Discovering Rama Mahal

I found an authentic Indian restaurant in the business district of Subic, just a stone’s throw away from the International School of Sustainable Tourism. I asked my seatmate Pao if he wanted to join me for lunch and he gladly did. The epicurean in me wanted to discover something new to the palate. Though I’ve had Indian cuisine before, it’s always nice to compare the creations of different cooks.

I wanted Chicken Tandoori, the resto’s specialty, but life is unfair, I can never have chicken.

Interestingly, the Indian restaurant also serves several popular Thai dishes. I picked Tom Yum Goong soup with shrimps. The soup is a combination of distinct flavors —  lemongrass, kaffir lime, chili paste, cilantro, tamarind paste, fish sauce, and other ingredients like straw mushrooms, tomato slices and chili peppers. A good starter dish for the famished.

Appetizing Chana Masala with garbanzo. Masala is a mixture of spices and flavorings.

It looks like ordinary rice but it’s saffron rice. Saffron in the most expensive spice in terms of weight. It adds a delightful grassy-like aroma to the rice.

Curried Lamb. It was exquisite. The flavors were rich but not cloying at all.

It’s been a while since I had my first Gulab Jamun, made by my Indian friend in Laoag. Rama Mahal’s deep-fried milk balls in heavy syrup was excellent. The right thing to have after the exotic food adventure.

Never leave an Indian restaurant without trying a Lassi Indian yogurt drink. It comes in sweet and salty, but I prefer the salty variation. Mmnn, bliss!

The attentive Mr. Ram Sharma, the executive chef and manager of Rama Mahal with some clients.

Overall, the experience was pleasant. I recommend this restaurant to those with adventurous palates. The service was friendly.

Rama Mahal Building West Gate Suites,  Sampson Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Open daily from 10 am- 10 pm.
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School Break

Yesterday, all the trainees from all across the country, including myself, formed the first ecoguiding association in the Philippines. We named it PEGA for the Philippine Eco Guides Association. We’re done with a set of officers and unbelievably, a real cool logo; thanks to the creativity of Babbu Wenceslao of Dumaguete City.

As part of our ecoguiding training at the ISST, today, we were brought to the fine  eco-adventure sites in Subic — Pamulaklakin, Triboa Mangrove, JEST Camp, El Kabayo Falls and Zoobic Safari.

Not exactly in the outline, Tree Top Adventure was a treat. A bonus and a breather actually. No nerve-wracking classroom atmosphere.

The Philippine Eco Guides with Roslan and  Suhaimi from Teman Negara and Langkawi in Malaysia.

If we were a tree, we’d be a Christmas tree…

The most fun people I know.

We’re the tourists this time. Love.

My seatmate, Eires, a biodiversity expert. I call her Melai sometimes.

One hella Superman Ride! Awesome view!!

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