OK, I know, this must be the millionth Isdaan Restaurant Review. I rarely visit personal blogs but I’ve already seen a handful of blogs featuring it. But I can’t help it: Isdaan is worth mentioning.
As a Los Banos resident who frequents Sta. Cruz, Laguna, I’ve seen its facade a bazillion times. Guess that’s why it took us sucha long time to actually visit it: it is “just there”.
But on Tuesday, my Mom and bff Cristy Salem (whom we’ve been calling Mama Cristy since forever) were here. As I’ve mentioned on my Raviv’s Roarin’ Jungle Safari First Birthday Party Part 3 entry, she’s one of the most generous persons I’ve ever known. Randy and I wanted to make sure she’d feel our love for her. Thus, despite our busy sched these days, we decided to bring her to Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Calauan, Laguna for dinner. Joining us were Raviv’s Yaya Isay and Yaya Jocelle, plus my brother TJ, his wife Ruth, Yoona, and Yoona’s Yaya Tet.
Upon our arrival, I immediately was in awe of the big, booby mermaid statue.
Despite the fact that I’ve been seen this mermaid along the road a bazillion times already, it feels different when you’re near it…the first words that came into my mind were “overwhelming” and “grandiose”.
I thought that upon entering the restau, I’d tell myself “That was it” re: that the giant Egyptian booby mermaid with fish outside…but noooooo! There were more!
Again, there was another gigantic but significantly smaller, booby Egyptian mermaid near the parking lot.
And then upon actually entering, I felt like I was in a floating carnival! There were soooo many gigantic statues inside, and it really felt festive in Isdaan Floating Restaurant! Yet despite its size, it still felt cozy inside. Signages of other Ongpauco restaurants such as Barrio Fiesta, Bakahan at Manukan, Singing Cooks and Waiters Atbp. were plastered (Isdaan is owned by Ongpauco family—yep, Heart Evangelista’s relatives).
It was also very kid friendly! There were bikes for kids, ride on toys, cozy coupes, etc.
Because of the booby mermaid surrounded by fish outside, we thought that the decors inside will also dwell on that theme. But lo and behold, there was no theme at all! The “decor” was a hodge podge of whatever is popular! It is actually tacky, but I loved its tackiness!
So, it was Egyptian Aquamarine…
…meets Jurassic Park….
…meets the First Couple…
…meets the Dalai Lama…
Overwhelmed much? Naku, there are plenty more! There are Angry Birds statues, Spiderman on top of a tower, Cory and Erap, bystanders, etc. There was even a sort of acrobatics/dance show done on the floating stage, which we were able to watch well.
Don’t panic because the crocs in the photo are fake. By the way, we were able to watch this show well because we were seated on top. I recommend getting seats up high because this is a good vantage point. This is one of the views:
Plus, we were serenaded by two groups of singers. The good thing is that there was a notice that we were supposed to give the singers and bangkeros (yes, you can go boating pa! But I don’t think you can go boating at night)
And before I forget, oh yeah, the food! Haha! The food was also good! We ordered the following, and paid this much:
I especially loved the bouillabaisse (wrong spelling!) soup and the kinilaw na tuna (although these days, I’m a sucker for any kinilaw!) Considering there were eight of us, the price is reasonable enough. There were even leftovers!
Only downside was that because the place was so big and we were seated above, it was difficult to call waiters.
Are we coming back? Definitely! We plan to take our whole household here in the morning. I’m sure they’ll have fun. Plus, I intend to take more pictures and see the Tacsiapo (I dunno why I didn’t see it!) and perhaps throw a plate against a wall.
Tell me what you think!
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