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    Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Tarlac

    Combine tried and tested Barrio Fiesta Singing Cooks and Waiters Atbp's restaurant experience and Filipino cuisine, native-themed palaisdaan restaurant with an ambiance of native huts with Buddhist-inspired landscaping and you got yourself a satisfying meal and relaxing place called Isdaan Floating Restaurant.





    Located along Gerona, Tarlac portion of MacArthur Highway where Tutubi passed by so many times in the past but never actually visited. This time, his officemates, coming from Camp John Hay in Baguio City, acquiesced to drop by for late lunch at the popular palaisdaan floating restaurant in Tarlac. This place is half-way to Baguio, and other northern provinces making it a popular stop-over for road trips reachable from Manila via NLEX, SCTEX and Tarlac City.

    Cory Aquino, a Tarlac native, consulting with the late Jaime Cardinal Sin

    From MacArthur Highway, one can see the giant Buddhas, fishes and other Buddhist-inspired statues and mythical creatures that remind you of Buddhist nations of Southeast Asia like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos if you've ever been to one of them.


    golden giant buddhaGiant Buddha at Isdaan

    Price of food at Isdaan Floating Restaurant is only slightly lower than Barrio Fiesta restaurants in Manila but worth it due to the relaxing atmosphere, beside rice fields with fresh air, conducive to sleeping after a heavy meal.

    Sample menu prices:

    Crispy Pata: PhP254.00 (crispy pork knuckles)
    Ginataang Hipon Sipitsipitan Luto sa Buho: PhP139.00 (a recommended dish of prawns in spicy coconut milk served in bamboo),
    Lechon de Leche PhP2,800.00 (one whole pit-roasted baby suckling pig, quite cheap actually)
    Lechon Manok (Inihaw sa Dahon): PhP191.00 (one whole roast chicken)

    lechon de lechelechon de leche (roast suckling pig) only costs PhP2,800.00

    picture of the table with the food gone, reason why Tutubi doesn't take pictures of food if he's with hungry office mates. Note the restaurant serves food in environment-friendly banana leaves and bamboo-- no plastic except straws

    Activities at Isdaan Floating Restaurant, Gerona, Tarlac:

    Tacsiyapo Wall: Release your anger
    Ungoy-Unggoyan: survive the spitting, urinating monkeys for a kilo of free fish
    San Kilo Bridge: for 1 kilo of free fish, cooked the way you want it, cross the long bridge and survive
    Mga Mahiwagang kamay: experience the legend of the giant hands
    Wishing Buddhas: make your dreams come true


    Cross this concrete bridge called "Sang Kilo Bridge" about 20 centimeters wide and 30 meters long, laden with sea shells as obstacles, and get 1 free kilo of fish cooked to your preferred way...the fishpond is about 6 ft to 9 ft so prepare to get wet should you fall

    Note the place is dangerous for playing kids to roam around unattended so better stick to the restaurant's policy of using life vests for hyperactive kids. Be careful also when stepping on or leaving the floating huts, this is specially for non-swimmers as you can get a splash of your life there.


    the tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur is out of place, it should've been moved to a children's playground as its a really distracting figure

    Talking about negatives, their non-acceptance of credit cards -- it's a cash-only establishment so better bring wads of cash before visiting the restaurant. Budget about PhP300.00 and up per person and you'll really have a really nice meal. The establishment seems to be almost always full, attracting families of tourists and balikbayan so be early in order to get your desired seat/hut in the place.

    How to get to Isdaan Floating Restaurant, Gerona, Tarlac:

    Directions to Isdaan Floating Restaurant is easy, just follow this route: NLEX, SCTEX, exit at Tarlac, turn left going to Tarlac city proper and Hacienda Luisita then right on MacArthur Highway. Continue until you reach Gerona where the restaurant can be seen on your left. Travel time is about an hour from NLEX Dau exit entering SCTEX.

    Update August 2010: there's an on-going construction of Isdaan restaurant in Bay, Laguna in between Kamayan sa Palaisdaan sa Bay and Samaral Seafood Restaurant. No information on opening date though.

    UPDATE: November 2011: Isdaan Laguna is now open for business. No information yet on Isdaan telehone number for reservation nor contact person.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:27 PM,

    19 Comments:

    At Apr 8, 2009, 10:57:00 PM, Blogger tin-tin said...

    okay magphotoshoot jan. hehehe

     
    At Apr 9, 2009, 4:14:00 AM, Anonymous RennyBA said...

