Where and What to Eat

  • City Lunch Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    City Lunch Bacolod: My Favorite Siopao and Fresh Lumpia
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Where and What to Eat

    City Lunch Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod


    City Lunch Bacolod is not that popular compared to other restaurants or cafes in the city. I would like to think that this is one place that’s has been deemed “a local secret”. Of course, not all of the items on the menu are hits, but there are two that have really stood out even during my parents’ time.

    City Lunch Bacolod Serving Siopao And Fresh Lumpia Since Our Parents’ Time

    City Lunch Location

    City Lunch Bacolod is located at the Shopping area, along Narra Avenue. It’s on the same side of the street as the infamous Luisa’s Chicken. In this area, you will also see Sandok and Sharyn’s Cansi House.


    Those who have been to the restaurant know that the place is a bit shabby. I’m not sure about the exact year the resto started but what I know is that my mother and father have been buying the siopao and fresh lumpia City Lunch Bacolod serves when they were still young and working. That was approximately a few years before I was born. I am currently thirty years old (30 y.o.) so you can imagine that this place must have a lot of history.


    City Lunch - Chinese Food in Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod

    City Lunch serves lunch and snacks. I’m not too sure about dinner as I have never visited the place during night time. Some of their most popular food items, aside from my picks, are bihon, pancit, maki, lomi and kimlo. They also serve coffee.


    I think plenty of folks go here because of their prices. As you can see in the photo above, most of the meals are just P100. From personal experience, your P100 will get you a dish that’s not out of this world in terms of taste. However, the dishes are not bad at all. Some can actually compete with the menu items of other top restaurants in the city when talking about deliciousness. So, it’s a matter of taste quality and price.

    City Lunch Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod

    Why I Love City Lunch’s Siopao and Fresh Lumpia

    Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review. I purchased the food items with my own money.

    1. The Price

    As I said, nothing beats a reasonably decent dish with a reasonable price affixed to it. The special siopao is only P38.00 while the super special one is P70.00. The fresh lumpia only costs P30.00. Eating here, definitely, won’t break your bank and wallet.

    2. The Siopao Sauce

    When you order the siopao, it’s going to come with a special sauce. Putting the sauce on your steamed bun will make it more flavorful. It’s probably a matter of taste, but in my opinion, the sauce is delicious. The siopao alone is delicious, but the sauce adds an extra umph.

    Other Information

    • They do have a contact number: (034) 707-2406.
    • I double checked. I don’t think that they have a Facebook page yet.
    • Reserve your siopao and fresh lumpia early because they usually run out at around Filipino snack time which is maybe 3pm-4pm.
  • Sant Jordi Stall Burger - The Best Tasting Burger at the Weekend Market Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    Sant Jordi Burgers at The Weekend Market in Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Sant Jordi Burgers Intro Card | Mea in Bacolod


    Where in Bacolod can you get the best- tasting burger? If you asked me this question three years ago, I would have just shrugged my shoulders and told you, “I haven’t really tasted one that’s memorable to me yet”. If you ask me this question today, I’m going to give you a very different answer because I discovered Sant Jordi Burgers.

    Sant Jordi Burgers Grilling Every Saturday

    San Jordi Stall Location


    Are you familiar with the Luxur Place? If you are, you’ll easily spot the Weekend Market. From Luxur, just walk straight ahead going towards Golden Fields. The Market will have a big sign outside, several cars parked in front, and it’s right across the street going to Aboy’s Restaurant.

    As soon as you go into the Market, you will see fruit stands. Go past the stands and go to where the food court is. Once at the food court, you’ll spot a ramp going to the grilling section of the place. Go down the ramp and the first stand you see will be Sant Jordi. If you’re not sure, just ask the tenants where the grilling area is.


    Sant Jordi’s stand serves burgers, sometimes cakes and other desserts, as well as sandwiches. They also sell meat products like beef tapa, chorizo and the like. The desserts and charcuterie are subject to availability. What’s constant are their burgers and sandwiches with grilled meat.


    I would say that the prices of their burgers and sandwiches are very reasonable. You can expect to spend less than P200 for one burger or sandwich, which is not bad. They don’t skimp on the ingredients like cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, plus the condiments. The patty is also substantially thick. I’m not a burger connoisseur, but, to me, the patty doesn’t look like it has any extenders. It’s all meat.

    Why I Love Sant Jordi Burgers

    Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review. I purchased the burger with my own money.

    1. Grilled In Front Of You

    I love that the burgers are grilled right in front of you. This tells me that they are prepared cleanly and they are fresh. You’d have to wait a little bit, but it’ll be worth it as soon as you take your first bite. Because it is grilled, you’re going to experience that smokey flavor that goes very well with the taste of the beef. I feel like this is what burgers should taste like.


    2. Condiments and cheese do not overpower the flavor of the burger.

    I don’t know if you’ve experienced this yourself, but I have had tasted a few burgers, both in and out of Bacolod, that are overpowered because of too much “secret sauce” or cheese. The ingredients and sauce on the burgers that Sant Jordi serves are complementing. The star is still the patty.

    3. Local

    I am all for a business, whether it be selling food items or products, that helps farmers, breeders, and other local produces. I also love it when the business supports the local economy. In the case of Sant Jordi, they have their own meat farm. Based on their Facebook page, their livestock is bred in Negros Occidental. Below is their Facebook page. Let’s help them get more likes:

    Other Information

    • You have to come early because they do run out of burgers, especially during lunchtime.
    • As mentioned, you’re going to have to wait a little bit. When it is crowded, you’ll have to wait longer.
    • They only set up during Saturdays. I think they start grilling at around 8am then they end at around 1-2pm.
  • Korean Grill Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    Korean Grill Bacolod: Affordable Korean Dining Experience
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat


    Korean Grill Bacolod is a restaurant near Lacson street that serves a mean Dak Glabi. It’s not too visible from the main street, but it’s easy to get to, it’s not crowded at all, and the prices of their dishes are not too bad. Some dishes are OK – not spectacular, yet still yummy – but, there are ones that I highly recommend for you guys to try.

    Korean Grill Bacolod

    Korean Grill Bacolod Location

    This Korean restaurant can be found at BS Aquino Drive, Mandalagan. It is right beside Pearl Manor. The easiest way to get to the Korean Grill is if you go to the Caltex located at the corner of the intersection of Ramos. From the Caltex gas station, you’re going to cross the street to the restaurant.

    Menu Sneak Peek + Price

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    I wasn’t able to get pictures of the entire menu, but the ones that I did get (on the slide above) should give you a good idea about how much you can spend at this place. One serving is good for 1-2 persons. In my opinion, the dishes are not too expensive, especially for a restaurant that serves Korean dishes. I know other Korean restaurants in Bacolod that are pricier.

    Restaurant Ambiance + Customers

    The setting of this restaurant is very much like most Korean restaurants in the city – simple, a bit home-y, not too fancy. In terms of seating, Korean Grill Bacolod does have chairs and tables indoors and outdoors, with the indoor being air-conditioned. I think this restaurant is ideal for everybody – families with children, couples, groups of friends, and solo eaters – since the setting is more relaxed.

    Korean Dishes I Tried During My Visit

    Disclaimer: I was invited to try out some of their dishes. However, the opinions I have stated on this post are my own and have not been influenced.

    A few of the dishes that I have tried are on this list. The dishes pictured are of one serving – not too small, not too big. Some might find the price expensive for this amount of serving, but you need to remember that some of ingredients that were used to make the dishes are from Korea (based on what the manager said). In my opinion, the servings are fine.

    1. TRY: Ojingeo Bokkem – P300/serving

    Spicy Squid | Korean Grill Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod

    Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid

    Because I love spicy food and I love squid, I’m going to recommend this one. I think that there aren’t enough vegetables in this dish, but I guess that’s a good thing. You get more squid than vegetables, but, personally, I would have loved it if this dish had more carrots or more leafy greens to give it more crunchiness.


    2. Gimbap – P200/serving

    Rice Rolls

    The Gimbap was alright. I’ve eaten a lot of rice rolls, sushi, or whatever you call it, in my lifetime, and, to me, they all taste the same. The Gimbap that Korean Grill Bacolod serves is no exception, but it’s always nice to order this dish if you don’t want to eat just rice. And, yes you can order rice; it’s going to be served in a steel bowl.


