Halo Halo de Iloko Balay

12 Zandueta St., San Fernando City, La Union

Halo Halo de Iloko Balay
4.3
4.5 Stars

43 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 21
  • 4 stars 16
  • 3 stars 6
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 47 Reviews
  • 94 Recommend
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Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Reopens Mon: 10:00a - 6:00p
Phone
+63727002030

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 6:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 6:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 6:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 6:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 6:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 6:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 6:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Nadine Christy E.
4.0 Stars
3

Been seeing posts about this place from my friends, and decided to try it out when we were in the area. We had to wait a little while to get a table coz the place was jam-packed even on a Friday aftie. We got the pinakbet bagnet and longanisa for lunch, with a side of french fries for my kiddo. Food was good and the servers were nice. Their buko halohalo is huge! All in all, I'd say it was a good experience.

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Marjorie G.
3.0 Stars
8

Upon the recommendation of my friend, Pötpöt P, I went to Halo Halo de Iloko. Most reviews I read said that the place is always jampacked. The last thing that I wanted to do was to wait long so I checked out early from Flotsam and Jetsam. It was not hard to find, just hail a tricycle and tell the driver to take you there.

Halo halo de Iloko sits in the middle of a residential. The faćade is so colorful it looked out of place. I was expecting a crowd, I came to an empty place. Apparently, I was too early, it was around 10am.

Inside, the place is filled with Filipino decorations, of wooden idols, cooking ware, colored bottles, bamboo curtain, and whatnot. I read from one review that it is not overly decorated. Wrong. It is overly decorated.

I was reminded I was in the province when I heard the staff talking. They spoke in Ilocano. They welcomed me, showed me to a table, then asked me to sign their log book. This is the first time I went to a resto with a log book. I didn't ask what they need it for, I assumed they were trying to keep track of the number of their visitors as well as where the guests came from.

I based my order from what I read on reviews so I had pork binagoongan (comes with a tall glass of iced tea) and Fiesta Halo-halo.

The binagoongan is very sweet but the pork meat is tender so I guess it was okay. I've noted mixed reviews on the halo-halo, some were crazy over it, the others thought it was overrated. Based on my experience I would rate it as just okay. I was not disappointed but I wasn't blown away either. If I have to rank in my list of best halo-halo it would be 4th after Kabigting, Razon's, and Milky Way. There is something different with the taste of Halo-halo de Iloko's version, something I can not pinpoint. But despite the ice cream it wasn't really that sweet.

Halo-halo de Iloko is a nice place and there are many food in their menu that I wanted to try but I was alone so it wasn't a wise idea to order a lot.

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Kram O.
3.0 Stars

The place was really packed which indicated that they serve good food. We tried pancit engrande, Mixed spicy sea food, sinampalukang manok, okoy, ilokano express (bagnet version of bicol express) and of course their halo halo.
Among the food that we ordered i can say that okoy and the sinampalukang manok were really good. The rest were somehow ok and a little bit pricey considering the serving specially the mixed spicy sea food and ilokano express. The pancit engrande was just normal for me. Lastly the Halo Halo hmmm pwede na. Overall its a 3127775 for me, still a must try resto.

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Muffy T.
3.0 Stars

Halo halo was good, but this one that comes in a buko is 180php.. A little bit too expensive for what it is.

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars

The very reason why I'm giving this a 4 star is because their Halo Halo is really good and their Binagooangan Rice is already fulling as it is. Besides that, the food is average.

We went here for lunch and the line can be pretty long while the place is small. From the name itself, they're famous with their Halo-Halo. I must say, it is good. They include yema as part of the toppings then they don't have beans but have buko, sago, gulaman, banana, and such. The milk taste like carabao's milk or it's just me. It is a good thirst quencher on a draining afternoon. Fiesta Halo-Halo with ice cream which is 16oz is Php 99 while the huge serving of Buko Halo-Halo is Php 100+.

The Binagoongan rice is already a meal itself. It taste good. We tried their sizzling gambas which is a little spicy. Their surfers plate with squid, bangus belly and shrimps is of little amount of serving but taste okay. The kare-kare is a disappointment. The beef is not soft or tender. It lacks the peanut taste. But they said that the bagoong is good!

Price range is between Php 200-350 per order good for 2-3 person. If's a little pricey for me. But the halo halo is a must to try!

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Andi A.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Christina R.
5.0 Stars

I was a skeptic, yes, I admit. Halo-halo to me tastes the same wherever you go. Not a big fan of it that's why. I didn't even order myself a cup here because I'm just not interested in it. I never looked at HH the same way after I ate half of the Hs order.

We first visited this place on 2011. I googled interesting places in the area and this was on the top of most lists. Just a tricycle ride from Thunderbird, we reached our destination in probably 15 mins. As with most provinces there's only one main road you see.

Every time we're in the area we pass by if we have time. I don't know why it tastes good as I'm not a HH expert. But I guess they put more than just milk or do something with the ingredients because it does taste differently.

They serve other food here too. People almost always order the HH and you should too if you're in La Union. There's a bit of a wait to get a table, this is a popular tourist destination.

