Along Lakeshore Drive in Barangay San Isidro in the town of Tanay, and right beside the Ynares multi-purpose hall that is always busy with basketball tournaments, is a restaurant called Kainan sa Tabing Lawa which specializes in Filipino food.
I’ve been there once before, back in 2001 when we first moved to the suburb, and we had an early dinner there last night after a short road trip in Tanay to test camera lenses.
The setting is decidedly rustic with wooden floors and grass ceiling, bamboo shades on wide windows…
…wooden plates lined with banana leaves. Diners are supplied with spoons and forks as a matter of course but, in places like this, it is best to eat with the hands, kamayan-style. The specialties, after all, are freshwater fish from nearby Laguna de Bay, cooked home-style with no frills and no pretenses.
While waiting for our food, we sipped fresh coconut juice…
… and my husband prepared the dipping sauce.
We had sinigang na kanduli. It was supposed to be with miso but I couldn’t find the miso in the broth. Delicious nonetheless.
Then, there was a whole crisp fried butterflied dalag (mudfish)…
…that we dipped in the mixture of soy sauce, kalamansi juice and crush chilis that my husband prepared earlier. This dish we enjoyed on my first visit there (see my version), and the reason why I wanted to go back. We had grilled pork liempo (belly) too and rice.
It was a delicious meal, well worth the eight year wait. If you’re lucky enough to dine there when there is no basketball commentator shouting into the microphone, you’ll enjoy the experience more.
See more photos from our afternoon in Tanay.