Ilocos Sur: Vigan's Hidden Garden Restaurant is a Secret No More!
During his second visit, he got interested in a "secret" garden restaurant outside the city proper, called Hidden Garden in barangay Bulala. Right after checking in at Cordillera Inn, he thought of a light meal of Vigan Empanada not at the Empanadahan which is just a short walk away, but at the Hidden Garden restaurants.
Photos of Hidden Garden Restaurant in Vigan, Ilocos Sur (taken using Tutubi's borrowed iPhone 4 at around 5:30pm so it's getting dark already)
the native grotto inside Hidden Garden, what greets you after the front office going to the restaurant
garden with topiaries, plants and flowers and gardening implements, for sale, byt the way
The dining area with overhanging millionaires vine, near the Lover's Corner
After the Empanada Corner is a pathway to the Secret Garden, Tutubi was greeted by a swarm of mosquitoes here, all but natural for gardens, so be prepared with your mosquito repellants
Hidden Garden's native halo-halo (that Tutubi finds not so good yet not bad at all, gelatin, sweetened banana, sago, cheese, pinipig (rice crispies), wafer stick, ice cream and coconut milk)
So how did Tutubi rate/review Hidden Garden?
Location: far but within reach of the crowd, probably crowded on weekends
Ambiance: relaxing and natural with the garden setting. there's a romantic place with overhanging millionaires' vine near the Lover's corner...for couples :P
Downside: swarm of mosquitoes greeted Tutubi when he tried to enter the garden with trees, only natural for a place, but Tutubi wasn't prepared so he stepped back. Besides, it's already getting dark so taking pictures is almost no use.
Price: empanada, the same at Vigan Empanadahan. others, quite reasonable considering it's location and romantic ambiance.
Customer Service: service was ok with no other people around. Tutubi tried to inquire about hoe to get there by sending a text message to their published contact number (on their official website with several telephone numbers). All he got was a "hu u?" reply and no real asnwer to his question. Hidden garden resutaurant owner should train his/her staff on how to courteously reply to inquiries and provide the requested answer.
others: there are plants and garden items on display and for sale. there's also a souvenir shop and a celebrity corner where pictures of famous visitors to the place are on display.
Overall: it deserves a second look, particularly since Tutubi went there for a only short time and ordered just two items on the menu. Tutubi would love to try out Ilocos Specialties and delicacies next time.
Hidden Garden Menu prices featuring Vigan Specialties:
Vigan Bagnet: PhP150.00
Vigan Longganiza: P150.00 (6 pcs)
Poqui-poqui (or poki-poki): PhP90.00
Pakbet with Bagnet: PhP100.00
Steam rice: P15.00
Garlic rice: PhP25.00
Filipino breakfast: PhP90.00 (longsilog, bangsilog, tapsilog)
Vigan Empanada: PhP45.00
Native Halo-halo: PhP75.00
Fresh fruit shakes at PhP80.00 - PhP100.00
How to get to Hidden Garden:
just ride a tricycle (or calesa if you're a usual tourist) to take you to the secret garden in barangay Bulala, at a corner of the road going to Mindoro Airport (the domestic airport in Vigan) and the service road going to Baluarte zoo of Gov. Chavit Singson in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur. If you have a car, drive by Rizal Avenue, turn right when you see the cemetery that looks like a park, left at the end then ask around :P
(if you have a GPS, coordinates are: N17 33 36.3 E120 21 53.7 (Try OpenStreetMap, it's there on the map added by Tutubi))
Vigan Empanada (an alternative to Vigan Empanadahan at Vigan City center)
Vigan Sinanglao (an alternative to the authentic ambiance of sinanglao breakfast at Vigan Plaza Salcedo.
All photos taken with iPhone 4 (Tutubi loves the new iPhone 4 camera, muchh improved from the old iPhone 3G/3GS).
posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:08 PM,
- At Mar 17, 2011, 5:53:00 PM, yhun said...
the 'hu u' text is funny. :D i did receive that kind of text once. from then on, i always go for landline or call them in their mobile phones. hehe
i never got to like the vigan empanada. :( it's too oily for my taste. maybe, i'm just used with the empanada here in cebu.
- At Mar 18, 2011, 1:03:00 AM, Traveler on Foot said...
What's poqui-poqui? :-)
- At Mar 18, 2011, 5:07:00 AM, bw said...
really nice... fresh atmosphere, clean air and great native food... and more importantly, great prices ;)
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- At Nov 2, 2011, 3:29:00 PM, said...
- At Nov 2, 2011, 3:36:00 PM, said...
.........this place is really amazing and it so very beautiful.....