After a tiring tour of Vigan during the day, we deserved to have delicious Ilocano dinner on our last night in Vigan at Uno Grille. Like what we usually do, we search for must-try restaurants for a certain place before we actually go there. Many bloggers recommended that we dine at Uno Grille / Kusina Felicitas because they have great food and large servings. Well, it was only the two of us so it was quite hard to order a lot of food. So we only chose 2 viands and flavored rice to pair them with.
And so, we were shocked. While we were waiting for our order, we kept on looking at the food from the other family dining opposite our table. We were astonished on how big their servings were and we were already trying to determine how we can finish them. First dish that arrived in our table was the Poqui-Poqui Balls.
If you are Filipino and know how to speak the contemporary Filipino language, I can imagine you laughing while reading this blog post. Yes, it sounds “taboo” for certain conservatives but this dish is really called as such. Poqui-Poqui is a traditional Ilocano food which is made sauteed eggplant, tomatoes, eggs and onions. Uno Grille made it interesting by making them into croquetta-like balls with red and yellow curry sauce. Every bite of Poqui-Poqui balls must be partnered with its sauce to make it more scrumptious. We couldn’t help but rave about this food. By the way, this is an award-winning recipe that won at the 2006 Chefs on Parade.
We wanted Bagnet so in order for us not to feel very guilty, we ordered Pinakbet with Bagnet. Pinakbet is also another traditional Ilocano food which is composed of mixed vegetables sauteed in shrimp paste (Bagoong). To be honest, I don’t really like Pinakbet but whenever I am in Ilocos, I liked eating it. Perhaps, I just don’t like the way it is prepared here in Manila :D.
Uno Grille, Kusina Felicitas and Cafe Uno have the same owners. So when you dine at Uno Grille, they will give you 3 sets of menus. We had a hard time trying to think what to order, I guess if you’re just a couple like us just order the ones that we had above.
Uno Grille / Kusina Felicitas are for big groups and they have traditional Ilocano dishes. They’re not in an enclosed area (meaning no aircon!). On the other hand, Cafe Uno‘s menu is a mixture of Western and Filipino cuisine and is for people who like to eat light meals and enjoy a cozy coffee shop ambiance.
Uno Grille / Kusina Felicitas
Opposite of Grandpa’s Inn
Bonifacio Street Corner Quirino
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Tel No. 077-722-2118/722-1446