    Looks like the loveliest fairy tail and of course very exotic to a Norwegian :-)

    Happy Easter Holidays!

     
    At Apr 9, 2009, 2:04:00 PM, Anonymous ajay said...

    Is it my connection, or your site is really loading slow?

     
    At Apr 9, 2009, 3:02:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    tin-tin, masaya mga ingat lang pag bata baka mahulog sa tubig :P

    renny, happy easter to you too

    ajay, it's normal here from home, bayantel. probably your own connection. this blog's hosted by blogger so i have no bandwidth problem ;P

     
    At Apr 9, 2009, 4:03:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

    Looks like enchanted kingdom!
    That is really taking the dining experience to another level.

    Oh by the way... I mixed up the names... I met Traveler on foot in Paete...
    Guess I was just exhausted from all those activities in Paete!

     
    At Apr 9, 2009, 4:36:00 PM, Blogger *M_E* said...

    wow this looks interesting! thanks!

    more weekend trip ideas. ;-)

    sama naman sa inyo. kc pano naman people like me walang friends na mahilig maglakbay. puro the usual na lang e boring na. same old, same old. wala ba kayong adopt-a-stranger program for each trip you make? *wink*wink*

     
    At Apr 9, 2009, 7:25:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    sidney, it's been 10 years since my first and only visit to enchanted kingdom hehe

    M_E, i travel on moments notice as in no planning; an advocate of unplanned travels...why bot join explore-philippines yahoogroups and inquire from there...there are travel-minded people in that forum

     
    At Apr 12, 2009, 8:05:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    unique restaurant setting ! Nice to know it's also environmentally friendly. I like the looks of those cholesterol loaded sucking pigs !

     
    At Jun 24, 2009, 10:00:00 AM, Blogger kerby said...

    "In my recent trip to Clark Freeport, I chanced upon an amazing restaurant inside Mimosa. It's just past the Holiday Inn. It was better than the high-end restaurants in 5-star hotels in Manila! I think the name is YATS Restaurant. It is not that expensive but the food is great and they have an incredible wine cellar too."

    "I have to share this with you - the lamb rack at YATS Restaurant is out of this world. Aside from the fact the lamb is cooked to perfection, the sidings are even more exciting. This is real fine-dining stuff, best I have seen in this country, and second to none that I have seen in other cities including Singapore and Tokyo."

     
    At Jun 24, 2009, 10:41:00 AM, Blogger kerby said...

    "In my recent trip to Clark Freeport, I chanced upon an amazing restaurant inside Mimosa. It's just past the Holiday Inn. It was better than the high-end restaurants in 5-star hotels in Manila! I think the name is YATS Restaurant. It is not that expensive but the food is great and they have an incredible wine cellar too."

    "I have to share this with you - the lamb rack at YATS Restaurant is out of this world. Aside from the fact the lamb is cooked to perfection, the sidings are even more exciting. This is real fine-dining stuff, best I have seen in this country, and second to none that I have seen in other cities including Singapore and Tokyo."

     
    At Jun 25, 2009, 9:36:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    kerby, you sound more like a copywriter in the service of YATS and not just an ordinary visitor here :P

     
    At Aug 31, 2009, 9:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I like the place!!!

    may i inquire about your wedding packages?

    150 to 200 pax.

    Looking forward for your reply. my email add - JARIEL_24@YAHOO.COM

    Thank you

     
    At Jul 15, 2010, 7:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm planning to have a very romantic dinner with my girlfriend. Can Anyone tell me how to get there in Palaisdaan - Tarlac.

     
    At May 26, 2011, 4:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ive seen the construction site in laguna on my way to lucban last may 15 i was excited still a lot of big buddhas cant wait....

     
    At Dec 19, 2011, 4:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    what is their contact no.?

     
    At Mar 25, 2012, 9:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    contact number po? at bukas ba kayo this holy week?

     
    At Jun 8, 2012, 6:08:00 AM, Blogger mario liwag said...

    same in Isdaan, Calauan Laguna? andaming negatives comments about Isdaan Laguna, How 'bout Tarlac?

     
    At Jun 8, 2012, 6:10:00 AM, Blogger mario liwag said...

    Is it same Isdaan, Calauan Laguna? Lots of negatives comments about it. How 'bout in Tarlac? How's the service of the employees? Pede overnight? Any room for rent?

     
    At Apr 24, 2013, 3:09:00 PM, Blogger edelweiza said...

    I hope matuloy kami dyan sa Isdaan sa May. Haha. The place looks really cool and the food, quite affordable. :)

     

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