ALBAY | Eat All You Can at Waway’s Restaurant in Legazpi City

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bicolano Dinner at Waway's Restaurant in Legazpi City

The initial image that impressed on my mind when I heard that we’re having dinner at a restaurant named Waway’s at Legazpi City is that of a tussled, long-haired Robin Padilla of Philippine Cinema wearing his signature Waway fisherman’s hat serving unlimited dishes of laings and pinangats.

Well, I got those Bicolano specialties right, but no gangly, strutting Robin Padilla in sight.

Simple Interiors at Waway's Restaurant in Legazpi City

Waway’s Restaurant, which is located on one of Legazpi’s main thoroughfares, is named not after the character played by the bad boy of Philippine Cinema, but after the restaurant owner; Aling Laura Cristobal. How Laura translated to a nickname of Waway is anybody’s guess.

Waway's Simple Facade in Legazpi City

Housed in a simple and almost residential looking one-storey building, this Bicolano restaurant has been serving the locals of Albay for almost fifty years now.

But it has not always been like this, Waway’s beginnings take back to a small nipa hut located on another part of the city. Some decades later, and it’s now the favorite dining destination in the area, especially for those looking for local dishes cooked in gata like laing and Bicol Express.

Eat All You Can Buffet at Waway's Restaurant in Legazpi City

Waway’s interiors are nothing to write home about, with simple chairs and round tables filling its main dining hall. But what separate this restaurant from the others in the Legazpi area are the sumptuous dishes that line their buffet table. That’s right, Bicolano dishes buffet baby!

Lining Up at the Buffet Table at Waway's Restaurant in Legazpi City

Members of PHILTOA along with the media group wasted no time in lining up and spooning local fares into empty plates. They have everything hrom kandinggas (bopis to us Manileños), crab omelets, laings, pinangats, ginataang malunggay; to my beloved, Bicol Express. They also have Filipino favorites like kare-kare, litson kawali, nilasing na hipon or crispy shrimps, chopseuy among other things.

Bicol Express at Waway's Restaurant in Legazpi City

But the ones I kept going back to the buffet table for were the litson kawali which can almost rival the best one I’ve tasted in UP Diliman’s Casaa, the nilasing na hipon which reminded me of the crispy shrimps I had at Pangasinan’s legendary Matutina Restaurant and of course the extra super spicy Bicol Express, which no eatery in Manila can replicate.

Buffet at Waway's Restaurant in Legazpi City

Waway’s Restaurant definitely lives up to the legend that has been incorporated to its humble name. When in Legazpi City, do yourself a favor and head to Waway’s Restaurant for a taste of their buffet, even if only once. But prepare yourself; I’m pretty sure that one time would double back to a few more visits. And there’s absolutely no need to prep your wallet as their dishes are quite affordable; what you actually need to put in order are your tummies. You’ll be needing all the space you’ve got.

Legazpi Location MapWaway’s Restaurant
Address: Peñaranda Extension, Bonot, Legazpi City
Contact Number: (052) 480-8415
Open Hours: Lunch and Dinnertime
Buffet Price: Php250.00

GPS Coordinates: +13° 9' 23.85", +123° 45' 3.74"
View Location on Google Maps: Click Here


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  1. So ashamed that I never tried this place for the rest of my stay there. Takot kasi ako baka mahal, but well definitely I'll give it a shot pag uwi ko.

  2. Fave restaurant namen to. We tried their buffet last April. Did you not try their Chicharon bulaklak? It's their best on the menu since like I was in College. :D

  3. Sakto nasa Bicol ako next month. thanks for recommending this place lucas. hihihi! namiss ko ang blog mo.

  4. pag filipino dishes bet ko , 250 is so so mura na kaya! at pag sa probinsya makaka assure ka na fresh ang ihahain nila ..

    idol libre nmn dyan

  5. Wow.,tamang tama magbabakasyon kami ngayon buwan sa bikol ..thank u for recommending this!

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    1. Hi, I'm not that sure, maybe you can call them up? :)