Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant

16 Manila East Rd., Angono, Rizal

Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant
3.6
3.5 Stars

24 Reviewers

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  • 4 stars 11
  • 3 stars 10
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
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Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Open: 10:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+6326510110

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Most Recent Reviews

Chili G.
3.0 Stars
6

Took advantage of our day off and had a field trip to Angono. Read a lot about this place especially the petroglyphs and it being the 'art capital of the Philippines'. Surprisingly, it only took us 1hr from Alabang via C6, however the roads are quite rough. But then in no time we were there!
Arrived at the restaurant at around 11AM and luckily there were only a few occupied tables. The specialty of this resto is exotic dishes. Exotic like crickets, frog legs, tapang usa etc. not for me but hubby just loves this stuff! So he ordered a soup #5 and we got lechon kawali to share also garlic rice.
The resto itself could use much cleaning IMO. As in alikabok everywhere ugh I cannot 128529 service is ok cos we already conditioned ourselves that this is 'provincial' service; i.e. You could see people walking in and out of the kitchen with their shirts half on, gets?
On to the food, it was just meh for me. Masarap pa yung kinakainan Kong carinderia sa pilar. Ordered a guinumis to cleanse my palate. Btw I didn't try the soup #5 but as per hubby it was good daw.
Total bill was 900 err a bit expensive for the taste.
Now on the the museum. After going up a flight of stairs, you will see the 'museum' or collection of the owner. He is an artist and the wife is a school teacher. Many many Filipino inspired artwork mostly carvings and wooden items. It's just one floor but I was surprised because the ground floor looked so much smaller. Quite musty though.
I think it's a good place to visit if you're in the area but not for lunch especially since they fill up quickly. Maybe meryenda or a quick drink and then silipin nyo narin yung museum.

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Trina H.
3.0 Stars
2

Had snacks with the bestfriends and went around their gallery (free)

Ordered the Maruya (PHP50) and Sago't Gulaman (PHP50). Both were good especially the Maruya!

It's really hot here especially during the summer time. So prepare your fans.

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Mj D.
4.0 Stars

Quick late lunch 128523 128077🏼 Ginataang kuhol (malalaki and madami) , Tapang Kalabaw, Baked Tahong, Balaw balaw rice ... Id like to try some exotic meals but my partner disagree with me so maybe next time 128513

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

We went to Antipolo a few years back to visit the Antipolo Church as part of our Rizal rediscovery tour. Rizal went there with his father when he was seven years old for a pilgrimage to the Virgin of Antipolo.

Anyway, what I wanted to highlight in this trip was our dinner at Balaw-Balaw (also known as a native sauce made from shrimps and rice) which is a restaurant/art museum.

Since we were a big group, we decided to order their Balaw-Balaw group platter (PHP1,160). It was a huge rice topping meal with fish, mussels, clams, crabs, abodo, salted eggs, tomatoes, egg plants, and pork, among others. The waiter told us though that 2 orders of that was not enough for a group of 20 (kinda) hungry travelers. But we decided to stick to the 2 orders. And to our surprise, 2 orders were more than enough. Perhaps their disclaimer of it being good for 5 people is for 5 GIANTS.

This picture wasn't able to capture how big the pot was but it was similar to the size of a huge baby tub.

We had a feast. The toppings were not outstanding but very filling. I find the fish too salty though and the pork too hard. There were also some fish that are not cooked well thus an ugly after taste.

The highlight of that night was UOK, larva of beetles cooked like adobo (PHP300). I admit; I was grossed out when I saw it. It looked like fat hairy worms. But since I want to try something different (exotic), I tried it… and instantly fell in love with it. It was a bit salty and seasoned like adobo. The meat reminded me of crabs with its soft texture.

I find it a bit overpriced though since it was PHP300 for 9 pieces. I was lucky though since I managed to get three. 128518

Overall, the dining experience was good. The ambiance was pleasant and rather entertaining.

I will definitely look for more Uok in Manila. Hopefully, it will be cheaper.

#12Days

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Mara R.
3.0 Stars

Aside from Pampanga's Everbody's Cafe, Balaw Balaw from Angono Rizal also serves exotic food! If you're brave enough, head on to this peculiar specialty resto.

No place for the weak here 128581🏼128581🏼128581🏼 I DIED.

What They Have:
1. Antik (Ants)
2. Tapang Baboy Damo (Wild Boar)
3. Nilasing na Palaka (Frog)
4. Kamaro (Crickets)
5. Uok (Wood Grub)

P.S. It also serves as an art gallery 127912

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Bianx A.
4.0 Stars

If you are adventurous with food, you should try balaw balaw restaurant! They serve normal filipino dishes and not so normal (exotic) food. Bugs included! My boyfriend and I tried their crocodile sisig, it was too spicy for us, the mayo masked the true taste of crocodile plus there's too many onion and chili on in :( but was okay. Horse tapa tasted like normal tapa. But it was satisfactory. I like how their bagoong rice tasted but they should add more mangoes on top. We were very full already so we weren't able to try their "uok" (coconut worms) and their crickets. Will definitely come back to try more exciting dishes. They also have a gallery, its like toure in a didferent dimension. A spanish thened house with lots of spanish artifacts in it. The wood carvings are also amazing!

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Triggerhappyfoodie C.
2.0 Stars

A lot of roadwork leading in and out of our area that we sometimes take long cuts. We ended up in Angono and took our chances.

Things looked promising as we entered the artsy place. We settled on a table that was near a fan as we were starting to feel hot and sticky. We roamed around while waiting for our food.

The Crispy Crablets were yummy but nakakasawa. I had to drown the Grilled Squid in soy sauce to eat them. The broth of the Sinigang was good but the fish was matinik.

