Holy Week breaks here in Manila usually have me traveling up North to Subic and Bataan. We normally grab lunch once we arrive at the Subic Freeport Zone after a 2-3 hour drive, but this year, it was a little different. We found ourselves still on the road way past the usual lunch hour, so we decided to look for a place to eat at while we were at the Pampanga area. Upon reaching the Lubao area, we spotted a huge lot with a restaurant on one side. We decided to stop and see what it had to offer.
I later found out that Double Happiness’ Festival Cuisine is owned by the same people behind Victory Liner, so it’s not a surprise to see many of their buses parked in one area, loading and unloading passengers. Apparently, Double Happiness has been around for several years but it was only fairly recent when they converted the restaurant area to Festival Cuisine.
If you’re not looking for anything heavy, there are several food stalls located beside the restaurant where you can get other things to munch on. The area is also a great pit stop for people who are in need of a loo as they have clean washrooms you can use.
Festival Cuisine offers a mostly Filipino buffet for hungry travelers going North. Their eat-all-you-can was priced at Php199.00 per person, and this already includes a glass of iced tea too. We thought it was already pretty cheap! By the way, they also honor senior citizen discounts.
The primary buffet table is located at the very center of the restaurant, so it’s easy to go back and forth if you want second helpings. The staff also routinely checks and refills the chafing dishes which have already been emptied.
Festival Cuisine changes the food they feature on the buffet every once in a while. Since we dropped by during Holy Week, most of the items they had were fish and vegetables. Here were the things which were available when we visited:
Two types of rice for the customers to choose from.
(From left to right, clockwise) Chicken Adobo, Ampalaya (Bitter gourd) with Eggs and Tomatoes, General Tso’s Chicken and Bihon Guisado. The General Tso’s Chicken was my favorite from all the items I tried.
(From left to right, clockwise) Assorted vegetables with a type of fermented rice dip, Milk fish cooked in vinegar, Fried milk fish, Beef Kare Kare.
There’s also a cream-based soup available for those who are craving for something warm on the tummy.
They had a second, although smaller, buffet table where you can get your desserts and side dishes. It included shrimp crackers and pork cracklings for those who are looking for something crunchy.
Apart from the build-your-own halo halo table, they had this dessert which looked like maja blanca. Turns out it wasn’t maja blanca, but was a gelatinous thing with pineapples.
For those who aren’t too picky, Festival Cuisine’s Php199 buffet is already a winner. It’s not an air-conditioned restaurant and seats are quite limited, but their food is pretty decent and enough to fill you up nicely.
*Double Happiness’ Festival Cuisine is located right along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue in Lubao, Pampanga City.