Friday, October 21, 2011

FOOD TRIP: ISDAAN (CALAUAN, LAGUNA)

Two years ago, when I was still taking my LTS 2 class we have to go to Kalayaan Elementary School every Saturday to teach students there. On our way to that school I am intrigued to this place in Calauan, Laguna where they are putting up this humongous gorilla and other cemented structures in the middle of the rice fields in that area. I was thinking if it's going to be a resort or a restaurant. I promised myself that I will go there as soon as it is opened.

After some time, I already forgot that place until we passed by it on our way to Quezon Province last Wednesday night. It's open already and there are a lot of cars parked in front and its shining brightly because of the lights surrounding it. It's a floating resto-fun park and it's called Isdaan.

Since Lloyd and I will be celebrating our tenth month together, we had our dinner date there. I think it's perfect for the occasion and the ambiance of the restaurant is very much romantic too. =) As soon as we arrived there, a waiter escorted us to our nipa hut which is far away from the entrance. Yeah, the restaurant is really big.
Inside our hut.
In front of our hut.
It's very hard to choose what to eat because their menu is very long! They have a huge array of food you can choose from. Name it, from beef to pork to chicken to fish and other seafood, cooked just the way you want it! Mostly are Filipino food and that's greaaaaaaaaaaaaat! Filipino pride. <3
Back-to-back pa yan!
Let's go to the food we ate. =)

Just by reading "Juicy spareribs", it makes my mouth water. Haha. It's not only juicy but the meat is very tender as well. It's marinated perfectly having a hint of sweetness in it.
Juicy spareribs.
 Fresh buko juice is better than buko shakes!
From the tree of life. Haha.
Lechon tinupig na manok is said to be their specialty. The chicken is marinated first with coconut milk before it's grilled according to the waiter. =) I really don't know the exact meaning of tinupig but maybe it has something to do with the way the chicken was marinated. Try searching "lechon tinupig" in Google and only food reviews or articles about Isdaan will appear. Haha.
Tinupig.

Their bulalo is heavenly! It's the best bulalo I tasted so far. From its tender meat to its soup makes me want to eat this every rainy day. Seriously!
Laki ng bulalo!
 Most common Filipino food appetizer: ensalada! Contains eggplant, tomatoes and onions. Red egg goes well with this!
Balasenas Ensalada.
Native na native! Achieve na achieve. Hahaha.
All the food we ordered is not only good for two persons but maybe good for up to 4 people already! Their servings are generous and the quality of food is great. =) Please don't ask why we did not order any dish that has fish in it because Lloyd doesn't like fish that much. Or should I say he rarely eats fish. Haha. We were serenaded by the Salbabida Boys while we were eating.  You have to give them 20.00 pesos tip for every song that they will sing for you.
Note found in every hut. Haha.
Emote yan si Kuya sa pagkanta!
My poging boyfriend.
Will wear this romper on school next week and blog about it too. This is my Chictopia reward! Okay lang umulit ng outfit! haha.
Happy 10th!
After eating we explored the restaurant. I think we consumed more time walking around than eating. Let me give you a quick tour inside the resto-fun park. =) I'll let the photos do the talking!
Entrance.
Huge statue again.
Floating restaurant. =)
This gorilla costs more than 3 million pesos!! What!!
Fishpond.
Mermaid.
Release your anger by throwing something at this wall!
Photos of me and my boyfriend around the restaurant! Hihi. So much fun!!
Incredible hulk!
Hello intruder!
With the late Cory Aquino.
Bebe with Erap!
Who are you texting?!
BFFs.
My camera died after this shot. =(
We also tried boating in the river and had a small chat with the boater. He talked about how long the restaurant was built (around 4 years time) and it's not even finished yet. He also talked about the statues around the place and approximately how much they cost. He said that we should go back there as soon as its completely finished and all the fountains are functioning. Manong Bangkero is very nice. Hihi.

I will bring my family there. Makoy will also enjoy here! They also have magic shows during weekends! That's fantastic. Please give this restaurant a try and I am sure that you will like it there! Better than Kamayan sa Palaisdaan! I don't want to say that but it's the truth. Haha. I can't share their website yet, they don't have any. If you try to Google about Isdaan, reviews and photos about their branch in Tarlac  (1st branch) will be seen. None about their branch in Calauan yet. Haha. They will be opening their 3rd branch in Nueva Ecija too.

