Bacolod Food Trip: 21
21 along busy Lacson street was on our list and we went there without any expectations. My other cousin Paola actually thought it was a carinderia based on some of the things we heard. Haha In her defense, we were talking about La Paz Batchoy and she thought 21 was a specialty place like Manookan country. Lo and behold, we step out of the car and was surprised to see a sit down dinner place.
The ambiance and interiors were cozy. It was the first kind of restaurant we’ve tried in Bacalod since we got used to casual restaurants, coffee shops and of course those one of eateries on the side of the road. Their menu was extensive and had fusion dishes we were excited to try. It was difficult to narrow things down but we made an effort to pick dishes that weren’t common.
We don’t normally get appetizer but we were pretty famished. This was pure evil; something fried and dipped into cheeeeese? Heart attack! Haha It’s a good kind of evil though, absolutely delicious man! In fact, we ordered it again when we were drinking.
Uhm I don’t like squid so I didn’t taste this one. My cousin Hanna vouches for its heavenliness though.
I love sukiyaki and was curious how Restaurant 21 would spin this dish. I was expecting something more Italian but was relieved that it wasn’t. They used noodles that were thicker than the ones traditionally used. Unsurprisingly, I enjoyed this dish immensely. The noodles though weren’t as hot anymore but the tofu was hot. The tofu also was the perfect complement to the sweet dish.
This dish delivers; it is exactly how it is described. The porkchop’s exterior was crispy and the inside juicy. You could taste the spicy kick after a couple of chews and BAM! Bicol express!
We tried the regular and special margarita and loved both equally. You could taste the tequila and the salt which was blended beautifully in the drink. This is HAPPINESS in a glass. I’ve never tasted a margarita like this – it’s like slurpee for adults. As in, THE BEST EEEVVVEEERRR!
Restaurant 21 is a definite MUST when in Bacalod. Hands down one of the best experiences we had during the trip. I dream of going back for 21 alone!
Photos by Rica de Ramos.
Additional photos by Hanna Liwag and Restaurant 21.
21st Lacson Street, Bacolod City
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