Thanks for the reco Jorelle F128522

Ps. So does my cup remind you of King Julien?

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Roy T.
4.0 Stars

After we had lunch in Surf Shack and since we had no more other scheduled activities in our itinerary before heading back to the city, of course we'd search for the famous eat spots in the area. This is one of those, heard it from friends and also Google says so. It's even awarded by Tripadvisor as best something. I actually forgot what award that was, what's important is that it must be good and famous, so with he help of Google Maps, off we went to this place. Just 20-30 minutes from Surf Shack, we landed in this dessert place.

We were welcomed by a really cool air-conditioned dining place which sadly can only accommodate 10 people or less. That same room had their facade, with the resto name and their pasalubong area for the tourists (that's us). 128517 sooo, we had no choice but to stay in the non-AC area. Good thing it was not too hot that time. We still had fun because company is what matters, right? #nux

So of course they offer the Filipino bingsu--- Halo Halo!!! 128588🏻 I saw that you can get their halo halo in a buko (120 bucks if i remember it right), special with ice cream placed in a plastic container (95 bucks), and regular with no ice cream (around 80 pesos). I shared the special one with a friend since I was quite full.

The Special Halo-Halo I think had the usuals in halohalos- ube ice cream, langka, some maruya, cereals, beans, nata de coco and some other gelatins, the shaved ice, and of course the milk. There was no need to add more sugar because it was enough for me. All in all it was good. I've tried better in my province (GenSan) but if this is the Ilokano version then okay. 128517 Personally, I'm not that into a lot of extras in my halohalo like the beans. But i like it in my bingsu tho. Weird i know. Haha. If you're a halohalo lover then I'm sure you'll like it. I'm always content with Razons' version.

Aside from halohalo, they also have mais con hielo and etc they also have main dishes, i wasn't able to note though. I think they're Ilocano dishes. I'm pretty sure they really really smell good since we stayed near the kitchen. The smell made me forgot how full I was from lunch. I remember a sizzling plate full of yummy pork sisig making me salivate! Next time I have to try their mains.

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Isha S.
4.0 Stars

Our last stop at La Union right before we headed home was this restaurant. Obviously, their specialty has got to be their halo-halo, which we all know means a dessert made up of various ingredients with different tastes and textures, making for a fun, colorful treat containing a surprise every spoonful.

Their place is not located on a main road, so it's kind of quiet. It appears to be a residential area-turned-restaurant. There's a dining area inside where they also display packaged goods that they sell including bagoong, etc. However, we were seated in the outside (garage) area since there was no more space for us inside. It can get a bit hot and humid outside, though. What I like about the place, however is that seemingly every corner is decorated with or displays vintage items (ex:ancient irons, old lamps) or crafts.

So on to their halo halo! They serve different types of halo halo including the Fiesta Halo Halo (99 pesos), Buko Halo Halo (175 pesos), Deep-fried Halo Halo, etc. My friends all got the Fiesta Halo Halo but since I'm not really a big fan of halo-halo (aggh! don't smite me, halo-halo fans!), I opted for their "binugbog na saba", which is actually saba con hielo. Haha. It cost me less than 100 pesos for a tall glass. Their halo-halo apparently contains Carabao milk, corn flakes, chunks of cheese, ube ice cream, and all the typical things that come with halo halo. There was a little something to it though that made it stand out a bit, according to some of my friends. As for my banana-based dessert, it was good as well. Lots of bananas and syrup as well as something else that tasted nutty with a consistency like peanut butter. I don't know what it was but it made the whole dessert taste really good.

Apart from their desserts, this place also actually serves various Filipino dishes, which I heard are also good. We weren't able to try as we were already a bit full.

This place is good to visit if you're in the area and want something delicious to cool you down! 128077

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Angel S.
5.0 Stars

La Union - aside from being the "Surfing capital of Northern Philippines" Halo Halo de Iloko is one of La Union's Best.

It is located in San Fernando, 15minutes drive from San Juan La Union. The place has vintage ambiance. I was super excited during my first visit to this restaurant that can't be "wag nalang" in our itinerary, however, it turned out that their halo-halo was just the usual/typical halo-halo that you could buy from other restaurants. Maybe i expected too much since they are known because of their halo halo. Nevertheless, one should try their other dishes that could be found in their menu. Try their buknok, bangus sisig, pinakbet with bagnet! Viola! Saraaaaap!

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Mintzy F.
4.0 Stars

Whenever we're in La Union we make sure thay we'll have lunch here. From their resto name itself, you can never go wrong with their Halo-halo. Probably one of the best halo-halo I've tasted. Their meals are also tasty, we love their pork binagoongan and their sisig. You should totally try their rice meals as it's more convenient and order it with their add on vegetable soup. Make sure to finish or start your every meal with their fiesta halo-halo. The only downside is the place is jam packed almost all the time and you have to wait to be seated.

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Mikmik S.
4.0 Stars

Their halo-halo is fine. We ordered the Fiesta halo-halo and I think it is a bit pricey. The interior design of the place is awesome. We also tried their famous okoy and I must say it is so good combined with the okoy vinegar. Their signature okoy vinegar is availble for purchase for php185.

