One of the better restaurant meals we had in Legazpi was a lunch at the upscale turo-turo place called Wawayâ€™s. After two pretty bad meals at other restaurants the previous day, I was really hoping this would be a decent lunch. It was. At the turo-turo counter I went a bit wild and ordered clam soup for our party of 8. The soup was excellent, a nice flavorful both with fresh clams and green onions. I also ordered this superb squid in gata (coconut milk) with some siling mahaba (long chillies) that was tender, creamy and a bit on the sweetish side due to the coconut milk and a touch of spice from siling mahaba. Apparently they remove the ink sacks from the squid before cooking this dish so the sauce remains creamy not grey or blackâ€¦it was so good we ordered a second round! We also got lato salads which were super freshâ€¦almost too fresh, as I found they were too reminiscent of a nearby reefâ€¦the liquid that popped out of the globules bordered on being too much of a good thing.
We ordered delicious rellenong crab that I havenâ€™t had in a while but which Apicio mentioned in a recent post so we got an order of 4 pieces. My mom used to make very good rellenong crab but I haven’t made it myself. That dish was gone in a flash so we ordered 4 more. Served with acharra, it was delicious and so much less taxing than peeling your own crabs. I could have used some ketchup though I didnâ€™t need it enough to look up from the rest of the meal to go in search of some. We got several large prawns that were fresh but overcooked as they almost always are at restaurants and they didnâ€™t bother to remove their intestinal tract which ruins it for meâ€¦ We also ordered some blue marlin that was good but not great.
As if that wasnâ€™t enough food we got several orders of bicol express that was okay and better than others we had had elsewhere. Another vegetable that we tried was malunngay and sitaw in gata with flaked pagi or manta ray. Yikes! I donâ€™t normally eat rays as they are so majestic looking in the water and somewhat endangered I would think but I didnâ€™t realize that when I saw the dish. Frankly, it tasted very good and I would have it again if I didnâ€™t feel bad for the raysâ€¦ We also got an order of bistek tagalog that was forgettable and some lechon paksiw that was mediocre, thinking we needed meats to round out the meal. With lots of rice this was a somewhat over-the-top turo-turo meal. I ended it with a ripe mango (imported from Cebu, I was later informed), but the rest of the table ordered buko pandan to end their massive meal. At PHP2000 for 8 people, with drinks and dessert, I thought this was tremendous value. If you are ever in Legazpi and in search of a restaurant, try Wawayâ€™sâ€¦all the tricycle drivers seem to know how to get there!