Do you ever wish to travel back in time? I sometimes do. Whenever I get a chance to visit the countryside, I stop by and look at some historical sites in the area. I am fascinated with ancestral houses and old churches because it features our ancestor’s unique talents as they personify our values and cultural identity.
Traveling back home from Dolores, Quezon, after visiting our relatives where we had a relaxing overnight stay, we decided to eat lunch at Sulyap Gallery Cafe in San Pablo City, Laguna. They serve sumptuous traditional and modern Filipino Cuisine in a gorgeous setting.
Upon entering the gated compound, I already feel the serenity of the place. The tall trees and beautiful outdoor plants provide fresh air in the surroundings. The old houses structures made me feel like visiting a grandmother’s house.
DINING AREA: It is a two-story Spanish Colonial house, restored and turned into a restaurant. Its location is on the left side of the entrance gate.
The restaurant offers outdoor dining in their lovely garden with a gorgeous fountain in the middle. It gives a calming feeling just by looking at it while enjoying what you eat. And since we were seated on the patio, I was delighted to hear the sound of the water rushing through the fountain.
The restaurant features antique tables & chairs, decors, and furniture and fixtures. The wide-open capiz windows provide cool, fresh air instead of an aircon. The intricate woodwork design at every corner of the house adds to the captivating aesthetic of the place. It has a nostalgic and homey ambiance.
FOOD WE ORDERED: There is always something to reminisce about this place. Even the food reminded me of my youth. They serve home-cooked goodness that you get to eat when you are on a summer vacation.
Sweet Potato Fries – They sprinkled it with a small amount of salt, and it does taste a little like french fries but on the sweet side. It is crisp on the outside yet soft on the inside bacon dip the adds flavor to the fries but on its own, it tastes good.
Pancit Hab hab – TThis tasty Filipino comfort food was originally from Lucban, Quezon. When serving it, they use banana leaves which add an aromatic smell to the dish. The noodles were cooked just right with a generous amount of grilled pork belly and vegetable toppings. Different flavors burst in the mouth, especially when put some spiced vinegar in it.
The Pan-fried Tanigue Steak in olive oil served in lemon butter is a must-try for a healthier option. It has a tangy and salty taste served with carrots and Sayote. The fish is perfectly cooked, flavorful, nutritious, and very satisfying.
Pork Sinigang – This sour and savory dish is one of the most loved Filipino comfort food. It is my daughter’s favorite dish, so I asked her to give her comments. She said the soup is thick, with succulent pork meat and a perfect sour taste. She adds that the Pork Sinigang at Sulyap Gallery Cafe is the best tasting.
Sorbetes de Turon– Sorbetes (ice cream) and Turon (Fried Banana wrapped in pastry sheets) are simple desserts. I used to eat this now and then, but it looked appetizing when I saw this from the other table; therefore, I ordered one. The hot Turon goes very well with the ice cream. Eating this simple dessert in one bite makes it just a bit more special
Banana Con Hielo P150- This classic potassium-rich dessert is also a favorite. It reminded me of my youth when I used to eat it in the neighborhood store with my friends during summertime. Its main ingredients are finely shaved ice, sweetened banana bits, and milk. The ice cream toppings gave a rich flavor to the dessert.
Visitors are allowed to have a leisurely walk within its premises. There is a Boutique Hotel also, an old house to accommodate guests who like to experience a different kind of stay in a hotel. The beautiful garden gives a relaxing feel while waiting for your order to arrive.
Sulyap Gallery Cafe also has a museum that houses the owners’ antique collections but unfortunately, it is still closed due to the pandemic.
The good points:
- All the dishes are good for sharing.
- No Service Charge
- They accept all major credit cards
- Very good ambiance
- With a great selection of food and is reasonably priced
- The staff at the reception was polite & helpful, and the wait staff was attentive, responsive, and courteous.
- The restroom is clean and has a relaxing feeling too because of the bamboo plants inside. The exposed ceiling provides a better flow of air.
- The structures were all well maintained.
- Spacious parking area.
The not so good points:
- The waiting time is too long, especially during peak hours.
- It takes too long for the order to arrive.
- Customers in a wheelchair cannot go up to the second floor since they do not have a lift for PWD or the elderly.
Overall, we had a great meal and a wonderful time. We were able to get a glimpse and taste of the past at this beautiful restaurant. We will be back if given another opportunity to visit this area. I will recommend this place to my friends and officemates.
Location: Brgy Del Remedio Cocoland Compound, San Pablo City, Laguna
Contact Number: +63 49562 9735
Operating hours: 10 AM to 8 PM
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