Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant in Bacolod City

A new location, a larger restaurant, a new chef, same fabulous Indian food and same great prices! Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant has moved to their new location, just south of their old location on BS Aquino Drive in Villamonte, Bacolod.

Indian Restaurant

Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant

We dropped by Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant last Sunday for a late lunch, after church. 

The owner, me and the chef

The owner, me and the Chef

The owner, the Chef and the wait staff were extremely friendly and we enjoyed the fellowship, as well as the food!



An open Samosa

An open Samosa

These samosas had cubed potatoes, peas, onions and a hint of ground meat. Ground lamb, goat or chicken is often used in the samosa.They are served with a wonderful hot sauce, which is just right for my taste. Not too mild and not too hot! You can also ask for a yogurt dipping sauce or a curry dipping sauce. We had all three dipping sauces.



For me, an Indian meal is not an Indian meal without roti. It is the bread made with stoneground flour. We ordered the plain roti but you can order onion or garlic flavored roti. We also had a curry dipping sauce with the roti.

Tandori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

Wow! My favorite, Tandoori Chicken! Tandoori Chicken is Indian style roasted chicken. Traditionally, it is marinated in yogurt and seasoned with the spice mixture, tandoori masala. Turmeric is also used to give it the orange-red color. It has a nice red color! It is also fabulously delicious! Our order was garnished with hot green peppers and purple onions.

Biryani Rice

Biryani Rice with Chicken

You gotta have a rice dish with an Indian meal, in my opinion, and our favorite is Biryani Rice with Chicken. Many different spices go into this traditional Indian dish. Nutmeg, mace, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, mint leaves, ginger, onions and garlic are commonly used in various combinations, depending upon the chef.

Inside the Restaurant

Inside the Restaurant

It was a great dining experience for us and we also made some new friends. The Indian Music in the background is just the right volume, not too loud that you can’t comfortably talk at your table and it is a good setting maker.

I had Indian colleagues and friends in the States but I never really got into the Indian cuisine there. I always enjoyed watching the local Indian TV show, “Roshni,” on Saturday mornings in south Florida, as it had all the latest Bollywood music and dance videos. Man, I wish I could really dance like that but it is fun trying. It was not until I moved to China that I really began to enjoy the Indian food. The Holiday Inn Hotel in one city, where we lived, had the Indian Kitchen Restaurant and the Food & Beverage Manager for that Holiday Inn was Indian.  In the last city where we lived in China, the medical university had more than 300 Indian medical students studying to become doctors at the Medical University. We made many friends among the Indian students. They trained a Chinese couple how to prepare all the favorite Indian dishes and they opened an Indian Restaurant near the campus gate. The Indian students kept the Chinese couple supplied with all the indgredients to prepare the Indian dishes. It was a great little restaurant.

My wife is also very familiar with Indian food since she lived and worked abroad for about 15 years and she agrees that Dhaliwal is by far the best Indian Restaurant in Bacolod City. It is as great as the ones we have dined in during our travels and work in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Another New Expat Hang Out?

First of all, a big thank you to Martin and the Bacolod Food Hunters, who  have a blog right here on Word Press, for telling me about Kristin’s Steak House on Lacson Street. They did a full review about Kristin’s Steak House a short time ago. Kristin’s Steak House is located in the area of Bar 21 and Mushu Asian Fusion Restaurant.

Animal Heads

Animal Trophy Heads

My kind of place! There are several deer, a wild boar and a mountain goat trophy heads hanging on the wall inside the restaurant. I didn’t see a Jackalope, though. A jackalope is an antlered rabbit with spike horns and ears a foot tall! Made famous in a Jerry Jeff Walker song back in the 70s, “Taken Again.” To the left of the animal trophy heads is a painting of John Wayne, the famous American actor, in full cowboy outfit. 

We dropped by Kristin’s at 330pm and it was way too early for me to have supper, so I had a late Merienda (snack).

Bacon Cheese Burger

Bacon Cheeseburger

A bacon cheeseburger is a snack, right? Wow! This cheeseburger had an excellent char on it from the grill. I really enjoyed it. The price was P75, including the small side of “tropical potato salad.” The potato salad had papaya in it.

Others had a bigger idea of what their snack would be!

Spare Rib

Spare Rib

A Philippine version of grilled spare rib with mushroom and veggies.

Grilled Chicken Steak

Grilled Chicken Steak

Mushrooms and gravy were added to this grilled chicken steak. Mashed potatoes came with the grilled chicken steak but our son does not like those, so I was given the task of eating them. I poured a little gravy over the mashed potatoes and I completed the task without a problem!

Due to the odd hour, we were the only diners in Kristin’s Steak House but two other tables were soon taken before we finished our meal.

We were well pleased with the service and the menu prices. The prices for imported steaks were P300-P320. These included New York Cut, Rib Eye, Porterhouse and T-Bone. Great prices! Especially compared to other steak houses in the city where an imported steak will set you back P800-P1,000! Steaks from local beef are also on the menu for less than P200. 



