From a traveler’s perspective, Bataan is an underrated tourist spot that surprises its visitors with both natural and manmade attractions. But from a foodie’s perspective, it’s a place that’s rich in both culinary history and modern food culture.
If you want to discover Bataan through a gastronomical tour, here are some of the places you shouldn’t miss out on!
1. The Food Project
The Food Project stylishly plates up comfort food favorites and serves them at very affordable prices. Fusing together Western and Filipino food, their assortment of appetizers, rice meals, and refreshing drinks are best enjoyed with a group of friends.
The vibe here is hip and laid back, its flat lay-friendly wooden tables perfectly matching the restaurant’s outdoorsy atmosphere.
How to get here: From Central Terminal in Balanga ride a jeepney bound to Orion, when you reach Orion, Shell Gas Station, walk at about 15 to 20 meters going to Orion National High School.
The Food Project can be found at Balagtas, Orion, Bataan. Open from Tuesday-Sunday, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
2. Ima’s Pamangan
Experience Kapampangan cuisine with a touch of Bataan-style cooking at Ima’s Pamangan! It has become a popular food stop for tourists en route to Mount Samat and for good reason: lip-smacking good food. What’s a better way to satisfy one’s hunger than by feasting on a number of popular Pampanga’s dishes in a relaxed, carinderia setting?
The best part is, it’s only ₱200 for an eat-all-you-can meal here!
Ima’s Pamangan can be found at Gov. J.J. Linao Ala-Uli, Pilar, Bataan. (Located on the highway leading to Mount Samat).
3. Choco-late de Batirol
Filipinos love merienda and it’s never complete if there’s no mug of something hot and comforting to drink. Enter Choco-late de Batirol’s specialty: hot chocolate drink prepared with batirol–a wooden stick that is used to beat smelted cacao beans into a thick, rich-tasting chocolate drink. To accompany your hot mug of chocolate-de-batirol, pick from an assortment of local delicacies such as suman and bibingka.
Bikers going to and from Mount Samat love to stop by this place to rest and re-energize with a satisfying merienda.
Choco-late de Batirol can be found at Total Gas Station, Roman Super Highway, Alauli, Pilar, Bataan.
Angelitos is a charming, family-owned nook that was named after their three youngest boys: Rafael, Gabriel and Miguel (yes, all saintly names!) In here, you get to relax in a comfortable setting filled with cozy corners as well as savor flavorful Filipino dishes that have been prepared with with opulence and passion.
Located beside the highway of Orani, this place is the perfect pit-stop for either lunch or dinner when passing by the province of Bataan.
Angelitos can be found at M plus C Building, Tenejero Orani, Bataan.
Restaurants in Bataan are surprisingly getting more creative and one such establishment is Saverde. For one, they’ve elevated the humble beef tapa by enveloping the garlic rice with an omelet and topping it off with shreds of tapa!
They cook up mostly popular Filipino cuisine with a twist which they then serve in a very Instagrammable way.
Saverde can be found at Gabon St., Abucay, Bataan.
6. The Beanery
Forget Starbucks and all the other posh cafés in Metro Manila. The Beanery, Bataan’s homegrown coffee chain, is just as great with its elegant interior, delicious plated meals and rich-tasting coffee, tea and non-caffeine drinks.
You’ll turn into a Beanery convert in no time!
The Beanery can be found at Capitol Drive, San Jose, Balanga City. There’s another branch located a short walking distance away from Crown Royale Hotel in Balanga.
7. Stregato Gelateria
You can finally indulge your sweet tooth without feeling bad about yourself because Stregato Gelateria serves guiltless but tasty gelato in different flavors! Aside from their gelato, one can also order pastas, sandwiches and rice meals.
This is definitely a good place to eat, hang out, and not have to worry so much about ruining your diet.
Stregato Gelateria can be found at Galeria Victoria Mall, Balanga.
8. Loleng’s Hutieu-an
Unknown to many, the Philippines opened its doors to refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War. Most of the refugees migrated to the United States and Canada but they impacted our local cuisine in their own way.
Aling Loleng, a Filipina who used to work in the Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong, has made it her mission to preserve these foreign influences. Today, Loleng’s Hutieu-an serves up various types of Vietnamese dishes such as the Hu Tieu Noodle soup, the Banh Mi bread and the Vietnamese Pho.
Loleng’s Hutieu-an can be found at Mayor Street, Binaritan, Morong, Bataan. Open every day, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM.