Pension Ivatan: Round 2 of Ivatan Cuisine

pension-ivatan-1And it was round 2 of some legitimate Ivatan Cuisine! Though our choices for the night were mostly Pinoy dishes, we had one dish that was simply a must-try on this island.

pension-ivatan-2pension-ivatan-3Packed with people during dinner, this place seems like a good one to just hang out. Plus, it doubles as an inn that’s why there were so many people. From the outside and on the inside, it looks like any ordinary house. It adds this homey feel which would make one feel very much at home.

Batanes Flavor (P 450)
Batanes Flavor (P 450)
Inihaw na Liempo
Inihaw na Liempo (Grilled Pork)
Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid)
Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid)
Beef Tapa
Beef Tapa
Kinilaw na Isda
Kinilaw na Isda
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries

We were supposed to get the Ivatan Platter but alas, it was unavailable. It was said to have lobsters in it but unfortunately, none of those crustaceans were caught that day. We then settle for their Batanes Flavor which was also a platter that consisted of Inihaw na Liempo, Inihaw na Pusit, Beef Tapa, Kinilaw na Isda and Sweet Potato Fries. Originally, it was supposed to have Beef Caliente or Carabao Skin but we didn’t want that. Instead, we had it replaced with some Grilled Squid. Good call too as their squid was grilled well. The other dishes on the platter were pretty good too.

Yellow Rice (P 30/serving)
Yellow Rice (P 30/serving)

pension-ivatan-yellow-rice-1Finally had Yellow Rice! It’s basically just some plain rice with some turmeric. The said spice wasn’t that strong so you would only be able to taste hints of it.

Uved Balls (P 150)
Uved Balls (P 150)

pension-ivatan-uved-balls-1Finally had this too: Uved Balls. It’s one of those legit Ivatan dishes that you just have to try. Though it may look like a dessert, this dish has banana, ground pork and seasonings. Yeah, it may not look that appetizing but I assure you that it was quite tasty.

Pension Ivatan Iced Tea (P 50)
Pension Ivatan Iced Tea (P 50)

To wash everything off, this semi-sweet drink cooled us down.

pension-ivatanAnd that Ivatan Platter is still on my mind. It was said to be a must-try at this resto. Even though my friends and I never got to try it, I’m still happy with our choices. Service was just okay. I guess, there was just too many customers that time but we were still attended to. Prices of their dishes are affordable and great for sharing.

So if you want to immediately bask in good Ivatan cuisine, make this as one of your stops. And do try to get their Ivatan Platter. I know I will (next time). 😉

Pension Ivatan Hometel and Restaurant
Barangay Kayvalugan, Basco, Batanes
Official website: http://pensionivatanbatanes.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pensionivatanbatanes

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