New Year Lunch at Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Tarlac
As we welcome 2016, we would like to set aside all the negativities of the previous year and move forward. So, what we did was, we unleashed all the bad vibes on the Tacsiyapo wall! Located within a popular stop-over dining spot in Tarlac called Isdaan Floating Restaurant, the family-owned (the same owners of Barrio Fiesta) restaurant offers the same Filipino cuisine the Ongpauco family is known for, as well as some activities that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Tacsiyapo is a Capampangan swear word, of which, even Google, couldn't even give the exact translation. The Tacsiyapo wall is where people throw plates, mugs, or even a television on the wall while shouting the word "Tacsiyapo!" with the intention of releasing anger or other bad vibes. Guests have to pay for every plate, mug or what-have-you. The experience was actually liberating and fun at the same time!
|Choose your weapon|
The entire property is clad in beautiful landscape and native huts that serves as the dining areas. As its name tells, it is a floating restaurant so children are mandated to wear a lifevest at all times.
|San Kilo Bridge|
The food is the main draw here, so prepare your tummy as you browse the long menu of Filipino specialties. It might turn you off at first because the prices seem steep, but the servings are huge and may actually pass as worth it. We were four adults and a kid and what we got were actually good for six or so!
We ordered the signature dish, tinupig na manok or chicken marinated in coconut milk and lemongrass, grilled while wrapped in leaves; binangkang sisig, a huge serving of the Capampangan favorite split into two variations--pork and fish; sinigang na sugpo sa buho or prawns in sour soup cooked in bamboo; and kaning bagong saing or rice cooked and served in the usual home kaldero.
|Tinupig na manok|
|Sinigang na sugpo sa buho|
|Pork sisig upclose|
This was how we started the year 2016--with good food and good vibes. Happy new year everyone! Here's to a productive and healthy year ahead! Cheers!