I just lately revisited my hometown Naga Metropolis within the Bicol Area for the primary time for the reason that pandemic began. Like different locations impacted by the dearth of tourism the previous two years, there have been a whole lot of adjustments to the meals scene.
A few of my favourite eating places primarily based in the primary metropolis correct (like Que Pasa and Ibalon Craft Brew) have closed. However there are additionally a whole lot of new open-air cafes, farm eating places, resto bars, and grills within the space now generally known as “Uptown Naga” close to the foothills of Mt. Isarog catering to bikers, road-trippers, and households who need to dine out safely throughout weekends.
In case you’re touring to Naga Metropolis, listed here are only a few of the brand new eating places with al fresco eating you would possibly need to take a look at.
Arco Diez Cafe
Arco Diez Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant and cafe positioned on the foot of Mt. Isarog. Established in 2021 as a younger and small startup, the outside eating spot focuses on home made consolation meals and specialty high quality espresso. They serve each worldwide and native espresso choices together with brews from Mt. Apo, Benguet, Bukidnon and Sagada.
Pattern dishes served right here embrace Beef Tapa, Boneless Bangus, Pork Longganisa, Rooster Katsu, Lechon Kawali Pork Stomach and extra. I ordered (and extremely advocate) the Pan Grilled Rooster Masala which comes with garlic rice, egg, cucumber & tomato in Greek yogurt and the Iced Chocolate Latte.
The resto is positioned in a calming, refreshing and family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a terrific spot for households and a bike-friendly pitstop for bicycle owner using across the Isarog space.
- Deal with: Zone 1, Km. 10, Pacol, Naga Metropolis, Philippines, 440
- Fb: Arco Diez Cafe
Café RoSa & Glad Beetle Farms
Café RoSa is a restaurant inside Glad Beetle Farms, a brand new agritourism vacation spot in Naga Metropolis established in 2021. Born from pandemic restrictions, the farm resto affords a venue to take pleasure in meals with refreshing surroundings.
The outside restaurant has a primary open air eating space with tables, and several other Kubo huts for many who need a extra non-public setting. Except for the nice meals, the farm additionally has pretty flower fields for photograph ops.
The dishes and drinks right here use elements immediately from the Glad Beetle Farms, like lettuce, lemon, and berries. Among the dishes we tried included Celosia Chips, Pili Celosia Penne, Rooster Kebab (extremely advisable!), Beef Stroganoff, and Tapsilog. I like to recommend their Blue Tea with Ternate flowers and poppers.
- Deal with: Zone 6, Carancang, Magarao
- Fb: Cafe Rosa
Lagwerta Restobar is an al fresco restaurant positioned in Uptown Naga that serves conventional and fashionable Filipino fusion delicacies. They serve breakfast specials, silog combos, seafood, pizza, grilled specialties and extra. The servings are good for 2-3 individuals and even as much as 4 individuals.
Dishes we ordered included their Grilled Scallops, Sinigang na Salmon Stomach, Nilasing na Hipon, Lechon Kawali, and Liempo. Lagwerta additionally has a bar serving each alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Except for the primary eating space, there are a couple of kubos across the backyard for teams, making it a pleasant spot to dine for household and associates. There was reside music at night time after we visited.
Mama Sarah’s Lettuce Backyard
Mama Sarah’s Lettuce Backyard began out as a lettuce farm earlier than it advanced right into a restaurant serving Lettuce Silog Meals, Lettuce Shakes and different freshly picked lettuce primarily based dishes. The addition of salads are a wholesome contact to the everyday silog meals.
The principle eating space is surrounded by herbs and vegetation and has a motorcycle rack for purchasers. The restaurant can also be open as a non-public occasions venue and does catering for teams.
BidiBidi Cafe (Cafe de Artes)
BidiBidi Cafe is a specialty artwork gallery and cafe in Baao that highlights native arts, crafts, and style. For these searching for distinctive souvenirs, this cheerful and vibrant cafe established in 2017 is price a go to.
Owned and managed by artist Bernadette de los Santos, extra popularly generally known as BidiBidi, the cafe is a good spot to purchase distinctive gadgets from the Bidibidi Enterprise like luggage made out of upcycled scrap material and yarn, jackets that includes Baao embroidery, crocheted gadgets, designer face masks, and extra.
The cafe has scaled down its menu, however nonetheless serves a couple of dishes and snacks with an area taste, together with home specialties like Banana Blossom Spaghetti and Banana Blossom Burger for many who need to strive it.
- Deal with: San Nicolas, 4432 Baao, Camarines Sur
- Fb: BidiBidi Cafe
Inexperienced Earth Cafe
Inexperienced Earth Cafe is the primary restaurant within the area to serve totally plant-based meals. Established in 2006, this rustic and homey restaurant serves all pure and natural meals, vegetarian and vegan choices.
Their wholesome however flavorful choices embrace pako salad, veggie burgers and Veggie Pad Thai. In addition they serve new vegan dishes like Tom Yam Soup, Thai Spring Rolls and Camote in Garlic Pesto Dip, in addition to Vegan Combo meals.
- Deal with: third St., Villasorabella Subd., Concepcion Pequeña, Naga Metropolis
- Fb: Inexperienced Earth Cafe