Are you always out in the sun and enjoying the waves of the beach in nearby provinces? Or are you still sore from last week’s mountain hike? Are you raring for a unique weekend getaway? Well then, maybe it’s time to soak in a different type of nature exploration. Just 3 hours away from Manila, you can go on a road trip and visit Magaul Bird Park where you can get up close and personal with our winged buddies!
Magaul Bird Park in Zambales is home to countless species of birds: small and big, cute and colourful, and friendly to visitors of the camp. Take a tour and enjoy a relaxing afternoon watching them inside their cages or during the live bird show!
Aside from their bird attraction, though, we’d also like to give you another reason to come back to this place. There’s this little unique restaurant where they cook their meals using freshly harvested bamboo stalks! Kawayan Kitchen is located inside the park and offers a one-of-a-kind foodie experience!
This old method of cooking gives a twist to the usual meals. The whole process takes at least 30 to 45 minutes, so patience is a virtue. We promise it’s worth the wait, though!
The bamboo stalks, filled with rice or the ingredients of a dish (we had their bestselling sinampalukang manok and sinigang na hipon), are placed in a fireplace until they’re ready to be served.
The result? The bamboo stalks lend an irresistible sweetness! I love how the chicken meat of the sinampalukang manok falls off the bone. The freshness of the shrimp in the sinigang is a lip-smacking treat, as well.
Rice cooked in bamboo (P120 each), Sinigang na Hipon (P295) and Sinampalukang Manok (P180)
Aside from that, you can also order Filipino favorites. Their servings are big enough for sharing with two other companions!
Hongkong-style Chicken (P230)
Grilled Liempo (P185)
You can cap all of the good food off with their selection of desserts, or you just stroll around inside the park. The cool breeze and the surrounding nature will calm and ease your full tummy, so you won’t just feel full, but will also enjoy the beauty of wildlife!
We highly recommend you to try this out! Since you won’t get this anywhere else, Zambales could be your next weekend getaway? :)
JEST Camp, Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales