts who offer the same.  While I am also still a fan of Hao Kang, I would say that this Mango & Coconut Juice with Red Bean is just as good.  Both of them offer them at subtle sweetness.  I think some would prefer this to be sweeter though.

Hui Lau Shan  许留山 philippines

My companions had these... I will try these out soon!

Hui Lau Shan  许留山 megamall
Hui Lau Shan 许留山 also offers desserts as take away!  I will buy some of these on my next visit for the family!

Welcome to the Philippines Hui Lau Shan 许留山!  I hope you can be consistent with the sweetness and pricing cause I will surely keep coming back for more!

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