Quezon Province has a few little tourist gems that it can offer to a wandering soul. Perhaps not totally endemic to Quezon, but the floating bamboo rafters for a restaurant has proved its success in the food business.
When I was younger, there used to be only one bamboo restaurant in Tayabas, Quezon. It was then named- Palaisdaan (fishpond). In the years to come, other similar restaurants have sprouted and one of the more popular copycat is the Kamayan sa Palaisdaan.
It was named Kamayan (translated as eating by hands) because people eat with their hands. Gross? Well you wouldn’t really know how tasty food can get until you use your hands. But if you’re not thrilled by the idea, you can always ask the staff for spoon and fork.
I have written several articles on Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, among them are:
“Dinner was at this place called Palaisdaan. It was a native restaurant. I wanted to show them the live tilapia but since it was already dark, we couldn’t see anything anymore. So we just waited for my other friends to come and order the food. I guess everybody’s hungry so when the food came, everybody was just so delighted.”
“Anyway, the place was designed to look natively. Bamboo huts are used for cottages, native plates called “mito” are made out of bamboo called rattan. Don’t worry, spoon is not made of coconut shells as you might imagine. Actually, they don’t serve spoon. You have to use hands to eat, something that makes foreigners I think raise their eyebrow. But it’s really a great experience to eat with hands- TRUST ME. There are sinks anyway to make sure you can wash your hands. Great experience with countryside feel. It’s also located beside a rice farm so the wind is so fresh.”
Again before I forget, if you ever plan to visit this restaurant you better make a reservation to avoid waiting. It can be crowded on weekends and holidays. So I advise to call prior to your arrival. If possible, place an order in advance. It takes almost an hour for food to be served.