Pagudpud Foodserye | Sit back and Eat at SEA's Kitchen

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Photo courtesy of the North Philippines Visitors Bureau via Martin San Diego

When one literally eats dust on an empty stomach, one tends to crave real food. Fortunately, after the sandy soiree over at the La Paz Sand Dunes, and a quick jaunt at the Bangui Windmills, we proceeded to Pagudpud for lunch.

If you look up "tucked in the woods" on the dictionary, you'll probably find a photo of SEA's Kitchen. Found in Brgy. Bucayoc, the country-style restaurant sits on a verdant hill, circled by trees, just a few minutes from the beach.
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You'd think that's how it got its name, but, in fact, it's an acronym of the three owners': Sonya, Elizabeth, and Alma.
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If you're worried its proximity to the touristy beaches will spoil your experience, fret not, as in spite of this, it's still quite removed from all the action and, thus, affords a tranquil time-out. The restaurant itself looks like a resthouse, like some place you and your family might get away for a few days. In the meadows, several tables are set up and there's also seating right by the vegetable garden.
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Photo courtesy of the North Philippines Visitors Bureau via Martin San Diego

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SEA's served the exact kind of food you'd expect from such a reclusive location. A menu of hearty dishes all made from scratch, with ingredients either bought from the local market or picked directly from the nearby garden. Dishes like Ricky's Rustic Herbed Chicken (Php575), and brick oven pizza with homemade dough (Php475) grace wooden tabletops.
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There were also paella (Php875) and grilled catch of the day (price varies).
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The dishes tasted just like how they looked: beautiful and delicious. The chicken, for example, was bursting with the flavors of rosemary and something tangy that I assume was lemon. The pizza comes in two variations: Mexican and Longanisa. Both were impeccable!

It's obvious that each dish is prepared lovingly and with so much thought. This is why SEA's Kitchen only accepts reservations. If you intend to visit, you must pre-order 24 hours before. This way, they can ensure that what arrives to your table is as fresh as it can get. Plus, some dishes need overnight marinading. It's like coming to visit a friend who cooks you good food!

I love its concept especially now that I'm starting to follow a more mindful lifestyle. This includes "slow-eating" which entails consuming fresh, homecooked meals and savoring every bit of it. SEA's Kitchen, its food and ambiance, is absolutely conducive to this. Moreover, the fact that the dishes served are made to order prevents wastage. It's a great set-up! Highly recommended!

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Parking: Yes
Wi-fi: None
Modes of Payment: Cash

SEA's Kitchen
Brgy. Bucayoc, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Open every day except Tuesdays from 8AM to 5PM
Strictly by reservation, Visit SEA's Kitchen on Facebook to inquire

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