What foodie place you shouldn’t miss when in San Pablo? I got to say its Joel’s Town restaurant. 🙂
Ang lagi kong binalik-balikan sa kanila is their Liemposilog with chopsuey. It’s a hole-in-wall type of establishment, not a posh place, it’s more like a big size carenderia. It does not have fancy decors, no aircon but they definitely deliver on what counts most – delightful food offerings. Think Pinoy food favorites like pancit, sisig, lumpia, liempo, silog meals, they have it and it won’t cost you arm and leg to order a serving or two. =)
If you are looking for a food trip on a budget while passing through or vacationing in Laguna, Penfires highly recommend Joel’s Town.
Where is Joel’s Town?
This restaurant that serves really good set meals and ala cart orders is inside the Joel’s Town Subdivision. If you are familiar with the bus terminal in San Pablo, the one right across Chowking in the national highway. Go to the back portion of the terminal complex and you can see the subdivision gate. There will be a bit of walking involve from the main road if you are commuting unless you hire a tricycle from San Pablo city center to Joel’s Town (P10 per person fare) or you have your own car. For more detailed instruction on how to go there just ask locals and they’d point you to the right direction.
D’Original Liemposilog sa San Pablo!
Why I love this Laguna Restaurant?
It’s affordable. The ala-cart dishes is not exactly “student-friendly-prices” but it is pocket-friendly for the regular earning worker. For students with limited funds, they’ve got choices like hotdog rice (P40) and shanghaisilog (P50).
The food is really worth the walk too, sasadyain mo kasi yung place. Example Liemposilog which is again my recommended pick for first timers is just P65 per plate, it comes with rice + liempo + sunny-side-up egg. If you want veggies, you can go for Liemposilog with chopsuey, this plate will cost you P25 more as one order of this set-meal is P90.
Drinks are not included in the set meals.
Take a cut of their liempo, dip it into Mang Thomas, ahhhh heaven as you munch! Makes one wish that the secret-recipe gatekeeper will one day call a meeting to reveal Joel’s Town liempo recipe and cooking procedure, I’d come running to the meeting venue hehe.
Original Liemposilog with Chopsuey!
The only thing that I wish Joel’s Town can improve on is its rice servings. Their one cup is too small even for me who doesn’t eat lots of rice. We usually order an extra rice when dining in this budget restaurant to give justice to the liempo. =)
If you are beginning to think that this Laguna restaurant with affordable food choices is just all about liempo, nope, they offer a lot more, check out the menu on the picture above. 🙂
Wish I can eat sisig, liempo, crunchy tofu steak with mushroom, lumpia, pancit, adobo – all these in one setting. Hah! =)
They’ve also got snack and merienda options like sandwiches, burgers, club house and more, it’s perfect if you don’t feel eating a full meal.
They deliver too but I don’t know what places they serve, Laguna after all is a huge province. Might be just within San Pablo City. To be sure call them up at (049) 503-1784 or 09325962228.
I mentioned the crunchy tofu steak with mushroom because I was very surprised to find it really good. I normally don’t eat tofu or tokwa for I found its softness weird. But on our last visit there, our friends Kat and Julie ordered a serving of this dish. The blocks of tofu immersed in its brownish think sauce looks so inviting but still I refuse to eat, not until all my three companions (Titus was also there) says ‘uyyy ang sarap’, and murmurs of ‘oo nga!’. I can no longer ignore so I took a bite. My!!! Sarap nga! The texture and taste was surprisingly really good!
Whoever cook it is a magician, the soft tokwa was indeed crunchy, and the perfectly blended sauce with the little mushrooms makes it a hands-down winner! I love it! This is coming from someone who don’t eat tokwa on a regular day. 🙂
Oh My Tofu!
Thanks Julie of MyInkTrails for the two pics above!
There were four of us who enjoyed a weekend food tripping in Laguna. =)
So if you are on a road trip in South Luzon and you pass by San Pablo, drop by Joel’s Town, di kayo magsisisi. =)