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July 27, 2016

PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

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PAMPANGA is widely revered as The Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Highly acclaimed Kapampangan Chef, Claude Tayag of BALE DUTUNG and 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ, believes the province’s reputation for good food is because of its history with Clark Air Base (a military facility for American and Filipino forces from 1903 to 1991).

 

Due to the base’s proximity from the capital city, Angeles, international goods and other ingredients became easily accessible. Thus, locals assimilated these ingredients to their cuisine and signature Kapampampangan dishes like Sisig were born.

In collaboration with the Angeles City Tourism, Team OAP traveled to Pampanga in search of the best restaurants.

Here are the top ten most awesome restaurants in Pampanga in 2016 ... (watch: Pampanga Food Trip - Top 10 | Hot Stop )

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DOWNTOWN CAFÉ: Comforting Kampampangan Flavors Enjoyed Retro-Style!

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

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Formerly called 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ, this retro-style eatery does not only signify Chef Claude Tayag’s date of birth, but also the era he holds dearest to him. Peace times helped build a bigger middle class and establish businesses and entertainment centers, which Kapampangans would come to refer to as Downtown.

Going “downtown” meant spending quality time with family or friends at local shopping malls, restaurants, and cinemas after Sunday mass. Now in 2016, with life more hectic and too focused on moving forward, people have forgotten the value of slowing down to embrace the past and present. In light of this, Downtown Café is a perfect way to step back and appreciate the golden years of honest Kapampangan food.

DOWNTOWN CAFÉ
The Quad at Nepo, Nepo mart, Plaridel St, 2009 Angeles City
Operation hours: 
Monday to Sunday--10AM to 10PM
Email: downtown1956cafe@yahoo.com.ph
Mobile: +63 917 535 9198
Website: www.baledutung.com
Facebook: 1956 Downtown Café

Related blog posts:

BALE DUTUNG: Claude Tayag's Legendary 5 Ways Lechon Degustacion in Pampanga!

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July 24, 2016

BALE DUTUNG: Claude Tayag's Legendary 5 Ways Lechon Degustacion in Pampanga!

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016) 

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Chef Claude Tayag’s proudly Kapampangan food concept, BALE DUTUNG, is one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Asia. Ranked as one of the best by the Miele Guide in 2009, Chef Tayag’s humble abode reached celebrity status when he was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” in 2008.

Tayag was raised in Angeles City and is the 9th of 12 children--earning him the clever nickname of “Claude 9”. While his first passion was the visual arts (he is now an accomplished furniture designer and painter), Claude often observed his mother in the kitchen--picking up little bits and pieces of culinary knowhow.

It was only in 1979, after an Economics degree at UP-Clark, that Claude found himself backpacking in Europe and craving for homemade Filipino food. Living on only about $10 a day, he explored wet markets in search of cheap, alternative ingredients. Learning to experiment with food unleashed Chef Tayag’s culinary creativity and paved way to more milestones in his life such as Bale Dutung.

BALE DUTUNG
Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga  
Mobile: +63 917 535-9198 
Telephone: +632 668-4038, 502-4527 
Email: mquioctayag@yahoo.com, yhannguevarra@yahoo.com
Official WebsiteBaleDutung.com

Related post: Claude Tayag's Bale Dutung - The Best Kapampangan Restaurant in Pampanga

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July 22, 2016

MILA'S: Arguably The Best Sisig in Pampanga?!

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

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Ranked as one of the best Carenderias in Angeles City, MILA's has been a household name for many Kapampangans since 1989. They were originally famous for their Tokwa't Baboy, but now they're more known for their unbelievably addicting crispy Sisig!

Sisig is a Kapampangan staple consisting of grilled, diced pork cheeks, ears, liver, onions, and even pig brain. This beloved drinking food is often credited to Lucia “Aling Lucing” Cunanan of Angeles City, who made the best of the discarded ingredients from Clark Air Base.

Due to the simplicity of the preparation and affordability of the ingredients, Sisig grew in popularity and more establishments, like MILA'S, began offering variants.

MILA'S TOKWA'T BABOY AND SPECIAL SIZZLING SISIG
Brgy. San Angelo, San Andres St, Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines
Phone: +63 45 888 6727
Open: Everyday 10am - 10pm

Here's why you should go to Mila's on your next Pampanga visit...

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July 20, 2016

JIRO ASIA: The Best of Two Culinary Worlds

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

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JIRO ASIA is an offshoot restaurant of the famed Jiro Izakaya Sushi Ramen (now closed) in Angeles City Pampanga. We featured Jiro last year in our 15 Places to try in Angeles City and loved their selection of authentic Ramen and Sushi Rolls. 

With Jiro Asia, owner Vincent Roque brings his love for both Chinese and Japanese food under one roof.  

Check out our experience...

JIRO ASIA
Don Juico corner California Street,
Perimeter Road, Anunas, Angeles City
+63 917 820 6322

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ILOILO FOOD: 8 Must Try Local Dishes on Your Next Iloilo Food Trip! (2016)

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Discover the City of Love--beyond it's famed Dinagyang Festival, century-old churches, majestic mansions, and unspoiled countryside--through its exotic delicacies.

Iloilo is hometown to the grandmother of Abi of Team Our Awesome Planet. So expect a local's perspective as her friends and relatives tour her around the town.

Here are the top 8 dishes you should try to complete your Iloilo culinary experience...

 

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Pigs & Pints: Nose To Tail Gastropub in Angeles

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Pigs & Pints is a Nose to Tail Gastropub in Angeles City Pampanga, a concept re-introduced into the Western culinary mainstream by Chef Henry Ferguson from the UK in 1999. Nose to Tail aficionados, believe that "If you're going to kill the animal it seems only polite to use the whole thing." - Henry Ferguson

It's this Philosophy that Executive Chef Bong Sagmit bases his menu on and the results are pleasantly surprising.

 

PIGS & PINTS
Century Complex, Balibago, Angeles City, Malabanas, Angeles / Clark, Philippines
Behind Casino Filipino Angeles  

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July 19, 2016

Café Fleur, Leh-Leh & Babo: Best Restaurant in Pampanga (2016)!

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016) 

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CAFÉ FLEUR is a 3-restaurant concept reflecting Chef Sau Del Rosario’s passion for food and travel. On the ground floor is the Café that serves cakes, smoothies, and casual food. Across it is LEH-LEH, a Thai-inspired eatery; and on the topmost floor is BÂBO, a more sophisticated dining area reserved for traditional Kapampangan cuisine.

While the establishment overall has a shared menu, it’s highly recommended you try dishes according to their category. For desserts, sweet drinks, and casual meals, visit the Café; if you want Thai food, go to Leh-Leh. You can eat all Kapampangan specialties at Bâbo to complete the ambiance!

Here’s what to expect in the best restaurant in Angeles City, Pampanga!

CAFÉ FLEUR BY CHEF SAU
L-463B Miranda St. Brgy Sto. Rosario, 2000 Angeles City
Operating Hours
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Telephone: 045-304-1301
Mobile: 093-5761-6550
Facebookcafefleur.ph
Instagram@cafefleur.ph

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