17 April 2013

Day 3 of 3: The Last Stop -- Kainan sa Dalampasigan

Before we went back to civilization, Gus and I made sure our vacation was worth more than the expense. We dropped by the famous Kainan Sa Dalampasigan for a late lunch to check out why this restaurant is the most talked about in Nasugbu.

Kainan sa Dalampasigan is along R. Martinez St. It's easy to miss unless you really are looking for the place. If you're coming from Manila-Tagaytay, the street will be on your left side. The restaurant is also on the left side of the street, just a few houses away from the corner where you turned.

You can't miss the entrance to the restaurant. It looks like an enchanted garden with greens hanging above the driveway, and trees and plants along the sides. But, cars give and take as they enter and exit the restaurant compound because the driveway is not wide enough for two cars. 

Since we just had a heavy breakfast, courtesy of Pico de Loro's buffet breakfast, we weren't able to order what we originally wanted to order. We read a lot of good reviews about their platter, their tanigue, their soup, and more, but our bellies were just too full at the moment so we decided to try their most talked about dish and something Chinese (for my beloved boyfriend).

All of the travel blogs we read mentioned Kainan sa Dalampasigan's Baked Tahong (mussels). We love seafood, and I especially have a certain liking or favor for shrimps and.. Tahong. I just couldn't resist the temptation, and curiosity. How good does it really taste? For PhP200, we got 20 pieces of tahong topped with a certain mixture of cheese and other ingredients I couldn't really put my finger on. It was salty and creamy, flavorful to the last bite. The only problem is, you easily get tired of the flavor if you're eating this and this alone (I ate 9 pieces straight). A glass of cold beer and something less flavorful will complement this dish well.

Gus opted to order something more familiar. He's been craving noodles the whole day so he was eying the different noodle dishes the restaurant offered. He couldn't decide whether to get dry noodles or noodle soup. It was a good thing a family from a few tables away ordered Pancit Canton. It helped Gus decide which noodle dish to get.

Since I'm not much of a canton person, I let Gus judge the dish. He said it was good, the flavor just right. Not too salty, not too bland. I don't really know how to distinguish good pancit from bad pancit, but for me, it was okay. You don't have to add soy sauce or calamansi. The only real input I can give for the pancit is, apart from the large serving size, the vegetables on top were still crisp. They weren't soggy at all!

Since it was a very hot day, we decided to get some refreshing Filipino drinks. Fresh Calamansi Juice and Sago't Gulaman for the gluttons. Teehee. Both drinks were indeed very refreshing. The calamansi juice was not too sweet, but not too sour too. It was just right. The sago't gulaman had really chewy tapioca pearls and jelly. Drinking it was both thirst-quenching and fun. But Gus thought it was too sweet. Then again, Gus's sweet tooth level is very low.

Even if we weren't able to try most of their popular dishes, I would say that we still enjoyed this late afternoon lunch. The food is something to look forward to, but it would be more fun if you go with an empty stomach or with a bunch of friends so you can try more of their delicious dishes.

Kainan sa Dalampasigan's Menu

Price Range: PhP150-350/person

3.5 out of 5 for Kainan sa Dalampasigan

Kainan sa Dalampasigan
R. Martinez Street,
Nasugbu, Batangas

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