It was our second day in Daraga. We decided to try 1st Colonial Grill, listed as one of the restaurants that tourists should not miss when in Albay. It is known for creating Bicolano classics including laing, Bicol Express and the Tinutungang Manok (chicken stewed in coconut cream extracted from slightly scorched coconut milk that infuses a distinct smoky flavor), a local favorite and one of Albay’s culinary jewels.
1st Floor 2ndFloor
After ordering, I asked the staff if it is alright to go around and take pictures. The restaurant has two floors with the second one overlooking the first. The place, which is like more of a bistro, is simple but has a nice ambiance.
The restaurant also has a room for small private functions or meetings and can accommodate around 20 people.
Our orders were already served when I got back in our table. My friend had Hotsilog while I had Longsilog. Our food was served with camote (sweet potato) chips. Nothing spectacular about our hotdog or longganiza but the rice was different. It had tinapa (smoked fish) bits, which added flavor and aroma to our rice. Yummy...
Sili Ice Cream
It was still early for dessert, but we had to try their Sili Ice Cream. At first, it was not spicy, but after a couple of seconds, the aftertaste will kick in. HOT! We also tried two other flavors, Tinutung and Pili. Just imagine the spiciness of the Sili flavor, the taste of burnt rice and pili nuts mixed together. It was all worth it.
Their prices are very affordable and I will come back here to try their Tinuntungang Manok and Tinapa Rice, which based on my research put this simple restaurant into the map.
1st Colonial Grill Daraga
Villa Amada Building
Rizal St., Sagpon
1st Colonial Grill Legazpi
Ground Floor, Pacific Mall
Landco Business Park
Legazpi City, Albay