Good food is always important for a successful vacation. I’ve been to vacation spots where the amenities were good but the food was lackluster—buffets with tough meat in a non-descript stew and very red spaketchup1, it can ruin a vacation. This summer, we were lucky to stumble upon Taramindu Beach and Garden Inn. A small beach house in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, Taramindu shares a common beachfront with the other resorts in the area.
Taramindu offers an ala carte menu, unlike most of the Laiya resorts that go with an eat-all-you-can buffet. This can be taken either as a pro or as a con. There have been instances when I couldn’t find anything appetizing from buffet meals. So unless it’s a restaurant famous for its buffet offerings, ala carte sounds like a better idea.
We arrived shortly before noon so we ordered for lunch while waiting to check into our rooms. Going classic Pinoy family meal style, we ordered a bunch of main dishes to go with rice. We tried the Calamares—perfectly done with a crisp batter and cooked-just-enough-to-remain-tender squid.
Sinigang is always welcome, so we had the Sinigang na Ulo and Sinigang na Buntot ng Isda. The broth was sufficiently sour while the fish was delightfully light yet meaty fish. I was told that the fish they used is called Dorado. It’s something I’m not familiar with so it served as a pleasant surprise.
For our vegetable dish, we had Pinakbet. Their pinakbet is cooked Tagalog-style, with plenty of veggies and made more flavorful by bagoong alamang.
Meat! Must have meat! Our meat of choice was pork liempo, sliced thinly and grilled, then served with a side of tomatoes and onions. Yum! Served with loads of rice, we had a very satisfying and filling lunch.
In the afternoon, we all decided to lounge along the shoreline. We were pleased to find out that Taramindu serves snacks on the beachfront. It was definitely a novel experience, enjoying a freshly baked, homemade pizza on the beach. Imagine, biting into a slice of crisp pizza, loaded with fresh tomatoes, basil and pepperoni. NOM!
For dinner, we had Sinigang na Hipon,
Taramindu Fried Chicken—ordered especially for the kids,
and Inihaw the Tilapia. The food, generally, was still good but it wasn’t as fantastic as our lunchtime spread. The restaurant was packed with guests, not only from Taramindu but also from neighboring beach houses, so I guess they had difficulty attending to everyone.
Breakfast was a –silog affair. Choose your favorite protein to go with the sinangag and itlog. I picked Daing na bangus. Served with coffee, a heavy breakfast like this, enjoyed by the beach, is a very nice way to start your day.
Overall, the food was great. Flavorful, hearty, and very much like home cooking. It’s exactly what you’d love to eat at home, only this time, it’s seasoned by the sun, sea and sky. Sometimes, when we go on short holidays, we forget how important food is. We forget how it can make or break a good vacation. I’m glad that Taramindu delivers well in the food department. It was definitely a great ingredient for creating an enjoyable weekend vacation.
1Spaketchup – Cheap spaghetti sauced with a mostly banana ketchup sauce. Not to be confused with Filipino Spaghetti.
Taramindu Beach Garden Inn
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Telephone Number: (+632) 448-56-11?Mobile Number: (+63) 0917-824-0024