Monday, July 19, 2010

Vicentico's Grill and Restaurant

I was in Cabanatuan last weekend for an evaluation activity. Just like in my previous visits, my friends and I had dinner at Vicentico's Grill and Restaurant. I keep on coming back to that restaurant primarily because of the ambiance. I also like the food (which i'll talk about later) but its really the overall appeal of the place that draws me to the place. You can have 'al fesco dining' at Vicentico's. The place is cool so you'll really be comfortable. Unfortunately, I found out that they renovated the place. The area for al fresco dining looks smaller now. I do not know if the space really got smaller but that's what i felt last Saturday night. You see, they added a 'function room' that looks like an old Spanish house. It was supposed to be nice because Spanish houses usually have large windows to allow fresh air to get in but in this function room, what seems to be open windows aren't really open. They are covered with glass. Why? Because the room is 'aircon', as we Filipinos fondly call rooms with 'airconditioning' systems. The place still looks nice but it has somehow lost some of the things that made it really charming in the past. But at the end of the day, all i ca say is i still like the place...

Now on to the food. Here are my favorites.

Gising gising
Gising gising is like chopseuy that is made hot and spicy. The sauce of their gising gising is thick. It is good to be mixed with steamed rice. The gising gising also has lots of squid slices.

Adobong Pusit
Their adobong pusit is great. It is not very 'black' like how you would expect in a regular homemade adobong pusit but it still has that rich taste. It is not really spicy so there's no problem even if you order it with gising gising. The only thing that I do not like with their adobong pusit is that the serving is not so big. I believe if food is as good as this, serving should be big.

Seafood Kare kare

Their seafood kare kare is also 'to die for'. It has lots of shrimps, squid slices and crabs. It is not like the usual seafood kare kare you will commonly find in 'food courts' in Manila where only a few pieces of these seafood s can be found. Sometimes, they even substitute 'squid balls' for squid.

We also ordered crispy pata but i didn't get to take pictures. One serving of crispy pata can already serve about 6 to 7 people (with everybody satisfied). The skin is cripy. Really. Uhmm...Yum yum...I was so excited with it I totally forgot about taking snapshots.

They serve halo-halo, fruit juices and 'bottomless' iced tea.

Overall, the experience was fun. Even if the place lost some of its appeal (at least for me), it is still worth visiting.

Oh, before I forget, the place has wifi password needed.


Vicenticos Family said...

Thank you sooo much for a very wonderful review of the restaurant. Hope to meet you when you visit us soon. Thank you again!

vicenticos said...

we also added you in our link.

moja2cute said...

wow nag effort un nagblog nito...all i can say AMEN...coz it so sulit!!!

thoughts said...

Vicenticos deserve the good comments...yes, i also hope to meet you the next tme i visit cabanatuan

thoughts said...


Anonymous said...

Dear Sir or Madam,
My name is Leticia Avierkiieva and I am a contributor at, a wiki project. I am currently working on an article about Gising gising for the project, and am in need of a photo for the article.
I wanted to inquire in regards to your photo:
The photo would be perfect for the article. Would you be willing to give permission to use your photo for the project?
If you agree to let to use the photo, please specify the terms of permission in your reply so I can upload this photo with the correct license terms.
1.) I certify that I am the owner of this photo. I grant and its owner to use this photo for any purpose with attribution to me as the photo owner.

2.) I certify that I am the owner of this photo. I release all rights of this photo and place this photo in the public domain.
I thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Leticia Avierkiieva (
PS: is a wiki project so you are encouraged to contribute to it by sharing your knowledge of your local cuisine. Thank you.

thoughts said...

Dear Ms. Leticia Avierkiieva,

I would like to apologize for this rather late response. It was Holy Week that time you posted and I was on vacation. I wasn't able to check the comments for the week. Anyway, I would like to thank you for this comment. It's nice to know that one of my pictures is worthy of something beyond my blog.

I grant you permission to use the photo of gising-gising that appears on I certify that I own the photo. Ms. Avierkiieva, you may use this photo for any purpose with attribution to me as the owner.

I am also sending a similar message through your email ( Some disclaimers are included in that email.

Again thank you for this. I hope my reply is not too late.

My email address is

Anonymous said...

hi! how much po ang per head sa dine in nyo? available pa rin ba ang eat all you can nyo? thanks!

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