Last December, we headed to Manaoag, Pangasinan to have my brother’s vehicle blessed. On our way home, we had our lunch at Isdaan in Gerona, Tarlac. You can’t miss this place because of the huge signage with lots of cars parked in front, it sure is a popular stop-over for roadtrippers.
The giant buddhas, fishes and monkeys are nice, definitely adds some character to the place but some statues of public figures seem out of place with the place’s theme.
Upon entering, guests will be led to their respective nipa huts.
Since we have children in our group, we were ushered into this area, Bata Batuta Park. Isdaan is a kid-friendly and family-friendly place because it also offers fun activities for the whole family. Kids are given Angry Birds balloons, loot bags and fish food to keep them occupied.
While waiting for the food, kids can roam around and ride on a boat for free. Just give a tip to manong bangkero.
On to the food, we ordered a lot but we’re all famished and everyone reached out for the nearest plate so I wasn’t able to take pictures of all our orders.
I didn’t know that there is such a term as Pinangatsiw. With this dish, the broth is sweet and sour at the same time, perfect balance and the broth is so addicting.
We also ordered their specialty which is Tinupig Lechon Manok. It’s roast chicken wrapped in banana leaves, chicken is so tender and flavorful. Their calamares is just the usual kind served in most restaurants.
Isdaan is a perfect place to go to especially if you have balikbayan relatives who want to eat authentic Pinoy food. It’s quite a long drive from Manila but the food and the place is worth it.