Sunday, July 19, 2009

Vasco's in Subic

Subic is like home to me. It's my weekend getaway, more than Tagaytay. With the NLEX and SCTEX (expressways) linked together now, it only takes an hour and a half drive to Subic from Balintawak in North EDSA. That's like going to Makati during morning rush hour. And with more options than Tagaytay (though less on food), like shopping, beaches, mountains and adventure parks, Subic will always be my number one choice for that quick travel fix.

One of the coolest places in Subic is Vasco's. Dining by the sea with sails as ventilation (fans) makes you feel you're inside a galleon. That ambience is unmatched here, and gives Vasco's the charm it is known for.

Their menu is comfort food, offering a wide array of international dishes. You can have Asian favorites from curries to Filipino staples, or savor steaks and continental cuisine.

Their food is not the best though in Subic, so I must warn you. I am not promoting it as a food heaven, but more of a place where you can enjoy a night with your friends. A lot of people (especially foreigners) drink here. You must also try their breakfast too. I've had it once before, and I loved their pancakes.

Vasco's is indeed a treasure in Subic. And I meant that literally. Inside Vasco's walls are some real treasures reined in from the sea. Vasco's has a mini museum of artifacts that were once submerged in the rich history of Subic Bay.

These artifacts date back when the Chinese set foot on our islands in search of trade. Most of their merchandise are still intact here. The others come from the Spanish era, when galleons flocked our seas, in search of the pearl of the orient.

Vasco's is more than just a popular chill spot for hungry visitors, or even home for divers (they have a dive shop). They also offer accommodation, spartan, but pleasant and with character. You dine on a terrace hanging by the bay and when it's night, under the stars beside the brilliant lights of Subic nightlife.

Vasco's is located on the road going to the airport. I forgot the name of the road, but it's after the popular fishing spot where you can rent a bamboo raft to go fishing. Just keep your eye on the right side of the road.

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