A weekend road-trip just before it ended was capped by a wonderful lunch at a café oozing with charm. Highly recommended by Jorge and Amor Bondad (of Sitio de Amor), we headed to Sulyap Café and Art Gallery before heading home.
The café is a 2 story Spanish colonial house transported from Quezon and restored piece by piece at the Cocoland compound.
Did I say charming inside and out?
Clockwise: Enseladang Pako (Fiddelhead fern salad), Sinigang na Liempo, Banana crepe, Kulawong Puso ng Saging (an original recipe of San Pablo city).
And the food… quite good and could merit a return in the future.
Across the café is the art gallery, which had pieces in various sizes, from furniture to plates and other collectibles. This building used to be the Cocoland Hotel before proprietor Rommel Empalmado bought the compound. He also recounted that prior to it being a hotel, it was a South Luzon College, which explained the school-like structure.
He also disclosed that when he was restoring the old house, being a lover of anything old, he’d use to take a peek (sinusulyap – sulyap in Filipino) and admire the unfinish house from a window of the gallery across, hence the name Sulyap. Quite an endearing story, me thinks.
Rommel is currently building a bigger house in the other part of the compound, this time a bed and breakfast that he hopes to open by December – so watch out for this new lodging alternative in the Viaje del Sol circuit.
Definitely a gratifying end to our weekend getaway.
On the Maharlika Highway coming from Manila on the way to San Pablo, you’ll hit a fork, take the left road (that’s Colago Ave.), which would take you off the highway and lead you to San Pablo proper. You’ll come to an intersection with a stop light (Puregold Supermarket should be on the right corner), turn left on Cosico Ave. Turn left 2 or 3 streets after (there should be a sign of Sulyap on the right that points to the street where you should turn). The road will lead to the gate of the Cocoland compound.Sulyap Cafe and Gallery Brg. Del Remedio, Cocoland Compound, San Pablo, Laguna Tel no: (049)562-9740 / 582-9735