Love love!


P.S.
MY ISDAAN EXPERIENCE PART TWO, CLICK HERE! =)

57 comments:

  1. Aww. Happy 10th month to you lovebirds! Haha. Nice location to celebrate. Grabe lang 'yung bulalo. ((:

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  2. Hi sori sa pagcomment..hehe im really looking for this...how do you get there?i really want to go treat my family there today since wer going to enchanted...thanks hope you can help me... Happy 10th month to u guys..=) btw my name is charm..=)

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  3. TY KAREN! KATAKOT YUNG BULALO! HAHA.

    HI CHARM. SO IF YOU ARE COMING FROM EK, YOU HAVE TO GET TO CALAMBA FIRST. FROM CROSSING CALAMBA, YOU CAN RIDE JEEPNEYS GOING TO STA. CRUZ, LAGUNA. YUN LANG, ISANG SAKAY LANG FROM CROSSING CALAMBA. CALAUAN, LAGUNA YUNG "ISDAAN". ALAM NA NG JEEPNEY DRIVERS PAG SINABI MO YUNG "ISDAAN" MAKIKITA MO AGAD KASI SOBRANG LAKI NYAN AT MARAMING STATUES. =)

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  4. i'm from sta. cruz laguna at naririnig ko lang din itong isdaan... no idea kung ano itsura dito, so i search the internet and one of the results is your blog :)

    thanks for the info and i love the pictures :)

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  5. THANK YOU. =) I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO GO THERE WITH YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY. =)

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  6. Hello. Thank you for this blog. Much sure u and ur bf enjoyed ur 10mo celebration. I just wanna ask if do they have contact nos? Do we have to make reservation? Do they have package for group? Me and my friends are planning to visit here next week. I just want to make some inquiries. Thank you again and more power. :)

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  7. HELLO. I FORGOT TO ASK FOR THEIR CONTACT NUMBERS BUT I THINK YOU DON'T HAVE TO MAKE A RESERVATION ANYMORE. =) THE PLACE IS TOO BIG AND I THINK THAT THEY HAVE ENOUGH SEATS FOR WALK-IN CUSTOMERS. =) HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR VISIT THERE AS MUCH AS ME AND MY BOYFRIEND DID. =) YES, THEY HAVE GROUP MEALS! I ALSO WANT TO EAT THERE WITH MY FRIENDS. NAKALAGAY PA SA MENU NILA "BOODLE FIGHT FOR "!

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  8. Hi. Thanks for the reply. Well its good to know na they can accommodate us naman pala. Sabagay we're not too many naman. Hehee. And its really good to know na may group meals din sila! Thank you again for this info. Keep it up. :)

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  9. THANK YOU TOO. PUTOL PALA ANG COMMENT KO. "BOODLE FIGHT FOR 4/8/12 PEOPLE" YUNG NAKALAGAY SA MENU AND DIFFERENT SETS YUN. =)

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  10. hi iam from san pablo and im planning to go to isdaan, from san pablo city ako, should i ride yung jeepneys puntang calamba or yung puntang sta cruz?

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  11. HI. JEEPNEYS GOING TO CALAMBA. HALOS MALAPIT NA SIYA SA BAY AND KAMAYAN SA PALAISDAAN. =)

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  12. hi, which do you think is much better, the one in tarlac or that in laguna? hindi pa ba ganon katapos sa laguna? we're planning sa tarlac kaso open na pala tong sa laguna eh mas malapit yun :)

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  13. HI GAY. DI KO KASI NAPUNTAHAN PA YUNG TARLAC BRANCH. PERO OKAY NAMAN NA YUNG SA CALAUAN. HALOS PATAPOS NA RIN AND BAGONG BAGO ANG FACILITIES KAYA DITO NA LANG KAYO GUMORA. =)

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  14. Hi good afternoon. thank you for this blog. :) pero mahal ba dito?

