Ang Kamalig Restaurant: The taste that brings you home
Way back in our humble home in the middle of the green fields in Capiz, I would always hear the word “kamalig” everytime cropping season (anihan) comes. It is a sort of granary where we usually stock our newly-harvested sacks of rice.
That picture of kamalig in my mind seemed to change after I found another food haven in the bustling The Shops at Atria in Mandurriao, which offers probably one of the best tasting Ilonggo dishes in a home-like ambiance.
Ang Kamalig Restaurant is an Ilonggo classic favorite that pioneered the lutong bahay dining concept in Iloilo. It was started by Iloilo Lone District Congressman Jerry Treñas’ wife, Rosalie, in 1987 out of her interest in cooking good food for her family.
After a few years of being gone in the limelight, Ang Kamalig Restaurant is once again breathing with life. This time, the young Treñases are taking over the throne and trying out their expertise in management which has become effective in their other businesses.
Brothers Carlo and Miguel are the ones behind the new Ang Kamalig Restaurant. Carlo, who has been successful in running “Carlo’s Bakeshop” is the one in charge for marketing and customer relations, while Chef Miguel, who finished his culinary course in Culinary Institute of America in Nappa Valley, is taking over the kitchen and the menu book. Their other siblings, Raisa, Gerry and Paolo are also helping in putting up everything into order – a siblings’ effort, indeed.
HOMEY, COMFY AND YUMMY
Upon entering the doorsteps of Ang Kamalig Restaurant, one can already feel and see its homey ambiance. From the customized tables and chairs crafted from old furniture, down to its very cool interior design, Ang Kamalig Restaurant truly sets itself different among the others.
Of course, the food is the best part. Named after each family member’s specialties and favorites, the menu is already an evidence of their strong family ties, giving every diner a feel of home away from home.
Among the most notable comfort food of Ang Kamalig Restaurant – all cooked the lutong bahay style – include Callos ni Rosalia, Kamalig Rice, Jose Maria’s Lengua Estofado, Kamalig Rice, Lola Amparing’s Crispy Pata, Bacalao ni Lola Nena, Household Pochero Pinamalhan na Salmon, Lengua Escarlata ni Buenaventura, and Kadios Manok Ubad sa Gata.
The restaurant’s appetizers or pampagana should not also be missed. Its Fried Trio (Crispy Pig Ears, Chicharon Bulaklak and Bagnet), Spicy Sisig, Kamalig Express, Fresh Vegetable Lumpia, Chicken Inasal Spring Rolls, Calamares, and Crispy Shrimps will surely kick-off your meal as it will make you end up asking for more.
Who would never get tempted to a sweet treat after a delightful feast? The restaurant’s desserts deserve your palate. It’s Tocino Del Cielo, Fried Ibos kag Ice Cream, Turon na Langka, Saba at Ube, HaloHalo Special, RoyalBibingka, Leche Flan, andKakaninPlatter are among the top favorites of its patrons.
Those sweets are best paired with some refreshments of fruit juices squeezed with freshness. They also have some shakes less the milk as they are using yogurt as a healthier option.
Ang Kamalig Restaurant is also serving very Ilonggomeriendameals such as Pancit Molo, Pancit Lomi, Arroz Caldo Manok kag Itlog, and Pork Dinuguan kag Puto. Other snack options include Pancit Palabok, Calo-Calo Bihon, Ensaymada at Tsokolate, Pinoy Spaghetti, and Adobo Sandwhich.
The restaurant also serves breakfast meals ranging from Chicken Adobo Flakes, Beef Tapa, Ilonggo Chorizo, Boneless Daing na Bangus, Pork Tocino, and Chinese Chorizo, all served with brewed coffee or hot chocolate, egg in any style, garlic rice or plain rice, and atsara.
With the lutong bahay concept of the Ang Kamalig Restaurant, every bite you take will surely bring you home. It’s like dining at your own place with the comfort food that you like.
Ang Kamalig Restaurant is located at The Shops at Atria in San Rafael, Mandurriao. To know more about its gastronomical offerings call (033) 501-5002 or like its official Facebook page, Ang Kamalig Restaurant Phl.