A childhood friend who resides in the UK is home for something of vital significance. I knew she’d be coming, but didn’t know when. The funny thing is we ran across each other at the mall and I thought she was still emailing from the UK just a little earlier. Anyway, we went out the next night. Where else to go, but Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant. Air con on a very humid evening and Norah Jones type of music is conducive for a pleasant chat over Saramsam’s winning food. Oh, wow, we closed the restaurant!
Complimentary house baked thyme flat bread (imo, a cross between bagel and focaccia) with a dip made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese.
Okoy, an Ilocano delicacy, with sukang Iloko, but of course.
New at Saramsam – Ipon Tepenade, an Ilocano-French fusion dish. Ipon is actually baby fish and tepenade is a mixture of finely chopped olives, capers and spices.
My friend’s main course, Chicken Basil Penne.
I had Caldereta Spañola with herb rice, a mingling of delicate flavors, also among the new Saramsam Spanish and Italian dishes with an Ilocano twist.
Besides the new addition to Saramsam’s eclectic menu, they also have a weekend (Friday and Saturday evenings) Italian and Spanish buffet for only 300 Php. The ongoing event is up ’til the 28th of August, says the amiable Mr. Arnel Condeza, the new Operations Manager of Saramsam and Balay da Blas. Btw, Arnel also mentioned basic and advanced digital photography workshops at the Balay da Blas Pensionne this month. Basic photography is scheduled for the 9th-10th and advanced, the 23rd-24th. To those interested, you may contact 0917-570-2110.
We had a great time at Saramsam! Special thanks to Dennis for taking photos of us.
Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Bar and Consignment Shop Rizal St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines Tel. No.:(077) 771-5825
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