Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sam Kara Restaurant Review ~ Lucban Quezon

Our roadtrip to Lucban Quezon from Taytay Rizal (via backdoor entrance traversing the Rizal towns of Angono, Binangonan, Morong, Baras, Tanay, Pililla, then the Laguna towns of Mabitac, Famy/Siniloan, Pangil, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Pagsanjan, Cavinti and Luisiana) took us to a scenic 3 hours route. 

We reached Lucban, Quezon a little over 12pm.  We were tired and hungry ~ checking Trip Advisor's recommendation, we dropped by Sam Kara Restaurant and Garden Resort.

The place is scenic and quite appealing ~ it rich in flora and loving decorated in time for Christmas season.

Accommodations at Sam Kara range from P3500-P7000 (plus surcharge on weekends and holidays).
Rooms are air-conditioned, cabled TV and water heater.
From the restaurant, we saw that there is also a resort pool.
We never saw the interiors personally though, as we were already billed at another resort ~ Villa Elma

Sam Kara specializes in Filipino dishes.  Everything in the menu looked delicious, we simply settled with an order of Bilao (which is a combination of Sam Kara's specialties).

A Bilao costs about P1300+ and includes: Inihaw na Manok, Tokwa't Baboy, Laing, Baked Fish Fillet and Bicol Express with soda.

Everything was spot on delicious ~ they serve known Filipino dishes, cooked and prepared differently (but in a good way).

Sam Kara Restaurant and Garden Resort
is located in
Sitio Malinao, Brgy. Igang,
Lucban, Quezon Philippines

For inquiries and bookings,
you may contact them at 0917-6742693

Friday, December 8, 2017

Guevarra's: The Best of Filipino Cuisine

We visited Chef Laudico's Guevarra Restaurant in San Juan for my mother's birthday lunch. I have been to the restaurant with officemates before and was really excited to come back with my family this time. 

The restaurant is an old house (~ this house has so much character) turned into a restaurant.  Consistent with the theming is the Filipino buffet spread. 

We were there early (about 1 hour before the opened their lunch tables).  We live in Rizal and we wanted to beat traffic.  We waited for awhile outside. 

NOTE: If you are coming on a weekend or holiday, don't just pop up.  Please be sure to make reservations.  During our visit, we saw a couple, who had to wait for vacant seats for 2 hours (even though they came early) because the restaurant is fully reserved (reservation details listed at the bottom of this post).

My parents playing cozy while waiting.

Waiting = Selfies

We have seniors with us, so I specifically requested for seating nearest the buffet spread (#PerksWithSeniors).

I love the interiors...

Autographed plates of famous guests, adorned the walls.

Don't worry my "forgets" had double dose of their maintenance medicine for the occasion. 

So much food ~  for the price we paid (P500 for a Saturday buffet, less Senior Citizen discounts)  I would say it was "Sulit".  

Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant

387 P. Guevarra St. cor. Argonne St., Addition Hills San Juan
Manila, Philippines

Operating hours: 
11:00 am- 2:00 pm (Lunch)
7:30 pm- 10:30 pm (Dinner)

Buffet Rates: 
Monday to Friday - Lunch P399/ Dinner P499
Friday to Saturday - Lunch or Dinner P599

For reservations, call: Landline: (02) 705-1811, (02) 705-1874, and (02) 502-5006 or Mobile: 0917-311-2222

For more details or information, like Chef Laudico Guevarra's Facebook or follow them on Twitter.