Young entrepreneurs in Bacolod still seeking out their own identities, pondering on the path to take in life, reckon themselves as sitting ducks. And that’s where the name of this last restaurant on our list comes from.
was born of the owners’ desire to share the food and drinks they personally enjoy and to earn money at the same time. And the result is some of the best artichoke cheese dips offered in town, plus great wine and whiskey.
Their fried kesong puti (soft, white cheese made from carabao’s milk), sprinkled with olive oil and pesto sauce, on top of toasted French bread is not to be missed. For the daring and brave of heart, Sitting Duck’s spicy meatballs called "Great Balls of Fire" paired with garlic sauce and fried basil leaves are a must try. (Warning: This is really, really spicy!) Meanwhile, their chicken confit is very tender and made exciting by the hint of rosemary. For dessert, the restaurant’s signature Fried Oreos—the chocolate cookie sandwiches deep fried in batter served atop vanilla ice cream—gives a blissful ending to a meal.
These places are obviously not the only ones worth checking out in the once, so to speak, sleepy dining scene of Bacolod City. Reflective of the vibrant economy of the region, the new restaurant entrepreneurs of the present generation will continue to offer varied menu options for all to experience and enjoy. Burgeoning are inventive restaurants specializing in fusion cuisines. The emergence of such restaurants is perhaps an awakening of a mindset that is not so "provincial" anymore. That is, an attitude that’s more open to experimentation with food and the overall experience restaurants owners are willing to provide their customers.
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