One Fine Lunch at La Cocina de Consuelo
|Casa de Consuelo's infinity pool|
During our first visit, we had lunch at a place called Blue Lagoon Palutuan (see post here), where we had grilled fish, rice, and soda, and our bill amounted to almost Php 400. We find it a bit expensive for the kind of food that we had, so this time, we tried another place for lunch. I read somewhere that the lone restaurant of Casa Consuelo Island Reef Resort serves good food, so I asked our ever reliable guide, Kuya Lenzer, to take us there this time.The place might not be popular for lunches during the standard tour, but we insisted that we try it out.
Casa Consuelo Island Reef resort sits pretty at the far end of Maira-ira Beach (Blue Lagoon) just in front of Dos Hermanos Island. The resort is quite popular for its nice vistas and fairly priced rooms on this side of Pagudpud.
The restaurant, La Cocina de Consuelo, is just a small space with about six tables. It was already 1:00 pm when we arrived there from our South Pagudpud tour and so we wasted no time and ordered food good for seven people. We had french fries for Akisha, which was made of thick-cut potatoes seasoned just enough (not the usual frozen french fries), pork sinigang, grilled tanigue (I like the way this was seasoned ang grilled--not too dry, not overcooked), Pancit Parade (a combination of bihon and canton), buttered vegetables, calamares, and of course, bagnet, which I requested that they cut into bite-size.
The servings are good enough to share for two-three people, depending on how many dishes you are getting. Everything on the menu is modestly priced and in fact, our total bill for seven people amounted to Php 1,335 (less than Php 200 per person). Taking in consideration the quality, taste, price, serving size, and service, I find the food here worth it than then one at the paluto. They also have seafood bilao at a fair price.
|Dos Hermanos Island|
|A sneak peek of one of the rooms|
Given a chance to go back to Pagudpud, I would love to spend a night at Casa Consuelo to experience even 24 hours of genuine, laidback Ilocano hospitality. I also read that snorkeling is good at Dos Hermanos Island during the southwest monsoon season. Definitely goimg back for this...and the bagnet, of course.
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