The planned 4am departure turns 8am (fb games addict). We arrived at Lucena Grand Central at 12:30pm where jeepneys are on queue bound to different destinations in Quezon and hopped in with the Lucban sign going to our first destination: Kamayan sa Palaisdaan.
Kamayan sa Palaisdaan is located in Brgy. Dapdap Tayabas, Quezon (but was actually along the highway going to Lucban). We were dropped at the new restaurant (the original Kamayan is just across the street) where we were introduced (again) to the traditional way of eating: with bare hands instead of using condiments.
washing area scattered around the place
Kamayan also offers a different dining setting, as bamboo cottages float atop the fishpond.
There were also a group of singers to serenade you as you were enjoying the freshest catch of the day! ;)
Just imagine our ‘gutom’ after the 4hours straight travel! After we settled with the first available cottage we saw, we waited for the wait staff to take our orders, but it took us a loooooottt before being served (kung di pa kmi tumawag ng nagseserve sa kbilang cottage). We were given the menu, placed our orders and upon seeing the more private cottage being emptied, we transferred. Good thing I was able to take pictures after placing our orders and when I’m almost done scanning the place, the foods arrived-yey! ;)
Sinigang na Sugpo- Php255
Ihaw na Bangus with palaman- Php120
Green and Ripe Mango shake- Php45 ea
(TIP: Place an order right away as soon as you settled in one of their cottage before taking pics for it might take a lifetime! Reasonable enough, the foods were freshly caught and cooked as to order. Di pwedeng gutom na gutom ka!)
Sinigang na Sugpo was served in a ‘palayok’ where shrimps and vegetables were no doubt fresh. I was more on the sour side when it comes to sinigang, and this one is just fine- missing a little bit of sourness. I love the inihaw na bangus with grated spices though we were surprised to see it ‘daing’ like (we were thinking of grilled bangus stuffed with spices). Calamares was crunchy and chewy at the same time, perfect!
Kamayan sa Palaisdaan might have flaws and cons when it comes to service but we couldn’t deny the fact that it was indeed one of the best and the freshest lunch we’ve had! (With me ‘nkakamay’ and Gil with his spoon and fork. Hehe!)
man-made waterfalls near the grill area
the waiting area
path leading to the main hall
Plants for sale
Kamayan sa Palaisdaan was a good start of this Averdey-tuh-mee series. Haha! Few more round of the place and we’re off to our next stop: Kamay ni Hesus. Stay tuned! ;)
Going to Kamayan sa Palaisdaan:
From Lucena Grand Central Terminal, ride a jeep bound to Lucban Quezon. Travel time is around 45mins, fare at P20/ea. New Kamayan sa Palaisdaan is on the right side of the highway, the original one on the left (You may ask the driver to drop you off Kamayan if you’re not familiar with the place). People are accommodating btw.