Gin and Gravy in Candon: A Fusion of International Flavors in Ilocos Sur
A laid-back, cozy vibe welcomes you in this restaurant that serves a fusion of Japanese, American, and Filipino plates.
Situated inside Stern Mall in Candon Ilocos Sur, Gin & Gravy serves ultimate comfort food best paired with cocktails and gins.
Gin and Gravy is as simple as its name. You pair off your favorite gravy plates with their ever famous cocktails and gins, and you’re in for a fusion of Japanese, American and Filipino cravings.
This multi-cuisine restaurant hints a warm color palette of black, white and gray, complemented with the wooden displays, chairs, tables and bar. Although it started just a few months ago, it has become one of the favorite go-to places for international cravings.
Starting off with a Japanese favorite, try their Kani and Mango Aburi (Php 185) flamed torched to goodness. You can also get either the salmon, beef or tuna aburi for a more distinct flavor.
Kani and Mango Aburi (Php 185)
Aside from aburi, they also have a sashimi and donburi selection of katsudon, gyudon, and teriyaki don. If you’re looking for something healthy, Gin and Gravy have Tuna Poke Salad (Php 160), a colorful and refreshing bowl of greens with tuna cut into cubes.
Tuna Poke Salad (Php 160)
For American fusions, of course, one can never go wrong with a plate of burger. Try out their signature G&G Burger (Php 250) with a serving of thin shoestrings on the side!
G&G Burger (Php 250)
The main highlight and probably one of the best-sellers among the American-Filipino fusion are the gravy plates. They have steaks, fried chickens, pork chop and beef tenderloins for their gravy plates, but we recommend the Honey Roasted Chicken Quarter (P150).
Honey Roasted Chicken Quarter (P150)
This tender, juicy and savory roasted chicken plate is served with four kinds of gravy; Seafood Gravy, G & G Signature Gravy, Country Style, Mushroom Gravy and Creamy Garlic Gravy. It also comes with sides of vegetables.
To end a gastronomic fusion, try the Marshmallow Choco Hot Fudge with Vanilla Ice Cream (Php 100) for dessert. This one is highly recommended as it’s not too sweet! The hot fudge has a moist texture that perfectly complements the marshmallow and vanilla ice cream on top.
Marshmallow Choco Hot Fudge with Vanilla Ice Cream (Php 100)
Pair it off with a glass of Gin and Match from their bar to cap off a great meal!
Different servings, cuisines and cravings all in one place, Gin and Gravy is your go-to place in Ilocos for your favorites. You can visit Gin and Gravy at Ground floor, Stern Mall, San Nicolas, Candon City, Ilocos Sur.
How to get here:
- By car: From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), then continue to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and then Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). Continue straight and turn left to the MacArthur Highway or Manila North Road. Continue to follow the Manila N. Road then turn right then left to San Fernando By-Pass Road. Continue to follow San Fernando then merge to MacArthur Highway or Manila North Road. Straight for about 69km and you’ll arrive at Stern Mall.
- By public transport: From Manila ride either the Partas Bus or Viron in Cubao. Get off at Jollibee Candon and walk towards Stern Mall.
This first appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese magazine’s February 2019 issue.