Sulyap Gallery Cafe in San Pablo City, Laguna here in the Philippines has been on my radar since a friend shared her pictures on Instagram. It looked so quaint and old-worldly that I had to visit it. FYI: Sulyap is a Filipino term that means “glance”.
I called before we went there. They said that I can make reservations, but since we were coming from Quezon City, I wasn’t quite sure what time we’ll arrive in Laguna. They said that they’ll just assume we’ll get there after lunch, which was fine by me.
What I didn’t expect was that there would be the crew for ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda basically having the run of the place. It left visitors like us sitting, eating and watching them while they go about their business. Had I known that there would be a TV crew on the grounds, we wouldn’t have gone that day. Nothing mars up a culinary experience than watching busybees doing their thing while you’re eating. However, considering the travel time from Quezon City to San Pablo City, it seemed silly to back out so we just went.
The food was pretty good. I loved the old vibe of the place. It’s just too bad that we didn’t get to check out the lay of the land. Anyway, here are some of the photos that I manage to take while we were there.
As for the food, we tried their Pancit Habhab, Lechon Kawali, Kulawong Puso ng Saging and Pinakbet with Alamang.
Verdict: Sulyap Gallery Cafe serves traditional and modern Filipino food. It’s got that country charm down pat, perfect if you’re looking for a retreat from the modern world. They offer Filipino food that you’d recognize, nothing fancy schmancy about it.
Sulyap Gallery Cafe
Cocoland Compound, Barangay Del Remedio
San Pablo City, 4000 Laguna