    3. Haemul Pajeon – P200/serving

    Seafood and Green Onion Pancake

    This dish was alright. I’m not really into egg-dishes so this is probably why I found this dish unsurprising. The sauce it came with, however, makes the dish more flavorful so kudos to the sauce.


    4. Samgyubsal – P250/serving Minimum of 2 servings

    Pork Meat to be Grilled

    When you order Samgyubsal, you’ll have to order twice because they have a minimum. However, you can opt for the eat-all-you-can option, which is P380 per person. The taste of their grilled meat is OK, but the thing with Samgyubsal/Samgyupsal is that it’s not supposed to be marinated. The flavors are going to depend on how fresh the pork meat is and the kind of dipping sauce you’re going to use.


    5. TRY: Unli-Sides – FREE

    Of course the side dishes are unlimited. This is one of the reasons why I love eating at Korean restaurants. You can enjoy the side dishes that are available, free of charge, when you sit down to eat. The sides will vary depending on what’s available for the day, but I’m sure that you will always get kimchi.


    6. TRY: Dak Galbi – P250/serving

    Diced marinated chicken that has been stir fried with potatoes, cabbage, spices, onion leaves and rice cake.

    This had me at “rice cake”. I love anything spicy, as you know, and I love rice cakes. This dish is a winner for me because it’s not too expensive, the serving is just right, I could feel the crunch of the carrots and cabbage, plus there was a fair ratio of chicken to rice cakes.

    Dak Glabi being cooked outside.

    Other Information:

    • Accepts cash only
    • Opening hours: 12nn to 10pm
    • No need for reservations
    • They currently do not have an official Facebook page yet.


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  • Manokan Country Chicken Inasal from Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    First-Timers Guide To Eating Chicken Inasal at Manokan Country
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Featured, Where and What to Eat


    The Manokan Country near SM City Bacolod has been serving the infamous Bacolod chicken inasal for, I don’t know how many, years. It’s been there ever since I was young, and, as far as I can remember, I and my family have spent numerous weekend dinners there.

    Manokan Country in Bacolod City | Mea in Bacolod

    The Manokan Country is not a place for you to wine and dine but it’s always packed.

    After all those dinners, you would think that my family would be fed up with the inasal there by now, but no. We keep coming back for more and, apparently, the rest of the world keeps coming back for more inasal as well.

    Eat Bacolod Chicken Inasal at Manokan Country

    Because of it’s age and the consistency of the taste of the Bacolod chicken inasal served, the Manokan Country has become a part of every visitor’s Places to Eat in Bacolod list. But, here’s the thing. If it’s your first-time visiting the Manokan Country, you’ll have a whole array of restaurants to choose from. The place isn’t called “country” for nothing. There’s, probably, more than ten places that serve Bacolod chicken inasal.

    How To Choose Where To Eat

    I recommend going to places that you’ve already heard of. We have always gone to Aida’s. When I was younger, I clearly remember my mom knowing most of the old staff’s names. There’s also Nena’s, I think there’s Nena’s I and II. I don’t remember eating at any other place at the Manokan Country.

    How To Eat Bacolod Chicken Inasal

    Eating inasal (barbecue) is a no-brainer but there’s a way Bacolodnons eat chicken inasal that makes the experience a little more enjoyable. Here’s how you can do it:

    1. Sawsawan Perfection

    Sawsawan means sauce in our local dialect. I’m sure that there are more types of sawsawan for Bacolod chicken inasal, but I have always stuck with just two: original and sinamak combo. I made up the names of the sauces, of course.

    To me, there are two types of sawsawan: original and sinamak combo.

    As soon as you are seated, the waitress will give you small dishes for the sauces, plus calamansi and chili peppers. Your sinamak (a special concoction of vinegar and other ingredients) and soy sauce will be on your table. To make the original sawsawan, combine calamansi, soysauce, sinamak, and chili peppers (crushed; optional) into your small dish. The sinamak combo, on the other hand, is a combination of sinamak, calamansi, and chili peppers (crushed; optional).

    2. Talaba – Your Opening Act

    Talaba is a popular appetizer at the Manokan Country.

    You’ll have to wait while your Bacolod chicken inasal is being grilled. While you wait, order an appetizer – talaba (oysters). We’ve always ordered talaba before we dig into the rice and inasal.

    3. Prepare Your Rice

    Don’t be stingy with your chicken oil.

    No, I don’t mean that you need to cook your rice yourself. As soon as your rice is served, prep it with chicken oil and salt. I don’t know about those who have eaten chicken inasal before, but Bacolodnons are generous when it comes to pouring chicken oil on rice. My husband sprinkles a little bit of salt on his rice after he pours the oil.

    4. Small Gulps

    Take small gulps of your drink to make more room for your inasal.

    You’re going to want to enjoy more of your chicken inasal so make sure you don’t drink as much coke or water. Make room for the inasal you’ve been dying to eat.

    5. Hands-on Experience

    Always use your hands.

    There is no other way to eat Bacolod chicken inasal – you have to use your hands. You can use a spoon and a fork too, but it’s tradition. The sinks you will see at the restaurant are specifically for handwashing before and after you eat your Bacolod chicken inasal.

    Please be reminded that the Manokan country isn’t a place where you can dine and wine. It’s more informal and Bacolodnons like it that way. So, next time you visit my city, go to the Manokan Country and enjoy our inasal the way we do.

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  • Ripples Restaurant at L'Fisher Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    Weekend Treat from the Ripples Restaurant at L’Fisher Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Did you know that you can go into L’Fisher Hotel and dine at their in-house resto, the Ripples Restaurant? Every month, Ripples brings you a special treat that can delight your palates as well as your pockets. For the month of September (2017), patrons can eat as the Europeans eat.

    L'Fisher Bacolod - Ripples Restaurant Promo | Mea in Bacolod

    Ripples Restaurant @ L’Fisher Bacolod: European Fare for Your Taste Buds

    LFisher Buffet Menu | Mea in Bacolod


    Not everyone can go to Europe but with this delectable offer, everyone can taste various European flavors in one roof. Just like any other eat-all-you can buffet in the city, you’ll have your choice of dishes, from starters, to the main courses, all the way down to desserts.

    LFisher Ripples Restaurant Menu | Mea in Bacolod

    Manger du fromage pour le dîner: Eat Cheese for Dinner


    The European buffet was launched to commemorate L’Fisher Hotel’s 27th Anniversary. It’s going to be a month long celebration with several events, including the buffet, held every Friday and Saturday of September. To make each person’s dining experience a little bit more special, a decent selection of fromage, meats and breads were added to the line up.


    Eat All You Can Guide Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod

    Quantity & Quality, Always

    I have always said this in my blog posts: Bacolodnons love to eat. And, there has never been a shortage of restaurants that present locals with a superb dining experience. From my own gastronomic encounters at this place, Ripples Restaurant is at the top of my list when it comes to variety and quality. I think they change it up every month so people who are looking for a different savory adventure every time they go out, can keep coming back to the same restaurant.

    The Yakiniku Room

    The restaurant even has a Yakiniku room which you can enjoy separately from the European buffet if your palate is leaning towards an Asian tang. Here’s the video I made of the Yakiniku Room:


    Coming Events

    • Fashion Exhibit – Sept 3-6, 2017 at the Foyer Area
    • Basic Calligraphy Workshop – Sept 17, 2017 at the Ripples Restaurant
    • Art Exhibit – Sept 25-30, 2017 at the Foyer Area
    • 27th Anniversary Dinner – Sept 29, 2017 at the Ripples Restaurant
    • True Faith LIVE in Bacolod – Click here for event details.


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    Ripples Restaurant Buffet Details


    • P599.00 Adult NET
    • P359.00 Child NET
    • NET means that you don’t need to pay for anything else.


    • Friday & Saturdays Only
    • On Sept 29, Ripple Restaurant rates will change because it is the hotel’s anniversary.

