Aside from the history of the people, beaches and scenic spots, tourists will be treated also to a gastronomic journey in Bataan. The City of Balanga boasts of its own branch of Starbucks in addition to many well-known restaurants and coffee shops serving Filipino dishes to Japanese and Vietnamese favorites to Italian gelato. Let’s name some of the places where you can eat while in Bataan.
1. Angelito’s Pizza and Restaurant –Orani
The restaurant offers tasty pasta and delicious choices of pizzas such as Sisig Pizza, Super Cheesy Margarita, Vegetarian Pizza, Fiesta Pepperoni, Hawaiian Delight, and Ham & Cheese. Choose the pizza size that suits you best: Barkada, Family, Large, Medium, and Small.
From as low as Php100, you can try their other specialties such as Pork Binagoongan, and Creamy Tofu, while desserts starts at Php20. You should also try their coffee jelly topped with ice cream for only Php88. Angelito’s Pizza and Restaurant is located at Tenejero, Orani, Bataan.
2. Inato Restaurant – Orani
Located at Tagumpay, “inato” is a Cebuano word which means “atin ito” or “this is ours”. This is reflected in the way they prepare their food with its own style and recipe. The restaurant offers foods which are delightful yet affordable. The restaurant is open from 10:00AM to 10:00PM.
3. Saverde Coffee Shop – Abucay
Once a home renovated into a restaurant and badminton center, Saverde takes inspiration from Japanese food. A must-try is their beef tapa rice (P75) – marinated beef on top of rice neatly enveloped in omelet.
They also have thick slices of rich buttermilk toast (P25) similar to those in Japanese dessert cafes. For a Mexican twist, try their taco pizza (P120). Saverde is located at Gabon Street, Abucay.
4. Shooters Kafeteria – Abucay
Located at Petron gas station along Roman Super Highway, Brgy. Calaylayan, the Shooters Kafeteria has been attracting customers because of its delicious, home cooked food. There’s a buffet dinner every Friday from 6:00PM to 10:00PM for Php250 per head and children 5 years old and above at Php150 per head. Strategically located along the super highway, visitors can stop by for gasoline, to freshen up and eat up at this cafeteria-style restaurant.
5. Stregato Gelateria – Balanga City
Located right into the heart of the city, the Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, this café and gelateria serves gourmet dishes which are delicious and very affordable. Aside from its gelato which has less fat, less sugar, but with more intense flavor than other ice cream, they also serve rice meals, sandwiches, and pastas at Php200 below and blended drinks at Php150 below.
6. The Beanery – Dinalupihan and Balanga City
Beanery started its first branch in Balanga Ciy which later grew into two locations. Now, this local chain of cafes has branches in several towns in Bataan. Serving tea, coffee, and beautifully plated meals, it is Bataan’s version of Starbucks (although there is actually a branch of Starbucks in Balanga City) in a much cozier surroundings.
The café is one of the best places to hang out while sampling their delicious cakes and different kinds of coffee. Prices range from Php120 above for pastas and around Php120 above for the coffee.
The two branches are located along Capitol Drive, San Jose, Balanga City.
7. Choco-late De Batirol – Pilar
Strategically located for travellers, within the Total Gas Station Complex on the junction of Balanga City and Alauli, Pilar along Roman Super Highway, this restaurant got its name from its specialty, hot chocolate prepared with batirol, a wooded object used to whisk hot pot of melted cacao beans. The restaurant also serves Filipino dishes meals as well as local delicacies such as bibingka and suman to name a few.
It also has a souvenir shop where you can buy snacks and souvenirs to bring back to family and friends. Dishes start at Php200 above and local delicacies at Php80 above. The chocolate starts at Php100. They’re open Mondays to Sundays, as early as 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM.
8. Ima’s Pamangan – Pilar
This unassuming establishment looks like a typical eatery by the roadside, but visitors will be surprised upon entering its doors. There’s a wide dining area that can accommodate big groups in their long wooden tables. It is also air conditioned with really nice ventilation.
Their buffet which is very famous has a wide spread of Kapampangan dishes which are satisfying and flavorful along with other Filipino traditional dishes. Buffet is at Php200 per head, but they also have ala carte dishes. Located at Gov. J.J. Linao, Alauli, they are open daily from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
9. 1754 Pizza – Orion
This local pizza house originates in this town of Orion, Bataan. Their 11 original recipes of pizza flavors are named after the 11 towns and the lone city of Balanga. Aside from their tasty pizzas, they also serve great-tasting shawarma, burgers, pastas and wedge potatoes. The success of this local eatery is evident with a branch now in the City of Balanga.
10. Romalaine Seafood Restaurant and Leisure Park – Mariveles
Romalaine serves exotic seafood dishes and many traditional Filipino dishes. It is a good place to have a simple meal. Among the house favorites are seafood pansit, seafood kare-kare, inihaw na pusit, and ginataang kuhol although it also serves selected foreign food.
Open from 10 isam till 10pm daily, customers can also stay in their traveler’s room. While savoring your delicious dishes, you will be able to see the scenic view of Manila Bay and Corregidor Island.
11. Loleng’s Hutieu-An – Morong
This simple eatery which serves Vietnamese-influenced dishes is named after its owner, Aling Loleng and hutieu, a noodle soup dish. Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an opened in the 90’s, after refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodian were temporarily housed in Bataan’s Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC) before they were processed for resettlement to other countries. Aling Loleng used to work in this shelter and gained Vietnamese friends who taught her their cuisine. Two decades later, long after the refugees have gone, this chapter in world history lives on through this eatery.
Although they also offer Filipino food, must try is the Vietnamese noodle soup, hu tieu, and their special take on the banh mi. Price range starts at Php50. Location is Mayor St, Barangay Binaritan, Morong, and they are open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM everyday.
7:00 am to 9:00 pm (Monday to Sunday)