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Where to Eat in Catanduanes: Top 5 Restaurants You Should Try

Known for its liberal use of coconut milk (did you say keto-friendly? ) and chili, Catandunganon cuisine is a must-eat for every adventure foodie’s bucket list. Here are the must-go to’s when it comes to where to eat in Catanduanes.

1. Cafe de Au

Cafe de Au
Image credit: @cafedeau FB page

First on the list is Cafe de Au with their best-selling Ala Nachos as a crowd-pleaser. What makes it different and unique is the cafe doesn’t use ordinary nachos for this dish – they use fried molo wrappers instead of tortilla chips.

By this alone, you can probably realize that this gastronomic experience won’t be the usual.

Along with the fried molo wrappers, the cafe also combines grilled beef, fresh vegetables and of course, lots of lots of cheese to complete the dish!

  • Location: Salvacion St, Virac, Catanduanes
  • Operation Hours: 8AM to 10PM
  • Must-Order Items: If you’ll be here for breakfast, get their Homemade Tapa for less than PHP100 – a Pinoy dish with a recipe that the cafe is particularly proud of. Other must-try’s are Ala Nachos, Bicol Express, Halo-Halo and Pansit Puti.

Bonus points: the cafe has stable internet connection, so for digital nomads and lifestyle entrepreneurs, this is the place to be!

2. Sea Breeze Restaurant

Spare Ribs

Your trip to Catanduanes won’t be complete if you don’t go and visit the Sea Breeze Restaurant in Virac.

If your idea of a perfect meal is eating scrumptious seafood while listening to the cool splashing sound of the waves and enjoying the wind’s gentle breeze, you’re in for a real treat.

Considered as one of the most popular restaurants in Catanduanes, Sea Breeze prides itself with their huge selection of appetizing and delectable seafood. If you’re travelling in a group, you can order a meal good for 2-3 people for less than PHP200!

  • Location: Pier site, Salvacion, Virac, Catanduanes
  • Operation Hours: 7AM – 12MN
  • Must-Order Items: Make sure you order the Szechuan Crab cooked in a spicy sauce, sinigang na isda using calamansi, grilled blue marlin, baby spare ribs and sizzling chicken.

3. Sunday Blossoms Restaurant

Beef Stew

After you’ve eaten your weight in seafood, the next best thing to do is look for dessert. After all, there’s always room for dessert, right?

Head on over to Sunday Blossoms Restaurant, a Spanish-style traditional mansion that makes you feel you’re back at home in your lola’s house and trying out her homemade pastries and fruit shakes.

  • Location: Rizal Avenue, Virac, Catanduanes
  • Operation Hours: 7AM – 10PM
  • Must-Order Items: Their specialty is Filipino family-themed food such as Beef Caldereta and Adobo Rice but people stay there and come back over and over because of their home-made cakes baked daily, with super moist , Mango Torte, and Blueberry Cheesecake as their house best-sellers.

4. Fernando’s Asian Cuisine

Chicken Yakitori

A restaurant serving a fusion of Asian Cuisine, Fernando’s Asian Cuisine is known for their  traditional yet modern Filipino delicacies with an Asian twist.

Feeling the Asian-fever take over you so you want some Korean food to accompany you as you do a “A Love So Beautiful” marathon while visiting Catanduanes? Fernando’s got your back. They serve Chinese food as well.

  • Location: Virac Town Center, Gogon
  • Operation Hours: 10AM – 9PM
  • Must-Order Items: Some of their bestsellers include Zesty lemon chicken, sweet & spicy chicken strips, chicken teriyaki, chicken yakitori and chapchae.

5. Carrie’s Pizza, Pasta & more

Supreme Pizza

Did anyone say they want to try Sisig Pasta? Here at Carrie’s, they have this appetizing dish that combines the saltiness of sisig, zest of calamansi and balancing flavor of pasta to combine a Filipino classic with an Italian twist.

Ready for another out-of-this-world meal? Try their Shawarma Pizza. It’s juicy, it’s crusty and the cheese melts in your mouth. Perfezionare!

  • Location: Gogon Sirangan, Virac, Catanduanes
  • Operation Hours: 8AM – 10PM
  • Must-Order Items: Sisig pasta, shawarma pizza, bicol express, chicken and mushroom pasta and spicy buttered chicken.

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