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  15. HI. NOT-SO. HIHI. YUNG TOTAL BILL NAMIN NG BOYFRIEND KO IS 699.00 PESOS BUT THE FOOD WE ORDERED IS ALMOST GOOD FOR 3-4 PEOPLE. MAS OKAY KUNG PUNTA KA WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. =)

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  16. hi po magkano kaya magagastos pag 2 people kau? enough na ba ang 1000 or 1500 para sa 2 people.. thnx po..

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  17. Magkano po ung Tinupig jan and spareribs? try po kc namin kumain jan ^_^

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  18. 1000 IS ALREADY GOOD FOR 2 PEOPLE. MY BOYFRIEND AND I PAID 699 PESOS FOR THE FOOD WE ORDERED AND WE DID NOT FINISH OUR FOOD. HALF LANG NAKAIN NAMIN. HEHE.

    HI JEZZ, SPARERIBS IS 200++ PESOS FOR HALF KILO AND YUNG TINUPIG AY KASAMA SA SET NA BINILI NAMIN WHICH INCLUDES BULALO AND 2 CUPS OF RICE AND IT COSTS 360 PESOS. ONE WHOLE TINUPIG COSTS 300++, HALF LANG YUNG KASAMA SA SET. =)

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  19. Magkano po pamasahe from elbi crossing hanggang jan po?

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  20. HI JANNA. UHM 10 PESOS ONLY! IF I REMEMBER IT CORRECTLY. =)

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  21. ano yung operating hours ng isdaan?

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  22. HI. IF I REMEMBER IT CORRECTLY, IT'S OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM. =)

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  23. thanks for ur blog ,at least I had an idea na... me and my family will go there this month for my birthday!!!

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  24. ADVANCE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY. =)

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  25. MY ENTRANCE FEE PO BA DYAN?

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  26. Hi!

    Meron ba silang mga rooms for a day or two of stay?
    Mukha kasing ok ang food and the place itself.

    Thanks.

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  27. Hi, do you have a any idea how much is the Boat Riding?.. Thanks

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  28. NO ENTRANCE FEE. =)

    NO ROOMS, JUST RESTAURANT AND FUN-PARK. =)

    BOAT RIDING IS FREE BUT YOU HAVE TO GIVE 20 PESOS TIP FOR THE BOATER. HIHI.

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  29. i want to go na.. :)) thanks for your blog.. affordable ba ang food? mejo malabo kasi yung nga price dun sa picture ng menu e.. :))

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  30. HI GHIE, YOU'RE WELCOME. =) UHM, AROUND 100 - 500 PESOS PER ORDER OF VIAND BUT IT'S ALREADY GOOD FOR SHARING. =)

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  31. hi... nag punta ako jan last nyt with my boyfrend... kahapon kasi one (1) year and two (2) months nmin ng bf ko... super saya tlga...khit maulan tumuloy parin kmi... take note nka motor lng kmi, gling pa kmi ng cabuyao nun... di kc nmin expected na uulan pla... kya nag motor lng kmi pra iwas trapik...inisip kc nmin kung mag car kmi mttrapik lng...kya aun, pero ok lng din kc msaya parin, atleast TOGETHER... :') nag enjoy kmi pareho... nkka tuwa kc nkita ko tung blog nto... Ms. Lauren Star thanks!!! :')

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  32. THANKS MELISSA! HAPPY 1 YEAR AND 2 MONTHS TO BOTH OF YOU. =) KAMI NG BOYFRIEND KO, WE ALWAYS SEARCH RESTAURANTS SA GOOGLE AND THEN WE WILL READ REVIEWS. IF IT'S OKAY, WE'LL EAT THERE. I AM VERY HAPPY THAT BOTH OF YOU ENJOYED DESPITE THE RAINY DAY. =)

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  33. sayang di na post na readable ung menu. I want to know the price of the food. ^_^

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  34. OK LNG PO BA KUMANTA UNG MGA SINGING WAITERS????TNX PO SALAMAT

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  35. hi! ask lng po mga ilan hours from calamba papunta sa isdaan? tnx!

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  36. FOOD PRICE RANGE IS FROM 100 - 500 PESOS.

    UHM, NOT BAD BUT NOT THAT GREAT. HAHA! SAKTONG PANG-ENTERTAINMENT LANG. HAHA.

