Home of the SILI Ice Cream

To complete your gastronomic adventure in Bicol, it’s definitely a MUST to experience the famous Sili Ice Cream from 1st Colonial Grill.

Sili Ice Cream Php89

Sili Ice Cream Php89

Yes it’s ice cream made of sili (chili) and there are three levels of heat. I had level number 2. It’s creamy and with a hint of sweetness.

The heat happens after having the first spoonful of this spicy delight. My throat felt the heat. They say the trick here is to just keep on eating the sili ice cream until you finish it. If you can’t handle the heat, you can ask for shots of milk.

three shots of milk to wash down the heat

three shots of milk to wash down the heat

But it’s not only the sili ice cream you can enjoy at 1st Colonial Grill. Here are their other original flavors…

Gabi Ice Cream Php79 (Sweet Taro Ice Cream)

Gabi Ice Cream Php79
(Sweet Taro Ice Cream)

Pili Ice Cream Php89

Pili Ice Cream Php89

Malunggay Ice Cream Php79

Malunggay Ice Cream Php79

Tinutong Na Bigas Php89 (Made of toasted rice)

Tinutong Na Bigas Ice Cream Php89
(made of toasted rice)

Kamote Ice Cream Php79 (made of sweet potatoes with roasted garlic on top)

Salabat Ice Cream Php79 (made of ginger)

Kalabasa Ice Cream Php79 (made of pumpkin)

Kalabasa Ice Cream Php79
(made of pumpkin)

Hmm, so we started with the dessert. That’s okay. Now for the main meals.

It’s a must for you to order their Tinapa Rice. It’s simply to-die-for. I love how the smoky taste of the tinapa blended with the salted eggs mixed with rice. The green mangoes neutralized the salts. The tomatoes gave a refreshing feel.

Tinapa Fried Rice Php255 Perfect blend of steaming fried rice and crispy tinapa flakes, infused with the piquant taste of salted egg slices, sweet fresh tomatoes, and the quaint sourness of green mangoes.

Tinapa Fried Rice Php255
Perfect blend of steaming fried rice and crispy tinapa flakes, infused with the piquant taste of salted egg slices, sweet fresh tomatoes, and the quaint sourness of green mangoes.

The Tinapa Rice is like a meal on its own, but to have more flavors to satisfy the palate, have some Kandingga. It’s Bicol’s version of the Filipino dish bopis. Bopis, traditionally, is made of pork or beef lungs and heart sautéed in tomatoes, chilies and onions.

Kandingga Php195

Kandingga Php195

For veggies, have some Laing and Buko Chopsuey.

Buko Chopsuey Php269 Chopsuey with a twist! Cooked in coconut milk complimented with the sweetness of fresh coconut meat.

Buko Chopsuey Php269
Chopsuey with a twist! Cooked in coconut milk complimented with the sweetness of fresh coconut meat.

Laing Php179 Dried taro leaves cooked in coconut cream and shrimp cake.

Laing Php179
Dried taro leaves cooked in coconut cream and shrimp cake.

And lastly, try their popular Tinutungang Manok. It’s chicken cooked in coconut milk, but the coconut here was toasted first before squeezing out the milk, thus giving that smoky flavor. It also has young plantain fruit (young saba banana) embraced in the creamy and smoky flavors of the coconut milk.

Tinutungang Manok Php259 An authentic Darageno dish of chicken and green saba mixed with ginger, lemon grass, and sili, cooked slowly in tunutungang gata.

Tinutungang Manok Php259
An authentic Darageno dish of chicken and green saba mixed with ginger, lemon grass, and sili, cooked slowly in tunutungang gata.

1st Colonial Grill is definitely a MUST, and my top two reasons will always be their Sili Ice Cream and Tinapa Rice.

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1ST COLONIAL GRILL
The Home of Sili Ice Cream
Address: Ground Floor, Pacific Mall, Legazpi City, Albay Province, Bicol Region
Tel. No.: (052) 483-1213

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