We came to Taal Town in Batangas to revisit this heritage town and bring home some captures. But like in previous out-of-town trips, we had a hidden agenda: to eat something out of the ordinary. We prepared for the shoot but we weren’t able to research well in advance where it’s good to eat. Good thing the kind lady seller we brought some panucha from at the Basilica de San Martin de Tours went out of her way to show us Bistro Taal. It was just 5 or so minutes away from the Basilica and while it’s not really a bistro in the real sense of the word, we thought we had a hearty lunch alright.
Lagal[og] said: As Taal Lake is just nearby, I thought it would be nice to order Tawilis (Freshwater Sardines). Nothing fancy really, just deep fried to a crisp. But our group really liked it. It’s my absolute favorite fish and we were in luck as it’s fairly seasonal – not readily available during the rainy months. I was inspired to eschew the fork and spoon and eat kamayan-style (eat using the hands). Like canned sardines, you can eat this fish whole so it’s really no-fuss. With the lightly-spicy vinegar as sauce, I didn’t mind to get my hands smelly afterwards.
Ironwulf said: We were having a hard time choosing from their menu so following the suggestion of the waiter, we ordered their Bistro Platter that has samples of their dishes. The Grilled Squid was done well and easy to chew. The Pan-fried Liempo, large prawns and fish were all good. Just the way a good set of comfort food should be. The Ensaladang Taal with not so salty red eggs was a refreshing complement for the whole platter.
Lagal[og] said: I wasn’t feeling very well so a nice bowl of soup would be nice to go with the seafood. So we ordered Bulalo (Soup made with Bone Marrow). I mean, we’re in Batangas anyway and it wouldn’t feel complete if we didn’t have it. We’re glad we did as it was flavorful. The marrow wasn’t much but the broth was really tasty.
Calle A. delas Alas,
Poblacion, Taal, Batangas