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Jackie S.
5.0 Stars

Make sure to look for this place when you're in La Union. It's not along the main highway but you can ask around.

Quite possibly the best tasting restaurant I've eaten at in La Union. Definitely Value for Money.

I fell in love with their Binagoongan so make sure to order it too.

Majority of my friends like the Sinampalukang Buknok, which was like Tinolang Manok with Buko Juice. The buko shell was used as the serving container. I don't like buko juice so I didn't like this dish much.

We also ordered their Pork Sisig, Bagnet and cheese fries (literally fries with cheese powder).

Everything was delicious.

The Halo-halo for me though was normal, I still like Razon's more.

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Scy L.
4.0 Stars

Halo-Halo. One of the best known Filipino desserts. Come to think about it, Pinoy food are made up of 40% desserts. Halo-Halo as the name literally translates to "mix-mix", because it is a dessert that is mixed up of a bunch of ingredients (jellies, red beans, nata de coco, kaong, rice crispies, bananas, lanka, coconut, leche flan, malagkit, ube, kamote, etc.) and almost anything you can think off. The ingredients is either placed on top or at the bottom of shaved ice, and topped with milk and sometimes, icecream. It can be served in a tall Poco Grande glass or in a coconut husk/shell.

The halo-halo restaurant we went to is located in the Zandueta St, San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines. It is a hidden gem, unlike other restaurants along the highway, this place is a walk down the block and is portrayed like an old Spanish era Philippine house with shell windows and wooden planks on the exterior walls. The concrete walls are painted with festive colors.

Halo halo de Iloko

The interior facade of the restaurant has two areas. The air conditioned area which we were relieved to stay in after a long walk, has only 4 tables which has a hanging sign on the lamp just above it stating the name of the table instead of typical table numbers.

Halo halo de Iloko Halo halo de Iloko

They also have a second floor that you can reserve for parties and mini events. I was not able to go up there as it was reserved and closed out for the day. If you like to enjoy the fresh air, specially if you're used to the heat of La Union, you can hangout at their outdoor area. It has a lot of tables and unique chairs. You can also stay in their outdoor bar there.

Halo halo de Iloko

Halo halo de Iloko

We ordered the Special Halo-Halo for 99 Pesos. Compared to the ordinary one, it is topped with ice cream. We also ordered their special Okoy for our merienda snack. As I have stated, they are a restaurant, and although their name mostly revolves around the halo-halo, they also serve a lot of Pinoy dishes, rice toppings, pansit and other noodle dishes, and even beer. It seems like this place is a good hangout for barakada nights.

Halo halo de Iloko

Our orders arrived and at first we thought we could not finish the tall glass of halo-halo, but we ended up downing it up to the last drop. The okoy was also amazing as they served it with Sukang Ilokano (their native vinegar), which has a sweet alcoholic taste to it.

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Zai M.
5.0 Stars

Their halo-halo is to die for!!! Madaming sahog at sobrang sarap!! 10084127848 A must try in La Union 128077

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Heni O.
4.0 Stars

I dont know about the food, but these halo-halos are good! Perfect beach weather companion..

127862 local, homey vibe. No parking slots, just sidestreets.

127862 Place was still busy on a non-holiday, weekday at around 4pm when we were there.

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Monique A.
3.0 Stars

Expected too much maybe ... Lol

Buko halo halo ... House specialty... Typical halo halo with ice cream... What was I expecting anyway?... Lol... It's good for sharing

Deep fried halo halo ... I don't know what's it in... Like ube & some Filipino rice pastry then wrapped and deep fried , then top with ice cream, not too sweet& taste good... Sweet tooth lovers will definitely enjoy this 9786

Okoy.... I didn't like it much ... Too artificial & I feel like it lacks some flavors

Arroz caldo rice with sticky rice ... Steaming warm & flavory but they used dressed chicken ... It's tasteless & tough

The interior of the place has character... Looks like the open basement of some old Spanish house ... I like it

Service was aloof & slow

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Don T.
5.0 Stars

Tinolang buko at manok! Very delicious. Calamansi and honey is very fresh and refreshing! Must try place!

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Gracie C.
4.0 Stars

I was looking for places to try and saw this in Looloo. Rode a trike from San Juan to San Fernando for this! Their Fiesta Halo-halo was so good! Serving was a little small for its price but they sure didn't scrimp on the ingredients! 128525 got an order of their Emparedados too, (2 buns for 125 pesos) but didn't like it at all. These were cheeseburgers coated with batter and then deep fried (think of deep fried oreos). It was too oily and lacked taste, I wasn't able to finish even just one bun. Homey place, packed, service was okay. Perhaps I'd just order something else on my next visit. :)

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Cristina G.
5.0 Stars

This restaurant's must try is their buknok which is a stew with buko meat. It's sampalok based but it was not sour. The taste was smooth and a super turn on!!! One of their must try is their okoy which I highly recommend. It has this distinct taste that you would want another bite after the other. Their pinakbet is not dry and serving was more than enough. I'll definitely come back here for more.

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