Balaw Balaw Restaurant And Art Gallery, Angono | Overrated?
If you’re looking for a restaurant with character, next time you are in Angono you must try Balaw balaw Restaurant and art gallery.
From what we are told, Balaw-balaw Restaurant is one of the most visited places in Angono, and on the day we were there we would have to agree. Being a highly popular eatery renowned for its sumptuous traditional Filipino dishes, exotic food, and art gallery, Balaw Balaw is so much more than just another place to eat.
My first visit here was at the request of a friend who lives in the area. Below is our experiences and review of Balaw Balaw restaurant and art gallery from top to bottom, good to bad.
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Balaw Balaw Restaurant Angono Rizal
My friend asked us to meet here at the restaurant and gave us quick directions on how to get there. Even though we were flying blind it wasn’t hard to find, just take care as you approach Angono and the road forks: Take the branch to the left going to Binangonan. If you’re busing it, make sure you ask the driver to drop you at Balaw Balaw. The restaurant is not along the main road but don’t worry, there’s plenty of signage to guide you.
Don’t be looking for anything large because the restaurant is actually quite small even though the building has 3 floors. Most of the building space is now taken up with art, furniture and sculptures.
When we were there it was during the cooler months but my friend told me not to visit for lunch during summer because the heat can get uncomfortable. There is no air-conditioning, only fans which only circulate the warm to hot air. Sitting in that heat does a lot to lower the enjoyment factor of an otherwise enjoyable experience.
Also, it is a good idea to wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan on exploring the place and checking out the artwork. many of the flooring is uneven and there are a few stairs to climb so be warned (lol).
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Before going I had read a few bad reviews and comments on the food at Balaw Balaw Restaurant And Art Gallery so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
We arrived at almost 12 noon and were immediately seated. The place was about half-full at the time so it had a pleasant atmosphere. For the adventurous eaters the menu includes exotic dishes such as escargot, crickets, crocodile and frogs. We decided to play it safe and order a medium Minaluto with yellow rice which is enough for 4 people (P1100.), kinilaw na puso ng saging (P240), fried itik (P250) with green mango as appetizer.
The green mango came out within a few minutes and was quite good. Not the best I have had but certainly not the worst. The main dish took about 20 minutes to prepare so we spent that time talking and commenting on the artwork.
The seafood platter was delicious and well worth the price tag. The kinilaw na puso ng saging was traditional and tasty but i found the fried Itik a bit tasteless.
My friend had the Nilasing na Palaka and the Crocodile Sisig . She siad both were good but her favorite was the Nilasing (fried Frog). If you see the picture of the Nilasing you will see we are not in France where they eat frogs “legs”… This is the whole frog fired up and served on a plate. And, from what I am told, it does taste like chicken…
All-in-all, we found the food to be very satisfying and generally good value. A few of the menu selections did seem a little over-priced (such as the barbecue pork sticks) but over-all the value was good.
Decor and Cleanliness
One thing I was a little disappointed with was the front fascia and condition of the building. It is easy to say, the restaurant has seen better days. It would have been nice if they could have refreshed the outside appearance and street appeal of the building to match the new buildings that have popped up around it.
I don’t mean they should modernize it… Just maintain it so it doesn’t look so run down and neglected.
Sad to say but it looks like Balaw Balaw restaurant is in need of a lot of TLC (tender loving care). Inside I noticed that many of the furnishings were covered with a thin layer of dust and a few of the corners and out of the way areas actually had cobwebs. Now, this doesn’t seem like a big deal until you realize that this is a dining establishment with certain health standards it should uphold for the health and well-being of their customers.
- Many of the dishes are exotic and not the typical meal you would find at other restaurants which adds to the appeal.
- Generally speaking the dishes are very satisfying and full of flavor.
- The prices are of good value even though a few items are a little over-priced.
- The art gallery in itself is worth the visit.
- The establishment is starting to look run down and in need of repair.
- The restaurant is not as clean as I would like it to be for the serving of food.
- Some of the more traditional Filipino dishes were rather tasteless.
- Some of the dishes (not many) were a little over priced.
- Lack of air-conditioning makes it hot during summer.
All-in-all, when you look at the restaurant and art gallery as a whole, it is a worth-while place to visit. The art and exotic dishes would make it a good place to go for a date as there are plenty of things to talk about and try – who wants fried ants?
Yes, Balaw Balaw Restaurant is in need of a little TLC but it still ticks many of the boxes making it a worthy place to visit.
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