My 3-year old son said it best: Kainan sa Dalampasigan was a forest for the eating. It really felt like you were transported in a forest where you can expect elves and fairies. The drive to the parking area already provides ambience with its hanging vines (so sorry, no pics). The restaurant is open, with high ceilings and windows and plants. It's not luxurious in modern standards but more relaxing, rustic, and rejuvenating.
The food was your typical Batangas fare but all were good to great. And the servings were huge! Famished, we were trying to order combo platters (P480 each with baked mussels, shrimps, fish and the tenderest lechon kawali, I think, and mango salad) and four bulalo (bone marrow soup) bowls but the waitress attending to us was good enough to tell us to order so much first and see... because the servings were really huge! Well, I guess if I had my way with the platter, I could eat it all up because everything in it were cooked right and tasted great.
Even the rice (wrapped in banana leaves) servings were big!
part of the restaurant (we ate nearer the counters at the other side)
talk about revitalizing, eh?
I believe the dishes in Kainan sa Dalampasigan are made from the freshest of ingredients and look, they're really very affordable!
that's the men's room behind that door... their ladies room could use some freshening up; it wasn't really dirty but it didn't smell that clean either
bulalo and fish tanigue steak (sorry, some of the pics would be blurry or lacking in composition since I just instructed the hubs to take them, I had an infant who refused to be put down)
the super sized rice
the platter I was telling you about
all meat were soooo tender, I really cannot rave enough about it
none of us tried the halo-halo but we had 3 lyaneras of leche flan, which could have used a little dayap but wasn't really sickening sweet either
Now, the staff were friendly but it also seemed that they weren't used to having guests, haha. Service wasn't slow but wasn't very prompt either. We were kidding about how they seemed surprised even that people were there.
One other great thing about Kainan sa Dalampasigan was the space... which allowed our kiddos to burn off the energy curbed by being cooped up in cars all morning. They just ran and ran and ran around.
But oh, we'd really eat here again if only for the great food and ambience... and mind you, I grew up in Batangas fare and really appreciated how their dishes tasted authentic (well, different towns in Batangas also cook the same dishes differently) and well.
If only Kainan sa Dalampasigan wasn't so far! Then again, if you're in Nasugbu, this is the only seafood place the locals will direct you to. It also seemed like the only one offering 'fine dining' in the area.
I'm not sure I'd recommend it for formal affairs like weddings (but for a typical Batanggenyo, a reception there would already be a grand affair for sure) but it can be great enough for pre-nuptial or some other photoshoot.
It's amazing what you can do with basically a concrete shed and iron roof and still invoke an atmosphere that makes 'oasis' come to mind.
Kainan sa Dalampasigan
R. Martinez St., Brgy. Bucana, Nasugbu, Batangas
If you're coming from Tagaytay, it's past the Azucarera and just near the Boy Scouts HQ. Feel free to ask the locals for directions as well.