A floating restaurant with an oriental theme, Isdaan is a popular Filipino restaurant in Gerona, Tarlac. Over the weekend, my cousin and his friend, my sisters, and My Man had a very late lunch at Isdaan, stopping over on our way home after we wore our pilgrim hats and made a little trip to Our Lady of the Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan. I have always wanted to try the food of Isdaan after passing by it tons of times on the road to Pangasinan.
The Look: The design of Isdaan is very earthy, with a mix of Filipino and Thai inspirations. Outside in the parking lot, tall gorillas holding a big catch will greet you. There are Buddhas around as well as statues of Ninoy, Cory, Erap, goats, and cocks. You eat inside bamboo huts, floating in man-made ponds filled with very hungry carps (I think). Don’t eat here if you have motion sickness or the rocking of the huts will get to you.
The Food: Isdaan has a huge selection of food but it is mainly Filipino. We had sinigang na baboy (sour pork stew), calamari, grilled pork and tilapia, sisig, and mango juice. That is my plate above. 😀
Everything tasted okay but there is nothing spectacular about it. Similarly, I think it is a bit overpriced because if you compare it to Ikabud, which does the same kind of food on a better price tag, well Isdaan would totally be at a disadvantage.
The Edge: Ultimately, what draws people to Isdaan is the experience: you drive far to get there; you eat atop a pond in a hut aboard a raft; you get to feed the maniacally hungry fish; you can get angry at the taksyapo wall. For those looking for something new over the weekend, then Isdaan is not a bad choice after all.