BALE DUTUNG

FILIPINO

Eats - - PAMPANGA -

It looks like a reg­u­lar house on a cor­ner lot from afar. But 80 per­cent of Bale Dutung (House of Wood) was built in 1988 from dis­carded ma­te­ri­als from old churches, bowl­ing al­leys, and old wood fur­ni­ture. De­spite his huge col­lec­tion of an­tiques, artist, chef and food colum­nist Claude Tayag built this abode from scratch. Claude and his wife Maryann live at the art gallery-café, where he ac­cepts reser­va­tions once a month for groups of 12 who wish to ex­pe­ri­ence Ka­pam­pan­gan cui­sine in a one-of-a-kind en­vi­ron­ment. Have a light break­fast so you can en­joy the en­tire lunch. When you ar­rive, cool off with a glass of co­conut water and snack on some steamed peanuts as you take in the sights. In­stead of air-con­di­tion­ing, frozen wash­cloths sprin­kled with cologne will be of­fered to you to freshen up while din­ing al fresco. Claude will cook a set lunch menu of salad, ap­pe­tiz­ers, and about 10 en­trées spread over four hours. You can ei­ther let the Tayags take the reins re­gard­ing your menu or you can make your sug­ges­tions es­pe­cially if you are con­cerned about al­ler­gies. Feel free to bring your own wine; they do not charge cork­age. As the meal un­folds, Maryann gives a lit­tle back­ground story about each dish you are about to taste, telling you about its roots and the el­e­ments in­volved in the dish, to give you an idea of what you are about to ex­pe­ri­ence even be­fore your !rst nib­ble. Check out Claude’s gallery where you can buy his art, pur­chase his book Food Tour (or have him sign your copy) or take home his Balo Balo or XO sauce.

AD­DRESS

12 Paul St., Villa Glo­ria Sub­di­vi­sion, An­ge­les City, Pam­panga

CON­TACT NUM­BERS

(045) 668 4038 (045) 502 4527 0917 5359198

EMAIL

re­serve@bale­du­tung.com

WEB­SITE

www.bale­du­tung.com

FACE­BOOK

Bale Dutung: Crazy for Au­then­tic­ity

OP­ER­AT­ING HOURS

By reser­va­tion only

PRICE RANGE

P1,800/per­son

PAY­MENT MODE

Cash

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