Thursday, April 30, 2009

That Sizzling Day in Laguna

On that sizzling 36 degree summer day, we were in the beautiful province of Laguna. Mark had to work in Calamba. When he was done, he wanted to take the other route back to Manila, where we would exit in Antipolo.

At around lunch time, we passed by this lovely restaurant at the Kalayaan Highway called Exotik Restaurant.

There's a corner by the entrance where native sweets and pasalubong are sold.
I saw some yummy pastillas but wasn't able to buy, because they were a little expensive.

There was a lot of greenery and landscaping. The place looks like a mini resort, except that the the pools are not made for dipping. The place was divided by several covered areas filling the irregular landscape. There was the main restaurant, while the other "huts" served to provide customers who wants some privacy for special events. It was a pretty big place.

At the entrance of the main restaurant,
framed clippings of photos and articles of the place are displayed.
Nice :)

I also loved that it was quite cool inside the restaurant,
which served to protect us from the super heat at that time.

Mark went straight to this page - where the "exotic" menu could be found. He ordered some stingray in spicy sauce. I ordered the Guinataang Pako. I've heard so much about Pako or Fern being made into salads. Knowing Pako was on the menu, excited me so much, I had to order it.

Plus, this can of soda spelled - relief from the heat!!!

I really liked the Guinataang Pako. It tasted somewhat like mini kangkong/cooked lato.
The gata or coconut milk was light and tasty. Yummy!

The Stingray had some vegetables infused with the spicy red sauce: some celery, carrots and tomatoes. I don't think it worked quite well. We were imagining something else for the stingray.

We were full, nonetheless. Yummy food from Laguna!

The place is a nice respite from the urbanscape. Lovely place :)

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gwacie said...

I see the Coca-Cola! hehehe... It's so you. :)

You haven't had fern before? My mom makes them with gata too. Yum!

Shalum said...

No. My first time!:) I loved it :)

entrepgirl said...

the place looks really nice, kind of a relaxing spot to hang out and enjoy the view. :)

Shalum said...

hi entrepgirl! it is :) they have a nice view of laguna de bay from the higher areas :)

eric santillan said...

hey sha!

went to exotic the other weekend after my trip to caliraya.

ate the snake (adobo sa gata na sawa or something like that). ang bony pala!

that's the most exotic thing i've eaten in my life. hehehe

Shalum said...

that IS exotic, eric. hehe