I wanted to experience eating like a local, and Vunong Dinette Batanes is just the place for that.
If I’m not mistaken, Vunong Dinette Batanes is the only restaurant on the island serving authentic Ivatan cuisine cooked in the traditional way.
Plus, it’s placed in what used to be the owner’s garage. I absolutely loved the fresh air (there was even a cow moo-ing at us). More al fresco dining like this, please.
Vunong Dinette Batanes set meal
A set meal costs PHP 300 per person but is already a bang for your buck. The gastronomic adventure starts with Vunong, which is similar to Tagalog’s binalot. I suggest you eat with your bare hands to complete the experience.
The food is basically wrapped in leaves, comprised of turmeric rice, Ivatan bistek, luñis, uvud, and of course, tanige (mackerel). Luñis and uvud are both popular Ivatan dishes.
It looked like a small serving to me at first but I was already full halfway through.
The set also includes Nilagang Baka (beef soup), which I particularly loved for its rich taste. It’s so warm and hearty that I couldn’t get enough of it.
I’m not a fan of sour food because I have hyperacidity but trying their Kilawin (Filipino ceviche) was surely worth the risk. This one is served with sweet potato.
The spicy kilawin is used as a topping for your sweet potato, and I was so surprised at how they complement each other.
Vunong Dinette Batanes is located along Taytay Rd in Basco. You can tell your tour provider to add it as your lunch place during your North Batan Tour.
They’re open from 9 AM onwards, and they are strict on reservations so make sure to call at least a day before visiting. Simply call 0999-991-9447 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, read my Batanes itinerary.
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