I have always been intrigued by Isdaan Floating Restaurant. Before we came to the Philippines for our vacation, we already planned on dining at this restaurant after our Pangasinan Trip. My family who still reside in the Philippines have tried and liked it. We left Sundowner’s Villa around 10:30 AM and paid a visit to Saint James the Great Parish Church in Bolinao before heading to Isdaan Floating restaurant at Gerona, Tarlac. We had a heavy breakfast before we left the villa and weren’t planning on any stop over to enjoy this much anticipated Isdaan feast. But, let me tell you. We got hungry…no! I stand corrected, we were starving in the car! Every market, we passed by I was asking if there was any Banana Cue we can order but all we saw was Halo Halo(shaved ice with a lot of sweet treats and toppings). We then stopped momentarily to buy some Tupig(grilled rice cake wrapped on a banana leaf). That actually helped with the hunger for the two hours we still have left to travel.
We finally reached our destination and the kids jumped out of the car hurriedly either out of boredom from the commute or starving I couldn’t tell. It is kind of weird, the kids have to wear life vest as we make our way through bamboo bridges to the Nipa huts where the food will be serve. It is safety precaution, and we have to comply since they said it could be 6-9 feet deep. The place is huge with ample space for parking. You can tour the place and view the ginormous statues they have.
By the way, Isdaan Floating Restaurant is part or sister branch of the Barrio Fiesta Restaurant Group. The restaurant interestingly is called floating restaurant because the cottages or huts were build to look like it was floating in water but they were fix structures on cement surrounded by man made lagoons and ponds of Koi fishes. All over the area you will find ginormous sculptures both inspired by Oriental and Western cultures.
Below were the food that we ordered at Isdaan Floating Restaurant at Gerona, Tarlac.
This is their Bangkang Sisig! It is their version of pork sisig, it was served on a huge sizzling plate more like a float hence it was called Bangkang Sisig! I would say that this is definitely for sharing, not just for 3-4 persons especially if you order other delicacy which we did.
Okay, my meal will not be complete if I don’t have my ever favorite pansit! I love cooking pansit and I am proud most of my friend loved how I cooked it but for some reason I want to try someone else’s version. It was okay not over the top.
This is another pork dish called Tinupig na Liempo. This is really tender and juicy pork belly.
So, we wanted another sizzling plate and opted for the Bicol Express. It was also delicious and spicy but would have wanted more long green pepper or siling haba on it!
This is my niece’s favorite, Tinupigan Spare Ribs! It is their version of grilled marinated spare ribs.
Shrimp Tempura, yummy! It also comes with some vegetable tempura. I was intrigued by the pickled side that it came with, guess it was papaya strips though it looked like mango due to its color. What a genius way of presenting atsarang papaya!
This is one of their specialty Lechon Tinupig. I’d say its a must try dish, the chicken was tender. Aha! Someone can’t wait to try this and it was captured on my camera…don’t know whose lovely hand it was but I’m guessing its one of the kids because the hand looks small. For the drinks we ordered Buko Juice(coconut juice).
Overall, it was okay. It was a unique experience. We were full with some left over food. The price was reasonable. You really have to be patient with your order because it will take awhile since they will have to cook it. It will be a good idea that you already know what you want to order when you go there, and spend some time going around while waiting for your food to be serve. Or you can feed those koi fishes while waiting, Isdaan staff will give you free fish food to feed them! The kids had so much fun feeding those Japanese Kois.
And that’s all for now, folks! Bon Appétit!