Longganisa Sorpresa (sausage surprise) is a small neighborhood restaurant in Kapitolyo, a couple of doors away from NAV.They serve many different kinds of local longganisa from all over the Philippines. They have lunch sets as well as ala carte orders for their longganisa. I’ve been there twice already, once with Irene and another time with The Food Club.
The place is clean and decorated simply with a small potted plant on every table. They also have a number of parking spaces in front as well as on the street.
Irene and I decided to each order one of their set lunches that cost only P99 and came with a your choice of longganisa, garlic rice, fried egg and a glass of ice tea.
After ordering, the waitstaff placed 5 different bottles of vinegar (Sinamak, Sukang Iloko, Tuba, Paombong and Pinakurat) housed in a nice native container.
I’ve never really been a fan of vinegar but longganisa really tastes better with a dip of it.
I picked the Cebu longganisa from their sweet and smoked line called Hamonado. It came with a few pieces of longganisa and a garlic rice that was more like adobo rice because it was quite tasty. The longganisa was red and sweet, so I skipped the vinegar.
Irene’s choice was the Vigan longganisa from their savory line called Recado. She loved the strong garlicky taste of the longganisa coupled with a bit of Sukang Iloko, our favorite among the five.
Being more viand eaters than rice eaters, we decided to order a few extra longganisa from Tugegarao and Lucban. Prices and number of pieces for extra order varies so ask the server for specifics before ordering.
Irene tried their Sago Gulaman (P50) but found it ho hum.
The next time we went back was an impromptu meet up with the Food Club, we suggested Longganisa Sorpresa since all of them have never been and the fact that we wanted to try some other kinds of longganisa.
This time around I decided to order something different so I got the Cabanatuan longganisa set (P99). Its a bit smoky with a touch of sweetness but not as sweet as the Cebu longganisa. Irene stayed with her original choice of Vigan.
I also got a chance to the Alaminos longganisa, it looks quite different from the usual longganisa I expected with two sticks holding it together on the side.
I was really surprised with the number for different varieties of longganisa from all over the Philippines. Their lunch sets offers good value for nearby office workers as well as residential customers.