I think along with a lot of Filipinos, I grew up eating street foods. They are cheap, accessible, tasty and filling. The popular grilled isaw (chicken intestine) is a staple favorite on our table and we make sure to buy only from vendors we know. While street food is delicious, there can be sanitary concerns on how they are prepared and served. That’s why growing up, I toned down a bit on consuming them. That may be why my mouth was all agape when I plateful of isaw and other Filipino street food favorites were set on our table at Balwarte in Angono. I miss eating them. The place is a new family-owned restaurant in Angono serving Filipino street and comfort food in a simple and clean dine-in setting.
The owner family of Ilocos origin are very hands-on in operating their little restaurant. It’s a modest place with faux semi terracotta walls and wooden tables and chairs. They can probably sit up to 15–20 people max. Their menu is fairly simple as well. I was expecting some “bagnet” there since the name harkens the nothern regions but I’m fairly okay with what they are offering at the moment being new in the business.
Street Food and Wings
My favorite isaw (Php 18/pc) tastes good as I remember especially paired with their pinakurat, an Ilocano vinegar. Their portions per stick is longer than the usual street-side servings. Then there’s also the grilled balunbalunan (chicken gizzard) which was surprisingly palatable and savory.
Their Pork Steak with rice (Php 110) was quite flavorful too and in hefty serving. I like the wittiness on the names of their mouth-watering buffalo wings (Php 130). Their heat levels corresponds to a viral online meme of Nagmahal (fall in love) as mild, Nasaktan (got hurt) as medium spice and Nagpatiwakal (suicide) as very spicy. Their Nacho Overload (Php 120) isn’t too sloppy either. Just the right amount of meat and cheese to keep the crunchiness there.
It doesn’t take me much to enjoy food. Keep it simple and good just like Balwarte in Angono. A place to satisfy your Filipino street food cravings when in Angono.