(this is what was rescued of this post by the autosave at the blackout – now i got my comp back from repairs, and i bought me an UPS and a surge protection sockets :)).
In my area of Lapu-Lapu City there are no regular local restaurants. We are located near an international airport, so restaurants here are also international … and expensive. The other option are roadside street food vendors, but all they sell are meat based foods (me being a vegetarian) – besides all their food is open to the dust and smog from the road – and there is a lot of both here.
Yesterday as i went out of the city, i asked my driver to take me to some nice local restaurant. We took a dirt road and apx 300 meters from the main road came to the large open tavern near the mangrove fishery. There was no sign of any kind (not on the main road exit, nor at the tavern), or at least i saw none. It makes me wander how they get costumers.
Fish was in iceboxes, looking fresh and tasted good – grilled with rice (i forgot to take a picture as it looked so good i just digged in right as it was served :). Here they dip everyting in sauce made of tamari (soy sauce), vinegar, lime juice and spiced with chilly that i didnt like too much – but also back home i didnt like much seasoning to the fish – fish has a mild flavour that is lost to strong spice. Rice was plain and without particular taste, but fish was delicious and perfectly grilled. Price: apx 200 PHP (€4 / $5).
Added 1. decmber 2012
Today i had the same fish in the fancy mall restaurant in Lapu-Lapu. At first i was surprised that the price was the same – but as i got the dish, the weight of the fish was about three times less and no rice was added … but it was nicely decorated :P.