Well, I got married to a guy who's family loves good food, great pictures and loooong drives (hahaha!) So Sunday, December 16, 2012 - everyone, well except of course for Kuya JP cause he rarely joins us for things like this (it's his thing, OK!) - went for an approximately about 1 1/2 - 2 hours drive from Tanay to Calauan, Laguna to eat lunch - yes, just to have lunch (yes, why not?!) and of course take pictures - at Isdaan Floating Restaurant. We left at around 10am and arrived there around 1:00. There were so many people - and a lot of Koreans, too! - since it was lunch time I guess so we had to wait for an available table or slot or whatever you call it. The Koreans in the entrance area, my father-in-law said were looking at and pointing to Arkin. Daddy told Arkin, "Arkin, hinahanap ka ng mga pinsan mo!" He really did quite looked like the Koreans, no wonder.
The place was obviously Thai inspired since the facade of the restaurant looks Bali-ish. I've never been out of the country so obviously I've never been to Bali but from some of the pictures I've seen, I think that's where the inspiration came from, or so I've heard. Lot's of Buddha inspired statues which was good for the kids, kept them amazed the whole time. It's a 'floating' restaurant so expect to see lots of fishes, which was again, good for the kids while we were just at the entrance and got in the wait list. I don't know on some days but that day was obviously jampacked with hungry guests and their waiting area didn't really much served its purpose, but I appreciate that they anticipated and provided "Little Tikes' toys for the kids.
Serving time was a-okay for me given the fact that the restaurant was teeming with people. Plus, we used the time to go around and take pictures with the kids. It was the service and the food that was not good. The place was too big to be accomodated by all the staff, crew and waiters, who were by the way, wearing filipiniana costumes and long sleeves on that scorching hot day! I pitied them, honestly! The food tasted really ordinary, nothing unusual or should I say special. I'm no seafood lover but I liked the food much much better from our Kainan sa Tabing Lawa restaurant in Tanay. And it was really expensive, I didn't saw the bill but I think we spent around 5thousand pesos for that lunch alone, which wasn't really that good, and had small servings. The food tasted bland, they served the glasses very late - as in we were all really, really thirsty already, and desert was served when everyone else has already lost their appetite. I would like to emphasize that on that particular day that we went there, it was obvious from the staff's faces that it was an extra difficult day for them, maybe because there were too many guests - I really don't know.
Okay, so now, are you ready for the pictures?