Saturday, 3 April 2004

Restaurant Review: Cafe Leona (Vigan City, Ilocos Sur)

Leona Florentino House

Frank, Cherry, Mandy and Tellie
The very popular Café Leona, housed at the Leona Florentino House, was opened in 1997. 
It serves a mixture of different cuisines - Filipino (daing na banguspaksiw na tilapia, chicken sisig, etc.), Japanese (sushi), Thai, Continental (smoked salmon pate, steaks, etc.) and Italian (longanisa pizza, pepperoni pizza, seafood pizza, pinakbet pizza, puttanesca, etc.). 
However, we decided to indulge on true Ilocano fare; feasting on the delicious but cholesterol-rich bagnet (local version of the crispy pata) and the healthier pinakbet (vegetable stew), all in big servings.  Other Ilocano dishes served include Vigan longanisasinanglao, fish tamales (made from ipon) and Vigan-style morcon.  
The ambiance is quite dull and dark and the service quite slow though.  Come nighttime, the restaurant sets up floor space outside for al fresco dining. 
Cafe Leona: Mena Crisologo St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Tel: (077) 722-2212.  Fax: (077) 722-3089. Mobile number: (0920) 906-8144.  E-mail:

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