April 24, 2010 – It was lunchtime when we arrived in Dumaguete City and Sheila knew of this restaurant called Lab-As that would be the best place to have lunch at. It was along the beach/coastal road and a scene like this is considered normal to the locals. First catch of the day turned to lunch!
The coastal ride heading there
Hello, Lab-As. Do you know this restaurant has been here since the 1980s?
Lovely exteriors! You can eat and dine outside and see all that coastal view. But it was 90 degrees, mind you.
So yes, you’d rather want A/C and view all these lovely decors.
You feel like you are inside a modern kitchen with wood finishings. So pretty.
Lab-As Restaurant’s pancit canton – tasty yet too oily.
The waiters said this is Lab-as’ version of the Bicol Express – their Lab-As Dumaguete Express. Almost as good as the Bicol Version but no difference really. One caveat – this dish is super spicy hot! And their dishes take forever to be served. What is up with that? We were the only ones dining in Lab-as that time.
Lab-As Restaurant’s Sinuglaw! Grilled pork in kinilaw sauce – super love! Considering the fact that we were in a famous seafood restaurant in Dumaguete known for their fresh seafood dishes, the sinuglaw and this grilled tuna belly were the only seafood dish we had. Does that mean that once you have eaten seafood, you have eaten them all?
Lab-as restaurant’s version of the crispy pata. The dish’s serving is small and there were hardly any bones of it. I’d still want my Alejandro’s in Cebu. I remember being full for the time being and was looking for desserts at their menu. Nothing appealed to me at all. Perhaps their famous fried ice cream or sans rival could do the trick. That would be another story, though. *wink*
Lab-As is not even that expensive and our bill did go past a thousand but hey, there were seven of us and we might as well have been eating at Golden Cowrie and no one would be the wiser. This could work in Cebu but sans the coastal road view and the Dumaguete flavor on it, I’m beginning to think twice.
201 Flores Ave., Dumaguete City
Phone Number: 2263677
**text and photos by Kristine Roa. Reproduction without consent is not allowed