Everytime we go home to Pangil, Laguna, we always see this big floating restaurant along the highway in Calauan, Laguna, just between the towns of Bay (pronounced Ba-ee) and Victoria. In fact, we witnessed how it slowly grew while the big concrete statues of the restaurant were being constructed. We wondered then if this will click among patrons. We realized later that their open parking lot seemed to be always full when we pass by it.
We asked ourselves when will be able to eat there. The opportunity came last Saturday, 22 December 2012, on our way to Pangil, Laguna. It was already past 1 pm and so we decided to try it out.
I don't know if this is always the case, but there were large groups waiting to be seated. Since there were only three of us in the group, it was not long before they found us our own hut. Upon entering, you are greeted by this huge half-naked statues of mermaids (?), each one holding a fish.
Upon being shown to your own floating hut, you're given a long menu to choose what to order. Since there were only three of us, we only ordered inihaw na liempo and sinigang na bangus sa miso. The prices were a little bit overpriced, but I guess what you pay for is the ambiance (sino ba umorder ng ambiance?). There are performers (magician, acrobats, etc.) and a lot of things to see.The floating huts are tied together and joined by pathways.
Actually, there were leftovers from what we ordered that we had them wrapped afterwards. But what took the cake was the price of one glass of iced tea: P176! It's more expensive than a bottomless iced tea at say, TGIF or Hard Rock.
|Sinigang na bangus, P413.00|
|P173 for a glass of iced tea?|
|bagong saing na kanin good for 2 - 3 persons: P99.85|
|Inihaw na liempo (half order): P300 something|
No fee for the boat ride except for the tip. I suspect that the bangkeros don't get paid except for the tip they receive from the patrons.