Friday, January 30, 2015

When In Ilocos: Sumptuous Dinner At Roca Restaurant

After a day's worth of wandering and frolicking all over Ilocos, we finally checked into our hotel. Despite the lack of proper sleep and fatigue slowly creeping in, we had to have nourishment in order to gear up for the 2nd day's loaded itinerary. Well, that, or we were just finding an excuse to look for bagnet to compensate for it's absence in our lunch meal. You can take your pick hehe.

Bagnet 300.00PHP or 6.79USD. What I quickly discover about Ilocos Bagnet, is that how subtly seasoned it is. I guess they make it so that you'd be able to enjoy more bagnet chunks in your meal, and it would complement the dipping sauces or gravy provided. Or maybe, they do not want to take the spotlight away from the crazy, crispy skin? My golly, I know it's not healthy for you but dammit, I'm craving for bagnet right about now!

I initially ordered just half a cup of rice, but found myself ordering another whole cup of rice and forsaking all attempts of diet and self-control. If only I could eat everything I want and stay a medium, but you can't have everything right?

Poque Poque 130.00PHP or 2.94USD. Because we had to compensate our guilty souls from indulging in something sinfully bad, we just knew we had to order veggies for dinner as well. Not that it negates nor invalidates the cholesterol the bagnet would give us, but we just like variety on the dinner table. #excuses

Their poque poque, for those who aren't familiar, is an eggplant based side dish which is usually grilled first to bring out the flavor of the eggplant and then cooked together with scrambled egg, tomatoes and onions. It's utter simplicity is what makes it remarkable to the taste buds. 

Yellow Watermelon Platter 150.00PHP or 3.39USD (estimate only). I swear, everything during our trip tasted delicious, including this watermelon. It's extra juicy and sweet and served as the perfect healthy desserts to end our meal that night.

It was indeed a sumptuous dinner and very filling, price-wise it may be comparable to prices in Manila restaurants but every dish was well worth the cost. You see, I'm the type of person who'd be willing to shell out more money as long as I'm getting its worth than compromising with quality. My When in Ilocos posts have been going on a slow pace, but I'll try to update more frequently. Until then, see you on my next pig out sessions!

Roca Restaurant

Pangil Beach Resort
Barangay Pangil, Curimao, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
077 6761229/ 0917 5477751
Estimated Budget: ~300.00PHP up/meal
Payment Methods: Cash
Business Hours: Daily, for exact operating hours contact Pangil Beach Resort

Your pig out buddy,

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