It’s no secret that Elyu has become a foodie’s paradise in recent years. We have to admit that one of the main reasons we visited La Union was because of the food! Just a 6-hour drive from Manila, it’s definitely worth it. From amazing coffee, Greek cuisine, Mexican taquiera, and to your good ole’ beef pares, here is our list of 7 food spots you should try in Elyu.
1. El Union Coffee
El Union Coffee would definitely give most third wave coffee shops in Manila a good run for their money. Our favorite would be their Cold Brew Horchata and Flat White. The Cold Brew Horchata was the bomb! It’s seriously one of the best drinks we’d had in our lives! Not even kidding! Guess it’s true that when you’ve had the best, you wouldn’t wanna go back. Aside from kickass coffee, they serve pancakes and grilled cheese sandwhich – each is an awesome munch after surfing! Oh, and never leave the place without trying their S’mores dessert!
2. Gefseis Greek Grill
Greek cuisine in a surftown? Why not? It’s absolutely perfect if you ask us. Gefseis Greek Grill has been a go-to place for surfers and tourists alike ever since they opened. Aside from the amazing food, their blue and white interior kind of reminds us of Santorini, Greece. And it’s super IG-worthy! We recommend their Beef Souvlaki Wrap, Moussaka, and Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese open-faced sandwich. The beef is tender and oh so good! The salmon is simply mouthwatering and we especially love the generous amount of cream cheese spread on top!
3. Tagpuan sa San Juan
Never miss out this place when you’re in Elyu. We repeat, never miss this out! They have legit Beef Pares Rice Bowl, people! Really. Not exaggerating here. They serve comfort food at its best. It’s also budget friendly and perfect for hungry and tipsy people. Just like we were during the night. *wink*
Tip: They have Croc Sisig and this one’s on a “secret menu”. Just ask if they have this and you’re lucky if it’s available!
4. Coast Call Kitchen & Bar
Coast Call Kitchen & Bar is the in-house restaurant of San Juan Surf Resort in La Union. Though it’s one of the more “high-end” restos among the slew of food spots in San Juan, you’d be surprised to find the prices of the food quite affordable. They have a vast selection of Filipino and Western food. But our favorite would be their S’mores Pancakes. It was sinful!
They have amazing service and really good ambiance. Bonus is the perfect view of the ocean while enjoying your food.
5. Halo Halo de Iloko
This one is located in San Fernando, Halo Halo de Iloko is a must-visit when you are in the city proper. The line here during lunch time is unbelievable! Maybe get here before lunch to avoid the queue. It looks like a previous residence that they turned into a homey restaurant.
We ordered the Pork Sisig, Binagoongan Rice, Bagnet, and the most important thing… Buko Halo Halo. We are seriously getting hungry just by writing this down. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. The star of our visit would be the Buko Halo Halo. Served in a buko shell, it was a refreshing dessert on a hot summer day.
6. Olas Banditos
Like a true millenial, we discovered Olas Banditos through Instagram. And we’d say thank you, IG! The food here is amazing! The Cheese Quesadilla and the Churros were our bet. The quesadilla was oozing with cheese and it was freshly made. They have lots of seats and it can get a little busy at night.
7. Makai Bowls
Who still doesn’t heard of Makai Bowls? Well, it’s a smoothie bowl shop located at Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel. Smoothie bowl? YEEEES! It’s like having your favorite Jamba Juice in a bowl, but it’s more than that!
Each smoothie is made with 100% fresh frozen fruit, no ice, no sugar and all organic. It’s hard to believe that it’s so packed with nutrients as it’s very delicious, not to mention that it’s so pretty!
Note: After the tummy-filling food trip, don’t forget to watch LU’s sunset. It’s just so stunning!