    Contact Details:

    • For reservations or inquiries about the True Faith Event, please call 433-3731

  • Ading's Pala-Pala Bacolod Now Has Eat All You Can | Mea in Bacolod
    Eat-All-You-Can at Ading’s Pala-Pala Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Fun Fact: around 70% of my posts are about where and what to eat in my city. I’m about to add one more post to this percentage with today’s fantastic news. Ading’s Pala-Pala Bacolod just joined the “Eat-All-You-Can Community” with their newest offer.

    Ading's Pala-Pala Bacolod Location | Mea in Bacolod

    Location: San Juan Street, Barangay 2 (in front of the Original Pala-Pala Market) Bacolod City

    Ading’s Pala-Pala Bacolod Restaurant

    Seafood at Ading's Pala-Pala Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod

    Ading’s is a restaurant that’s a popular choice among locals and visitors. They serve seafood cooked in different ways. Similar to other pala-palas, the seafood comes in fresh. Customers will have to choose what they want cooked from the catch of the day.

    Ading's Pala-Pala Bacolod Menu | Mea in Bacolod

    They also have a turo-turo style spread which patrons can enjoy daily. On top of all the menus they offer, I’m glad to share that they have now added a Daily Eat-All-You-Can option for lunch.

    An Eat-All-You-Can to Cure the Longing For Local Dishes

    Ading's pala-pala bacolod - How the place looks | Mea in Bacolod

    When you haven’t been home for a while, you get to develop this longing for local dishes. From among the dishes you think about eating when you go back home to Bacolod, most likely, pasayan (shrimp) and talaba (oyseters) are at the top of your list. This is why I think that this offer by Ading’s Pala-Pala Bacolod will be well-received by balik-bayans. Judging from the pictures from Ading’s Facebook Page, it seems that locals are already having a good go at the offer.

    Important Details

    Unli Talaba (Oysters) | Unli Pasayan (Shrimp) | Unli Sinugba nga Baboy (Grilled Pork) | Unli Rice | Unli Iced tea | Unli Caldo (Soup)

    Birthday Promo: Based on one of Ading’s Facebook posts, they have a birthday promo which allows the celebrant to eat for FREE. “Bring 5 Paying Guests & Birthday Celebrant Eats For FREE”.

    How to Reserve a Table

    If you have more questions about this Eat-All-You-Can-Promo, you can contact Ading’s Pala-Pala Bacolod at (034) 4581594 or 09173060415.

  • 26 Twenty Six Herb Garden and Store Bacolod
    Twenty Six Herb Garden and Store
    Posted in: Bacolod Reviews, Where and What to Eat

    I think I already said this in one of my social media posts, but I’m gonna repeat it here again: I’m thankful to be living in Negros Occidental/Bacolod because aside from the slew of wonderful places to eat, there’s also a number of wonderful places to eat healthy. One of the places that serve organic deliciousness on a dish in the city is the Twenty Six Herb Garden and Store.

    Twenty Six Herb Garden and Store

    Basic Information

    • Location: 6th street Bacolod City
    • Contact number: (034) 436 5426
    • Store Hours: 7:30AM – 5:00PM

    Getting There

    Do you know where Mcdonald’s Lacson is? It’s on one of the main streets of the city. That’s going to be your landmark. From there, you go down the street that’s between Mcdonald’s Lacson and the building with the Dunkin’ Donuts (you can ride a triskad from Mcdonald’s going to Twenty Six Herb Garden and Store). You’ll see it on your right when you’re going down the street I mentioned.


    Seating Inside

    There is plenty of seating inside. The walls are filled with paintings and sketches by different artists. I forgot if you could actually buy it from them but you sure can appreciate the art pieces. The decor is minimal and the place feels like home.

    What Do They Serve?

    What’s great is when you eat at the Twenty Six Herb Garden and Store every day, you’re not going to get the same menu. They usually post their menu on their Facebook Page so you can check it there before the week begins. But, on our latest visit, we had the following:

    • Lutik
    • Dinuguan
    • Bangrus (forgot the name of the dish)
    • Callos

    26 Twenty Six Herb Garden Bacolod - Our Lunch | Mea in Bacolod

    Others On The Menu

    The Most Amazing For Me Is This Ensalada

    If you have ever wondered what flowers taste like, this is the place you can go to. This is the Twenty Six Herb Garden and Store’s ensalada (Spanish word for salad which Filipinos use). The flowers on top aren’t just garnishes you can take off; you can actually eat the flowers with the ensalada.

    The Store

    It’s not called the Twenty Six Herb Garden and Store if it doesn’t have a display section. This is what it looks like when stocked. You can purchase lettuce leaves, organic eggs, and other products that are good for your health. There are even soaps and other personal care products that you can check out.


  • Local Ramen Restaurant: Izumi Ramen House
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    We have plenty of Japanese restaurants in the city, but none really specialises in making authentic Japanese Ramen. Well, there’s one in the weekend market in DC Cruz that volunteers from OISCA, an International organisation, makes. But, they only cook ramen every weekend. Now that the Izumi ramen restaurant is open, Bacolodnons can enjoy ramen Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

    Local Restaurants - Japanese Restaurant | Mea in Bacolod

    Izumi: Japanese Restaurant Serving Authentic Japanese Ramen

    Fyi, I haven’t been to Japan yet so I wouldn’t know what good and authentic ramen taste like. What I am basing the taste of Izumi’s ramen on is my own taste buds. This means that if I like it, I’m gonna tell it like it is.

    Izumi Ramen Restaurant Menu and Prices

    Izumi Ramen House Menu | Mea in Bacolod

    I’ve been to a number of Japanese restaurants and Jap food is generally pricier because of the ingredients. At Izumi, the prices for the food are reasonable compared to other Japanese restaurants. You can have the cheaper option for the ramen by getting the half size. The most affordable ramen they have is the Izumi Shoyu Ramen which is P 185. Other types of ramen:

    • Tonkatsu Ramen – P195 for half – Pork soup bone base.
    • Miso Ramen – P195 for half – Miso soup base.
    • Jiguko Ramen – P195 for half – Spicy soup base, you can choose from level 1 to level 3 spiciness.
    • Seafood Ramen – P320 whole only

    Gyoza from Izumi Ramen House | Mea in Bacolod

    You can also order items that you can partner with your ramen, like gyoza dumplings, yakitori/chicken barbeque, and karaage/deep fried chicken.


    Bacolod Ramen House | Mea in Bacolod

    Do you remember the Chowking near Riverside? It’s now Pizzaro. If you go there, you’ll see Izumi right away. It’s a place with the red lanterns outside. It’s the same street location as popular eating places near Riverside College like CRIB and Owl Avenue.

    Izumi Ramen House Bacolod City

    The inside looks very home-y. I’ve seen Ramen Girl (the movie) so I know that most ramen houses aren’t supposed to look fancy. The red lanterns give it that final touch, don’t you think?

    Ramen I Have Tasted at Izumi

    I’ve tried the Shoyu Ramen, the Tonaktsu Ramen, the Miso Ramen and the Jigoku Ramen. I also had a try of their gyoza, yakitori and their makis.

    Id’ have to say that my favorite one is their Miso Ramen. To me, it tastes the best, or maybe I just like Miso a lot. If you’re into spicy food, you have to try the Jiguko ramen on level 1.

    When Should I Go To This Japanese Restaurant?

    If you’re reading this and it’s raining, you should go today. If you’re planning to go out on Saturday and have no idea as to where you can have post-drink “sabaw” (soup), go for Izumi. I don’t know what it is about Japanese ramen, but it’s the next best thing to Filipino stews and soups after a night of drinking.

    Izumi Ramen House

    Izumi Ramen House Staff

    The staff of Izumi Ramen House. Congratulations to the Castro and Yatar family for successfully opening Izumi Ramen House!

  • Bacolod Bar List | Mea in Bacolod | Retro KTV
    Bacolod Bar: Retro KTV at The MarketPlace
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat, Where to Go

    Retro KTV at theMarket Place is a new Bacolod bar that’s a little bit different than most bars here in the city. It’s retro-themed, it has disco KTV rooms as well as an upper deck, and Barbie – their unique, head-turning barbeque grill.

    Retro-Themed Bacolod Bar at The MarketPlace

    Bacolod Bar List | Retro KTV
    When you’re at the MarketPlace, it’s easy to spot the KTV bar because it is just across Nena’s, the restaurant that serves the infamous chicken inasal. You can’t miss it! It has red chairs and tables outside, and a barbeque grill that looks like a car.

