A Flavorful Delight at Timplada: Our Unforgettable Dining Experience

Dear Happy Trippers, join us on a culinary adventure that unfolded unexpectedly at Timplada.

Picture this: a delightful night with friends, a craving for coffee, and an impromptu decision to try out the nearest dining spot. Little did we know that this spontaneous detour would lead us to a gastronomic paradise. Lei Lani Dusaban, CG Hisona, Mark Canieso, and I embarked on a flavorsome journey at Timplada that mesmerized us. Let me share the vivid details of our dining experience at this hidden gem in Bacolod City, Philippines.


“The Happy Tripper Squad (l-r Yours truly, Lei Lani, CG Hisona, and Mark Canieso, others were absent hahaha), a dynamic group of individuals with a penchant for exploration, finds themselves constantly immersed in captivating conversations that span various topics. From heartfelt love stories to insightful discussions about business, academia, arts, culture, travel destinations, and food, our group has an uncanny ability to regenerate new and exciting topics whenever we gather.”

The Charm of Simplicity:

As we arrived at Timplada, our first impression was humble yet inviting. The restaurant’s ambiance was unpretentious, with a straightforward structure crafted from bamboo and nipa. The surroundings were not meticulously manicured, but that didn’t matter. Timplada’s charm lies not in its physical appearance but in the mastery of its culinary creations. Rustic wooden tables and an al fresco setting with electric fans created a cozy and relaxed dining experience.

The Irresistible Filipino Fare at Timplada:

We settled at our table, glancing through the menu with eager anticipation. Timplada specializes in Filipino dishes, and we were ready to explore their culinary offerings. Since we had recently enjoyed a family dinner, Lei Lani opted for a refreshing soda while the rest delved into the delightful feast awaited us.


“One notable element that caught our attention during our dining experience at Timplada was the presentation of the KBL dish. Served in an earthen container, the traditional clay bowl added a rustic charm to the overall ambiance. It was a delightful sight that immediately piqued our curiosity and heightened our anticipation for the flavors that awaited us.”

Our Taste Sensations:

The savory pork lumpia was the first dish to grace our table. The crispy exterior gave way to a burst of succulent flavors with each bite, leaving us craving more. Next up was the KBL, or Kadyos, Baboy, Langka—a soup dish that promised to satisfy meat lovers. As we savored its heartiness, we were amazed by the harmonious blend of flavors, with the kadyos (pigeon peas), baboy (pork), and langka (jackfruit) complementing each other perfectly.  The portions were ample, and the KBL dish could easily satisfy up to four hungry souls. It’s a perfect choice for a group dining experience, enabling everyone to share in the joy of flavors and camaraderie.

The crowning glory of our feast was undoubtedly the pork sisig. With its sizzling presentation and tantalizing aroma, this dish stole the show. Each spoonful was a symphony of crispy pork, tangy spices, and a touch of acidity that sent our taste buds into a frenzy. It quickly became my personal favorite, a must-try for anyone visiting Timplada.


 “Of all the delectable dishes we had the pleasure of experiencing at Timplada, the sisig truly stole the show and became an instant personal favorite. The distinct earthy flavors were so incredibly pronounced that they effortlessly awakened and delighted my taste buds with each tantalizing bite. However, what truly took this dish to the next level was the remarkable interplay of textures—a delightful marriage of crispy edges and tender meat that provided an exquisite symphony of satisfaction. Suppose you are a connoisseur of robust flavors and crave the irresistible allure of a delightfully crispy texture. In that case, Timplada’s sisig is an absolute must-try that will undoubtedly leave you yearning for more.”

If you’re looking for a lively evening filled with good food and music, Timplada has you covered. During weekdays, the restaurant operates until 10 pm, allowing you to enjoy a delightful dinner. On weekends, they extend their hours, treating guests to the mesmerizing tunes of a live band until 11 or even 12 in the evening. Imagine savoring delectable dishes immersed in a vibrant atmosphere—a true feast for all your senses.


