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Friday, October 7, 2011

Kamayan sa Palaisdaan: Serenity + Cozy Ambiance

In Tayabas, drinking lambanog (coconut wine) is usually a communal thing – men sit around in a circle and tagayan will ensue. Aside from the said wine, Quezon is also rich for sweet food/delicacies, culture and as well as resorts.

Pero this time, hindi ako ng enjoy sa pagswi- swiming sa mga resorts at lalong hindi ako uminom ng Lambanog. hehe.. Umuwi ako ng Quezon dahil death anniversary ng lola namin at para na rin mag unwind..
Fiesta rin sa bayan. May mga perya at maraming handaan sa lahat ng bahay kaya masaya at maraming tao!

Around 4PM, umikot ang puwet ko sa dami ng pinagkakain ko. Panay kain ang ginawa namin. Hindi kasi kami makatanggi sa mga pinsan ng parents ko kaya, kahit busog na kami, pinakain pa rin nila kami ng handa nila. Sus, busog! Thanks po sa inyo.
Pero un nga, umikot ang puwet ko kaya bigla ako nag-aya pumunta ng Tayabas! (koneksyon?)

Travel time from Sariaya to Tayabas is 30 -45 minutes through a passenger jeep. From Sariaya, we transferred to another jeep in Lucban where it will bring us to our destination.  Within the Province of Quezon, Tayabas is a land-locked town which is situated at the south-eastern of “Mt. Banahaw” – one of the famous volcanoes in the country.

As they say, Kamayan sa Palaisdaan can be described as a floating restaurant because the restaurant is surrounded by water, almost like a pond all around.  There are many nipa huts actually where you can choose to dine in.  Those nipa huts are connected by bamboo rafts tied to each other as your walkway.

Shot from our nipa hut

Pagbaba namin ng jeep, naguluhan kami kasi may tatlong Palaisdaan pala at andun kami bumaba sa gitna ng tatlo.

Kamayan sa Palaisdaan should not be confused with another well known restaurant of the same name - the original Palaisdaan Restaurant which is a meters away and has an electronic signage.

Ang tatlo kong magagandan pamangkin

and lastly they have Hotel and Resort where you can stay overnight while pampering yourselves with their refreshing swimming pool and delicious food. All of these are owned by the Rosauro de los Santos and his wife, Evangeline.

"KAMAYAN" simply pertains to the practice of eating with bare hands.

Pinaputok ng Pusit na maraming tomatoes P 250.00

Sabi nga nila, be sure to come hungry to savor a fulfilling feast in Kamayan. But as I mentioned, we are totally and already full that time kaya we just ordered a little to satisfy our curiosity.

Well, hindi rin kami nagkamay.  But next time visit, I'll guarantee you that I will try to eat bare hands! :)

We ordered two sets of Pansit Lucban P350.00 each

Biglaan lang talaga. Ako 'tong makulit at inaya ko mga pamangkin ko at pinsan ko na si Kuya Joel na naka sando lang that time eh napilitang sumama, as our chaperon na rin. hehe..

Pero enjoy kasi ang ganda ng view at masarap ang mga food!  They serve fresh and typical lutong bahay food but it never goes out of style at super yummy pa. Yun lang, we didn't ask if they allow mamingwit ng fish sa pond nila. Marami kasing Tilapia that time na nagpapakita sa amin eh. hehe

We also ordered beer para sa pinsan ko at sa friend niya. One bucket only. Panulak lang ba at nag take out din kami ng Ginataang Pla -Pla! Pampasalubong. Ang sarap pala nung kinain na namin sa bahay. hehe..Takaw, kumain uli noh. It costs 260.00 for 2 big fish.

The entire place is simply amazing. The idea of dining on a floating raft appealed to me and when I got a chance to walk around the restaurant, it was bigger than I've ever thought. It actually has a little zoo, a videoke bar, and many many more of cottages. 

Feel at home to see the following pictures as you explore every nook and be amazed by how every place is artistically designed.

The bar

Videoke featuring classic and rock songs

man made falls

Our nipa hut is strategically located in the middle of the large pond

 Bamboo rafts support the cabanas that are inter- connected which you can feel a distinctive walking experience

El Pecado Bar Cafe

a large sleeping snake

Monkey and birds

Function Hall for Weddings, Birthdays, Baptismal and Meetings

that's me sitting peacefully in bamboo raft

Perfect shot of what native ambiance is all about, where flora and fauna embellish around the dining places.


The restaurant has now almost 60 bamboo huts plus two halls that can host 1,700 people.

The restaurant has calm and cozy atmosphere .

The dining cabanas are floating over fishpond waters.

Wood carving for chairs and tables

The menu consists mostly of fish, since Tayabas is known for their light and delectable seafood compared to Lucban's meat fest. Big winners are the Inihaw na Pla-Pla (also known as tilapia), and the Inihaw na Hito. All his cooks are native chefs, so one can expect an authentic taste of Tayabas in their dishes. Other dishes, worthy of praise are the Inihaw na Spare Ribs, Squid in Oyster Sauce, and their own version of Salpicao (mixed vegetable & seafoods).
Note: This place might get too crowded during peak season.
It is better if you go with your own car or service kasi until 6pm lang ang byahe ng jeep pabalik sa Lucban. If you extend, you most likely have to travel to Lucena first where you can get a different wide network of jeepney routes, all emanating from the city center (Bayan).


  1. kahit kelan talaga hindi kahuhulihin ng fashion police. ang bongga lagi ng outfit. May pa-seminar ka ba? hahaha! Ng maka-attend. lol!

    Anyway, I just love Quezon Province. Nice people, great view, uber delicious food. Wala ka ng hahanapin pa. Nadaanan ko yan dati before nung inexplore ko ang Lucena, Tayabas, Agdangan at Lucban e. Kaso naubusan ako ng budget. hahaha!

    Next time. Sana namingwit ka. Ang alam ko sa mga palaisdaan., pwede mo sila hulihin then papakawalan mo rin. Pa-experience lang ba.. yung ganun. Another nice entry.

  2. empi: hehe thanks. ganda rin likod mo.

    Maricar: may family business kc kami at may online store si ate for women's clothing. kaya umaariba tayo sa ganyang pustura. hehe.. meron ko link sa site ko, right side pero eto na rin for you..

  3. looks like a nice place to have lunch (and dinner na rin haha)!

  4. masaya nga kumain sa palaisdaan. freshly captured and cooked yung mga isda. laki ng sign nila ah.

  5. been to this place, but that was 3 years ago. ang saraaap kumaeeeen! =)

  6. Wow. Really nice place! I need a vacation to the Philippines soon! :D

  7. Kuya Christian: yeah, masrap din matulog ksama ng mga isda. hehe
    Dong ho: Malalaki nga ang sign, ung isa lang ang hindi ko nkita ung hotel and resort nila.
    Nuna: masarap tlga kc fresh tas malamig pa ung weather that time..chilling time.
    Bee: Sure, Hope you will..thanks!


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