A happy tummy means an unforgettable trip. Food makes or breaks a trip. Yes, for us, it does affect our trip.
In Surigao City, we had a great time eating at the places that have been recommended by Pinoy Travel Bloggers, Ms. Nathalie Penados of the Chronicles of My Wandering Soles and Mr. Ricky Amores (who are locals of Surigao City).
Let me share to you our food trip in Surigao City.
1. LUNCH at Day-Asan Floating Village
I asked our boatman, Kuya Roel to prepare lunch for our trip to Day-Asan Floating Village. His wife cooked the food before we left the small port near the community.
When lunch time came, we can’t wait but fill our tummies. Our sumptuous lunch composed of adobong saang (spider shell in soysauce mixed with vinegar), halabos na hipon (sauteed shrimp), saging na saba (boiled banana), boiled camote, platter of rice and ice-cold softdrink were served at a native nipa hut on stilts overlooking the clean and serene waters surrounded by mangroves.
Wow! The serving was generous that we invited Kuya Roel, his assistant and the assistant’s wife to eat with us.
The adobong saang, a local shellfish dish, was a pleasant surprise. It was delicious! To eat, one has to suck the meat out or pull the meat and take out the black thorny part before chewing.
COST: Php 500 or $ 12.00 (for 2 persons. budget for lunch only. Boat ride is a separate cost. We paid him a total of Php 2,000 for a trip to Day-Asan, San Pedro and Cantiasay Bridge including the lunch. It should be around Php 1,500 only but because Kuya Roel was a good tour guide and we were satisfied, we gave him a tip. He even gave us some sweet candies (pasalubong made by his wife) to take home. )
2. Dodong’s Eatery
Location: Along Surigao City’s Boulevard
The facade of the place is not inviting. It doesn’t look appealing. Nonethelesss, we tried it since it was recommended by Sir Ricky Amores, a local of Surigao City.
Dodong’s Eatery has an airconditioned restaurant and an outdoor dining. J chose the airconditioned venue where we saw people eating as well. Dodong’s Eatery specializes in STK or Sinugba (grilled), Tula (boiled), Kilaw (marinated in vinegar). Diners can choose how they want their food to be cooked among these techniques.
We’re clueless about their specialty so we asked the waitress. She said “sinuglaw” and so we ordered sinuglaw and calamari.
Sinuglaw, a mixed of grilled pork belly and fish ceviche with calamansi and chili, is cooked in kilaw style. It was heaven when eaten with steamed rice.
COST: Php 435.00 or $9.50 (for 2 persons including drinks, rice) It’s not a cheap place to eat but we were satisfied with what we paid.
3. Calda’s Pizza
Location: Along Surigao City’s boulevard
Calda’s is just a few steps away from Dodong’s Eatery. We ordered mix flavors of pizza. It’s a good alternative to your usual pizza places.
Cost: Around Php 450.00 or $10.00
4. Ocean Bounties Seafood Market & Restaurant
Location: 888 Diez St. ( near the public market)
Ocean Bounties has an underwater theme decorated with bamboo. The ambiance depicts a native style. It was where we ate our first dinner in Surigao City. We would have ordered scallops but it was not available so we ordered a sizzling seafood platter.
It’s a paluto style which means you can choose among the daily catch and have them cooked the way you like it. Fresh crabs and lobsters are available. They also have ala-carte menu which you can readily order.
Price Range: Php 200-Php 500 ($5-15) per order depending on the weight of the fish or seafood
5. Same Place
Location: National Highway, Brgy. Luna, Surigao City (Across Gaisano Mall)
We ate at Same Place for lunch as it was five minutes walk from Le Chard Place Bed and Breakfast, where we stayed during our Surigao City trip.
Same Place has nipa style huts where guests can eat. Grilled food was their specialty especially grilled chicken. Thus, we ordered grilled chicken and sizzling sisig. Healthy food, isn’t it? hahaha.
Same Place in Surigao City is budget-friendly. It’s the cheapest place that we dined in. The taste was good enough.
COST: Php 254.00 ($6.00) for two persons
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