It’s almost ten in the evening and the dragons inside my stomach were scorching fire.
I was up before the sun rose at the Roxas City Cathedral, was shooting the colors of the Sinadya sa Halaran before a proper breakfast, was walking along the crunchy Baybay Beach come lunchtime, was climbing the biggest bell in Asia as the afternoon wore on and was rolling with the devotees of the Prosesyon sa Suba as evening overtook the land.
It was one heck of a day and I was terribly hungry.
But we didn’t go straight to dinner. A quick trip to the People’s Park Plaza near Baybay Beach to witness Roxas City’s dancing fountain came first. It looked nice with kids playfully zipping through the waters.
But I was really really hungry now.
And at last, we finally entered a restaurant that’s just a stone’s throw away from the fountain. Welcome to RML Manokan Haus Kamayan, exclaimed an arched sign fashioned out of painted bamboos.
I can’t wait to have a seat and devour chicken inasals after chicken inasals with my bare hands.
Apparently RML Manokan Haus Kamayan is not exclusive to Roxas City. I heard they have other branches around Capiz, Antique and Aklan; the mother branch being located in Kalibo. It has been around since the 80’s; I guess it’s a good indication of how good their dishes are.
An acoustic player serenaded us as we waited for our dishes to be served. RML Manokan Haus Kamayan has a very native feel, quite similar to Dampa restaurants I’ve been to in Manila. The similarities doesn’t end there though, I heard they also serve mean seafood delights.
It didn’t take long before a seafood feast paraded right before our eyes.
I totally forgot about their chicken inasals and concentrated instead on the bounties of Roxas City’s waters. We were at the seafood capital of the Philippines after all.
Delectable buttered shrimps, big-ass crabs, rocking oysters, scallops and grilled catfishes filled our long table to brimming. I know the owners of RML Manokan Haus Kamayan can forgive me if I really forgot to have a single bite of their chicken specialty.
Extremely hungry, I tried to moderate my seafood intake lest I suffer stomach pains. I was especially advised not to start of with the oysters. I’m not sure if it’s really bad to ingest seafood on an empty stomach, but I’ve been hearing this even from my gramma, so I heeded their advice.
It didn’t take long before our group cleared the table.
It was a whirlwind of seafood plates after another that we were all left dazed with fullness afterwards. RML Manokan Haus Kamayan is not a bad way to end a full day of touring Capiz. The dragons in my tummies were well satiated.
RML Manokan Haus Kamayan
Address: Arnaldo Blvd., Brgy. Baybay, Roxas City, Capiz
Contact Number: (036) 6210-322
GPS Coordinates: +11° 36' 24.03", +122° 44' 16.56"
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