    AROUND 45 MINUTES TO 1 HOUR TRAVEL TIME FROM CALAMBA TO ISDAAN.

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  37. tnx ms lauren..after reading your blog, i will definitely bring my family here.. :)

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  38. Thank you for posting your pictures. I live in Los Banos,Laguna and I've never been there "yet". Now that I saw the pictures, I feel I wanna go there right NOW...hahaha We've been to the Palaisdaan resto several times and We just love their food. Now, I'm gonna try Isdaan and compare. Wait for my blog too!

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  39. And oh, for those coming from Cubao...you may take the HM bus (terminal is along EDSA-left side from Makati to Kalookan, after Aurora Blvd.)going to Sta.Cruz,Laguna. Just tell the driver you're going to "Isdaan" in Calauan. From LRT-Buendia, you may take the DLTB bus or the Greenstar bus to Sta.Cruz. See you all there!

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  40. YOU'RE WELCOME. THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLOG TOO. HOPE THAT YOU'LL HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FAMILY THERE. =)

    SEND ME THE LINK IF YOU'RE GOING TO BLOG ABOUT IT! THANKS.

    CHECK THIS OUT, MY SECOND TRIP TO ISDAAN: http://laurenstarrr.blogspot.com/2011/11/food-trip-isdaan-calauan-laguna-part-2.html

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  41. kung galing ng cavite panu ung way? may idea k b???

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  42. sakay k ng van jan sa robison dasma papunta crossing calamba then jeep n p san pablo tapos baba kn isdaan.

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  43. You've a good review of the place...pero duon sa mga nakakain na sa Isdaan, Calauan, Laguna simula nang pormal na magbukas ito, sinasabi nila na "hindi masarap ang pagkain at masyadong mahal" na "mas masrap pa ang pagkain sa katabing Kamayan"...parang 8 out of 10 people na taga-Laguna ganuon ang comment. Kaya nagdadalawang isip kami na kumain sa Isdaan at baka masayang lang ang P1000 namin

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  44. hi! how can i get here from manila can you send me google map?

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  45. GIRLYN, I AM NOT REALLY SURE IF THEY HAVE WI-FI. SORRY.

    @ANONYMOUS1 - MAYBE IT DEPENDS ON ONE'S JUDGEMENT BUT I REALLY PREFER ISDAAN THAN PALAISDAAN. THE AMBIANCE IS MORE RELAXING AND I THINK THE PRICE OF THE FOOD IS ALMOST THE SAME WITH PALAISDAAN BUT I LIKE ISDAAN'S FOOD BETTER. MAYBE YOU SHOULD STILL GIVE IT A TRY. =)

    @ANONYMOUS2 - IT'S VERY EASY TO GO THERE FROM MANILA. ONE BUS RIDE FROM CUBAO (HM TRANSPORT) THEN JUST TELL THE DRIVER THAT YOU ARE GOING TO ISDAAN, CALAUAN.

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  46. Hi Lauren,
    I'm inspired by your blogs, especially this one.
    We've been here last Christmas and It was a really good restaurant!
    Thanks for the post and more power to your blog!

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  47. hi meron po bang mga rooms na pwedeng i-rent just in case mag oovernight???

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  48. THANK YOU ADMIN. THAT'S SO SWEET. =) THANKS FOR DROPPING BY!

    SORRY DEAR, NO ROOMS. RESTAURANT ONLY. =)

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  49. hi po..i really wanted to try this resto with my family...how much po kya magagastos for 12 persons?tenx po

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  50. HMM. AROUND 2K-3K I GUESS. HEHE.

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  51. thank you so much po

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  52. Traffic b papunta dyan? im from cavite. tnx.....

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  53. great place may kasama pa entertainment we have just been there kakauwe nga lang namen....

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  54. Thanks for your blog. Nagka idea ako kung saan ko dadalhin ang family ko after mag Enchanted Kingdom sa pagbakasyon namin jan sa Pinas next month.

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  55. hello
    My son birthday on feb.10 im planning to send them there.mga 11 person sila mga magkano po kaya budget na kailangan nila..6 adults and 5 kids.
    thanks

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  56. magkano po kaya pag punta kami dyan.10 person po kami

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