Inato Lang

Delicious food at Inato Lang in Dapitan City

The garlic prawns made me pig out!

The garlic prawns made me pig out!

Inato Lang Restaurant at the Dapitan Aquamarine Park (Dampa) is a popular dining destination along the Liboran River where the city’s river cruise plies. Built in a kubo (native hut) style, it’s comfortable and airy and guests are entertained by a singer and guitarist. The food here is highly recommended and you can have it even if you won’t be availing of the river cruise tour.

It was raining when we arrived here for lunch and it was just fitting that we started with a belly warmer, a hot and delicious soup of tinolang liplipan. Liplipan is a type of fish. But when the table was laid out with other delicious food like garlic prawns, chili crabs, crispy pata and the like, what better to do but wash one’s hands and dig!

I really loved the garlic prawns which were fresh and tender and with the sauce, made it all the more delicious. The chili crab dish was mildly spicy which was just good for me. Not too big but these were quite fatty. The crispy pata was already chopped but delectable with not too thick a layer of fat and the meat flavorful. The vegetables were also fresh and crunchy while the calamares is crispy yet tender inside.

But nothing really beats the chili crabs and garlic prawns. Really tasty. If I didn’t rush for my flight back to Manila, I would have lingered more, ate more.

Tinolang liplipan was a beautiful belly warmer especially during a rainy day

Tinolang liplipan was a beautiful belly warmer especially during a rainy day

Chopped crispy pata

Chopped crispy pata

A medley of vegetables, meat and quail's eggs in chop suey

A medley of vegetables, meat and quail’s eggs in chop suey

Calamares is crunchy outside, tender inside

Calamares is crunchy outside, tender inside

The chili crabs dish is just, wow!

The chili crabs dish is just, wow!

The kubo style restaurant of Inato Lang by the river in Dapitan City served delicious Filipino cuisine

The kubo style restaurant of Inato Lang by the river in Dapitan City served delicious Filipino cuisine. A singer and a guitarist entertains guests too.

By the banks of the Liboran River, Inato Lang Restaurant is a popular stop for guests doing the river cruise

By the banks of the Liboran River, Inato Lang Restaurant is a popular stop for guests doing the river cruise

GETTING THERE: Inato Lang Restaurant is just along the Liboran River several meters down the other side of the highway opposite the modern city hall.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

3 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    September 29, 2014 @ 8:55

    Delicious food at Inato Lang in Dapitan City: The garlic prawns made me pig out!
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  2. Bea Lois delos Reyes
    October 4, 2016 @ 6:54

    How much per person? And do we need to have a reservation?

  3. estan
    October 5, 2016 @ 10:47

    Bea, please contact the restaurant directly.

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