It was gorgeous. A white, probably a 50s or 60s two storey wooden house with an austere facade whose architecture is dominated by planes and lines and squares. Beautifully mounted at the center of a white space, the red script of Payling’s was bold, contrasting with the smaller font of the Restaurant located below it.
The spacious front as the establishments parking lot was wide that, without parked vehicles, it added to the charm of the house. Payling’s Restaurant opened later last year in Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental and it’s a beautiful breath of fresh air in this parts.
The interior of the restaurant has that modern cafe but cozy vibe with it, enhanced by the natural finish of the wood paneling, wide floor to ceiling windows (almost) and original red flooring tempered with age.
Butch ordered for our lunch from a menu that has a mixture of Filipino favorites. The fresh garden salad with its mango vinaigrette was refreshing. The arugula lent a hint of bitterness that went well with the slight sourness of the tomatoes, the delicious crunch of the lettuce (romaine and iceberg) and the sweetness of the mango made for a beautiful experience.
The Payling’s signature chicken was a surprise that I had to tell Butch that I just had to finish the last bits because it was simple but tasted good. The kare-kare has to be mentioned. It was tender, and paired with the bagoong, heavenly and the taste of the peanut sauce was, wow.
I was quite full. There were just two of us eating several dishes done in home cooked goodness and when the slice of matcha green tea slice (supplied by a local) came, I had to surrender and not finish it all as the pound cake was quite dense and heavy. The fruit juice was also refreshing but tended to be on the very sweet side.
JP Rizal St.
Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental
+63 917 3142449, +63 88 5450828