herencia cafe - facade
Restaurant Review

Herencia Cafe | Paoay, Ilocos Norte

By on July 21, 2010

It is impossible to miss Herencia Cafe in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. For one, it is the only restaurant right across the Church of San Agustin (or more popularly known as the Paoay Church), which is one of the four Baroque Philippine Churches identified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Because this edible landmark has given Ilocos the Pinakbet Pizza and many other fusion recipes, it has also become an Ilocano establishment synonymous with good food. You can ask anyone from or who has been to Ilocos, and the restaurant would almost always be suggested as an important destination.

This became our first stopover in Day 2 of Project Windmills. We were supposed to head first for Batac after Vigan. But since we took extra time in shopping for pasalubongs at Calle Crisologo, we arrived at the highway intersection an hour behind our schedule. The Marcos Mausoleum closes during lunchtime that is why our itinerary was adjusted accordingly.


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The Bagnet (deep fried pork belly cuts) could be a worthy challenger to my mom’s version at home. It was cooked quite well – crispy on the outside yet the juices are kept intact. It came with Kamatis (tomatoes), Bagoong (fish sauce) and Lasona (onions).


herencia cafe - puqui puqui

This is the famous Poque-Poque or essentially an eggplant salad. It is said that the dish was not named after a body organ or our cute duckling for that matter. Its taste could create good controversy compared to its nomenclature.


herencia cafe - unique pizzas

We had the Pinakbet Pizza and the Dinuguan Pizza in one crust. They actually allow that albeit at an extra cost. That way, we would be able to enjoy two unique pizza flavors without bursting both our stomachs and wallets. This was one helpful tip we got from our host at Villa Angela back in Vigan.

The dinuguan (a dish composed of pig entrails and blood) pizza was a shocking revelation for me. I was never a fan of the dish but perhaps the cheese and tomato sauce transformed the fiesta staple into a higher gastronomy level. The combination worked quite well.

We actually went beyond our projected budget for this lunch. But at Php800++ for 4 hungry Cebuanos, I think that our sumptuous meal was worth every extra peso we have shelled out. It provided us the much-needed energy we need for the sandboarding and 4×4 activities we did later in the afternoon. It also gave us a terrible longing to fly all the way to Paoay someday to come back for more.


Herencia Cafe
McArthur Street, Brgy 14, Sangladan
Paoay, Ilocos Norte
+63 77 614 0214

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    July 21, 2010

    yes to the bagnet…
    yes to the poque-poque…

    i dont know if ill like the dinuguan pizza though..

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    July 22, 2010

    I think that instead of using entrails, they actually used bagnet for the dinuguan pizza. So you might want to give it a try.

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    July 25, 2010

    OH WOW! That pizza looks insanely yummy!!! The bagnet and the poque-poque looks equally scrumptious. Yes… definitely a must try! We didn't get to even explore the town as we were aiming for dinner at Vigan then.

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    July 25, 2010

    Jenn,how was your Vigan dinner? Did you dine at Leona's? Any good recommendations?

    There are so many places we could have visited in Vigan. But I'll return to Calle Crisologo with someone special, since it is quite romantic in the evening.


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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