Location: #10 Giron St., Brgy. 7-B, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
The dining hall is furnished with vibrant antique cloth and furniture.
Image: Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant Facebook page
Kicking off this list of best restaurants is Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant, the in-house restaurant of Balay de Blas Pensionne House. The restaurant name “Saramsam” is an Iluko word that means informal or constant dining. The place truly lives up to its reputation as it offers a fun and relaxing ambiance. It is adorned with antique furniture and decoration. The resto exudes vintage vibes. Unique Ilocano dishes such as the best-selling Saramsam Past, a pasta dish cooked with shrimps, cilantro, green and ripe mango slices, and Gcng-Gcng Pallang, a spicy coconut pork stew dish, are only some of the resto’s must-try recipes.
January 2022 Update: Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Bar has been permanently closed due to the pandemic.
Ilocos truly has more to offer than its picturesque landmarks and tourist spots. Next time you visit the North, don’t miss the chance to drop by these restaurants!
Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. For now, keep safe!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on October 27, 2020.
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