We were supposed to go to Bolinao Falls but the locals said that the falls were out of our way, about ten kilometers away or more from the resort. We were already famished and followed the first sign we saw.. pointing us to Sungayan Grill Floating Restaurant. We passed by a narrow and unpaved road by which I cannot give you the exact direction. I would say, just follow the sign if you’re near Balingasay River, at the edge of the river. Thanks to John, Joy’s husband’s, for his instinct. We would have ended somewhere else or cook adobo again for lunch. It was already past one o’clock and we were already starving.
the floating bamboo bridge leading to Sungayan Grill Floating Restaurant.
Balingasay is one of the cleanest river in the Philippines.
If you hate waiting for your order in other restaurants, here, waiting is never a boring one. You can use your time to feed the fishes,
walk around the fishpond, shop souvenir items, update online with free use of iPad (of course with strong wifi),
or take a cruise down the clean river of Balingasay.
But we were a bit unlucky during our visit. The restaurant ran out of their specialty which is Sungayan Fish. I was in big disappointment because I did not taste a bit of Sungayan Grill, said to be the most delicious fish in Balingasay. If we have Tawilis and Maliputo in Taal Lake, Balingasay has their own fish they can be proud of and that is Sungayan.
And this is what we ordered instead.
Sauteed shrimp and squid in oysters sauce. It was yummy anyway.
And our order should have been this Bilao of grilled sungayan fish, squid, crab and more…. and my craving will not end till I taste a bit of sungayan. Now, where can I find that fish here in Manila.
I am in deep craving til now!
photo credit: Sungayan Grill Floating Restaurant
or any of these Sungayan Fish bilao!
The last two photos above were grabbed from their FB website. It looks yummy but I can’t really say a thing how it tastes like. The taste, I don’t know. But many attested that it was really yummy.
Sungayan Grill Floating Restaurant is located at
Balingasay River, Bolinao.
Balingasay River is one of the cleanest river in the Philippines. In our whole Bolinao trip, which you can find here, (I am not done yet with all my post as of this writing) I have no idea of Balingasay River until I searched today about Sungayan Grill. Balingasay River is twice winner of the Gawad Pangulo Kapaligiran Award for inland bodies of water in Ilocos Region and a recipient of prestigious Wetlands Conservation Award in 1994.
The people of Bolinao are lucky to have been blessed with rich coastal resources and marine biodiversity.