Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Belly Bursting Bacolod

I came to Bacolod City with nothing but food in mind.
I was prepared: I had a list of restaurants to visit.

Aida's at Manokan Country
Reclamation area (near SM), Bacolod City

 Click to enlarge menu

Chicken inasal and garlic rice

After checking out the ancestral homes of Silay City and before going to Mambukal in Murcia, lunch! Lunch had to be in Manokan Country, the restaurant on top of my list. Their chicken inasal (roasted chicken) is finger lickin' good! The not-so-secret ingredient? Sugar (so they say). Oh, and they have a bottle of chicken oil, too, that's to be mixed with your plain rice.

Sharyn's Cansi House
Narra St., Capitol Shopping Center, Bacolod City
(034) 433 1374

Now you see it, now you don't

Cansi is a cross between pochero and sinigang—at least that's how it tasted to me: like sour pochero. As you can see from the photos above, we left nothing but the bone for the dog. Even the extra soup was all gone. A bowl of Cansi (Php 230), three servings of rice (Php 15 each), and two bottles of softdrinks (less than Php 20 for a bottle) shared between two equals big burps from two happy customers.

Hykso's Tulahan at Old Pala-pala
North Capitol Road, Old Pala-pala, Bacolod City
(034) 708 8130

Buy your fresh seafood from the wet market next door

Cooking fees (click to enlarge)

And again, the disappearing act

You do the shopping (at the wet market next door) and Hykso's does the cooking. When dining at the Old Pala-pala, it's best to bring a bunch of friends. Hykso's cooking fee is for a minimum of half a kilo. Anything less than half a kilo, the fee would still be for a half kilo.

Since it was just me and my travel bud, we only bought 1/8 kg of scallops (Php 60), 1/8 kg of shrimps (Php 60), and a crab (1/4 kg, Php 80). The fresh seafood were then transformed by Hykso's to grilled scallops, buttered shrimps, and steamed crab, with cooking fees of Php 80, Php 80, and Php 65, respectively. These three would not be complete without three orders of rice (Php 15 each) and drinks (Php 20 each). As evidenced by the above photo, we enjoyed our excellent fresh seafood dinner.

21st Street, Bacolod City
(034) 433 4096
10AM - 11PM Sunday - Thursday
10AM - 1AM Friday - Saturday

Mango salad

Regular batchoy (left) and super batchoy with egg (right)

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The interiors of 21 Restaurant look fancy and make you think that everything on their menu is beyond the normal price. True, the food is quite expensive: the starters go from Php 110 and up; salads Php 140 and up; sandwiches Php 115 and up; main course Php 155 up to Php 1,200. But we were here for the batchoy. Super batchoy (with liver and bone marrow, Php 90) with egg (Php 15) for me and regular batchoy (Php 75) for travel bud. Bowls of cholesterol paradise. To counter this unhealthy choice, we threw in an order of mango salad (Php 165). It's lettuce, mangoes, and candied cashew nuts, with creamy mango dressing. We patted our stomachs for a meal well chosen.

How busting our gut burst Mustachio's pocket:
Lunch at Manokan Country for two Php 232
Lunch at Sharyn's for two Php 308
Dinner for two at old pala-pala Php 550
Lunch for two at 21 Restaurant Php 345

Navigating (a bit of) Negros Occidental:
Belly Bursting Bacolod (you're here!)


  1. 21 is easily my favorite restaurant in Bacolod. It's relatively expensive but it looks like it belongs in Serendra. :) Good value for batchoy. :)

    1. Hi Benj! What's your favorite dish (or dishes) in 21? I want to go back there and try their other eats. Just reading the menu is making me drool.

    2. The scallops are quite good. They do steak pretty well too. Actually, almost half my meals in Bacolod are batchoy - followed by a trip to Calea or Felicia's. :)

    3. Scallops! I love scallops! Thanks for the tip. Will try it the next chance I get :)

  2. this made me miss Bacolod and all the gastronomic adventures they offer. I miss my home city!

    1. And I miss the food in your home city! I'm drooling just thinking of cansi :-P~~