… and Beer Below Zero at only P35–/bottle.
At a Christening party last night, my girlfriend, Ann, invited me to hang-out with her best mates at the newly-opened chill-out place in Laoag. Of course, I didn’t think twice. Food adventure is a passion… and I still had room for more food and drinks… even if I had an enormous serving of seafood pesto at the party. I thought — gosh, yes, before getting into this long overdue weight loss program that I had planned for myself after being a slacker for several years now. So off we went, but then again, after checking out Bistro 51’s menu, methinks the battle of the flab will have to take a backseat LOL and the muffin top stays. There is so much on their ecclectic and affordable menu that I wish to try — T-bone Steak, Chicharon Bulaklak, Baked Mussels, Pasta Carbonara, Beef Salpicao, Grilled Prawns with Hollandaise Sauce, Spicy Binagoongang Baboy, Bistek Tagalog, Grilled Tuna Belly Steak, Sinigang na Salmon Belly sa Miso, Sizzling Squid… and, ahh, Mango Mousse!
The 90-peso meals — a choice of sizzling porkchop, sisig, liempo, squid or chicken breast with rice and soda — will excite the budget-conscious. Definitely, there is something for everyone.
The well spaced-out tables, ambient amber lighting, and cool easy music, ranging from the 80’s to the present hits, make the place so relaxing and comfortable.
When asked what makes Bistro 51 special, Teennie Umali-Fariñas says, “It is a happy place where people can be themselves.” No dress code, I noticed, and that’s major to some who favor laid-backness. Teennie adds, “The usual crowd is a mix of students and yuppies, but even families frequent the place.” The resto-bar is open for lunch and dinner… until the wee hours of the morning.
For the non-beer drinker, there is also Kristine’s Illusion, which is a mix of Curacao liqueur and pineapple juice. “Tropical and refreshing”, says one of the girls. I’m trying it next time.
A fresh way to enjoy siling haba (finger chili, an Ilocano favorite) is the deep-fried fusion dish above. The sili was crisp and wonderful with cheese. I’m not too sure if the dip was ranch, but it blended well with the excellent crunchy sticks. They also have Crispy Bagbagis and Pinakbet for the Ilocano palate.
The food portions are good and the ingredients obviously fresh.
Zen-like. Ain’t it sweet?
Another great thing about Bistro 51 is the ample parking space.
Without a doubt, I’m going back and I’m having their Beef Tapa (It was nirvana that I forgot to take a photo.), but with rice… and more!
P.S. Thanks to Vanni and Josie for picking up the tab, and Kristine for the complimentary drink 🙂
BISTRO 51 Bar and Restaurant, Tawnee’s Petron Station, 51-A Nangalisan, Laoag City. Tel. No. (o77) 6706607
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