La Union's Best: Halo Halo de Iloko Balay

by - October 07, 2014

Aside from being dubbed as the surfing capital of the Northern Philippines, one reason why I keep coming back to La Union is this food haven located in the midst of the city capital - Halo Halo de Iloko Balay.

The Place

From the outside, the place looks like a two-storey residential place turned into a restaurant. The first time I stepped in, I was amazed by the very homy and relaxed setting. Though, it's a little bit humid inside, especially during summer season. The whole interior is decorated with wood crafts, vintage items, colorful details, old paintings, photos, and many more!

It doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside and it isn't located along the main, busy road so you can have your food far from the city noises.

Upon entering the main door, you will be welcomed by this festive sight of the restaurant's brand.

The last time I went here was a month before Christmas so they have this Christmas tree made from a stack of vinegrette bottles and a star made from bamboo sticks. Very creative.
Even their restrooms were designed to be cozy and canny.
Vintage art crafts and display can be found everywhere inside the restaurant.

My favorite part of the place is the ceiling made of original vinyls. Then there's this wall/window made of old capiz that displays messages from popular celebrities who dined at Halo Halo de Iloko.

Upstairs are some porcelain display

Some tables has its own name like this one - St. Gabriel's table

The overall cozy and artistic ambience of the place really adds charm to the whole atmosphere of the facade. It could make everyone's dining experience at its finest.

The Food

Halo Halo de Iloko Balay boasts to serve authentic Ilocano cuisines where everything is a must try. And of course, their Halo Halo specialties that you won't find anywhere else in the country. Theirs is made from Carabao's milk, mixed with a bit of corn flakes, nata de coco, cheese slices, sago, sweetened coconut, candy gelatin, ice cream then topped with another La Union's specialty - the ube halaya (purple jelly).

Fiesta Halo Halo at Php99.00

Buko Halo Halo for Php 175.00

My personal favorite is the Buko Halo Halo, served in a buko that comes with a glass of fresh buko juice. Very refreshing!

Apart from their very refreshing halo halo varieties, I was able to try some of the Filipino food they serve. Another personal favorite is the Pork Binagoongan perfect match with garlic rice. (Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take a picture of it as we were already famished when the food was served.)

Ensaladang Mangga

Sinampalukang Baka for Php 325.00 (Good for 2-3 persons)

Pork Iloko Sisig for Php 395.00 (Good for 3-4 persons)

Surfer's Mixed Sea Food in Sweet & Spicy for Php 395.00 (Good for 2-3 persons)

This post made me hungry. I suddenly craved for those foods just by looking at them! So next time you're at La Union, pay a visit to this great Filipino restaurant and you'll surely don't regret a thing!

#12 Zandueta St., San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines
(072) 700 2030
10:00 AM - 10:00 pm

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