There are a good number of restaurants in Camiguin that offer good value for your money. In fact, the array of good food is one of the reasons why the Island Born of Fire is loved by foreign and domestic tourists alike. Perhaps one of the most well-loved restaurants on the island was the Kan-anan sa Parola, and if you were one of those with fond memories of the place, you may also have been saddened to learn of its permanent closing.
Well, here’s something that should perk you up. The restaurant you have such fond memories of is back! And it’s better than ever! It has a brand new name, is in a new location, and has some new offerings on the menu. But it is run by the same people who gave you the Kan-anan sa Parola and has the same commitment to good food and excellent service. What’s not to love about that?
Samuel by Vjandep, as the restaurant is now known, is committed to continuing the legacy of Kan-anan sa Parola. It still serves sumptuous home-cooked Filipino dishes, but now in a bigger and better place that combines modern design with a rustic Pinoy ambience. The restaurant’s menu of Filipino favorites has also been upgraded, with a wider selection of delicious fare. They have even created a new menu, this one consisting of international cuisine fusion dishes to cater to foreign residents and visitors as well as the locals and domestic tourists looking for a memorable gastronomic experience.
More Than a Restaurant
Samuel, unlike its predecessor, is more than just a restaurant. It also aims to become a major catering hub and go-to venue for special occasions and events. They have an outdoor events venue on the building’s roof deck, which can accommodate up to 250 people. At this location, you get to enjoy a stunning view of the island’s two towering peaks—Mt. Timpong and Mt. Hibok-Hibok. You will surely be awed by the majestic sunset that can be witnessed on a fine-weathered evening.
Samuel’s second events venue is an indoor place located at the second floor of the building, right above the main restaurant. It is a fully-air conditioned room with semi-soundproofed walling. It can accommodate up to 136 people, and if the restaurant’s al fresco dining area and extension area are included, the venue can accommodate up to 180 people. And because the management is mindful of everyone’s needs, the room can also be partitioned into three smaller function rooms, with each room able to accommodate up to 36 people—perfect for small group events!
Both of Samuel’s events venues are equipped with modern, state-of-the-art audiovisual systems, which you can also take advantage of, depending on the package you choose to avail of for your event. Indeed, the end of an era has ushered in the beginning of another. Many of those who remember Kan-anan sa Parola with fondness are sure to be looking forward to the day when they will once again set foot on Camiguin and finally get to enjoy a dining experience at Samuel.
Back to Back with Gasa Pasalubong Shop
Located at Rizal cor. E. Neri Streets, Mambajao, Camiguin, the restaurant is adjacent to Gasa by Vjandep, which is a rebranding of Vjandep’s Pasalubong Shop. The restaurant is named after the eldest sibling of Eleanor Popera, the woman who baked and sold the first batch of pastel that was to give birth to what is now a healthy business venture offering a wide variety of products and services to the public. The plan is to name each restaurant they will open from here on after each of the Popera siblings. It definitely looks like we have a lot to look forward to from Vjandep.
Samuel by Vjandep is open from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as morning, afternoon, and late night snacks and refreshments. They began serving the public on October 18, but are still on soft opening. There’s still much to look forward to. For one thing, they will soon be opening their Mini Bar on the second floor. As early as now, though, there are many who are already anticipating the announcement of the Grand Launch of both Samuel and Gasa, especially since it has also been announced that a bed & breakfast (located at the 3rd floor of the same building), to be called Samuel’s Place, will also be launched soon. Good things are coming our way. When will you book your next Camiguin trip?