Tuesday, June 11, 2013

La Isla Siargao Bar and Grill

The Ice Cream Man
The first afternoon in Siargao was spent eating cones of rocky road strawberry ice cream (strawberry ice cream peddled on the rocky road of General Luna), going on a joyride with the ice cream guy (he let us hitch a ride to Cloud 9, thanks Mr Ice Cream Man), and trying to surf (Php500/hour for board and instructor). After all these activities, we headed home to Traveler's Pension House and Beach Resort to shower and have dinner. The pension house had no restaurant. Too hungry to look for a place to eat, we stepped into the first restaurant we saw. The restaurant nearest to the pension house happened to be La Isla Siargao Bar and Grill.

La Isla Siargao Bar and Grill
Catangnan, General Luna, Siargao, Surigao del Norte
0947 244 6460 / 0947 245 7063
Daily 11AM - 1AM

We stepped into La Isla with bare feet. Slippers and sandals were parked on the wooden steps of the elevated restaurant, we followed suit, of course.

It was a nice, laid back restaurant with wooden floors, a bar at the center, some tables and chairs on the side, and a low table in the right corner where guests can sit on the floor and stretch out their legs.

The menu lists a bunch of seafood dishes for less than Php150 each. Being so used to stingy portions in Cebu, especially of seafood, I had to ask the server how many shrimps were in the spicy garlic and pepper shrimps. I was skeptical when the server said it would contain more than eight pieces of shrimp. Less than eight or more than eight shrimps, the name sounded so good. Spicy garlic and pepper shrimps it is. Friends chose the deep fried seafood and sweet and sour shrimps. Each of our dishes comes with rice.

I was delighted when the plate was set in front of me. It did look like it had more than eight shrimps. In my disbelief I had to count them. Indeed, it was more than eight...fifteen to be exact. On top of the generous serving size, it was fresh, cooked just right, and tasty. My friends liked their food, too. The three of us agreed that, of the three dishes, the sweet and sour shrimps was tops. On top of that, a plateful of watermelon slices arrived on our table. Courtesy of the owner, Agnes. How generous!

Left to right: spicy garlic and pepper shrimps, deep fried seafood, and sweet and sour shrimps

On the second night, it was La Isla again. Seafood for less than Php150, I just couldn't resist. This time I had the spicy fish with orange zest and travel buddy had the kinilaw. The orange did give it a twist. And the kinilaw? I don't really eat kinilaw, but, hey, this was really good. It did not feel nor taste raw.

Spicy fish with orange zest (left) and kinilaw (right)

We usually don't go to the same restaurant twice because we want to try as many different places during a trip, but this was definitely worth going back for.

How two La Isla dinners bore a hole through Mustachio's and his friends' pockets:
Spicy garlic and pepper shrimps Php130
Sweet and sour shrimps Php130
Deep fried seafood Php120
Spicy fish with orange zest Php120
Kinilaw Php120

Three Days in Siargao:
In and Around Siargao Island
La Isla Siargao Bar and Grill (you're here!)
Magpupungko Then and Now
Three Little Islands
Skales Greek Restaurant

Siargao's Neighbor, Bucas Grande:
Lagoon, Lake, and Caves

Siargao and Bucas Grande: Itinerary and Expenses


  1. Kinilaw looks yummy! Will be reading this series if we visit Siargao! :)

  2. you had me laughing at the "rocky road"-literally- strawberry ice cream :D you are hands down the funniest blogger in Cebu, Mustachio. Your writing style and your sense of humor keep me glued to your blog. That spicy garlic and pepper shrimp looks delicious. How I wish you can find seafood as cheap as that here in Cebu!

    1. Thanks Jo-Ann! :-) Ako sad, I wish naay ing-ana ka barato na seafood resto diri!