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“truly a boutique place”
Review of Balay da Blas

Balay da Blas
Ranked #6 of 47 Restaurants in Laoag
Cuisines: Filipino
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

this is a rare find in laoag. the place definitely has a concept and it was done tastefully. the rooms are individually set and showcases traditional ilocano items and furnishings. the place gives you a good experience of how rooms in the bygone eras are. the dining room located on top is a unique experience as well. the decor is very much to my liking and you can feel the owner's personal touch in it - the pieces seemed carefully handpicked. i wish they have more places like these in so-called "old" cities.

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Reviewed March 4, 2011

I'd like to make this review as painless as possible since I know how the staff of Balay da Blas tried their best to serve us well but I guess, more training is necessary.

Since we're a big group, the hotel allowed us to use the third floor open function room to have our dinner. The place was nicely decorated and had a beautiful table setting that further enhanced our anticipation for the food. However, service was really so slow that if not in deference to our host, I would have just grabbed the food and placed them on the table. The staff took a lot of time bringing the food upstairs that when our native tinolang manok arrived, the soup was already lukewarm. Requests for additional utensils also took a lot of time. And they didn't provide extra glasses for water but instead we had to use the ones for the iced tea.

Having taken that out of my system, let me focus on the food. I liked the soup and the lumpiang shanghai made of dragon fruit flowers (first time I've tasted it). The steamed okra and string beans with bagoong (fermented fish paste), tomatoes and onions as well as the chicken pork adobo with potatoes were also tasty. I was not very fond of the pinakbet, however, since it had ginger and was different from the way we usually prepare it at home. The pancit canton made of flat noodles was just ok. Dessert was sliced banana and camote that one dips on hot molasses. It's like a native fondue. But what I disliked most was the iced tea with basil. It simply tasted yucky. I'll even take plain ol' tea anytime.

After this experience, I think I'll have to think twice before eating at Balay da Blas again.

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4  Thank gold1109
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Reviewed July 12, 2016
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