MARKET EATERY STALLS: BREAKFAST AT THE MARKET
At the market there is a line of eateries (as they are called here) where they have a selection of pre-cooked meals. I just had a plate of the local Tapang taal, which is marinated pork or beef and then fried. It was delicious. My wife had pancit, but there are many other choices including longanista, a favorite with the locals. The places are basic and you will probably end up sitting on a stool but we paid around 70 pesos for our meal including two coffees.
STALLS BY THE MARKET: LATE AFTERNOON SNACKS
Around 4 pm vendors set up their stalls and start preparing snacks for the locals to buy. This includes hot dogs, chicken, pork etc. It is bbq'd in front of you and very tasty , especially with some of the local sauce. You will find the stalls at the west side of the market.
CAFE G: NEW PLACE, BUT SERVES GREAT FOOD & COSY ATMOSPHERE
This cafe had only been open a few months when we decided to pop in for a late afternoon snack. The place was spotlessly clean, staff friendly and attentative, and glasses of cold water were placed on our table as soon as we sat down. The menu was quite extensive and offered many different meals and drinks, such as shakes, smoothies, coffees etc (cakes and cookies too). As we were intending to take dinner just 3 hours later we decided on the fish and chips which also came with rice. The fish came in fingers covered with breadcrumbs and tasted delicious as some spices had been added. I believe that the price was only 120 pesos, a real bargain. A lot of thought had been given to decorating the place which gave it a very cosy feeling. Extra tables were outside by the swimming pool, (private use only), and you could even climb the spiral staircase and sit upstairs. A pity we were only one night in taal, otherwise i would have dined here again.
I am afraid that they do not have a website but they have a FB account so you can get some idea of the food they serve.
DON JUAN BBQ: BEST BARGAIN---YOU MUST TRY A BOODLE IN TAAL
You cannot leave Taal without experiencing a BOODLE ! A boodle meal is served on a banana leaf and the diners eat with their hands. The boodle meal consists of several local delicacies and believe me it is excellent value for money. This meal is good for 8-10 persons and runs just under 1,000 pesos, the best bargain in town. As well as the boodle the restaurant serves local delicacies such as Taal tapang, adobong tilaw and tawilis.
The waiters were extremely friendly, efficient and the meal arrived in less than 15 minutes.
The restaurant is the only one that serves authentic local food and is located at the northern end of the market so it is easy to find. The restaurant opens from 9.30 am to 10 pm.
- Budget Travel
Casa Cecilia Restaurant: Main Dining Area of Casa Cecilia
the Casa Cecilia Boutique Hotel has one main Dining Area, Aptly named the Casa Cecilia Restaurant, located along the Ground Floor, just beside the Check In Counter of the Hotel and it also opens to the huge garden outside which is used for various activities. The Restaurant serves classic Regional Batangas Province Cuisine and other Southern Luzon Dishes and a smattering of National Filipino and International Dishes as well.
Opens: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday
Favorite Dish: you should try the delicious Batangas Regional Cuisine like the exotic Sinigang sa Maliputo (Giant Trevally) at 90 pesos per 100 grams per order, the regional Batangas Adobo Sa Dilaw (made with turmeric instead of garlic and soy sauce) at 240 pesos an order, Tapang Taal (cured pork meat instead of cured sirloin beef) at 280 pesos an order and other regional southern luzon specialties. They also have various cocktail drinks spiked with the local coconut vodka, the lambanog at 180 pesos an order.
- Arts and Culture
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Restaurant? What Restaurant?!
There is no restaurant on the island but residents on the island are willing to kill, dress and cook a chicken for you for the right price. There is also one who is willing to scoop up tilapia from his fish pen and cook it for you for a fee (P100/kg + P100 cooking fee-price negotiable). You will have to order your food before ascending to the crater as it will take them an hour to prepare your food.
We opted to give this so-called privilege a miss as the people there started to get pushy when we wanted to have some fish cooked for us. The aggro was just not worth the experience of eating on the island.
I would suggest that you pack a sandwich, some fruits and drinking water with you when you visit the volcano.
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip