Before I was even born, when my parents were dating, they used to eat at Bob's a lot. One time, we were eating there, and an old waiter remarked to my parents that he's happy to see us. Nice isn't it?
Bob's is more like a "family" restaurant. Considered one of the best restaurants in Bacolod. They serve a variety of food, from steaks, pasta, pizza, mongolian, local, etc. Among their most loved dishes are: Bob's Giant Burger, Sate Babe, Baby backribs. They also serve coffee, cakes and pastry.
It is a classy type of restaurant with good ambience and nice service.
Favorite Dish: As always, Bob's Sate Babe with java rice and pickled papaya! - the most delicious i ever had.
NOTE: The vegetarian, people anxious about their weight will hate this!
This is red ribbon: A pretty popular cake/food branch here in Bacolod and I didn't puke with the food here- I enjoyed it!
The cakes are sweet and tasty (explains why I usually buy them), the food (Spaghetti, palabok for ex.) is okay though don't expect a gourmet taste (it's catered to the Filipino tongue) and don't expect it to be similar like the pasta in Italy okay?
THE FOOD & PRICES:
Cake- depending on what cake you choose, it's 35-45 pesos per slice. The slice is good enough for a light stomach or a medium stomach but if you're growing, or you just love to eat- it might not be enough!
-Spaghetti with cake (depends on the cake of the day, can be a Tiramisu cake (so-so), a mocha cake (yum!), or a chocolate cake (yum!) and so on) and softdrink (coke, or ice tea)-
90 pesos. (If you have a light stomach, it can be your lunch, if medium, just finish the softdrink but if your stomach is heavy, you might complain!)
-Palabok (Noodles with yellow sauce, a nice Philippine delicacy- it was sour and at least it didn't kill my tongue (It was okay)) with cake and softdrink- 50 pesos (small), 80 pesos (large)
-Creamy Carbonara (I don't like it- it was too sweet and creamy) with cake and softdrink-
-Cheesy lasagna- 400 pesos for a group size. (I never tried it and If I were you, I would rather buy more cakes instead!)
And there's still more food! (Chicken, bangus (Milkfish) and so on, I haven't tried them so I can't say.)
If you ever eat here, you can easily spend a 100 pesos or more. (Unless you're really strict and just take the cake slice and go!)
For many students (Who told me), Red ribbon is pretty expensive for them. You can't blame them- If their allowance is only 40 pesos and below (some just bring food from home), of course they can't afford it. I don't know about you guys and I don't know if you'll like the food but anyway,
It's pretty good for the cakes.
Favorite Dish: - The cakes- If it weren't for the cakes, I would never eat here!
MY FAT BROTHER: "I don't like the spaghetti- it's so sweet! But the palabok is okay, and the cake." (Oh, he'll just eat anything if he's hungry!)
Oh yeah, and I almost forgot: In my opinion only, avoid the chicken poppers (I think), it's small, expensive and you'll go hungry!
Ah, don't you just miss that hianese chicken you ate even for a budget in Singapore or Kuala
Lumpur? Well, homesick for it? You can find a good copy of it here in Bacolod!
That's right! The same juicy chicken texture, about the same sauce, the same rice and the same style of serving can be found
right here in Bacolod. But! You'll just have to pay a bit more- it's about 220 pesos (with service charge included) a dish!
(That's about 5 US) In Singapore, it's about 150 pesos (5 Singapore Dollars in a mall cafeteria or about 3 US) I remembered,
and in Kuala Lumpur, I remembered it was about 100 pesos. (About 2.2 US)
Other interesting and important info:
WHAT MY FAMILY HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT:
Grandma: (Getting impatient, note: She is not in her normal state of mind!) "The waiters are stupid! Where's the food?!"
(Harrasses the staff about her food)
Mom: "Mom! Quiet there! Relax!"
IMPORTANT NOTE: The service was very good! (The staff were sweet and courteous!) It's just my grandma was hungry already
and we were all still waiting for the rest of our relatives to arrive. (As Filipinos, we eat together- it's a fun way of doing a family
Brother: "The servings are so small! It's like for the birds!" (Oh, he eats a lot- like a pig. No exaggeration.)
Cousin: "Sometimes the food here is better than China." (Of course! The food is catered to the Philippine tongue!)
Favorite Dish: Other food I've eaten at the restaurant:
Pork steak- It was nice, in fact, I like it better than the hianese chicken! But if you're going to share it with 6 people in a table,
like what we did, I don't know but I kind of starved!
Rice- It's as small as a bowl- but good.
The Indonesian beans- It looks strange, it's EXOTIC and I didn't like it.
The hot chocolate brownie with ice cream desert (Obviously, my favorite dish! People trying to lose weight or obese people
beware! This is a thousand calories- no exaggeration!) - About 110 pesos.
Cost of food: All the food prices were about 100-220 pesos range.
We've spent about 2500 pesos for 11 people. My grandma, who accepted to treat us for the meal, eyes and mouth drop
in horror when she saw the bill. Oh well, like what my mom always says:
"It's only once in a lifetime!"
Want some dessert after dinner? Try Felicia's. They have variety of delicious cakes to choose from and they serve coffee and tea as well.
The place? a good place to meet and just hang out.
Favorite Dish: Their specialty is the Chocolote Cake. I love their Sans Rival as well.
For the best chicken inasal (a local form of barbecue), chicken house is the place to go. They have a room with ac where they add 10% surcharge. Service is quick. Restrooms relatively clean. Locals eat here and the place is always full.
Favorite Dish: All parts of the chicken : leg, wing, liver, kidney, blood, feet - everything.
