After I blogged about Max’s yummy pancit Malabon, Eugene told me about Kalsada, a (not so) new pancit Malabon place within Laoag’s restaurant district. I actually also heard about the place though friends, but no one among them has ever mentioned that pancit Malabon is one of the specialties. All along I thought it was just another watering hole. Not that I avoid such places, but I’m more interested in food that goes the beyond the alcohol and beer.
I decided to go try the pancit Malabon with the squad even though I had only 500 pesos in my wallet. That’s how poor a blogger I really am. I was thinking, the food maybe budgetable sans drinks.
Kalsada is right behind La Preciosa, the touristy restaurant. In the Ilocano language kalsada means street. The relaxed and comfy atmosphere is a welcome relief. We ordered straight from the menu. The entries are varied, mostly grilled food. Assorted seafood platter is popular, says the attendant. I got attracted to the seafood paella. We also ordered a single serving of pancit Malabon. It didn’t take long before the food arrived. I was expecting it would take a little longer since we were having paella. The pancit Malabon is regular. The noodles were a bit overdone. Perhaps, they could improve it more. As to the seafood paella, I was expecting saffron in it, like a Spanish paella. It had spices and green olives, but it tasted more like Middle Eastern or Indian. It was tasty, though. If I were to rate it between 1 and 5. I’d give it a 3.
Yay, I paid less than 500 pesos for the 6 of us, and that’s including 3 glasses of iced tea.
Martine treated us to coffee after the dinner. At Frontrow.
Kalsada Seafood Bar and Restaurant (at the back of La Preciosa Fine Dining) Brgy. 6 Laoag City Tel No: 772-2892
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