After my night stroll to the Provincial Capitol, I decided to have to explore some establishments since I'm in the second day in Laoag City. I appreciated the lights the glowed to the capitol and on my way, I saw La Tabacalera which was the newest hang-out place here in the city. I was interested so I went there and explore.
to La Tabacalera
walk to that way
I found out that this place was right beside Museo Ilocos which I went there during my first day. A little walk from the side of the museum automatically see the place. It was mixture of bars, restaurants and shops. La Tabacalera was also made of bricks and iron similar to the Museo Ilocos which added to the visiting places in Laoag. During that time, I needed to relax after my two days tour in Ilocos Norte. I immediately saw a mustache and I was so interested to check this place since I also found this in the internet, Finally, I went and arrived at Johnny Moon Cafe.
This place served Ilocano dining experience. I have been to different restaurants across Laoag City and I was intrigued on the name of this place. Who is Johnny Moon? After searching for the clue and hints, I saw this big picture and explained the meaning. :)
Who is he? He is Johnny Moon! :)
The name derived from hero Juan Luna who was born in Badoc, Ilocos Norte which was 25-30 kilometers south of Laoag. He was famous because of his paintings such as The Spolarium which won a prize in Spain and you will see that at National Museum in Manila. By the way, Juan Luna = Johnny Moon. Now you know! :)
This place was cozy and I also liked the interior which makes me feel relaxed. I immediately seated since it was not full and the crew handed over their menu. I want to chill out since I already eaten my dinner but some of my friends recommended to try their specialty such as Crispy Dinuguan and Bagnet. I checked out the list and I was interested to Bagnet Empanada so I called the waiter and I ordered it and checked out the drinks, I also intrigued with the name Una Chula (from Juan Luna's artwork), so I ordered it. I tried to be more fusion with my Ilocano meals so I give myself a try. While waiting for my meals, I grabbed my camera and take some shots.
list of Ilocano dishes
beverage list derived from Johnny Moon's artworks
other menu lists
hhmmmm... Una Chula!
some of the guests having dinner
some pasalubong items in the shelf
waiting for my meals
So here's my meal, Bagnet Empanada. I find it double crunchy because of the crunchiness of the empanada and also the texture of the bagnet. It was a good combination and I used Ilocos vinegar which balances the food. I love it. Great for merienda (snack). For Una Chula, it was a mixture of iced tea and calamansi, plus the different local wine such as Imee wine, Bugnay wine and Basi. It was a sort of a rice wine and I love the mixture of my drinks. It gave me a little kick and it was refreshing. :)
Crunchy Bagnet Empanada
Cheers for Una Chula! :)
nice food trip!
I was having a great time at Johnny Moon Cafe. Not just relaxing and chillin' out, but also on my food trip experience. Maybe I try some of the dishes particularly Crispy Dinuguan. We'll see in my next visit. By the way, prices are affordable so it won't hurt the budget. :)
More Information to this place:
Johnny Moon Cafe
Address: La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center, Llanes cor. Gen. Luna (West of Capitol), 2900 Laoag City
Phone: 077-7715636 or 077-772-1211 loc 119
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Store Hours: Mon - Sun: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Nearest Landmarks: Provincial Capitol & Mueso Ilocos