Dining in Bacolod

True enough, Negros Island is not just about sugar plantations… Having lived in Negros for a short time, and since there was a request for a writeup about Negros in my Salcedo Market entry, I have whipped up this article to hopefully get the ball rolling about Negros.

Bacolod is perhaps one of those cities one could go around easily without getting lost. There is probably only two main roads and everything is along those roads, so getting lost in old Bacolod is pretty slim. Besides the place is riddled with jeepneys, which makes moving around the main roads easy– and yes, cheaper.

Though for me, there is nothing much to see in the city of Bacolod, the food in Bacolod is nothing but ordinary.

ABOYS- Greenfields. Aboy’s has always been my favorite fastfood restaurant in Bacolod. Not only do they serve the best sinugbang liempo, panga, tuna, blue marlin and gindara, they also serve the best clam soup around. For dessert, if you are lucky, you might even get a taste of durian from the farm of Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco. From the airport, Aboy’s is only 10 minutes walk away.

AKASYA GRILL- 17th Street Lacson. If you want lechon, you can get some from Akasya Grill. I swear by their recipe and boy you can order one entire pig one day before any party or gathering and it’ll be there. Akasya Grill serve both Filipino and Negrense dishes. It is also a fastfood restaurant so expect food to be served— fast!

JO’s CHICKEN INATO- Reclamation Area. Chicken inasal is the most wanted in this restaurant. With recipe tried and tested, the Bacolod Chicken Inasal is the best and tastiest way in preparing chicken. You might not want to miss the buko salad and the usual Chicken Liver and Gizzard cooked like our regular adobo. If on a tight budget, one can have one piece drumstick and thigh inasal with rice and softdrink for P90.

PENDY’s- Along Lacson. You can have the second best Caesar Salad in the city. Pendy’s also whips the best ribs in town! So scrumptious and huge, one can share it with another! By the way, they have very good homemade mashed potatoes.

PALA-PALA. One should not miss this place! This is like the Dampa here in Manila. One buys the fish, crabs, shrimps and the lot and bring it to a chosen eatery to have the food prepared. Fee is dirt cheap, and the fish are fresh and appropriately priced. Ofcourse, lobsters and tiger prawns are expensive, but if on a tight budget, one can feed a family of four for less than P800 in Pala-Pala.

CAFE MARINERO, L’FISHER HOTEL- along Lacson. The best Caesar Salad can be found here. They will even prepare it infront of you! One of the best places where you could find and savor Filipino dishes at a not so friendly cost. Compared to Aboy’s or Jo’s Chicken Inato and the famous Pala-pala, L’Fisher’s prices is not too friendly and not too affordable.

Bacolod, unlike some big cities in the Philippines, is safe and pollution free. It is easy for families to travel together in Bacolod because of the easy pace. If you are lucky and have several more days to kill, it would definitely be a blast if you could venture out of the city and visit the islands close to Bacolod and have fun.

Punta Bulata

I would recommend Costa Aguada Island Resort. In Bacolod, you could easily arrange for the trip. If you have more money to burn and want a more quaint, quiet and unforgettable island trip, one should definitely check out Isla Naburot. To book for Isla Naburot, call 033-3211654 or 321-0890. Another famous place to check out is Punta Bulata Resort which is 45 minutes away from Bacolod City.

To go to Bacolod, PAL and Cebu Pacific have regular flights to and fro. One could also enjoy an overnight travel by boat via Superferry twice a week.

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  • jze

    im from bacolod and i must say the place is for people who wants to relax and eat…

    if you’re a party goer, try visit east block near lopues east center (going to sta. fe resort)

    Soon to open, SM bacolod at the reclamation area,tailored to SM mall of Asia (not the size though)

    Call centers are starting to cover the city as well.

    Bacolod lechon along Sum-ag will give Lydia’s a run for their money.


    Bascon Cafe
    University Courtyard (Libis’ mini version)
    Piazza Sorriento
    Mama mari’s Pizza (delicious)

    Calea rocks!

  • marinelle

    I have read all your comments regarding Bacolod,( The City of Smile) they called.I really miss this place.NOw, they’re celebrating Maskara Festival). I’ve been there to witness their celebration last year. I was invited by my friend from Handuman her name is Ruby. She’s Good & nice, very accomodating person that you can see it to all Bacolenos.& Yah you all right! those you have mention the FOOD -,the PLACE ambiance where you wanna go, unwind, relax, explore & etc. there, you can find it all to this City.

    I just want you all to Try these place i’ve visited.

    the manukan (at the reclamation area)
    Chicken HOuse
    18th street pala2


    >goldenfield commercial complex
    >Entertainment Depot (near Star Mart mandalagan)

    Beach & Resorts
    alot of beaches located – at Brgy.Sum-ag
    Santa fe Resort
    Nature Village
    Mambucal Resort

    and historical places too.

    A lot of places to visit but i can’t almost remember the names.hehe My one month of stay is not enough to round that place.

  • inday daku

    great topic – FOOD! When a friend invited me to Bacolod City she brought me to SKORO Garden Restaurant. The food was great and i love the ambiance. Trees/ plants all around! After our lunch their we went to Panaad. Bacolod is so welcoming.

  • http://www.trebskie.org trebskie

    manokan is definitely a good take. aida’s, a personal favorite. :) you should taste the unique ‘motor (chicken) oil’ they have… weird tasting but sets the distinction from other inasal houses.

  • http://kumod.akoniya.com/ wites

    i was perusing through your list of places to dine in bacolod city but you missed one place–the manukan country. it is located along the reclamation area. weird that you mentioned jo’s chicken inasal and not the manukan country. *smiles*

  • Jacqui

    Ahay, just reading your post and the comments makes me pine and yearn for my beloved hometown (I grew up in Silay, not Bacolod, though) especially that we have not been back for almost ten years. My husband has been home three times in recent years and always he would bring me one whole Calea Decadent Chocolate Cake (with the caramel filling) all the way to California. It has remained in my favorites list.
    Bacolod has always been synonymous to good food, and Silay is not far behind. Growing up, I remember the ladies who would sell “kakanin” on bilaos perched on top of their heads. They would congregate in front of the public plaza every morning before boarding jeepneys to sell their stuff in offices in Bacolod.
    Another place I miss is Bob’s along North Drive (in front of Riverside Bacolod). I still have not found anything that can equal their chicken barbecue with sate rice and their eat-all-you-can Mongolian BBQ. Nothing comes close.
    I cannot wait to introduce my sons to Bacolod’s cuisine.

  • http://comcast boyette

    It seems that everybody loves ceasar salad in Bacolod. I haven’t been back since 1989 and I miss the Lumpia ubod of Silay, Batchoy and chicken inasal. I can’t make the lumpia because there’s no fresh ubod here. I can make batchoy, but the noodles are so-so. My inasal is hit or miss, since I’m using lemon juice and I’m not really sure if I’m using the right stuff. So, if anybody can take pity on me and share the recipe of chicken inasal, God bless you. Tulo laway!

  • maron

    Bacolod at its best. I am looking for a recipe for their famous “Inasal” Would appreciate on any tip. Ciao

  • http://www.metrobacolod.cq.bz Zyanz
  • http://www.metrobacolod.cq.bz Zyanz

    hello…a nice blog about dining n bacolod….

  • http://tonyleen.multiply.com Aileen

    Been back to Bacolod last December 2005. Take a little trip north of Bacolod (approx. 10 mins)and you’ll find Pala Pala Grill and Spa by the Sea in Talisay near CICM seminary. There scallops are mouth watering (love it!).

    I also recommend the crêpes in café Breiz de Boracay in Mandalagan (beside K’Mas). You’ll find alot of yummy flavors to choose from.

    Not to forget CakeHouse spaghetti with garlic (stick)bread or eaten best with there Angel cake. My favorite “pamahaw” during my college years in La Salle. :)

  • ryan76wp

    Apollo Restaurant (Hilado Branch) serves decent Chinese and Filipino dishes. Must admit it is one of the cleanest restaurants I have visited in the Philippines. We had Bam-I and Sweet/Sour Pork, and enjoyed it.

  • http://www.byahilo.com ericd001

    Right now Calea has 2 outlets already, the original one, right beside the Chinese Restaurant L’Sea. its beside the plush hotel L’Fisher.

    their new branch is located at the Robinson’s mall in Mandalagan.

  • bobt

    im going to bacolod this may 2006..
    where is calea located?
    thanks for the useful info on bacolod.

  • Hmmmichelle

    I love this site!

    I’m going to Bacolod, my hometown, next month. I haven’t been there in 12 years. Thanks for the food places tip! I cannot wait to eat the food there!

  • http://www.vina-vina.blogspot.com vina

    there is now 18th street pala-pala. basically the same concept, but in an “upgraded” venue.

    calea’s blueberry cheesecake and black sambo always top my “tugon” and “pasalubong” list. it’s time for me to try their oreo cheesecake!

  • Berting

    If you like Chinese food try the Full Moon in Bacolod. The chef is from Hong Kong and the food is delicious!

  • Sweetie

    I wish more pictures would be posted here like the maskarra festival, tourist spots, new hotels and structures, the old houses in Silay.

    Congratulations to the person/s who made this site available for all of us.

    I still miss going home to Bacolod.

    Bob’s (in front of Riverside Medical Hospital) still have the famous juicy hamburger?

    When was Pala2 gone?

  • Greg pasden

    Agreed! what really makes the town are the people. My favorite family is the Bacolod. Especially Berna. She will make a beautiful wife one day.

  • http://www.byahilo.com Eric

    wala na pala pala. on a positive note, Calea now has a larger space to accomodate their loyal patrons.

    I still cant get enough of Oreo Cheesecake Ive been raving about since Masskara! hahaha I was there last week, and they already took the space previously occupied by a magazine shop.

    Another cool resto in Bacolod is Pepe’s in Piazza Sorrento. The place is beautiful. the food is great!

    i love their grilled Tangigue in Cream Sauce. and their Caesar Salad, to-die-for!


  • http://idiotboard.blogspot.com juls

    hi! love calea gid!! the best! I love their cream puffs and tiramisu… they do not scrimp on the serving size or the ingredients.. i wonder, mahal na sila?

    btw, no replacement for pala-pala? that’s gonna be sad

  • http://www.byahilo.com ericd001

    Calea’s Oreo Cheesecake is a “to-die-for”! Bacolod best cakehouse ever! sarap ng cakes nila.. JUST DONT COUNT THE CALORIES!

    Pala-pala,yung katulad sa Dampa, no longer exists in Bacolod.

  • http://www.yahoo.com marz jemina

    Dear Ma’am/ Sir;

    Hi! Good Evening! I am one of the staff of a fast growing coffee shop here in the metro and we are about to open our new branch there in Bacolod.All coffee beverages had gone through an extensive R&D and are all finalized, as well as with the pasta and sandwiches we would offer. We are having a hard time looking for a bakeshop supplier that could match with the product line and quality we offer.

    I was wondering if you could assist me for at least 5 to 7 top bakeshops at Bacolod and their contact numbers. If possible, can I have those bakeshops who are willing to be a supplier of their finished products.

    I am looking forward that you could assist me at the soonest possible time.I hope that you could e-mail me back within this week. We would truly appreciate your assistance.

    Thank you so much and more power!


  • http://www.sepikmom.com Alma H

    WYSGAL, I love Calea too!!! They only have 3-4 tables that is why the place is so cozy and intimate! I like their Napoleones and Halo-halo. Ofcourse, the cakes there are the best also!

  • http://wysgal.blogspot.com wysgal

    I was there for Masskara in 2004 … and I absolutely loved this posh (but admittedly not very Bacolod) cafe and cake store called Calea.