Siargao: Pinoy food at Tapsihan ni Lebron James and Dwyane Wade

I am surprised that carinderias (small local canteens) here on the island of Siargao are actually well-known to locals and tourists too. In fact, we tried this Tapsihan ni Lebron James and Dwyane Wade and there is plenty of foreign guests too eating with us at the same time. What are the things you should expect here? 

What is Tapsihan ni Lebron James and Dwyane Wade?

The Tapsihan ni Lebron James and Dwyane Wade is actually a bungalow house located a few blocks away from the Pacifico resort. They offer Filipino dishes that diners can enjoy in their Al Fresco dining areas placed both inside or outside the house. Aside from that, they also offer surfboard coaching classes and bike rentals.


Price

Price ranges from 100 pesos to 200 pesos only and it is already good for sharing. Expect to spend about 300 to 800 pesos for two to three people. For three, we spent about 700 pesos for three dishes, five cups of rice, softdrinks and calamansi juice.


Ambiance

photo from Tapsihan ni Lebron James and Dwyane Wade Facebook Page

The Al Fresco dining of this canteen actually gives us a homey feel. It is literally a house converted as a canteen during the day so expect people watching television programs as they dine. They have numerous tables and chairs too so they can accommodate a number of groups at the same time.


Food

I originally ordered Fish and Chips (200 pesos) and Beef Mushroom (180 pesos) but both are unavailable so I ordered Calamares (Fried Squid rings) priced at 150 pesos per plate having about 10 pieces. For the price, it is already okay given the size of the cuts were pretty huge.

I am surprised that it even comes with garlic mayo. Usually, Filipino restaurants serve calamares or calamari with seasoned vinegar so this is something new for a canteen. I am with two of my workmates and one of them is a local here so we've been talking about the prices of food in Siargao and she said that this one canteen is one of the popular ones since the food quality is good and the price is competitive.


We also ordered the Siargao Express (180 pesos). This is a dish that I initially thought would be similar to the popular dish 'Bicol Express' because of the photo on the menu but it is more like an 'Igado' having the liver spread and soy sauce to its sauce and spiciness coming from the stir-fried pork with chili. It has a little bit of sauce just enough to top on your rice. This is best with beer too. 


Their Beef Steak (180 pesos) is probably the best one among the dishes we ordered. It is the traditional sweet, salty, garlicky flavor you are looking for in a beefsteak. Plus, the sauce too is perfect with its sauteed onion rings that give a bit of rich flavor and sweetness that you'd probably want to pair with rice.


Ella's Recommendation

Compared to the usual carinderias in Metro Manila, the food price in Siargao is far higher than that of the ones you eat at in the city. Nevertheless, the amount of food served here is often good for sharing since most people come here in groups and it is located near a tourist spot.


Location

Purok 3 Pacifico San Isidro Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte

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