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.
12 Paul St., Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga
(045) 668 4038 (045) 502 4527 0917 5359198
Bale Dutung: Crazy for Authenticity
By reservation only