We are a nation of food lovers and we want our food not only to be delicious but also to be affordable. That is why many of us are fond of eating at canteens or karenderias because food served there is usually tasty and cheap. We can have a satisfying meal with under a hundred bucks. With so many of us tightening our belts because of the high cost of living, this helps a lot. Plus, they are easily accessible since we can find them almost anywhere. Having said that, wouldn’t it be nice to dine in an unassuming place much like a karenderia with food that is sumptuous (if not more) and affordable but in a setting that is nicer and more relaxing?
You can do so at Orange Karenderia, a restaurant which showcases Filipino dishes that everyone can enjoy. Unlike a karenderia, you do not need to line up in the counter and pick out your orders. Instead, you will be assisted to your table and a waiter will attend to your needs and get your orders. The menu is posted on blackboards above the counter. You will have to let your eyes wander around the area just in case you missed something from the options available.
Orange Karenderia is managed by Chef Michael Pato who studied restaurant management at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). It is his and his family’s third branch, the first two being in Mandaue and Lahug City in Cebu.
They used the word ‘karenderia‘ because it sounds really unintimidating, while ‘Orange‘ is his father’s favorite color.
Orange Karenderia serves unique Filipino dishes but majority of their menu consists of seafood. One of their bestsellers is the Crispy Tuna Buntot which is the tail of the Atlantic yellow fin tuna deep fried to a crunchy goodness. Another is Betsy’s Garlic Chicken which consists of boneless chicken thigh in bite sizes pieces and glazed with their special sauce.
I like the resto’s simple industrial-themed interior. It is well-lit, spacious, and a painting by Bacolod artist Nunelucio Alvarado figures prominently in the right wall.
Customers are able to see how their food is cooked and how the chefs use only the freshest ingredients. Furthermore, service is fast and the place is tidy and clean.
Come and enjoy Orange Karenderia‘s yummy dishes at 22nd Lacson Street, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental (on the same building as Pizza Republic). They are open daily from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. You can contact them at (034) 431.3928 / (+63) 933.428.6598. For more information, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeKarenderiaBacolod.