Friday, December 31, 2010

TRAVEL | Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, Tayabas Quezon


Celebrating the Christmas season with my friends back in the countryside we decided to hit a native restaurant located in Tayabas Quezon Province. The place is called KAMAYAN SA PALAISDAAN. I've been visiting this place ever since I was a child. My parents and I used to frequent this place and even back then, I've very good memories of this place. Before, we can even fish here for fun. The "Tilapia" (St. Peter's fish) is simply infamous in this place and I would definitely recommend this place to all who wants to experience honest to goodness Tilapia. I bring my foreign friends here once in a while and they are satisfied.

It's me on a floating bamboo cottage
 The problem though is that with so many people visiting the place, going here on a holiday is not a good idea who are patience-ly challenged. The service is truly slow it took the waiters to clean our table one hour. IMAGINE, one hour just for cleaning the table. Took TWO HOURS before food was served. We arrived in the place at 12:30 pm and we were able to eat at around 2pm. The running joke among us is that if you want to eat lunch in PALAISDAAN then you better get there at breakfast.

Anyway, the place was designed to look natively. Bamboo huts are used for cottages, native plates called "mito"  are made out of bamboo called rattan. Don't worry, spoon is not made of coconut shells as you might imagine. Actually, they don't serve spoon. You have to use hands to eat, something that makes foreigners I think raise their eyebrow. But it's really a great experience to eat with hands- TRUST ME. There are sinks anyway to make sure you can wash your hands. Great experience with countryside feel. It's also located beside a rice farm so the wind is so fresh. 

With gorgeous friends. Oh, the plate in front of me is the "MITO"
With so much food at reasonable price, you won't get hungry. Filipino food at it's best.

I suggest that you visit the place early in the morning around 9am so you can eat before lunch. Or if you choose a later time, visit the place in the evening. They have live bands playing on Fridays and Saturdays. 

It's really easy to reach. It;s along the highway with a big sign board so you won't be lost. I think Tayabas' really small so it's really easy to locate. Just in case you get lost, you can ask the folks there and ask "for KAMAYAN SA PALAISDAAN bago". "Bago" means new, since there is also an old PALAISDAAN. The new one is better.



Overall, I would rate this restaurant : 8 / 10



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