    Barbie and The Drinking Coach

    Bacolod Bar List | Retro KTV - Barbie and The Drinking Coach

    When I, along with other Negros Bloggers, visited, we were greeted by The Drinking Coach and Barbie. The Drinking Coach, also known as Mr. Manuel Barandiaran, oversees everything at Retro KTV. He also owns and manages Bounce which is a mobile bar. He is called the drinking coach because he entertains guests with drinking tricks during private events at the sound of a whistle. Barbie, on the other hand, is a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle that was brought to life and custom-made for this Bacolod bar.

    Retro in the Small Details

    If you miss the disco or retro era, you’ll love this place because The Drinking Coach made sure that you can feel the groovy vibe even in the smallest details. This is what the tables and placemats look like from when there was daylight.


    Some of the details on the floor are no exception too.


    Retro in the Big Details

    Did I mention that this Bacolod bar has several KTV rooms that are open for rent? Well, it has and each room is also retro-themed, complete with disco lights and a pole, yes a dance pole, in some. The room rates are consumable.

    The Purple Room – 5 to 7 pax – P850/3 hours Consumable


    The Red Room – 15 to 20 pax – P2200/3 hours Consumable


    The Green Room – 4 to 6 pax – P700/3 hours Consumable


    The Blue Room – 4 to 6 pax – P700/3 hours Consumable


    The Orange Room Upstairs – 10 to 12 pax – P1500/3 hours Consumable


    The Yellow Room Upstairs – 5 to 7 pax – P950/3 hours Consumable


    The Menu

    Another thing I love about this place is the menu. You’ll smile everytime you read the name of a dish because it’s either a song or a popular movie title. Below, are some of the dishes they serve.



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    Justin Beibercue


    Spicy Chicken

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    Ice tea and Mojito

    I would recommend that you guys try the mojito and the mudslide. The mudslide is really good. All the drinks they serve are also available at Botella which is also run by Mr. Barandiaran. It’s close by Retro KTV. It’s a couple of steps away.


    Another Bacolod Bar – Botella


    Personally, I would go here just before sunset, hang out at the upper deck or second floor, while sipping on my mudslide or an ice cold beer. You should be doing the same! Hope to see you and your friends there soon!


    Retro KTV & Bar

    • UNIT 10, THE BOXES, MARKETPLACE EAST, Bacolod City, Philippines
    • Contact no: 0917 676 5531
    • RETRO  KTV Facebook Page
  • Roli's Cafe | Bacolod City
    Roli’s Cafe: The Taste of Classic Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Roli’s Cafe – I think it was more of Roli’s Diner back then. I can’t remember eating at the place when I was younger, but my parents do, and they say that it was one of the most popular places to eat. I asked my mom (who also loves to eat and cook) what Roli’s Cafe dishes were the most delicious to her. She answered three food items: Napoleones, Palabok, and the Chicken Sandwich. Luckily, people of Bacolod who miss these classics can now enjoy them at Roli’s Cafe located at the Roli’s Arcade, La Salle Avenue.

    Roli’s Cafe is Now at La Salle Avenue

    Roli's Cafe Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod

    Photo Source: SigridSays

    One fine afternoon, we went to Roli’s Arcade to check out the Backpacker Inn (a first in the city) that’s owned and managed by the same family. After touring the hostel, I, along with Claire of First Time Travels, was able to taste most of the dishes that my mom was talking about.

    Who is Roli?

    But, first a brief history:

    The name Roli’s came from the two daughters of Cesar Locsin, Romualda and Lillia – Ro-Li’s. It started as a stall selling refreshments and sandwiches during the 1940’s. Before it was at the entrance of the old Gaisano mall. – Ileana Garcia

    Roli’s Classic Dishes

    Chicken Mami

    Roli's Cafe Chicken Mami

    The chicken mami is basically your noodles with chicken. It’s great as a snack, and it’s affordable enough for students to enjoy.

    Pancit Molo

    Roli's Cafe Pancit Molo

    The pancit molo had sprinkles of fried garlic which gave it the extra oomph. This should warm anyone up during rainy days.

    Chicken Sandwich – Highly Recommended


    My mom was right. Their chicken sandwich tasted extra special with tomatoes, lettuce, and other secret inclusions.

    Palabok – Highly Recommended


    This had to be my favorite dish. Just look at how this palabok looks!



    The name Roli’s might as well be under the same definition as Napoleones in the dictionary because it’s what they are known for. You can’t visit Bacolod City and not taste the Napoleones from this cafe. They have the regular kind which has a white coating, and the chocolate which has a brown coating. You should try both.

    In With the Old and The New


    Although the cafe is incorporating new dishes to their menu which are more student-friendly, they’re still maintaining the classic dishes that my parents and everyone else has grown to love.

    Easy Access To The Hostelry

    The Hostelery - Backpackers Inn Bacolod - 7

    This is specifically for visitors of Bacolod City – the cafe and this hostel are located in the same building. If you’re going to stay at The Hostelry, you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks at the cafe as it serves as the hostel’s cafeteria.

    Contact Info

    • I’m not sure if Roli’s Cafe has a Facebook page, but do check out the one of The Hostelry.
    • The hostel’s contact number: (034) 432 2663
    • The hostel’s email: thehostelrybcd@gmail.com
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  • Baby Back Ribs in Bacolod City
    The Ribshack: Serving Grilled Goodness in Bacolod City
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Where and What to Eat

    Bacolodnons love anything grilled! Grilled baby back ribs smothered in barbecue sauce, grilled fish, grilled chicken, grilled pork – you name it and a Bacolodnon will eat it! People usually go to different places to grill different kinds of meat. But now that Ribshack is open at SM City Bacolod’s South Wing, people can now enjoy different kinds of grilled meat in one roof.

    Ribshack is Open & Now Grilling

    Baby Back Ribs Place Interior

    Ribshack’s interior.

    With the interior looking professional, sleek and minimalist, it’s hard to believe that this place is homegrown. It really is, though. Most places in the city with baby back ribs are homegrown, I think. A lot of people probably mistake this place as a franchise business. But, nope. The Ribshack is #local.

    Ribshack Interior | Restroom Behind Red Door

    A Bit of Back Story

    Ribshack started about 4 years ago. The owners, Delman Alagao and, wife Yani Alagao started at Terra Plaza back in 2012. They, then, tried out food kiosks for a few years.

    Ribshack Owners

    Delman Alagao and Yani Alagao, Ribshack’s Hands-on Owners

    They eventually opened their first branch at the 888 China Town Premier Mall. You’ll find this Ribshack branch at the mall’s food court. People always line up for their ribs and other grilled items because they are affordable and delicious.

    Ribshack’s Menu & Price Range

    Ribshack Menu - Check out the Baby Back Ribs

    When you visit the Ribshack’s SM branch, you’ll find a menu stand outside where the Ribshack’s grilled specialties are listed. I would say that the price is mid-range, good enough despite the restaurant being inside a mall.

    Ribshack's Inside Menu

    If you go inside, you’ll see the same menu overhead the cashier, but with the add-ons and the drinks.

    Ribshack’s Food in Pictures

    Disclaimer: Please remember that the servings on actual orders will be different from the pictures below.

    1. Jumbo Squid – Highly Recommended

    Not Bbay Back Ribs but Jumbo Squid

    One of my favorite types of seafood is squid! I can eat squid all day and that’s why I am recommending this grilled version on a stick.

    2. Spareribs – Recommended

    Spare Ribs from the Ribshack

    If baby back ribs are not on the menu, the next best thing is spareribs. Try Ribshack’s spareribs – it’s a student and family favorite.

    3. Grilled Chicken


    Everyone loves grilled chicken in Bacolod so it makes sense that a grilling place has this Bacolod signature food.

    4.  Grilled Bangus

    Grilled Bangus

    This menu item was specifically made for individuals who do not eat chicken meat or pork for health reasons. Another fish alternative is the Blue Marlin which I couldn’t take a picture of. It is sold by grams, fyi.

