Longganisa is local, filipino sausages. It is famous in Vigan but I dont like it at all, perhaps because Vigan Hotel doesnt made a good one? I tried the longganisa during the breakfast in Vigan Hotel and the inside is loose and it dont taste nice.
Gordion Hotel is actually a Bed and Breakfast in the old Spanish area of Vigan. My friends and I were looking for a restaurant offering local breakfast dishes and it was only about 6:30am.
The restaurant is open from 6am to 11pm and offers a whole array of breakfast sets. For PHP 135, there is a choice of vigan longanisa, gourmet tuyo or sundried squid. It comes with plain or garlic rice, red egg or fresh egg (cooked any way you want) and a drink. Gordion also offers pancakes and continental breakfast, which I really don't recommend when you're in Vigan.
I ordered Vigan longanisa and it tasted really good. The only downside here is, particularly for the men or those who are used to eating a lot of rice, you most probably will have to ask for an extra order of rice.
It was also so nice that the attendants were cheerful and enthusiastic in assisting - especially that early in the morning. They were so happy in telling us about the city and the happenings there.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone passing by or staying in Vigan.
Favorite Dish: The Vigan longanisa breakfast meal that I had was great. Vigan longanisa is the local sausage of the city. It is made of pork, local garlic and spices. I suggest you order this with coffee, which comes with the meal - no extra charge.
One of my friends ordered gourmet tuyo, which is dried, salted fish. She said it also tasted good.
Arceli's is actually a bread store but they also serve snacks and lunch. It's located along Florentino street just beside Plaza Maestro. Get your snackies and junk food here, but don't miss their lunches too. Some good and filling home-cookin'! By the way, this place is a nice, clean turo-turo, in which one has to point what you want and the servers place them in your tray and you bring it to your table. Pick up your drink along the way from the refrigerators at the side.
How to be billed? Just before you finish your meal, a staff comes to you and compute your expenses, write details in a piece of paper, and which you bring to the cashier near the exit when you leave the premises.
Gaizel's is another turo-turo (point-point) where the locals take their lunches, snacks and dinner. Local food is placed on casseroles in various sizes lined in 2 rows on the serving table. Served warm, one just have to point to your choices of food and wait to be served with a tray of your choices. Get your drink and dine and watch the daily way of life at every local mealtime. You'll be billed at your table without being asked. Bring the piece of paper to the cashier before you leave to pay your lunch.
Eat where and how the locals do, is the first rule for any worthwhile travel. In Vigan, don't forget to try the local empanadahan and okoy-an beside Plaza Burgos. You'll not miss it!
Favorite Dish: Empanada is made in a few simple steps. The kitchen staff rolls a small dough flat, spread some coleslaw in half side of the circle, then a few ground meat, make a small space in middle of the half circle mound then crack and drop in a whole egg. The other half flap of the dough is folded over and sealed at the sides carefully, then dropped in hot, sizzling oil. The empanada will turn golden brown in a few seconds, take out from hot oil and drain. Served hot with spiced vinegar will top it off.
Also try the shrimp okoy with vinegar. Down with soda.
The Hidden Garden compound at the outskirts of Vigan offers lunch and snacks for visitors who dropped by for a simple tour of the gardens or to purchase ornamental plants. Food is not very imaginative - for lunch, choice barbeque, porkchop, grilled chicken with rice and soda, for the price of P78++. Other snacks like pastries, sandwiches, canned fruit juice are also available. Dining could be a better experience if health food like salads, teas, some gourmet coffee, healthy sandwiches, pastas, light soups and maybe a couple of sinful steaks, could also be available.
Nonetheless, resting from the noontime heat in a refreshing, cool garden is a simple nd welcome experience in itself.
We had the best bagnet and pinakbet with an authentic Ilocano taste. The restaurant is located at the ground floor of Grandpa's inn, you can also go inside the inn and take pictures. They have several great paintings and memorabilias. The food was delicious and best of all the price was very reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Bagnet and pinakbet
Along with the uniqueness of its location in Vigan's Heritage Village, Cafe Leona was a charming place. It was like dining in a country-style home in Italy. Try their eat-all-you can pasta for P140 !
Favorite Dish: Pasta and pizzaaahhhh !
If your looking for Vigan best Empanada Irene Empanada is the best, it is open from 9am to 9pm, they serve there empanada direct from the pan. You can asure the cleanliness of the food you eat.
Favorite Dish: There empanada is great. crunchy outside and delicious inside.
Well, this place is just an extension of Irene's house. She set up a few tables and chairs and she sells fantastic empanada which a little vegetable (cabbage mostly) puff that's deep-fried. You should try the special empanada which ingredients also includes chicken and egg. They also serve okoy... another local snack
Favorite Dish: Empanada and special empanada
Local dishes to try at the Food Stalls:
1. Sinanglao - similar to papaitan, i liked it coz it's spicy.
2. Okoy - too bland, all flour. I didnt like it.
3. Empanada - veggies with longanisa and egg. it was just ok for me, though i wont be craving for it again.
4. Arrozcaldo - soft rice without soup. that's the vigan style. or you can also add the sinanglao soup if you want it spicy.
I'd say, I am not much of a fan of the Vigan street food. I prefer the local restos offering bagnet, dinengdeng and tinola.
We had our Day 2 breakfast at Gordion Inn, and we were expecting that the service will be slow, but we were surprised because our food was served on time. The resto has a cozy ambiance, with brick walls and high wood ceilings. The inner part of it though has a smell of cat's urine, or similar to the smell of those places with bats. So when you come here, make sure you take the tables at the front part.
The funny part is, there were two trainees when we had our breakfast there. These OJTs were standing beside our table, watching every bite, every spoonful, every move... Made me think of the servers during the spanish era, who just stood there, ready to cater to their master's needs.
Favorite Dish: I had boneless bangus and it tastes great, I love it! My fiance had Vigan longanisa again and it was paired with salted red egg, 4xhalf pieces! The serving is actually big. You might want to order an additional serving of rice to pair with your extra dish.
Favorite Dish: The Vigan longanisa has a very different taste from the regular longanisas in Metro Manila. It has a stronger and unique taste and best paired with the Ilocos vinegar. Make sure this is your first meal when you're a first timer in Vigan. Have it at Grandpa's Inn where it costs P75 only.
Dont leave Vigan without trying the famous Bagnet, and their Dinengdeng. Just make sure your blood pressure is stable coz you might just get dizzy if you've had more than enough of these two dishes...
On the night of our anniversary, we didnt know where to eat because we have already tried all the local restaurants. We were tempted to just have our anniversary dinner at Max's Resto, but fortunately, I remember that we havent tried Uno Grill yet. So we walked towards it and when we came inside, I was immediately surprised by the romantic ambiance and the very nice design of the outdoor restaurant. It's not a very large place but it has long tables for bigger groups and tables for couples at the side. It's more like a garden restaurant, which gives the romantic ambiance. They have a good variety of dishes to choose from, and the price is average. I definitely recommend this restaurant to first timers in vigan, and to couples on a date.
Favorite Dish: It is indicated in our Vigan itenerary that we have to try all the local food including the Ilocano Tinola. We've looked and asked all over vigan for this dish, and we thought we would go home without trying it. Thanks to Uno Grille because they cooked and served us this delicious soup. It has native chicken and the taste of the soup is strong, gingerly and spiry. We loved it!