Place: Festive and colorful! The famous Pahiyas festival of Quezon is nicely translated into native and vibrant decor! The counters and kitchen are organized and clean. Equally clean is the wash room.
Food: Delicious, flavorful!
First on our table is a generous serving of Pancit Lucban (Php 195). Firm miki Lucban, smothered with sauce, topped with vegetables and fried pork belly pieces. It is served and eaten with sukang Lucban (NOT calamansi). It's OK, not bad, just a little bland. The acidity of the vinegar makes the taste of the dish punctuated. The noodles are of high quality and the vegetables are crisp.
Next, a plate of the Pork BBQ (Php 375, Junior). The meat is a little tough. The barbecue sauce has a good mix of sweet and spice.
Then, the Chami Special (Php 200). It is similar to that of the Pancit Lucban. The main difference between this dish and the Lucban is the noodles; the Chami has fatter noodles. Surprisingly, the taste of this dish is punctuated, satisfying, considering that their sauces seem the same.
Next, Sisig Pork with Egg (Php 150). Now this one is delicious, oozing with good, meaty flavor. It would be better though if it had more crunch, more texture; it's just a tad too wet.
Then, a plate of Chicken BBQ (Php 160). The grilled chicken comes with a serving of java rice. The chicken's marinade is tasty. It is not as spicy as the Pork BBQ's. The meat of the Chicken BBQ is a little dry. The java rice is delicious.
For drinks, we have Sago at Gulaman (Php 40). It is not sweet, just teeming with good vanilla flavor. Also, the jelly and tapioca balls are firm, not overcooked.
Lastly, for dessert, the Budin or Cassava Cake (Php 60). Smooth, sticky and very good. It has hints of macapuno and it isn't too saccharine.
Price: Considering taste and serving, food here is reasonably priced. No service charge!
Service: The waiters are very attentive and friendly. Waiting time for food is acceptable.
Buddy's Pancit Lucban is at the ground floor of the Shopwise Arcade at the Araneta Center, Quezon City.