    5. Pork BBQ

    Pork BBQ from Ribshack

    Aside from our legendary chicken inasal, another grilled delicacy that I think Bacolod seems to be cooking rather well is the pork BBQ. Ribshack’s pork BBQ is a bit on the sweet side. It reminded me of Lola’s BBQ found at the back of LLC.

    6. Kebabs – Highly Recommended

    Ribshack Kebabs

    I love kebabs. You may think that it’s similar to the pork BBQ but the flavor and the texture of the meat are totally different. The sauce also gives it that extra “oomph” so don’t forget to order this one too.

    7. Where’s the Back Ribs?

    Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to salvage my photos of the mouth-watering baby back ribs (or just back ribs). This is a must try because, well, take the hint from the name.

    Visit the Ribshack Today

    All of the recipes are family secrets, and, if you noticed, the Ribshack makes sure that they have different kinds of meat on their menu. Like I said, it’s anything grilled under one roof. You’ll surely enjoy a dinner or lunch with your family here.

    Ribshack SM City Bacolod South Wing

    • Website
    • ribshackgrillbacolod@gmail.com
    • Contact nos:
      • +63 9324736639 (SM South Wing)
      • +63 9258649741 (888 Premier Mall)
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  • New Milk Tea Place in Bacolod - Serenitea is Here
    New Milk Tea Joint in Town: Serenitea Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Did you know that a new milk tea place just opened up in SM City Bacolod? If you frequently visit SM, you may have already guessed that I’m referring to Serenitea.

    Have you had your Serenitea Milk Tea Today?

    Serenitea at SM City Bacolod

    It’s very easy to spot Serenitea because it is right beside the entrance of the grocery store. The place is fairly small but the area isn’t cramped. It has a relaxing feel. It might be because of the color palette used. The touches of green are really relaxing to the eyes.

    Serenitea Milk Tea is NOW in Bacolod

    Parent tip: The couch is the best place to sit after grocery shopping with the family. Rest your feet, have milk tea and then, maybe, a light snack. Come in small groups so you can relax better.

    Instagram and Friendship Area

    This is an area you might appreciate when you’re with a friend. I call this the Instagram and friendship area or obvious reasons.

    Head Over to a New Milk Tea Spot at SM City Bacolod

    The chairs are a good touch, aren’t they? This spot is definitely Instagram worthy.

    Serenitea Menu

    Moving on to the menu. You’ll see two kinds of menus. One is for your tea drink and the other is for food items. You can also check the menu right above the counter while you queue.

    The Menus at Serenitea

    What I noticed with most franchise cafes is that it can take a while before the customer knows what to order. It’s probably because the menu tends to be overwhelming. Good thing that Serenitea has a menu for their milk tea drinks which is easy to understand.

    Customize Your Milk Tea When You go to Serenitea

    The sweetness in the milk tea can be adjusted. Good news for diabetics, ey?

    There are specific steps on how you can customize your milk tea after picking a flavor. The drink can be customized according to size, sweetness, sinkers, and how you like your milk tea to be served (hot/cold).Here’s a good look at the drink menu.Serenitea Menu

    What Milk Tea Did We Order?

    Milk Tea Drinks at Serenitea Bacolod

    My son got a Milo Dino – P120 Large, with Nata Sinkers; I got a Mocha Snow – P140 Large.

    Of course, I had to get something with caffeine in it. Both milk tea drinks tasted pretty good. The price is mid-range. They do have flavors that are unique to Serenitea. Last time we visited, for example, they had a summer series which they did in partnership with Hershey’s.

    Summer Series at Serenitea

    I’m not sure if they still have these. You can visit the iloveserenitea.com to know what the latest discover drink is. As for us, we’ll be going back from time to time when it is not crowded. I hope you to see your around Serenitea!

    My Son Loving the Milk Tea Drinks at Serenitea

    Serenitea Bacolod

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  • Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod
    CAFE: Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Where and What to Eat

    First of all, this isn’t just another cafe post because this cafe is special. I say ‘special’ because this cafe has a unique concept that I have not see done in any other cafe in Bacolod. Let me introduce you to: Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod. The cafe is owned and managed by 3 young men who are very creative and approachable: Jae, Big and Echo.

    Disclaimer: I and a few other bloggers were invited to sample their food and their coffee. This, however, has not altered my perception and opinion of the cafe in any way.


    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod is located at the second floor of the LaSalle Courtyard. It’s important for you to know that the cafe doesn’t really look like a cafe from the outside. It’s not even visible if you’re standing downstairs, at the center of the courtyard. But, go upstairs and then go right. It’s right above Saddam’s Shawarma.


    At First Glance

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - From the outside

    At first glance, you’ll see a seemingly small cafe with a little bit of seating. But, as soon as you enter the hole on the wall, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to some place else.


    The Hole is an Entrance

    Inside Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod

    The hole on the wall is actually an entrance to the actual cafe. When I entered, I instantly got why they called the cafe a lifestyle lounge. There was more seating, a couple of shelves with plenty of books and activity boards on them, toys, a gaming area and black walls that you are free to write on.

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - Cover

    Again, you cannot see this from the outside. All that you’re going to see is the small cafe with a hole on the wall. The floor was made to look like grass which makes the place even more interesting.

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - 13


    The Menu

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod Menu

    Did I take a test? No. It’s Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod’s menu – believe it or not. It’s meant to look like a test paper, but you don’t need to study in order to fill this up. You just need to be hungry. You’ll be given a pen. What you need to do is go through the test paper menu and check what you want to order.

    Great news: The Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod is very student-friendly, not only with the atmosphere, but also with their menu prices. Most items are below P100. In fact, the most expensive item on the menu is probably P100 (without any add ons).


    What do you order at Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod?

    You can order plenty, but here are the food items on the menu that I got to taste:

    1. Brownie ala Mode

    Menu - Brownie Ala Mode

    Swivel calls it: Deez Nut(ty) Brownies Topped with Vanilla Ice Cream

    Yes, there’s a brownie buried under the ice cream somewhere. If you have a sweet tooth, you will like this one with all of your heart.


    2. Bacon Mushroom Melt – Highly Recommended

    Menu - Bacon Mushroom Melt

    Bacon Mushroom Melt P70

    It’s one of the cafe’s best sellers. I usually enjoy my sandwiches with a whole lotta chips. As evidence by the amount of chips on the photo, do you think I enjoyed this sandwich? H to the heck yeah! It’s not just the chips too. The sandwich tasted delicious.


    3. A.R.T-which – Highly Recommended

    Menu - Artwich Sandwich

    A.R.T-wich P80

    Have you ever tasted the flavor of apples, raspberry jam and tuna together? It’s different but this sandwich is one of my personal faves. I like the taste of sweet and savory together (like bacon and chocolate which I ate a lot of when I was preggers). If you read the menu carefully, the “chefff” (yes with 3 fs) created this original combination.


    4. Mugpie – Highly Recommended

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - Mugpie

    Mugpie P80

    Wait is this a sandwich? Is it chips and dips only with bread? What is it? Those, too, were the questions running through my head as this plate was being placed in front of me. Believe it or not, it’s pizza. No that wasn’t a typo, it really is pizza. Well, more specifically it’s pizza sauce in a mug served with buttered toast.


    5. The Bannedwich – Recommended

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - 11 - Bannedwich

    Bannedwich P100

    They wouldn’t tell us why this sandwich was banned. Maybe it ran away without paying the bill (*corniks). On a more serious note, this sandwich is layered meat over meat, topped with even more meat. Do you dare try it’s goodness? Now, I get why they call it the bannedwich.


    6. Swivel’s Coffee – Highly Recommended

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - 7 - Swivel Coffee

    You all know how I feel about coffee. This special brew was made specifically for us – it’s not on the menu. But, you’ll find a lot of coffee choices with the names:

    • Sprakuccino – from P40-P60
    • Caramel Macchiato – from P50-P70
    • Caffe Mocha – from P50-P70
    • Caffe Latte – from P50-P70

    The prices differ according to how it is prepared – hot, iced or blended. You can also choose levels for your caffeine, sugar and milk. Level 1 the lowest and Level 3 the highest.


    7. The Legit S’mores


    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - 10 - The Legit Smores

    The Legit S’mores P40

    Of course they have smores and it costs ONLY P40.


