Food Hunting in Tarlac: VES Foodhouse, Dampa Sa Tarlac and Primadeli Ristorante


With different fast-food chains drastically penetrate all areas of the country, Tarlac still manages to recreate their own food and retain the local flavors that they offer to their visitors. Having gastronomy in the province provides another dimension of delight. If you’re in the area, keep an eye on these restaurants.

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Chicken Lemon Grass Rosemary served at Primadeli Ristorante.

VES Food Resort and Villas

V.E.S. started as a simple food house in 1994 and became the talk of the town with its authentic sizzling, exotic Filipino cuisine and elegant yet affordable meals. It is perfectly built with a laid-back ambiance, having a lagoon, garden, and an uplifting landscape.


What I enjoyed from the buffet was the ever surprising Pako Salad having salted eggs and shrimp. The food house also offers Kalderetang Ostrich. Unlike the usual meat of fowls, the meat of the ostrich is somewhat similar to beef. Highlight of the lunch was the roasted organic pork “lechon” with its crispy and crunchy skin.


V.E.S Food Resort and Villas
588 Jimenez St., Sto. Domingo II, Capas, Tarlac
(045) 491-3467 / 0917-800-8816 / 0917-800-0943

Dampa sa Tarlac

Perfect place for family bonding while devouring sumptuous seafood or boodle fights is the newest addition to Tarlac’s known food places, the Dampa sa Tarlac located along the McArthur Highway.

Dampa sa Tarlac’s version of boodle fight.

Aside from seafood counter with numerous kinds of fish, the restaurant also has a fast-food counter, dinengdeng bar with fresh organic vegetables, and a ready to cook station. The boodle fight we’ve got to try includes wide combination of their menu: crispy fried tilapia, pork barbeque, calamares, grilled catfish, buro with mustasa, mango salad, pork sinigang served in a coconut, pinakbet, and garlic buttered shrimp and green mussels (tahong).


Dampa sa Tarlac Seafood Restaurant
McArthur Highway, San Rafael, Tarlac City, Tarlac

Primadeli Ristorante

For a diverse food experience, drop by Primadeli Ristorante in San Vicente, Tarlac City that offers fusion of Western and Asian cuisines.

Shitake Mushroom Soup (Php 99).

The degustation was started with a Shitake Soup (Php 99), a crème soup flavored with Japanese mushroom topped with bacon bits and garlic croutons. Appetizers also include the Julius Caesar Salad (Php 109) which is Cajun chicken strips wrapped with lettuce and stuffed with carrots and tomatoes, and Beef Nacho Grande (Php 199) corn chips topped with beef, tomato salsa, and melted cheese.

A twist to the usual Caesar’s salad (Php 109).
Beef Nacho Grande (Php 199).

For the entrees, the chef prepared Paella Valenciana (Php 420), Goat Rendang (Php 288), Marinara Seafood Pasta (Php 199), Chicken and Pesto (Php 159), Vietnamese Spring Roll (Php 165), Smoked American Ribs (Php 299), Texas Ribs in Mustard BBQ Sauce (Php 499), and Chicken Lemon Grass Rosemary that set us all into food-coma due to the delectable and the amount of food we have taken.


Vietnamese Spring Roll (Php 165). Fried shrimp and pork with vermicelli and vegetables wrapped with pastry.

Primadeli Ristorante
San Vicente, Tarlac City

These restaurants really show that Tarlac has also a lot to offer when it comes to food and with their presence, you can satisfy any craving at a reasonable expense that will surely win anyone’s stomach.

Visit to these restaurants was part of Tara Quing Tarlac (Tara sa Tarlac) initiated by Microtel Luisita and Tarlac Convention and Visitors Bureau held last February 27 to March 1, 2014.


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