FOOD TRIP: MAY’S ORGANIC GARDEN AND RESTAURANT
One of the must-try restaurant when in Bacolod City is the new restaurant of May’s Organic Garden which had their soft opening two days ago.
Just 10 minutes drive from Bacolod City downtown area, May’s Organic Garden is located along the highway at Pahanocoy, Bacolod City.
Green Salad and the healthy Black Rice
I was surprised that the restaurant was full during lunchtime. Basically, the restaurant is just small, but in case of overflow they have the old restaurant which can accommodate a large number of crowd.
May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant offers buffet lunch of their “lutong bahay” style at PhP 350 or you can just order what you want in the “turo-turo”. The PhP 350 buffet price already includes a free entrance at the resort.I will be blogging soon about their resort and its services.
L-R: Jackfruit salad, Linutik (Squash) and Laswa ( clear soup made of vegetables freshly picked from their own garden)
As the name of the place implied, everything served in the restaurant is organic. Their vegetables were freshly picked from their garden and they breed these native pigs ensuring that the meat that they serve is also organic. (In my next blog article about May’s Organic Garden I will be showing you their piggery which doesn’t smell like an ordinary piggery – promise.)
Top: Pork Humba , Below: “Punaw” Shell
Now my food trip.
I did not try anymore any of their salad because Ria Akamatsu, The Resort Manager served so many food for me. But for the salad they prepared that time the green lettuce salad and the jackfruit salad. For the soup, they had the “laswa” an Ilonggo dish made of green leafy vegetables freshly picked from the garden like okra, saluyot, etc. and the “Punaw” which I guess being called “Halaan” in Tagalog. I was able to finish a small bowl of “Laswa” and “Punaw” – I can’t help it, the freshness of their ingredients made it really delicious.
For the rice, they serve the black rice which I also use at home because of its health benefits. For my main dish, I tried first their adobong pusit stuffed with lemongrass which I loved so much.Perhaps due to my excitement of this dish, I was not able to take the picture of it. They also have the usual adobong pusit, but I like more the one that were stuffed with lemon grass. Another dish which for me a real standout from their offering was the native pork humba. Probably because it was naturally grown, the pork is not as fatty as the regular pork offered in the market.
Top: Organic Native Chicken Adobo, Below: Native Pork Barbecue
Of course I cannot resist not to try their pork barbecue and their native chicken adobo which taste far more delicious than what we have in the market. Other dishes in their menu which I was not able to try anymore because I was already full were the Linutik (Squash), Ampalaya, and the grilled fish. They also have the achara which is always a good side dish for any grilled dish.
I also love this moringa shake. I learned that they were not using any milk in any of their shakes. For the moringga shake, they used fresh pineapple to balance the taste of moringga and they use honey instead of regular sugar.
Top: Organic Coffee served with Organic Piaya, Below: Potatoe Turon with Honey
For dessert, they gave me the Toron which I thought at first as Banana Toron. But, I was surprised it has mashed potato and honey inside – really yummy!
My afternoon snacks: Guyabano Shake and Batchoy
After my sumptuous lunch, Ria Akamatsu needs to attend the newly arrived guests. I took that moment to walk in the garden and took some photos ( I will be sharing it with you in my next post).But since the entire place is 6.2 hectares I was not able to finish walking until Ria found me and gave me a tour riding a golf cart. As soon as we were about to end our tour, a friend Femmy whom we invited earlier to join us arrived. So we went back to the restaurant to have our afternoon snacks. Honestly, I was still full even if that was already 3 in the afternoon. But of course, I cannot say no to their fresh fruit shake and Ria insisted that we must try their batchoy which also tasted good.
Your truly with Ria Akamatsu atop the main Pavillion
L-R: Ria Akamatsu, Femmy Magbanua and yours truly
Apart from the good food that I indulge that time and the beautiful sight of the garden, it was the good conversation amongst friends that I enjoyed the most. In fact, I didn;t noticed that it was already 5 in the afternoon and I spend literally 5 hours in that place.
More on May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant in my next post.
May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant is open daily from 8am-5pm. Soon they will open the restaurant until dinner time. For more information please call: (034) 431 3800