Hot stop: Café Leona

Café Leona in Vigan satisfies our craving for Japanese food, more beyond sushi and sashimi. We had hot ramen and soba on a rainy afternoon.

The hubby's Ebi Shitake Ramen. Chinese-style noodles with shrimp tempura and shitake mushrooms in piping hot miso soup.

Hot soba (buckwheat noodles) soup with assorted tempura and seaweeds - sweet and savory!

Delicious and comforting!

A sure bet for additional warmth – mouthwatering uni or sea urchin and melt-in-your-mouth unagi kabayaki or barbecued eel.Café Leona has a varied menu. Japanese food occupies two pages. You can find donburi, katsudon, kamameshi rice, miso soup, gyūdon, sukiyaki, tempura, teriyaki among many others. Surprisingly, a big balikbayan group in the café were also ordering Japanese food. The kitchen is evidently always well-stocked and they never scrimp on ingredients. We always leave with a full and happy belly.

Due for delivery, a P1100-- sushi and sashimi party platter.

Café Leona Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

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About Café Leona

Café Leona is one restaurant in the heart of Vigan that is amazingly sensible. The facade deceives tourists into thinking that it might be either a European-style coffee shop or an Ilocano restaurant. Well, it’s both plus a lot more. They serve Japanese, Thai, Italian, Filipino and Continental cuisines. In terms of space, the place is rather small, but surprisingly, they consistently have everything written on their menu. Talk about modern sensibilities… they have tinapa (Filipino dried fish) pizza alongside smoked salmon pâté on crackers and other not so well heard dishes.

The restaurant has been in existence since 1997, and continues to attract tourists and locals alike. According to a waiter, Ilocano dishes like sinanglao, pinakbet, Vigan-style morcon and longaniza are still their bestsellers. Also popular is fish tamales, an Ilocano delicacy made from tiny ipon fish available only in the cold months of December, January and February.

Café Leona accepts catering for all occasions within Ilocos.

Café Leona Restaurant and Bar Calle Crisologo St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Tel. No.(077)722-2212 / 673-0933 CP No. (0920)906-8144 cafeleona@yahoo.com
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