Surf’s up in La Union!
If you’re the type who gets excited at the thought of riding the waves, the months of July to March should be the best time for you to go there, where you can experience waves as high as 8 ft.
Unfortunately, we went there last June, and the sea was as flat as flat can be!
Despite the lack of surfing, we did have plenty of things to do in La Union (thanks to Lois Yasay and Raf Dionisio!), from the drinking games we had at the Circle Hostel, to snorkeling, beach combing, and yes, going on a food trip!
If you’re looking for good places to eat in La Union, here are my recommendations.
Urbiztondo Grill House
Urbiztondo Grill is highly recommended for those who are on the lookout for delicious lutong bahay food that can be had for a very reasonable price. We had an assortment of Filipino favorites; I loved the grilled squid (P155) and the chicken cordon bleu (P150).
I also enjoyed their sinigang (fish stew, P190). All their dishes were good for at least two people.
Located along the national highway in San Juan, just across Urbiztondo Beach, you can contact Urbiztondo Grill House at +63.905.603.8023 for reservations or for more information. They can also be reached via email at <email@example.com>.
Thunderbird Resort Poro Point
A 5-star resort located in San Fernando City around 20-30 minutes from San Juan, Thunderbird Resort Poro Point is a must-visit, not only for their building designs which are Santorini-inspired, but more importantly, for their Saturday night Japanese buffet from 6pm to 10pm. (Read my post: The Beauty of Santorini)
I wasn’t much of a Japanese food lover before; give me Thai or Vietnamese food any time and I’d be in foodie heaven. It was only in Thunderbird that I fully appreciated how good Japanese food can be!
Having sampled Thunderbird’s array of sushi and sashimi dishes, I instantly became a fan. Their sashimi was fresh and tender, and I also loved the crab sticks. I went back to the buffet table a couple of times just for the salmon alone.
The buffet wasn’t so expensive, too, at only P770/head. With all the food I ate, it was definitely worth it!
Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa
Another highly-recommended place to eat in San Juan is the restaurant in Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa. Also located along the national highway, the restaurant offers an excellent view of the beach.
We had a platter of grilled seafood and barbeque for brunch, but what I liked best was the eggplant salad, which, unfortunately, did not seem enough for all of us. Perhaps we had enough of the meat dishes and wanted more vegetables; in any case, it quickly ran out, leaving us craving for more. I guess it was just delicious!
Check out the Facebook page of Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa for more information.
Photo Credits: Kaiye Pallarco and Daene Luna.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the restaurants mentioned, but my opinions in this review are mine alone.