Saturday, June 21, 2014

SOUL Cafe - Back for More!

We are no strangers to La Union's SOUL Café,
although admittedly it has been a
while since we were last here.
Good memories of this restaurant had us wanting to come back again!
It has aged a bit, but food remains great (that means delicious and affordable). 

Buffet breakfast from our Baguio hotel screwed up our appetite and we ended with a very late lunch
(or a "lurienda").

We ordered honey glaze porkchop and pork igado for lunch and pansit bihon for merienda and some  
strawberry crepe with coffee to finish our meal.

All our orders are sumptuous - clean plates testify.

I will always love a stop over at SOUL Café. 
SOUL Café is located at Mcarthur Hiway, Camp One, Rosario La Union visit their facebook webpage for more details. 


Forest House Bistro and Cafe Baguio

I had to make sure, that we get in, the famous Forest House Bistro and Café this time!  The last uneventful visit, when we were refused entry (since I underestimated the place and forego reservations) - was truly a bad experience
I called up Forest House and confirmed a dinner table for four. 
We came a little early for dinner and it was a good thing, since parking is limited and could be a nightmare if we came a little later.
The place was half full when we came in.  The place is intimate and nicely decorated in cottage-country home motif and lovely eye candy trinkets all over. 
There is a small veranda outside,
but view wasn't as terrific as I thought.  
We ordered the house specialties from L-R/T-B, Forest House wine sauced chicken, mini burgers with fries, fettuccine carbonara and baby back ribs.
AMBIANCE - Homey and relaxed, however, I was disappointed with the view. I was expecting more.  BenCab's Café Sabel has by far a more superior view and would choose Café Sabel on the basis of view alone.
STAFF - Nice and attentive, but service is quite slow.
PRICE - On the expensive side. 
FOOD - Good, but not exceptional.  The carrot cake that we ordered was perfect with our Forest House coffee.
Next time, we would probably be back for an afternoon coffee or tea, with one of their yummy deserts.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Matutina's Seafood House and Restaurant (the real deal)!

If you are looking for an authentic Filipino dining experience in Pangasinan, I suggest a stop over at Matutina's
(skip the annexes and head to the original branch; we were at  Matutina's Annex I branch last time and we were a bit disappointed).

The main branch is beautiful. It's ceiling is adorned with exquisite capiz tile chandeliers. 
The restaurant has an outdoor seating next to a small but lovely garden and an indoor air-conditioned room for those who would like to escape the summer heat.

We wanted to keep our orders simple (since I over ordered in our initial visit - for sharing orders are quite big and we were not very hungry, and decided on their breakfast viands).

From L-R, T-B we ordered (a) 2 sets boneless bangus; (b) turon (with generous portions of  saging and langka); (c) complimentary bukayo sweets; and (d) 2 sets longsilog  (not in picture is our pitcher or brewed tea and coffee

Our orders were all spot on.  I especially enjoyed the boneless bangus and turon (yummy). Ambiance is way, way better here than at the annex. Staff here were very amiable and attentive as well.

We will definitely drop by the Original Matutina's again in our North Luzon adventure!