When I think of Pampanga, I think of food. Kapampangans are known for their delicious cooking. Early this April, we stopped by to a local restobar in Sta. Rita Pampanga called Barqun Resto. It is owned and operated by four sisters from the Lapid family. We were welcomed by Khate and Kim Lapid’s husband chef, who is an experienced culinary instructor in one of the schools in Batangas and has been chef at Diamond Hotel and Manila Pavilion for several years.
On that day, we were just around Pampanga, having been to a family trip in Las Casa Filipinas in Bataan, before proceeding here and being invited for their soft opening.
Barqun Resto, Pampanga
Barqun means balcony or porch in Kapampangan. It’s a usual hangout place for get-togethers, which is why most houses in Pampanga have terraces. As such, Barqun Resto serves as a food tambayan for locals in Sta. Rita, Pampanga.
Barqun has just moved to a bigger location, and they reopened this April 2019. We were just in time to visit them in their soft opening and try out their food.
We started with sizzling sisig (P85). It’s tasty and has a nice touch of spiciness. I think we started right with this.
We also had sinigang na salmon (P165). The broth is delicious and has a strong flavor. It’s different from past sinigangs I’ve had. The sinigang na salmon is served with salmon head along with vegetables. One order is good for 3-4 persons.
I ordered one of their bestsellers, the Barqun Burger (P75). It has home-made crispy beef patty and vegetables, with a generous serving of fries. We were told that this is one of their customers’ favorites.
We proceeded to taste-test other bestsellers. The fried noodles (P65) is a crunchy noodle dish topped with oyster sauce, with bits of chicken breast and liver. It’s very flavorful and definitely a winner. Barqun Resto easily rans out of fried noodles, and we understood why.
The chicken wings (P145) is the best chicken wings I’ve tasted so far. The size of the chicken pieces are huge for the price. It has different flavors as well — sweet chili, honey garlic and buffalo. This is definitely the one dish that will make me come back.
We also had a takeout of pansit palabok (P65), which is also one of their bestsellers. It has a generous topping of ground pork, chicharon bits and spices, but sadly hindi ako tinirahan! Another reason to come back.
As for the drinks, during their opening they had a buy 1 take 1 promo for milk tea, which we availed. Sizes available are regular (medium) and large. We ordered Hokkaido Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk Tea (regular price: P75 regular, P85 large). Kat likes the Wintermelon flavor. These are good beverages just to start the summer.
There were still a lot I wanted to try at Barqun, though I’m already full after eating the sinigang na salmon. We quite enjoyed our meal here and we are amazed at the very affordable prices for the food. Kapampangan cooking will really make you want to visit Pampanga. If you’re ever around Sta. Rita, Pampanga, make sure to stop by Barqun Resto for a filling meal, you won’t regret it.
Practical Info: Barqun Resto
How to get here:
Address: 311 San Jose, Santa Rita, Pampanga
- From San Fernando, board a jeep en route to Golangco and then get off at the Sta. Rita highway intersection. Then ride a jeep to San Jose or Gasak and get off at Barqun Resto.
Barqun Resto is walking distance from Sta. Rita Church.
Barqun Resto offers free delivery around San Jose, San Vicente and San Juan with minimum of 3 orders.
Contact number for delivery:
- Sun – 09438301183
- Globe – 09264028326
Disclaimer: Thank you Khate and Lapid family for inviting us! As always, thoughts and opinions are our own.
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