Maybe we should have just ordered the exotic food. Servers weren't in the dining area most of the time.

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Carlo A.
4.0 Stars

Been here only twice and the place doesn't change much. There are lots of art displays, especially masks and the place is not fancy!

The foods are just OK and are priced like the ones from the metro. We ordered bulalo and a bilao of foods (similar to the ones being served by seafood islands). However, it seems that in here, there are more viands than rice, which is a plus for me! They offered exotic foods by the eay like frogs, but we haven't tried it.

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Aurelio S.
4.0 Stars

Accompanied my niece at Agono for her ocular inspection in connection with her thesis so we reached lunchtime and saw at the google map this specialty restaurant and art museum

The review

Food-

Balaw Balaw fried rice was delicious with shrimp, peas, chorizos and other unidentified ingredients. Taste like paella but not to be mistaken for the famed Valencia rice dish 11088110881108811088

Calamares was ordinary but the sawsawan was perfect with suka and chili. Crispy yes128523110881108811088

Sinigang sa Kandule they separated the stock and fish dunno if it's the right presentation but the fish I like no "tinik" easily dissolves into the palate sarap 12852312852312852311088110881108811088

Fish stock is ok but I believe dapat maasim pa110881108811088

Buko juice just ordinary with malauhog buko meat

Establishment- I'll just post on a separate reviews interesting place with museum and artworks 128077128077128077

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Ric E.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Cai B.
4.0 Stars

If you're looking for an exotic filipino native restaurant, this is the place to go. It showcases arts and culture of Angono (Higantes) and serves out of the ordinary dishes such as grasshoppers, to frog legs, to snake.

Ufortunately they were not available when we went there so we opted to have the group meal which has the fried chicken, grilled fish and seafoods - costs around 1,000+ php. And can make 3-5 persons full! Food was great! Not a bad deal!

Ambiance is ok..not that bad and not that great. The nice side is that there were 2 men who serenaded us while we eat and boy they sound great!Sadly there are no air conditioning, only electric fans.

Might take an hour travel from Ortigas to get there. Will i come back? Certainly! I hafta try those exotic dishes!

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Denis R.
4.0 Stars

One of the few places that offer exotic dishes and home cooked style Pinoy dishes. My first time here, I went for the uok or larvae. Cooked adobo way. Was it good? Why not try it yourself. One thing for sure, I will order it again as beermate.

This visit my colleagues and I went easy. No exotic dish for today. We had the Laing (in photo), asadong itik and sinigang na ulo ng carpa. The sinigang was like my granny's cooking. Cooked in real sampaloc, this is not common in restaurants anymore. Must try for fish head lover.

The Laing, yummmmmm!! I almost finished the whole serving! It was one of the best laing I ever tasted!

Asadong itik is best with beer. Not bad, nothing special.

The place is ok. Not too cozy, it's like one of those probinsya restaurant. I'd go back again when I'm in Angono! Food is good, price is fine.

If you do visit Balaw balaw, try the exotic and not so common dishes. Be adventurous!

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Grace M.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Marvin Ryan V.
3.0 Stars

The place is awesome. Food could be better.

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The Food Scout N.
3.0 Stars

Planning to join Fear Factor? Then try visiting Balaw Balaw first. Exotic foods set them apart from other Filipino restaurants. Fried frogs, uok or worms, butt and balls of cow and more crazy foods that you don't normally eat.
I was challenged to try the UOK, which was crunchy outside and slimy as you chew. Kinda gross if I try to remember. But At least I have it a try :)
Before the exotic foods challenge, I tried various Filipino foods like Adobo, Caldereta, Inihaw na chicken, squid, crabs and more.
The set-up of balaw-balaw looked very traditional. The furnitures are made of wood and displays around are figures and masks from various Phil provinces.

The problem for me, its location. Not convenient from where I stay. Other than that, I suggest you give it a try. Their exotic dishes will be the mark that you visited Balaw Balaw.

Pray, Eat and Love.

Cheers,
The Food Scout

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Charlene N.
3.0 Stars

Foods so exotic that we're chicken to try. I'm just not an intrepid eater after all.

Last week, we had a field trip to Angono, Rizal and we stopped to have some lunch in this place.

Set plates were already in the table when we arrived. It composed of crispy shrimps, braised chicken, a tiny green mango salad and a cup of mixed rice. We were also served two pota of this tasty soup per table that I think had squash in it as it was sweet.

That was not the interesting part though. Waiters brought an overly-smoky sizzling palte that had an unknown ingredients. They didn't want to tell what it was at first but we were being forceful, haha.

It was the cow's butt and balls. We just tried the butt, okay! We would not venture to put the other one in our mouths, it just looked so strange. But there were brave ones who did and said that it felt gummy and chewy inside their mouths.

Our professor also showed us this bowl with live worms. Ew. Some of our Korean classmates even shrieked out of disgust. After that, we were allowed to roam around the place to check the art. I could slowly imagine how creepy this place is at night. 128123

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Joan Marie G.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Milven G.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Jose P.
5.0 Stars

I remember 2 yrs ago, my girlfriend still lived there. We go here to eat Filipino food, reminiscent of how old folks do it. To eat here is to not just eat good food, it's experiencing the community as well, of how it was like when my hometown was like this. Plus the staff were always nice.

There is a gallery upstairs by the late Perdigon Vocalan ( if I'm not mistaken) whose work reminds me of Charles Vess who I am sure he never met, makes you wonder.

The food may not be fancy but it was good, some may be exotic, but this place meant a lot to me, and stayed true to what it is, without pretensions.

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Renée M.
3.0 Stars

if you dare to try exotic.....this is the place to eat.

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