1. Bistro Amarillo
At first, we thought that Bistro Amarillo was only good for breakfast since we were staying in the same hotel where it is situated. It turns out that they have a great chef. And we unanimously agreed that it was and still is the best among all the restaurants that we’ve tried in Vigan.
For one, it offers the best tasting Longganisa and Bagnet in Vigan. Second, they cooked and served their food faster than the other two restaurants that we tried. And lastly, it was considerably cheaper giving us more value for our money.
We paid Php607 for our lunch.
2. Cafe Uno
Among the three restaurants, Cafe Uno seems to be the slowest when it comes to service and serving their food. It’s probably because of their waiters scattered to three different restaurants in the same area. Having 2 waiters only in Cafe Uno with loads of customers can really make the waiting unbearable especially if you’re hungry.
One great thing about Cafe Uno was we were offered three different menus from three different restaurants namely Cafe Uno, Kusina Felicitas and Uno Grille. It’s like dining in three different restaurants at the same time.
The food was so-so and we paid Php760 for our lunch.
3. Cafe Leona
One advantage of Cafe Leona is location, location, location. It can be found at the end or some would say the starting point of Calle Crisologo where one can have that leisurely nightly stroll after dinner. It also offers a variety of cuisine like Thai, Japanese, Italian, and Filipino specifically Vigan’s specialties. That means more food for everyone.
Since we were on Vigan diet, we chose most of Vigan’s specialties on their menu. I especially love their Vigan Morcon. Their Bagnet and Longganisa were not as delicious as Bistro Amarillo’s specialties. Overall, Cafe Leona’s ambience and food is good for nightly dinner conversations.
We paid approximately 1,200pesos for our dinner.
4. Plaza Salcedo
The only reason why we went to Plaza Salcedo was to taste Vigan’s Empanada. When I think of empanada, I would usually imagine Red Ribbon’s chicken or pork empanada. Vigan’s empanada was nowhere near to what I visualized.
My expectation was high that’s why when I tasted it, I was a little bit disappointed. There was nothing spectacular about Vigan’s empanada. There’s no wow factor.
My only consolation was we got to chill out in Plaza Salcedo just like the locals while waiting for our empanada. At least, I got to take it off my list of delicacies to try. For those who haven’t tried it yet, lower your expectations. Who knows, you might like it.
We paid Php25 for the regular empanada and Php35 for the special empanada for our snacks.
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