Tikboy's has been know for decades for having the best pork barbecue in a reasonable price. Centrally located near one of the Colleges in downtown Bacolod, many students and employees flock there to eat lunch or dinner. They also serve "home" foods which are cheaper as compared to restaurants or fast food chains.
So if you are in budget or just wanna try barbecue, Bacolod Style, visit Tikboy's and see for yourself.
Favorite Dish: Pork Barbecue, Of course. - cheap and tastes good.
If you are in the mood for "fine dining", try Bascon Cafe. They serve good food and desserts. They usually have buffet for dinner during occassions or on selected dates.
It is a cozy place to be while indulging in a gastronomic feast.
Favorite Dish: Baba Cake, their specialty.
Manokan Country is a strip of Food stalls/restaurants that serve the original chicken inasal. Bacolod is known for the best-tasting chicken barbecue in the country and Manokan has been in business for decades. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and they serve the finest-tasting inasal in town.
Manokan doesnt look the typical 1st class restaurant or anything fancy - just the tables, chairs and the grill. ;) People usually eat with their hands, and it is such an experience if u happen to visit Bacolod!
P.S. "Manok" is the dialect for chicken. where the word Manokan was derived. ;)
Favorite Dish: The best dish in Manokan is of course, the chicken barbecue. It can be the thigh or the breast with wings part.
Pala-pala is a wet market in Bacolod where the fishermen's fresh catch of the day is being sold. From Tuna, Prawns, Fish, Squid, Crabs, and other sea foods. Beside the market are a number of small restaurants which offer cooking services. One must must purchase the seafoods first from the market, then go to the restaurant, and inform them what dish and style of cooking do u prefer. The restaurant's charge is per dish for the additional ingredients and labor. They also serve soda and rice...
For me, the best restaurant in Pala-pala is Hyksos.
Favorite Dish: garlic and buttered shrimp - the best i've ever tasted.
Introducing Mushu. No, I don't mean the little red dragon as seen in Mulan. I mean the restaurant!
The food here is a very tasty mix of recipes from places all over Asia! I classified it under Chinese/ Dim Sum, but there are dishes served from other places like the Indonesian beans, Malaysian Hainanese Chicken, and more!
It's the Bacolod socialite's happening new hot spot for a nice bite to eat, and a drink. Mushu's also got that Oriental vibe happenin', with it's bold red colors definitely making a statement. Feng Shui was never this fashionable.
Favorite Dish: I have two favorite dishes in Mushu.
One is the Hong Kong noodles. It's this mix of all good things Chinese like wanton, beef cubes, the yellow noodles, and the whole this-is-making-me-feel-better-and-warm-and-fuzzy feel that comes with good Chinese soup.
The next is the Hainanese chicken, which I ate almost everyday in Malaysia. I was so thrilled when Mushu opened and I saw it in the menu. Heinanese chicken is yummy, light, and best of all: NOT FATTENING!
One of the few local Japanese Restaurants in Bacolod is Kaisei. They have the main restaurant, big and spacious one in Lacson St., and a branch in SM City (mall).
Their food prices are quite reasonable compared to other Japanese Restaurants and the food is simply superb. The one in Lacson St. has a Japanese-look building and offers function rooms for dining in a group. We celebrated Mom's birthday there last year and we were very satisfied with the food.
Favorite Dish: California Maki... ahhh, my favorite! i can consume 2 servings in one sitting!lol
It used to be a hole in the wall in a little strip mall behind a big store years ago and I remember first trying their macapuno bars (coco palm bars) out of curiosity because the owner's brothers were friends of mine and they raved about their sister's cooking.
They had every reason to sing her praises!
Calea has been a favorite coffee/dessert/snack place for some years now. It's a cozy little resto where you will almost always bump into someone you know if you're a local.
If you like people watching, this is one of the places in Bacolod where you will see locals hang-out.
Favorite Dish: They have an ice cream pie with a special crust made of rice krispies and a hint of peanut butter...divine! All their desserts are good actually.
if you want authentic Japanese, Kuidaore is the better choice. The food is typical Osakan and is the closest to the food we had in japan. The place is small and is owned by an Osakan. Its more expensive at 300pesos per person. Its a small place, just 5 tables and mostly Japanese and expatriates eat here.
The other Japanese restaurant is Kaisei which serves Filipinized Japanese food. They probably use a lot of msg. The plus side is that the place is bigger and nicer. Plus you get to see a good cross-section of Negrenses here. Kaisei is also cheaper at 150 per. You can even have budget meals at 100 per.
Favorite Dish: fish cake at Kuidaore plus of course their yakiniku (barbecues). Don't order prawns. nothing special. all their sushis are fresher too.
Kamameshi at kaisei. that's the only thing i like.
Pamilya Grill is the cheaper version of Bob's. The owner used to work as a cook at Bob's Cafe and Restaurant. She started her small business at her own "backyard" but word spread easily that they serve food which really tastes like Bob's and people started to flock in especially the students at a nearby University. They serve most of Bob's specialty - baby back ribs, sate babe, mongolian bowl and fruit punch. The price is around 50% cheaper than Bob's and it really clicked with the locals that they have transfer to a bigger place that can accommodate more customers.
Favorite Dish: baby back ribs, sate babe - so good at a reasonable price.
The cafe has a nice ambience, its very cozy. It mostly caters to students as it is near schools. They serve a variety of snacks and they have delicious cakes. Sometimes the service can be a bit slow since its a small cafe and they have only 2 waiters serving you. They also sell a variety of home made bread.
Favorite Dish: I just love their Chocolate Decadent! My family and I buy it for take out and we heat it up so that the chocolate oozes. Its simply delightful.
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