Impressed with my Bigg’s Daraga experience, I decided to enjoy dinner on my last night in Legazpi at Bigg’s Embarcadero. The branch was a little less attractive to me. The location was really perfect with a view of the bay however the place was a bit small for me. Food selection was of the same standard but the service standard was bit different from my previous one. There were a number of diners, hence, the crew was just all over the place. When my meal was served, I requested for a spoon. I finished my meal without any spoon in sight. The meal was great, however, my experience with them was not at par to my expectations.
First Colonial Grill
First Colonial Grill is not to be missed out when you visit Legazpi City. It is a fastfood restaurant that offers Bicol’s authentic recipe. Currently, it has two branches – one in Pacific Mall and another in Old Albay District. The ambience of the restaurant is similar to that of a regular fastfood joint however food selection is a lot more varied. Prices are affordable and you get value for your money. First Colonial Grill is famous for their tinapa rice, Bicol specialties, and specialty ice creams.
My first taste of a Bicol dish is Pinangat at First Colonial Grill. Pinangat is a mix of taro leaves, chili, and meat wrapped in gabi leaves and cooked in coconut milk. At First Colonial, you can tell them how spicy you want your Pinangat to be cooked. I am not a person who loves spicy food and probably Bicol dishes and I might be a mismatch. However, since I am a traveler, I am obliged to try out the delicacies and the dishes of the places that I go to.
For my initial taste, I decided to forego the spices. My decision was due to the fact that I was more interested with trying out a spicy dessert after the meal. Honestly, the decision was probably not a good thing. Although, the Pinangat tasted really good but I also realized that had I gave in to the spices, it would have been a memorable dish that I would probably be raving about in this blog.
Finally, the highlight of my food trip in Legazpi – the Sili Ice Cream!
I have read it in the internet and I have read how people raved about it. I was bent on trying this specialty ice cream even before boarding a plane for Legazpi City. It is one of the desserts that are available at First Colonial Grill only. The initial taste is sweet coconut milk as the ice cream touches the tongue. Then you would taste a bitter tinge, similar to that of biting into a sili and then the spicy feel follows suit. It was heavenly! The mix of sweet coconut milk and the sili really complements and I would surely recommend it.
Some felt disgusted when I told them about Sili Ice Cream but I can assure you that once you have tasted it, you will go back to have a taste of Bicol’s Sili Ice Cream.
Sarung Banggi’s Lomi: My Most Unusual Find
“Expect the unexpected” and that was how it went when I visited Sto. Domingo, Albay. The initial plan to check out the black sand beaches turned out to be a good find for the best tasting lomi that I have had so far in all my travels.
Sarung Banggi is a resort within walking distance from the town center. The resort sits on the edge of town which offers a great view of the bay and Kapuntukan Hill in Legazpi City. It offers cottages for those who would want to spend the night and huts for those who want to stay in the resort for a day.
I decided to order their lomi while I was spending time at the beach. It was a good choice. It was very tasty and yummy. The soup was not that thick and you really get to enjoy the beach as you take a sip of the broth. The order was good for 4 people at a remarkable cost of only Php85.00. It was really your money’s worth. I finished it all, yes, all…good for 4 people. It was that good! Highly recommended!
Coconut and Rice Cake: A Lignon Hill Breakfast
An early morning hike up Lignon Hill will not be complete without indulging yourself to fresh coconut juice and rice cakes.
Located near the entrance of Lignon Hill are stalls that sell these delights. You can sit down and enjoy the fresh air as you dine al fresco. One thing that is different with the rice cakes sold in Legazpi is a lot of coconut milk with it. It is hard to eat the rice cake because eating the cakes tends to be messy. But it tastes really good and has more flavor compared to the usual. The great thing is that it complements a great workout with a healthy breakfast.
Legazpi City offered a unique palate experience for me. I am not fond of spices and Bicol is known for its spicy cuisines. It may look that Legazpi City and I may be incompatible when we talk about dining experience however I really did enjoy the varied taste that Bicol dishes can offer. In the end, it is not about whether I am fond of spicy food. It is about food giving you a complete picture of what rich culture the place really has.
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