I've been to Isdaan in Gerona, Tarlac and it was really beautiful and indeed a unique way of attracting customers and have a one of a kind dining experience. An officemate of mine goes to her province in Dolores and passes by the national highway of Laguna then she saw this, Isdaan in Calauan, Laguna. After our planned adventure at Villa Escudero, we planned to have dinner here. She had been to this place during a weekday so she wanted to try see it at night.
Isdaan in Calauan, Laguna recently opened during the last quarter of the month last year and still on construction up to now. Only half of the property was used and the remaining lot was barely filled with water which means there are still room for many more ideas and innovation.
At the side of the restaurant's entrance, a really huge Buddha head will welcome you but the real entrance is located at the center of the restaurant where you have to reserve your seats first before settling to a table because every server have four assign table to take care of. Be sure to be here early for lunch or dinner every weekends and even weekdays as crowd really flocks this place because its newly opened.
The ambiance was really inviting specially during night time. It was like you were dining at a dock. This is the facade from the waiting area where you could have picture taking with the life-size statue of the late former President Cory Aquino or former President Erap Estrada.
You may actually feed the fish from their man-made ponds or even use the fishing rods but I'm not sure if there's a fee for using them or even feeding them but don't be shy to ask the men wearing the orange life vest.
Ponds are everywhere within the vicinity of Isdaan not just for fishing and feeding activities but this is where they culture the fish that they sell from their menu insuring its fresh from the catch.
It's a feast for the eyes for this really huge statues of Isdaan, which includes monkeys, Buddhas, hands and elephants.
Life-size statues were also everywhere that adds up to its unique attractions.
One of the original features of Isdaan was their San Kilo Bridge, whereas the challenge was to cross the bridge with only about more or less six inches wide while carrying a pale of water to win the 1 kilo of fish. The only difference from their Tarlac branch was that there's no spitting monkeys and the obstacle had a slope.
Want to release you anger, then the Tacsiyapo Wall is for you. For a minimal fee, depending on what you want to throw and break on the wall, its your chance to shout and be heard!
Obama and his wife, complete with her pearls, was also present for picture-taking!
Kids and kids at heart won't need to worry because famous cartoon and comics statues were located at their children's corner.
At the children's corner, they offer free face painting, balloons and loot bags. They even have a store full of toys and candies. A magic and a ventriloquist show from Talentadong Pinoy contestants entertain the kids.
Another free attraction was the boat ride, either imagine that you were in Venice, Italy or at the floating market of Bangkok, Thailand. As a courtesy, the management asks you to give a tip to the boat man for at least Php 20.
Isn't it fun and kinda romantic?
This is where we had dinner. It was like their Thailand themed huts, complete with the huge golden Buddha, laughing Buddhas that surrounds the pond and bamboo trees. It was a different place indeed!
Isdaan is owned and operated by the same owners of The Barrio Fiesta, Singing Cooks and Waiters Atpb, Bento Box, World Topps, Kilo Kilo Grill Atbp and Bakahan at Manukan Chain of Restaurants. (Sorry, I forgot the other restaurant that ends with the word 'grill').
See this vast variety of menu on their list? They even offer the endangered shark, too bad! It's really hard to pick which to eat since I bet you want to try everything on this list unless you are allergic to some foods or you don't eat that kind of food but what ever you pick, hey its a feast for everyone!
While waiting for our food to be serve for 10 to 15 minutes, I strolled and loitered around the place to take more pictures and fin more interesting displays to see. I sneaked along the walkway at the side of the main kitchen and saw these outside. This is the way they cook our ordered rice, cute eh?
We were in a group of 5, so we got this 'Isang Bilaong Fried Seafoods' (Php 614), which is a combination platter of tahong, bangus, galunggong, tawilis, plaplitos, hito, tilapia, talong, kamatis, alimasag, hipon sipitsipitan. Have you seen what's missing but had replaced?
According to my officemate, who had been here before they got this 'Spareribs' (Php 267+) which is really good. It was like an adobo which is cooked until the sauce was dried up and absorbed by the meat. Yummy!
We were supposed to order 'Sinigang na Baboy' but it was out-of-stock, so we opted to get a vegetable instead, the Chopsuey. We also got a pitcher of mango juice and buko juice for more or less Php 200+.
For entertainment, these men would serenade you with one song while eating and the same with the boatman a Php 20 tip is encouraged. You may also request more songs but be good enough to shell out more tip.
There were even some festival street dancers, who dance to the festive beat of the drums together they wander the walkways of Isdaan.
If you want a more romantic secluded hut, you may want to request to be seated here at a solo hut located at the leftside of the property near the crocodile lagoon.
Different pasalubong stores like knickknacks, snacks, jewelries and toys were scattered within the vicinity.
Overall, the place was really great for family and friends bonding! It was so relaxing and feels like you are in a different country, so festive! It was something different for your eyes. The food was great and cheaper by the dozen. The more you order, the more you share, the less you pay. Our order was about Php 2000+, which includes the tax and it doesn't have any service charge at all. c",)
*They only accept cash for payment at the moment.
(along the national highway)
T: (049) 566-0880 to 81