Norzagaray , Bulacan province -Philippines
Lakad Pamana dabarkats whenever we had provincial tour would sample local dishes and restaurants . Norzagaray is particularly rich in local foods and had its share of well-known restaurants and culinary heritage.
After the hearty lunch buffet which consists of cripsy pata and crispy fried chicken with special soy sauce and atchara from JL Jamie’s Crispy Pata and Restaurant , fried dalagang bukid , munggo , rice and soft drink. , We proceeded at the San Pedro’s pavilion for another round of food trip.
Seated: Mrs. Maricar San Pedro -Pelayo , Mayor Alfredo ” Fred” Germar , Mr. Pelayo together with Lakad Pamana and the group
We were invited to the birthday party of the local tourism officer and community affairs officer III Ms. Maricar San Pedro husband held at the San Pedro’s residence . The hosts graciously “welcomed” the group despite last minute advisory .
Torres & Joaquin Catering Services
We took some time to sample sample food that the caterer served . Their specialties included Arroz de Valenciana , vegetable chopseuy , steamed prawns, lengua estofado ( ox tongue ) , lumpiang ubod with sauce , spaghetti carbonara , sinampalukan manok ( chicken soup cooked with young tamarind leaves) , lechon . Desserts like serbert made from lychee and buko , coconut and beans and fresh slices of watermelon .
Torres and Joaquin Catering Service ( since 2002)
Address: Km 40 Pulong Buhangin, Santa Maria , Bulacan
Contact : (044) 328-0179 Cellphone : (0917) 857-4587 (0917)808-38-48
Facebook Page: Torres and Joaquin Catering Services
San Pedro’s Pavilion signage
San Pedro’s Pavilion is a private function area with the property of the parents of Ms. Maricar San Pedro -Pelayo .
The place is good for weddings, baptism or special event. It can be rented for Php 6,000 during day time and Php 7,000 during nigh-time.
There are smaller gazebos within the property for smaller group – around 10 to 12 people. We finally took an opportunity to have our photo taken with the mayor together with the gracious host . Some bloggers had an informal conversation with Ms. Maricar San Pedro-Pelayo about the role of tourism in their municipality .
small greenhouse with collection of Denrdobium orchid hybrids
We finally bid farewell to our gracious host and proceeded to the next destination for food tasting .
JL Jamie’s Crispy Pata
JL Jamie’s Crispy Pata and Restaurant- This restaurant is one of the best places to dine whenever you are in Norzagaray , Bulacan. They also have a branch located in Santa Maria , Bulacan. The restaurant is located near the Norzagaray Municipal Hall grounds so almost every government employees had eaten at this place.
facade of the restaurant also have several succulents and cacti
The place is had an interesting nipa hut and tree house , The nipa hut is good for small group . We were met by the manager and daughter of the proprietor .
The Crispy Pata price range Php 550 to Php 650. According to one of the staff, it take more than 4 hours to boil the crispy pata and deep fry into perfection.
Other popular menus includes Crispy Ulo Php 480 /Php 500 , Liempo ( Fried or Grilled) Php 150 , Fried Chicken Php 300 , Chicharon Bituka Php 120 , Kambing Kaldereta Php 150 per order , Kambing Adobo Php 150 per order , Kilawin Php 150 per order , Papaitan Baka Php 130
They also have Sizzling Gambas Php 130 , Sizzling Mixed Seafood Php 150 , Sizzling Sisig Php 130 Kinilaw Tanigue at Php 150 and Kinilaw na Igat at Php 130 ( prices quoted are based on our April 24 tour and is subject to change )
crispy bituka with vinegar
We also liked the crispy bituka with vinegar and chopped chillies and onions . There is no after taste or rancid smell coming from the pork intestines .
interior of the restaurant
The restaurant was featured in several television shows like Biyahe ni Drew Arellano which aired on September 2, 2013 , Day Off of QTV channel 11 which aired on June 28, 2014 and Ms. Doris Bigoria of ABS-CBN channel 2 visited the restaurant on December 30, 2015 .
palmera with native orchids like sanggumays
There are also a small pocket garden are with native orchids and plants .are several nipa huts and tree huts.
spiral staircase going up to the tree house
The restaurant opens daily from 7:00am until past 9:00pm
Telephone : (044) 815 8108
Facebook Page: JL Jamie’s Crispy Pata and Restaurant
There are a lot more local restaurants that we failed to visit during the tour , i am sure that there will still lot more restaurants to visit.
Note: all photos were taken by the author, any person who wish to grab the photos for personal use , please cite this blog as link .
The group would like to ” THANK” the local tourism officer Ms. Maricar San Pedro-Pelayo , Mayor Alfredo Germar , Mr. Roy Vincent Santigao and LJL Jamie’s Crispy Pata and restaurant for the invite .