Lantaw Native Restaurant
Flores Ave. cor. EJ Blanco Drive, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental
- 5 Reviews
- 45 Recommend
- 5 Reviewers
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- Lunch, Dinner
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Most Recent Reviews
On our first attempt we didn't get any table for Lantaw Native Restaurant in Dumaguete due to several customers were waiting to be seated on a Sunday night. Whoah! Imagine a full house on a Sunday night... what a hype?! The manager of the restaurant convinced us to book a table for lunch on the next day. And that's what we did before heading back to Manila.
During our Monday lunch, the huge place was fully occupied. Some were waiting to be seated. Luckily, the table for 4 us was provided when we arrived at Lantaw Native Restaurant. It's big and spacious with Pinoy set-up inside.
We had scallops, shrimps, fish, kare-kare, inihaw na liempo and lechon kawali.
Kare-kare na Pata for Php180.00 - 4/5
Grilled Pork Belly for Php145.00 - 4/5
Lechon Kawali for Php185.00 - 4/5
Grilled Boneless Bangus for Php135.00 - 4/5
🦐 Garlic Buttered Prawns for Php285.00 - 5/5
Baked Scallops for Php155.00 - 5/5
Halo-halo for Php110.00 - 5/5
My favorites were the Garlic Buttered Prawns and Baked Scallops. I like the flavor of the Prawns, it's very good with rice. And it's also served fresh. The garlic butter sauce!!! Ang sarap!
The Baked Scallops was one of the best dish during our lunch. It's very addictive.
And Lantaw's version of halo-halo was truly a sweet ending. It has thick and creamy Ube Ice Cream and crunchy Barquillos. The restaurant was generous of providing more Barquillos after I ate mine.
You must include Lantaw Native Restaurant in your itinerary when visiting Dumaguete. The restaurant offers delicious, authentic and affordable Pinoy dishes.
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Heart friendly utan will keep your body warm during this cold night wind..
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I've been looking forward to go to Lantaw since I heard they were bringing it in from Cebu earlier this year, but the place always seems full and nothing has warranted my needing to reserve early so I can eat there...nothing until a spontaneous family visit from my Manila cousin yesterday. (Note: can't believe I just used Manila cousin - that used to be my default description, still is but less and less. Haha) Also glad to knock this off my "Things I want to finish by 2016" list.
So late afternoon yesterday, I called to make a dinner reservation at Lantaw, not knowing if it was going to push through, but preparing just in case. Good thing the place wasn't fully booked for dinner yet. (Note if you plan to visit here, call ahead to make reservations, especially if you want to be in the air conditioned room)
As usual, parking in this area can be a little annoying but not impossible, as this is a popular restaurant area (4 huge restaurants/popular restaus). No worries, as kind kuyas are about to help you look for a parking space. Dumaguete doesn't charge for parking, but just prepare a tip to give to the kuyas when you're ready to leave.
We came into the restaurant via the Flores Avenue entrance (beside Hayahay). You immediately see the popularity of the place by the sheer number of people eating, and waiting in line, to eat there. As I said earlier, it was good we had made reservations because there was a table waiting for us, all clean and ready.
Service: Our server was Kuya Rosmar, who's been with the restau since it opened in June. I immediately noticed his positive service attitude- all smiles, congenial, and knowledgeable about his work. I find it rare to see such efficient work, but I found it in him. When we took our orders, he made sure to read it back to us to confirm everything (no prompting required!)
Even through the night, he was always quick to make sure we had everything we wanted/needed/asked for. Like when I requested to try their homebrew iced tea since I wanted to make sure I liked it before I order bottomless. He worked quickly, and always with a smile.
Overall, my service experience for the night was pretty darn good. It made enjoying the dishes all the more satisfying.
For the food, happy to say I was quite satisfied with everything we ordered. We had a lot of seafood (most of which I couldnt eat as I'm allergic to shellfish), but hearing the good comments from my cousins, I'll list them down here:
➡️ Calamares: Appetiser staple. Good. It was nice to see that the batter and sauce didn't overpower the dish. Right amount of seasoning.
➡️ Sizzling Gambas: Ubos agad. Enough said.
➡️ Baked Scallops: A popular order. Looks a little small when served, but very delicious.
➡️ Grilled Pork Belly: A little on the "ma-buto" side. Good, but nothing exemplary.
➡️ Garlic-buttered prawns: HUGE pieces.
➡️ Chopsuey: Felt that the helping was a little small but all the same, delicious.
➡️ Garlic Rice Platter (Medium): Saktong-sakto. There were 6 of us, and it was enough to feed us.
➡️ Kare-kare in Pata: My favorite of the evening. The pata was served kind of whole, so we had to send it back to be cut into smaller pieces. Sauce was yummy, not too peanut-buttery, great flavor.
➡️ House-blend Iced tea (bottomless): I did not regret my decision to get this! Loved it so much that Kuya Rosmar ended up leaving a whole pitcher at our table, even if only 2 of us ordered the bottomless drink.
Price: Pleasantly surprised to discover that we our entire order cost us less than 2,000 (cant remember if it was 1.4 or 1.8k). I don't know why I'm even surprised as this is Dumaguete. Haha.
Summing it up, I can definitely say that I LOVED eating here. Filipino food is delicious, but not everyone can make it at a level that's commercially satisfying. Also glad to see that even as a franchise, Lantaw maintains its level of deliciousness. I hope it keeps this standard even in the months/years to come. And that servers like Kuya Rosmar will continue to have this kind of great customer service.
️️ Book early during lunch/dinner rush, even on weekdays.
️️ Try to get into the airconditioned room if you like less noise, and don't want to feel the warm weather. The room is small (compared to what's open-aired) but well lit.
️️ We only had 1 order of everything above.
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Affordable seafood restaurant. Yummy!
Cordova Express (145PHp)
Baked scallops (155PHp)
Grilled saang (195PHp)
Seafood platter (420PHp)
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Went to this seaside rows of eateries, there are at least 4 in the vicinity. Cafe Racer, Lab-as, Hayahay and Lantaw. All of the restos are enjoying brisk business. We went to Lantaw, a corner resto with portion of the dinning area air conditioned. We sat in the non aircon area, it was warm and humid, but ambiance was festive. We ordered gambas, tinolang halaan, the halaan were huge, adobong pusit, baked scallops, crab with garlic, and inihaw na pork liempo. The food was very delicious, no wonder there are many dinners still waiting to be seated. Service was ok, our servet Virgilio was very helpful and smile all the time.
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