PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

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PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

For two hours of travel time from Tacloban City via a private vehicle to Palompon, the dirt road presented no signs of fancy commercial establishments.  It’s not that we’re expecting some but the imposing rural landscape of vast rice fields, plowing farmers, water buffaloes (carabaos) in aid and aligned coconut trees on the side streets became a constant reminder that we are in the rural area.

Nearly ten in the evening, we passed by a plaza that sits in the middle of the town and where locals and visitors alike dine on monobloc chairs and tables; smoke from grillers hovers the vicinity.  It was a scene that we expected - hawker stalls of barbeque in a rural setting.  But we moved for indoors.

Surprisingly, there is an Italian restaurant at Palompon, Leyte and it comes by the name of Café Umberto.  There we settled for our first dinner on this part of the province.


Pasta, pizza, panini, sweets, espresso, sandwiches, ribs and steaks.  These are the staples.  And I still opted for chicken barbeque with rice. 

PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

Understaffed yet still manageable, our orders just came in time.  Nevertheless, it would be advisable to increase manning to be able to attend to the increasing number of customers especially that Palompon, Leyte is gaining popularity as a tourist destination.

Brightly colored graffiti and interiors like any ideal coffee shop makes up this Italian Restaurant.  Though Italian by choices offered, cuisine is definitely prepared their own version.

PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

PALOMPON, LEYTE | CAFÉ UMBERTO

How about the cost?  It costs cheap actually, that with the varied dish that each one in a group of 7 had, it only costs a thousand pesos.  Serving size is medium and can be good for sharing.  Others may say the cost is quite high for a provincial rate’s meal but this is incomparable, being an Italian cuisine.

Café Umberto is highly recommended for visitors who wants to splurge a bit while in the rural areas or for those who find comfort food on western cuisine.

We left the café contented necessarily giving us a good night sleep.



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