    Gaming Area

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - 12

    Did I mention that they have a gaming area? I do not know what console they have, but from the looks of the faces of the boys who were playing, it’s a console that you want to play with. I also want to mention that they have a small multimedia room where you and your friends can watch movies in.


    The Cherry on Top of the Icing

    Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod - 2

    So I already mentioned that they have several activities boards and cards that customers can freely get. The best one of all would be this: Cards Against Humanity – a game where you forget about your humanity for a couple of minutes. It’s prejudice, sacrilegious, sometimes evil, but it’s loads of fun – trust me.

    So the next time you feel like you have nothing to do or if you need a place where you can eat, have coffee and spend the afternoon in, go to Swivel Lifestyle Lounge Bacolod, located at the second floor of the La Salle courtyard (right on top of Saddam’s Shawarma).

  • Kabbara Cafe: MORE Bacolod Lebanese Food
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    My husband worked in Saudi Arabia for about a year. When he came home, he had already developed the skill for speaking Arabic (though not fluently) as well as the taste for Middle Eastern food. It was inevitable for him to miss both. Although it has been hard for him to find someone to speak Arabic with, it’s been easier for him to have his middle Eastern food fix because of Kabbara Cafe, which serves delicious Bacolod Lebanese food.

    Kabbara Cafe Bacolod - Other products in Kabbara

    We both ate there for the first time a couple of months ago (and you can read that story here). Recently, I was invited back to the cafe to taste more the Bacolod Lebanese food, and I have come to two conclusions:

    1. Lebanese food is healthy and colorful. Not everyone will appreciate it because we all have different tastes, but you do not need adventurous taste buds to love Kabbara Cafe’s menu. All you need to bring with you is an open mind for new things and an empty stomach.
    2. My husband (Jingol) is crazy for Kabbara Cafe’s Kabsa Lamb. It’s really a must try.


    MORE Bacolod Lebanese Food from Kabbara Cafe

    The cafe is consistently adding new dishes to their menu because there are a lot more Lebanese deliciousness they’d like to offer to the public. Currently, they have the following new dishes:

    1. Date Bars – MUST TRY

    I already talked about these on my first Kabbara Cafe story here. This is another must-try on my list. Trust me! Middle Eastern date bars are to die for.

    2. Mix Kebab Platter

    3. Mixed Cheese & Beef Sambousa

    4. Fattoush Salad

    Fattoush Salad - Bacolod Lebanese Food

    Fattoush is a Levantine bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens and other vegetables, such as radishes and tomatoes.

    5. 3 Appetizers (Hummous / Babaganoush / Mutabal) with Pita bread – MUST TRY

    Kabbara Cafe - Bacolod Lebanese Food - New Menu 2

    I’m not sure if Middle Easterners have this as a snack. Whatever the case, you can eat it anyway you want. I especially love the Hummus dip which is the lightest of the three.

    6. Mougrabia – Can be a substitute for rice. MUST TRY.

    Fatoush - Bacolod Lebanese Food from Kabbara Cafe

    I did my research and this is actually the Lebanese version of couscous. The one that the cafe serves has chickpeas and chicken, shredded into bits.

    7. Shish Taouk Chicken with Rice

    Kabbara Cafe - Bacolod Lebanese Food - New Menu 4

    It’s your basic marinated chicken shish kebab. Isn’t it colorful and fun? It’s interesting to me because of the nuts on the side. You have to try this one too if you visit the cafe.

    6. Mango Frappe

    Kabbara Cafe - Bacolod Lebanese Food - New Menu 10

    Down all of your meals with this delicious mango frappe.

    8. Hummus Msabaha

    Kabbara Cafe - Bacolod Lebanese Food - New Menu 6

    Ok so this hummus is different from the one that’s used as a dip. For one, this has lemon juice in it so it is a bit sour (sour in a delicious way). At the bottom of this is whole chickpeas. According to one of the owners, this is one Bacolod Lebanese food that is common in a Lebanese household. He cooked this for me, Sigrid of sigridsays.com and Dennis of mamacooks.info, so he dialed down the sourness.

    9. Laham Bagine

    Kabbara Cafe - Bacolod Lebanese Food - New Menu 5

    This i’d have to double check, but it’s been said that this is a popular breakfast dish in Lebanon. The yellow cup at the center is very similar to our egg pudding.

    10. Kibbeh – MUST TRY

    Kabbara Cafe - Bacolod Lebanese Food - New Menu 8

    The closest food item that I can liken to Kibbeh is our meatball. It is made of bulgur, minced onions, and finely ground lean beef, lamb, goat or camel meat with Middle-Eastern spices.

    11. Lebanese Pizza – MUST TRY

    Kabbara Cafe - Bacolod Lebanese Food - New Menu 9

    Last, but not the least, is the Lebanese pizza. It looks like a quesadilla, but it has meat in it. It’s tasty and it’s probably impossible for anyone to dislike this dish.

    Bacolod Lebanese Food Deals at Kabbara Cafe

    Mondays and Fridays are buy one take one on Shawarmas! Visit during the days mentioned and have your fill of authentic Middle Eastern Shawarmas.

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    Kabbara Cafe

    Address: BS Aquino Drive Corner Avenue Lacson St. ( Landmark is Outdoor Master )

    Bacolod CIty

     Contact no: 0949 763 5377

  • Mekong: Tasting Vietnamese Street Food in Bacolod
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Where and What to Eat

    Mekong is a river in South East Asia that runs from the Tibetan Plateau through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Although it passes through many regions, people commonly associate it with Vietnam.

    In Bacolod City, we now have our own version of Mekong. It’s not really a body of water, but a street food stand that serves palatable Vietnamese food. And, it has an interesting back story.

    Ton and His Merry Men

    Vietnamese Street Food in Bacolod City

    Ton-Trong Ho, Proprietor of Mekong

    Ton Ho has been in the Bacolod City for years. Having seen the need for jobs, he put up this stand to continue helping the children who he has helped through outreach and charity works before. Well, they’re all grown up now and they’re the ones running this Vietnamese street food stand. They’re in charge of everything from the cooking, to purchasing ingredients, and even serving. Ton Ho says that running a business (their business, as he says) is a better use of their time and I agree 100%.

    It is businesses like this that I hope really make it and I’m not just saying this because of sympathy. The food is excellent! Ton Ho is a French chef who believes in the slow cooking process and in healthy eating. Through his teachings, he’s imparted this view to the team running the stand so you know that you get quality food, with interesting flavors, at an affordable price.

    Mekong’s Vietnamese Street Food Menu

    Speaking of quality food with interesting flavors, here are some dishes that you can look forward to tasting when you visit Mekong.

    1. Pot Stickers – Highly Recommended

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - Pot Stickers

    These pot stickers are pork dumplings that have have been steamed and then fried. They’re really delicious and flavorful.

    2. Papaya Salad – Highly Recommended

    Mekong's Papaya Salad - Vietnamese Street Food Stand Bacolod

    I’m a fan of salads and I’ve tried a couple in my lifetime. This, however, didn’t taste like the salads I’ve tasted before. It’s different, but refreshing. Just delicious!

    3. Phad Kee Mow Chicken & Shrimp – Recommended

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - Phad Ke Mow

    Phad kee mow is a flat rice noodle with vegetables and meat. The dish is of Chinese influence and was popularized by Chinese people living in Thailand and Laos. The meat can be chicken or shrimp in this dish.

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - 1

    4. Lad Na – Highly Recommended

    Mekong Vietnamese Street Food - Mea in Bacolod - Lad Na

    Lad Na is another stir fired dish on the Vietnamese street food stand menu. It has cabbage, chicken and other ingredients. I like this better than the Phad Kee Mow because of the crunchiness of the cabbage.

    5. Amok Chicken – Recommended

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - 4

    Amok is a Southeast-Asian dish that’s originally cooked in banana leaves. The taste of this dish is pretty interesting. I invite you to try its texture and flavor when you visit Mekong. I can’t really describe it through words, but it’s pretty tasty even if you have the most pinoy taste buds.