“During our chit-chat with the owners, Jai Rush (as known on Facebook) and Rica Bayhon, we were captivated by their engaging stories and experiences. They eagerly shared their journey, from their culinary adventures abroad to their passion for creating exceptional dining experiences at Timplada. Their tales infused each dish with an extra layer of flavor, making our dining experience even more memorable. Their genuine enthusiasm and dedication shone through every aspect of Timplada, inspiring us to return for more delectable delights.”

Conversation with the Owners of Timplada: 

Additionally, during our visit, we had the wonderful opportunity to engage in a conversation with the owners of Timplada, Ms. Rica Bayhon and Jai Rush. To our delight, we discovered that Ms. Rica had recently attended a session with the KMME Training of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), wherein I am an accredited mentor and business coach. This revelation only deepened our admiration for their commitment to continuous improvement and passion for delivering exceptional dining experiences. Moreover, we were thrilled to learn that the USLS Advertising students, under Mr. Sonny Cbahug’s advisory, also promoted Timplada as they featured the restaurant in the recently concluded Pasayod Advertising event. Under the Marketing Department, the talented advertising students created captivating advertising paraphernalia that showcased Timplada’s unique offerings to a broader audience. This collaboration between the restaurant and the creative minds of the next generation only further attests to Timplada’s popularity and the quality of its culinary creations.

Ms. Rica Bayhon and Jai Rush graduated from the esteemed University of St. La Salle Bacolod, specializing in Hospitality Management. Their experiences working abroad in the industry have undoubtedly influenced their culinary prowess and dedication to creating memorable moments for their patrons.

“Indulging in this Filipino dessert is simply irresistible. The combination of the creamy Ube Halaya and cheese filling, perfectly complemented by the delicate crunch of sesame seeds, elevates this dessert to a level that is truly to die for.”

As our dining experience drew close, we were treated to Timplada’s pièce de résistance—the Ube Halaya Toron, their signature dessert. The combination of creamy ube filling, encased in a toron wrapper and expertly fried to achieve a delectably crispy exterior, was a culinary masterpiece. Each bite transported us to pure bliss, where flavors melded harmoniously to create an unforgettable dessert sensation.

In conclusion, Timplada is more than just a dining destination—it’s an immersive experience that celebrates the essence of Filipino cuisine and the passion of its dedicated owners, Ms. Rica Bayhon and Jai Rush. From the moment you step into their unassuming yet welcoming establishment, you’ll be transported on a culinary journey that will leave an everlasting impression.

With their extensive hospitality industry background and commitment to continuous learning, Ms. Rica and Jai have mastered creating dishes that delight the senses and ignite the taste buds. From the savory pork lumpia to the heartwarming KBL soup and the show-stopping pork sisig, every dish at Timplada celebrates flavors and is a testament to their culinary expertise.

And let’s not forget about their mouthwatering Ube Halaya Toron—the perfect blend of textures and flavors that will have you craving more. This signature dessert reflects Timplada’s ability to infuse innovation into traditional Filipino delicacies, resulting in a one-of-a-kind indulgence that will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth.

So, whether you’re a local resident or a curious traveler passing through Bacolod City, I wholeheartedly invite you to embark on your own culinary adventure at Timplada. Discover the warmth of their hospitality, the simplicity of their ambiance, and, most importantly, the exquisite flavors that await you. Gather your friends, your family, or your fellow food enthusiasts, and prepare to be amazed by the authentic Filipino dishes that Timplada has to offer.

Make your reservation today and experience the magic of Timplada at #59 BS Aquino Drive, Purok Bonito, Barangay 1, Bacolod City, Philippines. Call them at 0916 643 1688 and let your taste buds embark on a journey that will leave you with memories to cherish. Timplada awaits, ready to tantalize your senses and create an unforgettable dining experience like no other. Don’t miss out on this culinary gem—come, savor, and discover the flavors of Timplada for yourself.

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