Monday, July 24, 2017

Destination: ISDAAN Floating Restaurant!!!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

        We've been traveling to the north every summer ever since I could remember. My family's province is in Bangued, Abra, then we later transfered to San Fernando La Union. And before all the EXes were built (SCTEX, TPLEX), I remember always passing by this restaurant in Tarlac with huge statues out front and have always wanted to try it. But we always used to ride the public bus so we couldn't really stop over. But as soon as we were already using our own car, we did finally get to go and I remember being in awe at how fun the whole place was. Filled with lagoons and huge amazing statues. it kinda made you feel like you were in a theme park!

        Years later, we came back. This time, in their Nueva Ecija branch. And it was as fun as I remembered. In fact it was even more fun this time because Rain is already with us! Check out my quick video of our fun trip to Isdaan!

Tamad to read? Watch my quick short video!

The Place:

        Isdaan Nueva Ecija is huge. It's got lot of eating areas and floating huts to accommodate lots of guests. Kids are in awe of the amazing huge structures as well as the swimming koi fishes everywhere!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Safety first!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

        Isdaan is famous for their floating villas. This make the experience even more unique! You can choose to eat in villas (for small groups) but they also have halls for bigger groups. (Note: This shot is actually from Isdaan Tarlac as I can be an airhead sometimes and forgot to take photos of the villas in Nueva Ecija branch haha)

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

I feel like I'm in Malaysia or Bangkok or something

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Look! Up in the sky!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Walk wherever your feet takes you and you will see more egg-citing surprises!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Lots of chicken everywhere!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

In Tarlac branch, there's even a kids hall called Bata Batuta where kids can be entertained with magic shows, and win free toys! (Every kid goes home a winner!)

        But in Nueva Ecija, they have an undergroud bridge! It's a bridge submerged in their koi pond so that you and your kids can walk on it, feed the fishies, and feel the fishes swim by your feet! Since I was wearing jeans at that time, Rain's Tito Spanky was gracious enough to go with her and later on, her Tito Luke! Thanks Spanky and Luke!!! <3 Funny how Rain was scared at first and didn't like the feeling of the fishes touching her legs haha!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Back to Nueva Ecija branch, this train pulley thing is a fun activity for your kids! Not so much for the parent pulling this whole thing. Haha!

        But don't worry! They got the adults covered! You can let yourself loose by the Taksiyapo corner. Here you can buy a mug or a plate, and smash it agains the wall to release that anger you've been trying to hide, or just for fun! If you want to feel like the Hulk, there's an old TV you can buy that you can carry and smash on the wall. I know I said "adult" but in the video, we let Rain try it! So cute!

The Food:

        The food is good old fashioned Filipino cuisine, and really super delicious! That's why I think this is one of your best bet to take balik-bayans / foreigners for a good Pinoy feast.

Isdaan Floating Restaurant, small rice pots

Rice are served in mini kalderos! I love it! As a rice lover, I must have this multi-burner stove hehehe

Isdaan Floating Restaurant, sisig

This sizzling sisig us served in a long boat sizzling plate thingy. 

Isdaan Floating Restaurant, platter

Can't decide what to order? Get the platter! 

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

        This Patang Tinupig is one of the their original recipes. Super duper soft and tender and very tasty! How could it not be when it's slow-cooked and then simmered in coconut cream before being wrapped in banana leaves and then grilled? Oh my, my mouth's just filled with saliva. 

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

The Patang Tinupig also has a chicken counterpart. The Lechon Tinupig Manok, which also turned out amazing!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant, bulalo

It was a rainy night so this Bulalo was perfect!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant, Filipino feast

I don't think we ordered enough...

Isdaan Floating Restaurant, The Singing Cooks and Waiters

        Another reason why I believe this is a perfect place to take foreigners is because not only will you have a delicious Filipino feast, but you will also get serenaded by The Singing Cooks and Waiters. They're trained by a real singing coach and they really do have great singing voices! Performance level is way high too! They sing old tagalog favorites but can also sing updated international songs like ... wait for it.... Versace On The Floor! (ooooh take it off for me for me for me for me now giiiirl)

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Plus you can dance and sing along with them! Fun!!! Go KTG Boys! I mean MEN!

        If you're ever going on a roadtrip up north with the family, you need to plan a stopover at Isdaan. It's definitely a place where everyone will enjoy because of the very good food, and the fun entertainment.

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Tarlac Branch:
National Hwy | Near Calamba, Calauan, Luzon 4001, Philippines

Nueva Ecija Branch:
Talavera, Nueva Ecija


  1. Wow! Thank you for featuring one of the latest attractions in the province of Nueva Ecija. Although the construction of this wonderful floating restaurant is only partially, you can already appreciate its amenities. Its land area is a 9-hectare property. You will notice that the other areas of this huge restaurant complex are still under construction. I hope to come back there soon because when my friend and I visited the place, their show at 4PM was cancelled but we enjoyed the place very much and the food as well. You are absolutely correct! This is the best place where you can take balikbayans/foreigners.

    1. It's quite fun no? :-) Especially the Taksiyapo area! I mean where else can you go to a restaurant where you can break mugs?!? Hahaha! I updated the post and fixed the broken videos so hope you can check it out again! :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing! Wow! The decoration and food here looks great
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  3. wonderful! On this next holiday, I'll come here with my familly!
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