Ilocandia cuisine is renowned for its Bagnet meal. I have dined with a bunch of restaurants serving different versions of this famous dish, but enjoying it from where it originated is truly distinctive. Find out the difference by travelling through this review about the highly recommended and newly opened Metro Vigan Café in Bayubay Norte, San Vicente.
APPETIZERS:POKI-POKI (PhP 128.00)
Delight yourself with a cheap but appetizing starter made up of scrambled egg mixed with chopped eggplant and generously topped with simple onion-tomato-green mango salad.
Each serving comes with a fish sauce paste.SISIG CRISPY BAGNET (PhP 148.00)
This one is the most unforgettable dish served to us during our brunch on the 2nd day of stay there in Metro Vigan Inn. It’s a heavy and a crunchy appetizer made up of chopped Crispy Bagnet, with secret spices I supposed. Topped with freshly beaten egg and adorned with their creamy mayonnaise, this one is highly recommended!
SOUPBULALO (PhP 288.00)
Who can resist this appealing and satisfying meal? “Sabaw pa lang ulam na!” as what others exclaimed.
Served hot and full of flavor with a special herb, the usual corn and other vegetables—the soup revitalized me indeed!
ENTREEHITO AT TALONG (PhP 198.00)
A coconut milk-inspired dish with delectable pan-fried catfish and freshly grilled eggplants makes another creamy and healthy treat from the cafe.STEAMED MALAGA (PhP 300.00)
A classic Ilocano fish called “Malaga” freshly steamed with tomatoes, onions and ginger for a unique taste and flavor. Metro Vigan Café makes it another remarkable craving experience of coming up with a thinly savory sweet-tasting sauce.PINAPUTOK NA TILAPIA (PhP 158.00)
Another luscious dish from the menu list that will surely create another craving within your tummy that taste like a sweet and sour or Sarsiado is this deep-fried medium-sized Tilapia wrapped in banana leaves and inserted in a foil, richly stuffed inside with fresh tomatoes, ginger and onions.KALDERETANG PATO (PhP 228.00)
A must try Metro Vigan bestselling recipe of tomato braised duck stew with fine herbs and spices. Enriched with carrots, potatoes and slices of red bell peppers, this dish truly satisfies your hungry stomach.CRISPY BAGNET (PhP 258.00)
And any Vigan experience won’t be complete without the town’s signature CRISPY BAGNET! What makes it satisfying, it was served with their heavenly cooked authentic METRO VIGAN FRIED RICE… oh my! I enjoin you, one serving is not just enough!CRISPY PATA (PhP 458.00)
My fellow bloggers labelled this irresistible knuckles or Crispy Pata as “putok-batok” dish but I didn’t mind. This is also being cooked as deep- fried, but I wonder how the café managed to serve it tasty without being greasy nor dry.
And since Vigan is also renowned for their “sukang-Iloko” or Ilocandia vinegar, I won’t be surprised with the perfect mixed of their soy-vinegar dip.METRO VIGAN CHICKEN (PhP 318.00 Whole/PhP 188.00Half)
Cooking a crispy fried chicken comes with a lot of variations. You can cook it with different kinds of breadings, a variation of marinades, etc. but Metro Vigan Chicken simply has it—perfect set of spices!KARE-KARE BAGNET (PhP 258.00)
Metro Vigan Café made a delightful twist with this all-time Filipino favorite Kare-Kare with their freshly cooked vegetables and by putting Bagnet instead of oxtail or beef tripes.
Of course, this heavenly dish won’t be complete without the aroma and taste of bagoong on the side.
VEGETABLESCHOPSUEY (PhP 168.00)
Considered to be a Chinese Dish, Metro Vigan Café made a successful Chopsuey version by including slices of Vigan Longaniza, and by topping it with freshly-beaten egg per serving. They still made it starchy and creamier to complete the pleasure.PINAKBET NA BAGNET (PhP 198.00)
Not pieces of cubed pork within a classic Pinakbet but those crunchy Ilocano’s favorite vegetables topped with crispy Bagnet chunks!
Each serving makes it hotter by adding a twist to its common serving. Slices of okra alternately mixed with green bell peppers.
RICE & NOODLESFRIED RICE (PhP 208.00 Large/Php 168.00 Medium/PhP 98.00 Small)
Fried rice may be common except how it was prepared and what are included in the dish. This gets to another signature meal for the café with its successful twist from Chinese to Ilocandia cuisine version by blending Vigan chorizo with the commonly used Chinese chorizo.METRO VIGAN PANCIT CANTON (PhP 298.00 XLarge/PhP 208.00 Large/Php 168.00 Medium/PhP 98.00 Small)
Like that of the Chopsuey, the colorful variety of vegetables create an appealing taste for this succulent noodle meal. But wait, there’s more! The lechon and Vigan chorizo toppings created another distinctive taste!
SNACKS AND DESSERTSBAGNET BURGER (PhP .00)
It was my first time to eat such a powerful snack like this—BAGNET BURGER! With its fresh lettuce and appealing bagnet, the burger is truly satisfying. Metro Vigan Café made it even more special by making a perfect match, a not so sweet refreshing glass of cold orange juice!BUKO PANDAN (PhP 48.00)
One of my favorite desserts, Metro Vigan Cafe’s version is not the typical Buko Pandan that is just rich in sweet taste (yun nakakaumay na sa tamis!). Theirs is more of the natural buko (coconut meat) strips and pandan taste and aroma since they use fresh ingredients and pandan leaves instead of just a pandan ready-made flavoring.
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[stextbox id=”info” caption=”How to Get there”]Air – Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half away by land to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via local bus companies.
By Land – The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Many air-conditioned buses ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly.
Getting Around – The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the town center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Experience a kalesa ride around Vigan at a reasonable expense.[/stextbox]