República Negrense and yours truly is back in the cradle for couple of weeks! Bacolod City is the Ultimate Food Trip Destination of the Philippines, a claim to fame supported by every satisfied and full food tourist that goes to Negros Island’s shores. My immediate question right after I landed at the Bacolod-Silay International Airport is where to eat. Good thing that my fellow Trinity Christian School alumni and Chamber Fire Brigade volunteer firefighter, Makoy Go had me to visit his cafe near the University of St. La Salle and I tagged along another fellow alumni, Denise Go and her friend from USLS Accounting to join us in food tasting session there.
One of the local dishes I would miss in Manila is Cansi, beef shanks boiled for hours soured with a mangosteen relative of batwan and spiced with pieces of chilis. This marriage of bulalo and sinigang always makes me crave for and good thing that Nong Makoy had it served first. No rice for me with this, just a bowlful of soup and some utok or bone marrow! Spicy you say? Try Bombastix or pieces of chili with cheese rolled in spring wrappers. It is spicy but the spiciness is tamed by the sweet cheese and the creamy mayo, the undisputed bestseller in the restaurant’s menu, something I will not get surprised for I ate four pieces with much satisfied gusto.
Try Firehouse Cafe’s version of the Chicken Cordon Bleu! Bacon and Cheese covered with fillet chicken strips in a thin crispy batter which plays a contrast of not just flavors but textures as well. I love how the sweetness and saltiness come into play for this one in so much so that I did not even mind the dip. Perhaps the most classic side dish or pulutan with a drink of beer is the Sizzling Sisig but well, since it was school day, no sight of drinking people. I prefer Sizzling Sisig without rice for I love to savor the good flavors.
Perhaps the best taste for the night is the Baby Back Ribs with Onion Rings and Atchara! Atchara is definitely a local taste for it is Bacolod’s very own signature pickled papaya which accompanies every meal especially Chicken Inasal. Firehouse Cafe’s Baby Back Ribs is so tender that it falls off the bones and almost melts in the mouth. Sweetness of the sauce is given a contrast by the Atchara which works well to let stay in the mood for more. Once more, yes, no rice to accompany this one, just the delicious taste of the ribs.
I give my Kudos and Best Cheers to Makoy Go for this unassuming but lovely cafe. With a friendly and entertaining staff, a unique ambience, a student-friendly price and most all, good food, Firehouse Cafe definitely deserves a place in the already vibrant Bacolod foods scene. Open daily from 8am to 9pm, visit the place to savor the food yourself and tell me your own Firehouse Cafe experience.
The Firehouse Cafe
No. 104 KYLT Building,
La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City
Tel. No.: (034) 476 4547