From the pungent Kandingga to the savory Bicol Express, Lunch at 1st Colonial Grill in Albay proved to be a mecca of Bicolano dishes that tempt and satiate the palate. In a similar vein, its plethora of unique ice cream concoctions is enough to make any visit truly memorable and enjoyable.
1st colonial grill laing
LAING (around Php 200). 1st Colonial’s version is called “Tinuto,” a Laing variant that boasts of fresh young gabi leaves, lemongrass, chilies, and grated salted fish meat. The decadent and tangy flavor is enough to win me many times over.
1ST COLONIAL GRILL kandingga
KANDINGGA (Php 245). Made of diced heart and lungs, this dish also known as “bopis” is well-loved during various celebrations in the Philippines. 1st Colonial’s take is spot-on, with an extra layer of tartness to boot.
1ST COLONIAL GRILL grilled mussels
GRILLED MUSSELS (Php 249). As a seafood lover, this dish is indeed a sumptuous offering to tease and satisfy the palate. The smoky flavor combined with the Pomodoro sauce and melted cheese make this dish a runaway winner in my book.
1ST COLONIAL GRILL grilled tuna belly
GRILLED TUNA BELLY (Php 375). Bursting with meat, thanks to the special fish cut, the tuna is cooked in a special pungent sauce that is both appealing and satiating.
1ST COLONIAL GRILL bicol express
BICOL EXPRESS (around Php 300). If I were to pick just one dish to ravish during my stay in Bicol, it would have to be this. As a fan of anything with coconut cream or “gata,” this dish is more than delicious. With tender pork strips immersed in savory coconut cream mixed with chilies, it would be a sin not to indulge in this dish over and over again.
1ST COLONIAL GRILL kilawing tuna
KILAWING TUNA (around Php 300). Though I’m not a big fan of raw dishes, I can’t help but appreciate the savory tuna chunks mixed with white vinegar and chili dressing.
1ST COLONIAL GRILL sili ice cream
SILI ICE CREAM (Php 70)
With three levels of spiciness to boot, I settled for Level 1 enough to tease my tongue without burning it.
1ST COLONIAL GRILL pili ice cream
PILI ICE CREAM (Php 70). As expected, this flavor turned out to be my favorite. Its subtle, nutty, and sweet taste was everything I’ve been hoping for in a dessert.
1ST COLONIAL GRILL kalamansi ice cream
KALAMANSI ICE CREAM (Php 70). Though it wasn’t exactly my favorite, I still enjoyed the citrusy flavor and creamy nature of this frozen dessert.
1st Colonial Grill
G/F Pacific Mall, F. Imperial St., Legazpi City, Albay
Telephone Number: 052-481-1213