    6. Beef Curry with Rice – Highly Recommended

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - 2

    I love a good curry dish. There have already been a few in the city that caught my attention. The beef curry at Mekong is savory and flavorful, fantastic if you’re craving for a satisfying lunch.

    7. Grilled Chicken Lemongrass – Recommended

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - 3

    Grilled chicken is a no-brainer for most Bacolodnons because this is what the city is known for, among other things. This dish, however, is actually popular in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Try this if you’re tired of the usual inasal.

    8. Vietnamese Coffee and Thai Iced Tea – Highly Recommedned

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - 9

    To wash down all of the food you’re going to order, you have a choice of beverages from Coke, iced tea, coffee and beer. Three Vietnamese coffees and one Thai Iced Tea were served. Y’all know how much I love coffee so the darkest one was given to me.

    8. Lao Sticky Rice and Mango – Highly Recommended

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - 5

    Although this sticky rice looks green and sweet, it actually tastes very similar to our version of sticky rice. This was served for dessert and yes, it’s still rice, but this variation and style of cooking is something that you need to try because it is interesting. It’s not too sweet too.

    Where is Mekong located?

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - 7

    Mekong is at the side of the Robinsons Triangle. It’s at the alley that’s beside Pan de Manila. You can’t see it from the outside, but you’ll never miss it when you go to where the tables are.

    Mekong - Mea in Bacolod - 8

    Nice to Know Facts About Mekong

    • The chicken and beef they serve is HALAL approved.
    • Their dishes are GLUTEN FREE.
    • The prices are affordable (below P100 for most).


    • Lopez Jaena, Triangle Island Plaza, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines
    • 0909 865 9692
    • mekong.streetfoods.bacolod@gmail.com
    • http://www.mekongfresh.net

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  • Kubo sa Lawn Squid Sisig
    Kubo sa Lawn: The Sisig that Fortified Friendships
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Have you ever watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S before? If you have, you’ve probably noticed that they always seem to hang out in just one cafe. To me and my friends Kubo sa Lawn was our sitcom cafe; well, one of them, at least. We weren’t there everyday because we didn’t have much money back then when we were in highschool and college, but we were there enough to consider the place and the food part of our essential, developmental years.

    Photo credit: Prayitno (Flickr.com)

    Photo credit: Prayitno (Flickr.com)

    It was always a no-brainer when ordering meals because, most of the time, we would order the Kubo sa Lawn (KSL) Sisig, which can either be squid or pork, plus extra rice. Talks, drinks, jokes, and gossip became our mandatory pairings while and after we eat. And, it’s been the same routine every time we visit Kubo sa Lawn. Over the years, I’m glad to say that my friendship with the ladies I grew up with still hasn’t changed and the sisig at Kubo sa Lawn is still the same sisig I’ve known since I was 110lbs.

    My Favorite Kubo sa Lawn Squid Sisig

    I don’t know if it was the conversation or the presence of my best friends that made the Kubo sa Lawn sisig taste so damn good, but, to me, it’s possibly the best tasting sisig in Bacolod City.

    Quick Sisig Tip

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    As soon as your plate arrives, use your spoon to sort of move your sisig around. It won’t get burned this way as the sisizling plate is still cooking your sisig.

    Filipino Favorites at Kubo sa Lawn

    Kubo sa Lawn Porkchop and Kinilaw

    Your eye may be on the sisig right now, but don’t forget to try out other Filipino favorites on the Kubo sa Lawn menu. This one is porkchop and kinilaw which I forgot the specific name of. It’s not just the sisig that’s a must try.

  • Continental Flavors at SM City Bacolod Foodcourt
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Deciding where to eat is such a pain in the butt. When you go around a mall you’ve been to a hundred times, I don’t really understand why deciding where to eat and what to eat is still a challenge for myself as well as for most people (especially for hungry couples who will most likely end up fighting because of the indecisiveness).

    I eventually found the quickest way to decide where to eat and that would be to visit the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt. It’s like a default choice if I don’t have specific cravings. What I love about the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt is that it  serves all kinds of dishes with all kinds of continental flavors and so picking what you want to eat is as easy as walking by a foodcourt concessionaire.

    SM Foodcourt recently invited media and blogger friends for a dinner of experiencing (or re-experiencing) the different flavors the foodcourt is offering:

    Continental Flavors at the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt

    1. Kimbob

    Kimbob is a popular choice in the foodcourt for people who want to eat Korean food. Usually, when you go to Korean restaurants, food can be pricey. But, at Kimbob it’s easier for us to taste our Korean favorite dishes without breaking our wallet.

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    Rice Cake

    Kimbob has their own version of the popular Korean street food. Rice cake is also known as Ddeokbokki (떡볶이) in Korea. Kimbob’s version has korean fish cake in the middle which is known as Eomuk (어묵) or Odeng (오뎅). If you like really spicy food, you’ll love Kimbob’s rice cake.


    Kimbob is actually Gimbap or Kimbap (김밥) in Korea. It is a steamed rice rolled together with other delicious ingredients like Korean meat and vegetables.


    This one is everybody’s favorite. I see a lot of people ordering Bibimbob which is actually bibimbab or bibimbap (비빔밥) in Korean food. Kimbob’s version stays true to how bibimbap is supposed to be cooked – in a hot pot or hot stone.

    2. Sbarro

    This brings back HighSchool memories. Did you know that there was a Sbarro at Robinsons Bacolod before? I don’t know why they closed, but I’m happy that they set up shop (again) at SM City Bacolod. Feeling a little bit Italian? Sbarro has your fix of the best tasting superslices of pizza.

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    Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (Red) & Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (White)

    This style of pizza has toppings that go “deep” and was popularized in Chicago (hence the name). I don’t really go for the red one because, to me, it doesn’t taste as good as the white one. Actually, anything on the Sbarro menu I can add “white sauce” to makes my list of must-eats at Sbarro.

    Green Salad

    With all the superslices you will consume, why not try something light as a starter. Sbarro has a green salad that you can eat together with your supersliced pizza.

    Chicken Macaroni

    Other than pizzas, Sbarro also serves other dishes like chicken macaroni. I haven’t tried it personally, but it looks good just from the picture. The pasta dish I’ve tried is penne with white sauce. This is really a must try when you visit the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt or any Sbarro outlet.

    3. Sizzling Plate

    I think most dishes at Sizzling Plate are topped with gravy and paired with java rice (maybe this is the Pinoy preference?). This, too, is very reminiscent of my Highschool years because me and my friends used to eat a lot of sizzling plate dishes back then.

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    My favorite from among the three would have to be the stuffed squid because squid is a no brainer for me. Squid meat is delicious!

    4. Tokyo Joe

    Tokyo Joe is another place at the SM City Bacolod Foodcourt that offers dishes that won’t break your wallet. Japanese food, like Korean, can also be expensive, but Tokyo Joe serves us with more affordable Japanese options.

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    I don’t really eat Japanese often, but when I do, anything Gyūdon (牛丼 ?), which literally means beef bowl, and cooked in teriyaki style is a YES in my book.

    5. Lechon H

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    New at the foodcourt! Let’s welcome Lechon H which serves the all-time Filipino favorite, Lechon.

    Here are pictures of the dishes that were served at the Continental Flavors Dinner:

  • CREM Shawarma NOW OPEN at Robinson’s Triangle
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Where and What to Eat

    If you or your kids are students at St John’s Institute (HuaMing) here in Bacolod, you may already know this lady who is mostly known as “Manang CREM” or “Mommy CREM”. Her real name is Malou, just in case you were wondering, and she’s just been blessed with a new stand that you can find at the Robinson’s Triangle Plaza. CREM Shawarma, your favorite palamahawan, is now accessible to people in the shopping and east area.

    Opening Hours: 10:30am until 3pm or 4pm

    For Lunch and Snacks


    From the front, you can’t clearly see where CREM Shawarma is, but if you move towards the Super Batchoy House and see a stand facing towards the tables, that’s it!

    Crem Shawarma at Robinsons Triangle

    Foods You Can Try

    Here are some dishes that CREM Shawarma serves at their Robinson’s Triangle stand:

    1. Shawarma Rice

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    2. Sisig

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    3. CREM Shawarma’s Nachos

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    4. Bomb!

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    These are great! I don’t know if you still need to put sauce on a bomb!, but it’s basically a ball of mashed potatoes. It’s as big as a golf ball, but it’s really packed.

    5. The CREM Shawarma Wrap

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    7. Siomai

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     8. Various Desserts

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    Both of these are really moist on the inside. When I was there, I was told that most students mistake the brownie for the one KFC sells.

    Interesting Information About CREM Shawarma

    Did you know that you can actually order in volume from Manang CREM? Not only do students, their parents and other patrons come here because of the great food and affordability, businesses like Security Bank also order in volume for events and parties. If you’re looking to order in volume, there might be other menus available so it’s best to ask from Manang CREM herself. Whether it be birthdays, team meetings, basketball games, or Christmas parties, contact manang CREM to see what she can do for you.

    So diin ka mamahaw today?

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    Contact number: 0908-715-4505
    CREM Shawarma Facebook Page
    Mea in Bacolod Facebook Page
  • Choobi Choobi Bacolod: Maka Lingaw sa pag Kaon
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Choobi Choobi Bacolod is now open at the SM City Mall, located at the ground floor, near Cabalen and Chika-an. It was the first time that I’ve heard about the restaurant, but I’m glad that they invited me and my fellow Negros Bloggers over as they have an inspiring story behind their success.

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    The restaurant basically had humble beginnings in Cebu City. Today, however, Choobi Choobi Bacolod is just one of the many branches the restaurant has nationwide. With its tag line “Lingaw lingaw kaon”, Choobi Choobi mostly concentrates on Filipino comfort food at an affordable price.

    Choobi Choobi Menu

    1. Shrimp in a Bag

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    Shrimp in a Bag – Butter Garlic

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    Shrimp in a Bag – Seafood Barkada Bag

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    2. Shrimps that are not in a Bag

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    Shrimps Sauteed in Garlic

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    3. Choobi Pata – My Favorite

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    There’s a secret to this Crispy Pata which I, of course, do not know. It’s unlike any Cripsy Pata I’ve tasted anywhere though because it just slides off the bone and the taste kind of reminds me of Bacolod’s lechon.

    4. Pork BBQ

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    5. Stuffed Grilled Squid

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    Choobi Choobi Bacolod has a lot more goodies to serve. Below is their menu and I’d like you to pay close attention to the prices.

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    This restaurant is definitely group-friendly, budget-friendly and pinoy-friendly (because of the favorite pinoy tastes being offered). Don’t forget to visit their:

    Facebook Page and Website

    Also, don’t forget to LIKE Mea in Bacolod on Facebook to get the latest updates on the City of Smiles.

  • Merkado Cafe: Fresh, Organic and All Natural
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Is it just me or has Bacolod had a lot of organic restaurant openings over the past year? It’s probably just me because I’m at an age (I’m 29) where you come to your senses and realize that your indestructibility, more commonly known as youth, is slowly leaving your body year after year.

    Whatever the case, I’m all for eating healthy at any age.

    One cafe in the city that embodies the very idea of healthy eating is Merkado (ni Maria) Cafe. They invited me, along with fellow Negros Bloggers, over for some fresh, all natural, sumptuous lunch. The invite was very much appreciated as I have been eyeing to visit this place ever since a good friend of mine told me about it.

    Merkado (ni Maria) Cafe Location

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    You can find the cafe at the Art District along the Mandalagan area. You can’t miss it if you enter through the main entrance. It’s right beside Chicken House and it’s visible from Select which is right across the street.

    Cafe Details

    • Opening hours: 6AM – 10PM
    • Serves: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Dishes: Mostly Filipino
    • Nice to know facts about the cafe:
      • A believer in the farm-to-table concept
      • Slowfood cooking process (this is not to be mistaken for slow service ladies and gents, it just means they cook food in a more traditional way)
      • Ingredients are organic and, mostly, whenever possible, locally sourced

    Inside and Ambiance

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    The inside of the cafe is very homey. You’ll see a lot of nature-elements in their design and decor, like wood, without sacrificing its chic vibe. Merkado Cafe is comfortable to eat at & the ambiance is pretty relaxed. It’s pretty much casual dining for this cafe.


    Merkado Cafe Menu

    Pica-picks Beer Match

    1. Chicken Tenders & Lumpia Prito

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    Chicken Tenders P135; Lumpia Priot P105

    The chili sauce is so good. The rest of the bloggers thought so too and so we asked if they sold this in bottles. The answer? No, but they’re working on it. Watch out for this chili sauce guys.

    2. Camote Chips

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    This is crisp fried in virgin coconut oil, by the way.


    All-Day Breakfast

    1. Pan Kick – Highly Recommended



    The best thing about this breakfast dish is the maple syrup. It’s pure organic maple syrup and not just sugar and water. It goes very well with the pancakes. It’s really called Pan Kick, I didn’t misspell it.

    2. Chicken Galantina

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    Chicken Galantina is chicken that’s been stuffed with beef and organic vegetables. This is one of Merkado Cafe’s best sellers.

    3. Beef Tapa



    4. Prito Nga Bangrus

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    It’s wonderful that all breakfast items come with your choice of organic black, brown or white rice, scrambled or sunny side up, free-range egg, and whatever fruit that’s in season.


    Lunch & Dinner

    1. Kare Kare



    You can add extra ginamos for P10. This dish has ox tail and leg, peanut sauce, pechay na bisaya, eggplant, puso sang saging, string beans and, of course, ginamos.

    2. Beef Curry – Highly Recommended

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    The beef was really tender and the sauce was, for lack of a better term, “nanam“. I’m sure ya’ll know what this word means.

    3. Pochero – Highly Recommended

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    Aside from this dish being my favorite, the Pochero that Merkado Cafe serves just tastes like old school, memory-inducing, good ol’ pochero from my younger years.

    4. Bakes Bangus Belly – Highly Recommended

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    The Bangus Belly is another one of the cafe’s best sellers. It’s topped with tomatoes, garlic and onion.

    5. Fish Tinola



    The tinola is NEW on their menu. This traditional dish comes with the basic ingredients of red onions, tomatoes, balatong and talong with either Sea-Bass, Red Snapper or Lison.



    1. Spaghetti with Fresh Organic Tomatoes

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    2. Spaghetti with CLAMS

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    Both pastas are NON-GMO, with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), garlic, tomatoes, basil/parsley, and Pecorino Romano cheese. The difference is one has wild-caught nylon shells and the other doesn’t.



    J’s Greens – Highly Recommended

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    This can only be found in Merkado Cafe. J’s Greens was one of my favorites. The entire plate is good for two, but you can have it yourself if you love veggies and you don’t like sharing. I would recommend this for lunch or merienda. It’s so healthy and the calamansi vinaigrette is simply amazing with the greens.






    CB&C stands for cheese burger & chips. There’s only one burger per serving, please take note. The buns are whole wheat, the patty is pan-grilled local ground beef and the dressing is Merkado Cafe’s own.



    1. Calamansi Slush & BaNanANana Smoothie – Highly Recommended

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    Both of these drinks get a thumbs up from me. Both are equally refreshing, but what’s great to know is the Calamnsi Slush can actually be spiked with Tanduay Rum which makes it a Calamansi Slush Punch.

    2. Merkado Iced Coffee – Highly Recommended



    All you need is one cup of this. If you’re a beginner coffee drinker, maybe you can take half. That’s all I’m going to say. Because its Kanlaon coffee, you know that it’ll be one of the best iced cups you’ll ever have in your life.



    Creme Brulee



    One of my favorite desserts has made it into Merkado Cafe’s menu. Creme brulee, in general, tastes like yema and heavenly clouds. I’m guessing because the ingredients of the creme brulee Merkado serves is local and natural, the taste becomes more like what angels in heaven have for dessert.

    So that’s a wrap for Merkado Cafe. Don’t forget to follow them on their social media accounts. I highly recommend that you visit the cafe one of these days. Bring your friends! If they’re not from Bacolod, all the more that you should share Merkado Cafe’s goodness with them.

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    Merkado (ni Maria) Cafe on Facebook
    Mea in Bacolod on Facebook (with more HD pictures of Merkado cafe dishes)



Mea in Bacolod on Instagram

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