Mengan kana? (Did you eat already?) If you’re looking for a delicious Kapampangan dining experience, head over to the newly-opened Bale Dutung at the New Gateway Mall 2.
For those familiar with Bale Dutung, it is originally a restaurant in Angeles City that draws food enthusiasts from different parts of the country. It is owned by Claude Tayag, a Kapampangan chef and culinary legend, known for offering a delectable experience to those lucky enough to secure a table in this reservation-only dining establishment.
From a private dining space in the north, Tayag expands his restaurant to Araneta City, bringing the rich flavors of the Philippines’ culinary capital to the heart of Metro Manila.
Bale Dutung in New Gateway Mall 2 captures the familiar essence of its Pampanga counterpart. Stepping foot into the restaurant, one is immediately drawn to its rustic ambiance, with its rich wooden interiors setting the tone. After all, Bale Dutung is a Kapampangan term that translates to “House of Wood”.
The restaurant’s food offerings are just as enticing as its aesthetics. Bale Dutung features a delightful menu that includes signatures such as Trianggulo (crispy samosas with spinach, tinapa, and pili nuts), Lechon Taco (fried pulled lechon belly in basil coriander sauce), and Bringhe (sticky rice with chicken, chorizo, and quail egg).
Other must-try dishes include Kapampangan classics Kilayin (adobo sa puti), Ningnang Kapampangan (grilled sweet cured pork belly and hamonado longganisa), Hito Balo Balo (catfish belly with fermented shrimp), Ensaladang Pako (fiddlehead fern salad), and of course, Sisig.
Each dish at Bale Dutung is thoughtfully served in individual portions, ensuring diners can savor a range of flavors without feeling overly full. This approach embraces the essence of a traditional carinderia (local eatery), combined with the elegance of a refined dining atmosphere.
As for drinks, there’s the usual serving of iced tea and soda. But for a more unique treat, try their Kamias Shake which has a refreshing blend of sweet and sour flavors.
Now there’s no need to leave the metro to have an exquisite Kapampangan culinary adventure. Visit Bale Dutung in Palenque (located at the Upper Ground B level of the New Gateway Mall 2) and embark on a mouthwatering journey through the flavors of this regional specialty.