We stayed at Raymen Resort during our visit here since it was suggested by a friend who lives here and Raymen Resort was said to be the modest place to stay in.
We arrived at Raymen around 3:00 p.m. We were really starving to death when we arrived since we came from a very long trip - Manila-Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras. So, right after we fixed ourselves and had some-minute rest in our room, we headed to their clean and decently looking canteen to check out their simple menu.
On our first day, we had their Sinigang na Tanigue, a short order of Pancit Moke, Rice and a glass of Ripe Mango Shake.
Sinigang na Tanigue - Php130.00
Pancit Moke - Php85.00
Rice - Php15.00/cup
Ripe Mango Shake - Php45.00
It was my first time to try Ilonggo dishes, and to be honest, if my friend didn't tell me, I wouldn't know that they didn't use tamarind on their sinigang. With the same delectable flavors of the my mom's Sinigang, Ilonggo's Sinigang uses Batwan. Batwan was said to be a sour fruit that Ilonggos use in replacement of tamarind. It was really good, and the freshness of the Tanigue was really sumptuous, perfect for that rainy weather on Guimaras. And this Sinigang would be a good reason to return here. ^_^
Their organic rice was to love too. The little crunchiness on each bite added an interesting appeal to me. I actually had two cups of rice every meal because it felt so light in the tummy. ^_^
And lastly, this meal wouldn't be complete the invigorating Ripe Mango Shake! Simply heavenly! ^_^
On our next and last day here in Guimaras, we tried their version of the famous Ilokano dish, Pinakbet, and their Sizzling Squid. Of course, we still had the organic rice and Ripe Mango Shake. ^_^
Pinakbet - Php70.00
Sizzling Squid - Php20.00
Their Pinakbet was quiet impressive, with its well-cooked vegetables and sweetness that I really enjoyed, I think this one is good to go! As for the Sizzling Squid, my two friends loved it! They chewiness and the freshness, again, of the squid was there to devoured. Seafood here is really the best! ^_^
Aside from the meals that we got to enjoy courtesy of Raymen Resort, on our way back to Iloilo for the second leg of our trip, we dropped by the famous Trappist Abbey.
Trappist Abbey is the best "pasalubong" store in the island that offers a wide array of delectable mango-based treats which you will surely love.
I got to buy each of of those mango-based delicacies, and boy, I really enjoyed each of them when I got back home! Exceptional treats made from heaven!
Truly, a place with a great scenery comes with great food. And I'm thankful that on my first visit on this wonderland, I got to enjoy its view and its food offerings - a visit worth remembering and a province worth revisiting!
Thank you, Guimaras! Til Next time!