The Homey Filipino Feel at Calle Arco Pagsanjan
When you hear Pagsanjan, what comes to mind? That’s right, kids. Pagsanjan Falls. Probably every Filipino kid knows this body of water from elementary days. Pagsanjan Falls have put Pagsanjan in the Philippine map. While that is true, there’s another place that the people of Pagsanjan is very proud of: Calle Arco.
Tired from the long trip from Manila and weary from the trans-fat-full junk food we had for breakfast, my friends and I went looking for a good local resto for some Laguna- or Pagsanjan-native food, although at that point, any real good food would suffice.
Luckily, a coconut vendor suggested that we try Calle Arco Restaurant. The place was not difficult to find as it was along the national road, and little did we know, that the restaurant is famous in Pagsanjan, and in Laguna in general. In one corner of the restaurant comes the frame after frame of pictures of celebrities.
Calle Arco Restaurant boasted a homey Filipino atmosphere with a twist. It is comprised of three rooms, two of which reflect the traditional Filipino theme, and the other little room had a quirky Paris-inspired interior. Regardless of the play on interiors, the food being served is classic Filipino cuisine.
Pancit habhab led the pack. Though this noodle dish originated from Quezon, it is one of the few dishes that represent Southern Tagalog region where Laguna belongs. Pancit habhab is my favorite among the different variations of pancit here in the Philippines. The meaty and saucy combo just makes it so distinct. If you’re a fan of pancit habhab or any kind of pancit, I recommend that you order a plate of this Filipino noodles. My friends, who were not even pancit-enthusiasts, commented that they loved this dish.
The crowd favorite and the best seller is the buttered chicken (sorry, I was not able to take a photo of its goodness). And I completely affirm to this. The essence of the butter lingers up to the last bite of the chicken. The all-time favorites: silog dishes (a dish of fried rice, egg, and one fried viand), crispy pata (deep fried pig trotters), and sinigang (sour stew) are also part of the menu.
At last, for dessert, try Calle Arco’s Camote de Leche to complete the tasteful food journey you just had. This is a mix of camote (sweet potato) and condensed milk. As you take a bite, you will taste the unique combination of caramelized camote and yema (sweet custard candy).
If one day your whole family decides to have a road trip to Pagsanjan, have a meal at Calle Arco Restaurant. All of you will definitely have a great time.
Have you been to Calle Arco? How was your experience there? Let me know by sending in your comments through the comments section below.
Calle Arco Restaurant is located at 57 Rizal Street, Pagsanjan, Laguna. It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. You may contact them at +63 (49) 5014584 and +63939 937 2429. For more information, you may visit their Facebook page.