Let’s face it—it can get crowded in the city. While it’s great that we have so many places to choose from when it comes to where to eat, it can also get a bit overwhelming with the hustle and bustle of the lunch time crowd, or the office workers calling it a day after hours. Sometimes, you just want your food to go hand-in-hand with a slower pace, where you can relax and enjoy what nature and life have to offer.
If you’ve got the time and energy to spare, why not take a day trip out to Laguna and see what feasts you can partake in there? Here are our top picks for restos worth checking out in Laguna!
The Morning After is a trendy breakfast restaurant that serves classic and well-loved dishes from all over the world with rustic flair. It’s comfort food at its finest, as every plate is packed with familiar flavors, perfect for your week of R&R. It’s a great start to any morning in Laguna!
The Kamayan sa Palaisdaan sa Bay in Laguna is a floating restaurant—which basically means you eat in cozy kubo huts that are “floating” on the water of the bay. There’s nothing like eating a vast spread of fresh food while enjoying the ambiance of siting by still waters. This is also a great place to take kids, as there are numerous fish ponds to marvel at while waiting for the food to arrive.
Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria serves the kind of authentic, rustic Italian food that can make anyone feel warm and cozy on the inside with one bite. The chefs behind the counter make everything on the menu from scratch, and pasta is hand-pulled every day to ensure perfect texture and consistency every time.
While Italian cuisine isn’t exactly lacking in the city, Nonna’s goes that extra mile with its fresh take on saucy dishes, without taking any shortcuts.
Kanin Club was once the hidden gem of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Eventually, its popularity soared thanks to strong word of mouth, and this restaurant has since seen expansion to Metro Manila, particularly with its branches in Quezon City, Mandaluyong, and Makati. But that doesn’t mean the mothership has lost its customers.
This place is still frequently packed and people still line up for the original menu, regardless of the hype. This is one place you can experience real deal Pinoy food without all the frills and fuss!
If you need a quick Japanese fix, seek out Ippon Yari. With two branches in Laguna—one in Calamba and another in Sta. Rosa City—they aim to serve only the most authentic and well-prepared nihon-ryouri dishes. They specialize in their unique mixes of ramen, as well as their scrumptious fried foods. Give their rolls a try too, and enjoy the matching authentic ambiance of a traditional Japanese tatami room while you eat!
Faustina’s is frequented by UPLB students, and may be a little bit harder to find than most restaurants. But when you do get there, you’ll be greeted with a friendly interior that speaks volumes about the brand’s history of love.
The place itself isn’t that grand, but that serves the purpose of turning every dining experience here into an intimate affair. It’s worth coming back to when you’re in the area! Try their coffee and pastries after a hearty meal.
In this part of Liliw, Laguna, Chef Mau is a staple. Owned by the brother of the man behind Duo Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Serendra BGC, this humble abode houses some of the most down-to-earth Filipino dishes for a fraction of the cost compared other Laguna based restos. The hominess is its appeal, and despite its small size, the flavors you’ll encounter in their food packs a big punch.
Out of all the places in Laguna, Sulyap gives you the best of the old Philippines. It’s entire property was designed to mimic the architectural style of colonial era Philippines, so expect lots of wooden motifs and antique centrepieces throughout the building. Not only that, they have converted old school rooms into function halls and casas where people can stay.
Even if you don’t check-in, Sulyap will truly give you the best the old world has to offer. It’s like dining as Spanish elite!
Cusina de Sabang 602 has the best view of one of the most beautiful lakes in this part of Laguna. This is a restaurant that beckons romance and intimacy, thanks to its tasteful lighting and quaint picnic tables where the food will be served. It’s a picnic setting for the whole family, and their food is an homage to all the traditional, homemade Pinoy staples we’ve all grown to love throughout the years. You get a world-class view with food that won’t break the bank.
Bonitos Bar & Restaurant started out as a school project back in 2004, as a requirement for management school. The family behind this food venture eventually go incorporated as The Red Brick House Corp, and has been serving delightful takes on Asian and Western cuisines since 2009. Little by little, the menu is also incorporating more American dishes into their fold, including juicy ribs and hamburgers.
This is a great place to take a large group of friends who can’t agree on what to eat, as their menu is both versatile and delectable to many palates!
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