My other province is Lucban, though I mention it rarely compared to that of Tarlac. We used to go there often enough before my Lola passed away. I always love the food there. One of the restaurants that we ate at before when I was much younger was Kamayan sa Palaisdaan. It was on the way south, and it would always be a treat to eat there, where you can feed the hungry fishes.
The last time I ate there was a couple of years ago, in the same location. This time around, we were in Bay (pronounced as Ba-i), Laguna and surprise surprise, they have it there also. I’m sure that there are already tons of other places they have sprung up. I’m just not sure where. This is different from the famed Isdaan that started in Tarlac (and apparently will be having branches in the south too).
I don’t remember the menu much, but more of us feeding the fish. Given that, I am sure that hey fish on the menu, and it was obvious from the restaurant name. We were 6 and we ordered sinugnong tilapia (which means sinunog – burnt, before cooking in coconut), kare-kareng pata, and calamares, and of course, rice for everyone.
The calamares was chewy. I don’t like squid in the general sense, and this exemplified my reasons why. I didn’t bother getting another bite. The sinugno was good. It was like any other ginataan, but with the smoky flavor. The bad thing was, there were some parts of the fish still uncooked. I was with strangers and did not want to make a fuss, so I just set it aside on my plate.
I usually don’t eat kare-kare, but the fish didn’t seem to satisfy me. Luckily, there was a puso ng saging (banana heart, errr, blossom?) and I got to eat that, without the sauce, which I really don’t like :)
Over-all, the meal was just okay. You go here more for the experience than the food. I wouldn’t mind going here to just feed the fish. Too bad the fish weren’t hungry when we came for our visit. :)