Monday, August 25, 2014

Flavors of Ilocos: Chillin' at Hotel Luna's Chula Saloon Bar

Back from another stroll at historic Calle Crisologo, and time for a light meal and a few drinks at Hotel Luna's Chula Bar Saloon...

A well stocked bar, a full range of dishes featuring Spanish, continental, Filipino and Ilocano cuisine, and cozy interiors with a cool vibe, it's the perfect place to unwind with a few drinks and some tapas after a full day of touring historic Vigan.

Go for a refreshing Iced Tea, with Hotel Luna's own proprietary brew...

...or a cool Mojito (L) to get you in the groove. Chula Saloon Bar offers a variety of fine wine, liquor, and handcrafted cocktails as well. Just look for Kim, and he'll whip up a special drink just for you. 

Pair your drink with some of Chula Saloon Bar's signature appetizers, like the tasty Gambas a la Plancha (P 230), grilled shrimps on a bed of shredded lettuce served with a side of crisp potato chips. Unlike the usual gambas, this variation involves finishing the shrimps on a flat iron grill simply seasoned with course salt, garlic and olive oil. The light char on the delicate shrimps add a unique and sweet flavor, contrasting with the crisp and salty chips, both perfectly washed down with a cold beer.

Then, it was time to sample some local flavors. Chula Saloon Bar's Dinakdakan (P 180), a popular local dish with tender grilled pork mask, onions and chili flavored with just a hint of Iloco vinegar and a little mayo for that rich and creamy texture. The creamy texture and the sharp heat from the chili...perfect.

Almost similar to the Capampangan Sisig, Dinakdakan delivers the same richness with pure and clean flavors. And it's great with a shot of the good stuff. Great food and drinks with a cool vibe, Hotel Luna's Chula Saloon Bar is my kind of spot.

Hotel Luna is located at V. De Los Reyes corner General Luna Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur or call +632-584-4945 for inquiries and reservations. You may also contact the Manila Sales Office located at 26 Tomas Morato Extension, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City or call +632-373-3333 local 201-204 or email

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