There’s always a first time for everything! This past Saturday was my first time to EATSperience the food scene in the province of Pampanga in the Philippines’ Central Luzon region. I had to go alone because Mrs. Eats already had some plans that Saturday. Anyways, thanks to a good friend ours, Alexis Deocaris of ForkSpoonManila and some new found friends in Pampanga for the invite. I was able to EATsperience what some restaurants in the province has to offer. I have always wanted to join a culinary adventure in Pampanga. Why? Because it is known as the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines” wherein dishes like Sisig, Morcon, Lengua, Caldereta, Biringyi and many more were made famous. Good and enough reason, right? In this edition of EATSplorations, I will share with you my EATSperience at Lot 77 Bar & Cafe located in Angeles City, Pampanga. It’s a place where Kapampangans usually drink and chill out until the wee hours of the day. Keep reading to find out more about my first Pampanga EATSperience. Here it goes, enjoy!
All the way from Pampanga, say hello to Lot 77 Bar & Cafe!
Right when I opened the door, I was delighted to see Lot 77’s industrial vintage look. The tables and chairs, the walls and all the decor just seemed to instantly catch my eye. It really looks like a place where people can just simply unwind after a long day or drink the weekend away. Recently, the owners opened up their kitchen to more munchies so that guests can also enjoy good food while having great drinks. Well, you know me, I am all about good food that’s why I am sharing with you my very own EATSperience. You must be really hungry so here it goes, enjoy!
Let’s kick things off with…
Surprisingly, I loved all the components of this platter. Every bite was just so refreshing and flavorful. My favorite among the three though was the Green Mango with Bagoong Vinegar. It had a little bit of every possible flavor. Make sure you eat it alongside their Glazed Bangus.
I was so excited when they said they have a Street Food Platter! It may seem weird for some but I still look for life’s simplest pleasures, like this combination of street food favorites. I loved their fried quail eggs! The batter was soft and perfectly fried. Plus, its spicy vinegar dip was the bomb! If you’re a big fan of street food, you will surely love this.
One of the most visually appealing dishes I’ve seen in a long time. I loved how Lot 77 presented their bbq skewers and I was glad it didn’t disappoint. The tocino and Chicken Isaw were my favorites. The tocino was sweet and super tender. The isaw was smokey and charred perfectly. These skewers are tasty and pretty affordable at 45 to 120 pesos each!
The paella of Pampanga! Sticky rice cooked in a cast iron skillet topped off with chorizo, bell pepper and boiled egg. Colorful dish with lots of different flavors and textures coming from its toppings and the yellow sticky rice. Great interpretation of a classic Kapampangan dish!
At first, I was hesitant to have a bite of this dish because the ox tongue didn’t look that appetizing. Good thing the foodie in me took the challenge of eating something that looks unique and it paid off. The ox tongue was cooked well and really tender. I just hope it was hidden under a sea of creamy sauce to at least provide a bit of mystery.
This is a true winner! Rich and flavorful crab fat sauce with al dente pasta noodles made even better with the addition of crispy prawns. I knew it was really sinful but it was really irresistible. I will surely go all the way to Pampanga just to have this one again. You must try this!
It’s not your ordinary pan-fried bangus! This one is big in both size and taste. I enjoyed this simple innovation of a classic Filipino “ulam” because of the sweet glaze sauce. It’s one of those dishes that force you to eat with your hands so that you can enjoy it 100%!
This is just one of six thirst-quenching smoothies that Lot 77 serves. After all the savory dishes that they have, it won’t hurt to enjoy a glass of their extremely tempting smoothies, right?
I didn’t expect this EATSperience to be that awesome because usually bars are not known for their food. But with Lot 77 proved me wrong, yes, a place like theirs serve GOOD food! They just made a good first impression of the Pampanga food scene in my tummy. Will I come back? Of course! I can’t wait to take Mrs. Eats here so that she can also EATSperience all the amazing eats that I was able to try. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations! Till next time!
Lot 77 Bar & Cafe
Unit 2 Block 7 Lot 4 Brgy. Cut Cut Fil-Am Frienship Highway, 2009 Angeles City, Pampanga
+63926 450 6120
5pm to 2am (Tue-Thu)
5pm to 3am (Fri-Sat)
5pm to 1am (Sun)
Budget: 500-1000 php for two