While Zambales is known for its Elana Mangoes-dubbed as the sweetest mango in the world; There are more things to eat in Zambales than their mangoes. To lessen the confusion of where you can eat around the province, below are some recommended restaurants and cafes you can visit when going to Zambales province.
Sonsing Restaurant & Lounge
Sonsing is one of the most visited restaurants in Iba, Zambales, both by the locals and outside visitors. One of the reasons for its fame is the melting pot of culinary cuisines served by the restaurant, not only do they serve Filipino food, but also Chinese, Japanese and Western dishes, offering diners a diverse set of selection.
The food we tried from their menu consisted of both familiar and foreign food choices, nevertheless, the taste satisfied our hunger; Our meal composed of binagoongang Lechon kawali, Black fungus soup, California maki, and tinapa fried rice which complimented the side dishes we ordered.
Address: Govic Hwy, Iba, Zambales ( click here for maps )
Oh-Ben Baked Café
Right beside Songing is Oh Ben Baked Café, a place where you can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. The café’s earth-toned color palette gives the place a relaxing vibe-an ideal spot to chill and talk with your friends.
After visiting the Café, I can highly recommend for others to try their matcha cheesecake and cappuccino, and that’s a lot coming from someone who is not a fan of anything matcha.
The pleasant dining experience I had with Oh-Ben Baked Café encourage me to come back and try other food and drinks they can offer.
Address: Govic Hwy, Iba, Zambales ( click here for maps ) Attached to Sonsing Restaurant
The Bakery by S.E
The shop might be named The Bakery, it the place is not packed with breads and pastries alone. The menu consist of both savory and sweet treats like burgers, pasta, cookies and cakes.
One thing I would recommend for first time visitors is their burgers; Their burgers are divine, it was spicy, but sweet and tangy because of the mangoes- which may sound crazy to put on the burger but it’s not, and I attest to that. Along with that is their pasta which also taste amazing.
I certainly hope The Bakery By Se build a branch next to our home so I can grab a bite whenever I need some comfort food.
Address: Magsaysay Ave., 2201 Iba, Philippines
LC’s Stop & Chow
The restaurant’s owners went from Batangas to Subic before settling down at Cabangan Zambales, where their dishes which consists of a crossover between Filipino food and Batangeño’s taste, marked LC’s Stop & chow as a legendary eatery in the area.
The restaurant is reminiscent of Philippine’s old interior house design, from their dark wooden tables down to their dining chairs resembling vintage pieces of furniture from our grandparent’s house. Fans of outdoor dining can also enjoy their patio while getting entertained by the live band.
Food wise, we ordered Bulalo- which is their signature dish; crispy pata, which was cooked to ensure each cut is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside; lastly was their pizza, which had heaps of toppings.
Overall LC’s is suitable for those family dinners where you want to eat classic Filipino food, or for those moments when you miss home cooking.
Address: Nat’l Highway, Brgy. Longos Cabangan, Zambales 2203
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