After a tiring day of touring the city, it’s time to unwind and reward yourself with a hearty meal. Thankfully, Bacolod isn’t only rich in heritage and culture, it has a wealth of restaurants and cafes as well. Whatever you palate is screaming for, there’s a dining spot to satisfy your tastebuds.
To help you decide where to have your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, here are 10 of the must-try Bacolod restaurants for a scrumptious meal.
Established in 1920, El Ideal is the oldest bakery in Negros. But customers don’t only flock to this Silay City restaurant for its history, they also offer some of the best bread and pastries in town. The bakery’s building may look like it came out of a history book — restoring the original structure from the 1920s — but inside is a warm, quaint spot which makes you feel right at home. They also offer snacks and rice meals, if you want to satisfy not only your sweet tooth.
Manokan Country is a famous dining spot in Bacolod because of one thing — Chicken Inasal. The food court setup allows customers to choose from dozens of Bacolod restaurants/ food stalls that sell the iconic dish, with seats located at the center of the hall. Each restaurant’s Chicken Inasal is grilled on the spot after being marinated in secret spices overnight. This makes the Inasal juicy and super tasty at the same time.
Don Mariano’s Garden is the in-house restaurant of the Bacolod tourist site, The Ruins. With the breathtaking views of Negros’ Taj Mahal as backdrop for your lunch or dinner, this dining spot has been a favorite among couples for its romantic setting. The restaurant serves a fusion of Spanish and Ilonggo flavors, as well as some of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson’s family recipes. It’s a great venue for special events as well.
What started as a snack bar in 1984 has turned into a full-fledged fine-dining restaurant that offers fresh seafood dishes and delicious Filipino favorites. The ambiance makes any guest feel first-class, while their food has been consistently good that 21 is now considered an institution in the Bacolod food scene.
Considered a hidden gem in the Bacolod culinary scene is Negros Museum Cafe. Located just beside the province’s museum, it offers International dishes with a Filipino twist. Chef Guido Nijssen, who also owns the place with his wife Gemma, makes sure they offer new specialties regularly to keep their customers coming back. After a history tour at the Negros Museum, drop by the cafe for your yummy fix.
Bacolod 18th Street Pala-Pala Seafood was established in 2003 and is one of the longest running “Pala-Pala” restaurants in Bacolod. The whole process — from picking your fresh seafood to choosing how it’s going to be cooked — is what brings locals and tourists back to the restaurant. Aside from seafood, they also offer other Filipino favorites.
Aboy’s started as a small eatery near the public market. But after word of their delicious and budget-friendly meals spread, more and more diners visit their small carinderia that they had to transfer to a bigger, better location. It’s Filipino-inspired interiors help set the mood for what your tummy’s about to get — mouthwatering seafood and Filipino dishes.
If you’re looking for a place to get your seafood fix then Hyksos Pala-Pala Seafood Restaurant should be your next stop. While there are a lot of Bacolod restaurants that serve fresh catch seafood, Hyksos Pala Pala stands out because it offers guests an option to pick their seafood from their “wet market” and have it cooked any way they like.
One of the newest Bacolod restaurants, opening last August of 2017, Maria Kucina Familia has already made its mark as one of the most visually pleasing dining spots in the city. It features several dining areas, including a huge al fresco area, while the interiors are well decorated and each area is thematic. Perfect for family get-togethers or a romantic dinner with a loved one, Maria Kucina Familia ambiance and food will not disappoint.
MM’s Bunny Cafe is the first ever rabbit-themed cafe in the Philippines. Here, you can pet, play, cuddle and even feed these furry friends. The cafe is filled with rabbit-themed merchandise, as well as trophies the owner’s rabbits have won from different competitions. Aside from the rabbits, their snacks are worth trying. Their shakes are not only tasty but Instagram-friendly too.
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