Kainan sa Dalampasigan Restaurant
Kainan sa Dalampasigan in Los Banos, Laguna serves typical Filipino food. It is a restaurant on (concrete) stilts located by the shore of Laguna Lake. We have been dining in this restaurant for the past 20 years or so (since I was a kid!); Kainan sa Dalampasigan may have been the pioneer in the concept of a floating restaurant in the Laguna area. However, with the establishment of newer, better, and more accessible Filipino-themed restaurants along the Bay, Laguna national highway (Kamayan sa Palaisdaan and Isdaan), people seemed to have forgotten (or were not aware) that Kainan sa Dalampasigan still exists. But in recent months, I noticed that there were renewed efforts by the restaurant’s management to instill in people’s consciousness that Kamayan sa Dalampasigan is operational. They set up new banners along the Los Banos national highway and I decided that it's time to revisit Dalampasigan so we dined in the floating restaurant one fine Sunday.
Kainan sa Dalampasigan Interior
It was a nostalgic moment when we arrived at Dalampasigan. There are so many fond memories of family lunches/gatherings here. Not much has changed in the interiors, but the chairs and tablecloths looked new. I was surprised to find out that we were the only diners that day since we arrived at about 12NN; the place was supposed to be packed with hungry people by that time. Anyway, we immediately looked at the menu and decided that we would have the restaurant specialty – Halo-halong Inihaw sa Bangka. The waiting time was a bit long, around 30-40 minutes. While waiting, we enjoyed the restaurant’s open-air atmosphere and gazed at Laguna Lake
Finally, our grilled food arrived in this small boat:
Halo-halong Inihaw sa Bangka (Assorted Grilled food)
Inside the small boat were assorted grilled foods - tilapia, chicken, pork belly, eggplant with fresh mango, tomatoes and onions. Also included in the boat were shrimp paste and steamed sweet potato leaves. You may be wondering what’s inside the banana leaf pouch. It was like opening a special gift – tender and tasty grilled squid! It has been a long time since I have eaten squid this delicious.
Every food item inside the small boat tasted good. At PhP 760, the assorted grilled food in the small boat was supposed to feed 5 persons. But for us, the serving was very limited. When we come back here next time, we will just order the grilled items separately (grilled squid for adults and grilled pork belly for the kids). Good thing we also ordered Sinigang na Bangus (Boneless Milkfish Belly in Tamarind soup base) to fill our tummies.
Sinigang na Bangus
The soup of the Sinigang na Bangus was sufficiently sour but I did not like the milkfish belly. It was not tender at all (chewy). I wouldn’t recommend that you order this dish.
I would suggest dining in Kainan sa Dalampasigan if you prefer a laidback and quiet setting, away from the noisy crowds. But if you want a festive and lively atmosphere, you should head to Isdaan Restaurant located along the Bay national highway.
For your inquiries, you may contact:
Kainan sa Dalampasigan
Baybayin, 4030 Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
(Beside the Old Los Baños Municipal Hall)
Telephone Number: (049) 501 7152