For the adventurous, crocodile is on the menu at P400 per serving. Not bad. Our friend, who dined with us today wants to try crocodile. His Birthday is later this month, so we told him we will treat him to a crocodile Birthday meal! He can’t hardly wait! Ostrich is also on the menu for P450 per serving.

Our next trip to Kristin’s, I will try one of their imported steaks. I normally prepare my steaks at home on my home grill but I will give Kristin’s a shot and eat one of their steaks soon.

Kristin’s opened in their Lacson location on December 15 and I think it will become another popular expat hang out due to their excellent food and great prices. Yes, they do have cold beer. Maybe I will see you there one day in the future.








Rio Bella Pizzaria In Bacolod


Rio Bella Pizzaria

Rio Bella Pizzaria

Located on Lacson Extension, near Alijis Road, is Rio Bella Pizzaria & Bar. Rio Bella has quickly become our favorite pizza restaurant in Bacolod City. My wife, son and I really enjoy the pizza made at Rio Bella. I judge a pizza by its crust and it does not matter to me what the toppings are, if the crust is not very good, the pizza is a failure. We dined and ordered pizza at Rio Bella Pizzaria at least a half dozen times and every pizza has been a smashing success! There are 17 different pizzas to choose from on the menu and our favorite is the pepperoni pizza. Basically because it is our son’s favorite!

XL Pepperoni Pizza

XL Pepperoni Pizza

Our good friend, Randy, is helping us eat this massive XL pizza! No, we could not finish it, so we had a lot of pizza to take home with us, to enjoy again. Which we did!



Rio Bella Pizzaria has a number of Swiss dishes on their menu. We ordered rosti and we really enjoyed it. Rosti is coarsely grated potatoes which are mostly fried but they can be baked in an oven. Rosti is more like the Southern Style homemade hash brown potatoes that I grew up eating. Rosti is nothing like the hash browns one orders at Jollebee or McDonald. I refer to rosti as “scattered hash browns” and not one large lump of commercial cookie cutter potatoes. I will add that the rosti on the platter is only half the amount that came with the order, as we could not wait to dig in!

The menu at Rio Bella Pizzaria is in English and German. There are also several Filipino dishes on the menu. Schnitzel (a breaded cutlet meat dish) and wurst (sausages) are a few more available Swiss dishes among several others. My wife has ordered the popular Filipino dish, Pancit Bihon, several times and she rates it as “Excellent.”



The decor is nice in Rio Bella Pizzaria and it gives off an Old World or European atmosphere in the Bacolod Area.

Every time we have dined at Rio Bella Pizzaria, there have always been other expats there at different times of the day, Noon, later afternoon and evening. This is usually a good indicator to me that the food is good but I know that already!

Other dishes on the menu, which many expats enjoy, are chili con carne, Cordon Bleu, fish & chips, and Caesar Salad, among a host of others. If you enjoy beer with your pizza or other dishes, the beer is always ice cold! The wait staff are very friendly and the service is very good. The owner is also very friendly and she has chatted with us before at our table.

Rio Bella is a newer addition to the dining scene in Bacolod and we really enjoy it. We look forward to our next pizza at Rio Bella. The bar is separate from the restaurant, so taking one’s children and family to enjoy pizza and Swiss food won’t be a problem. It is a family atmosphere. You will also most likely see other expats there, so maybe you will meet some new friends?



2013 New Year in Bacolod City

We brought the 2013 New Year in right with lots of fireworks, a party with a fiesta amount of food and a 3 hour karaoke marathon singing contest. We finally called it a long night right before sunrise on New Year’s Day.

New year

Fireworks light up the sky

Our personal fireworks show started at 11pm and finished at 1am!

New Year

Fruit and Drinks

It is a family New Year tradition to have 12 different fruits on hand, to bring in the New Year. This year was no exception!

New Year

Whole Roasted Pig

Someone pulled some crispy skin off the roasted pig’s back before it was cut!

It wasn't us!

It wasn’t us!

Nah, I didn’t think so!

We are Fami-i-ly

We are Fam-i-ly!

Bad Moon Risin'

Bad Moon Rising!

I was the first to sing in the 3 hour karaoke marathon singing contest and “Bad Moon Rising,” originally by the Creedence Clearwater Revival, was my song. I scored 96 out of 100 with that blast from the past!

Getting Ready

That’s What Friends Are For

Welcome 2013

Welcome 2013!

And that, we did! In a marvelous way. Fun was had by everyone and we look forward to 2014 New Year Celebration, next time.

Here is wishing everyone a very Happy 2013 New Year. A year full of joy, peace, happiness, health and prosperity!





2012 in review

All Around Bacolod was my first attempt at having my own blog, which I started in February, 2012. I never dreamed that so many people from many different countries would be interested in reading about Bacolod City and reading what an American has to say about living in the Bacolod Area.

I want to give a big THANK YOU to all the followers and readers of All Around Bacolod and for making it successful. Another big THANK YOU to all those who told others about All Around Bacolod on WordPress. With the Christmas and New Year Celebration with my family and wonderful friends all around Bacolod City, I have been busy having a lot of fun but I will be posting some new blogs very soon.

Thanks to WordPress, there is a nice, interesting Annual Report about All Around Bacolod:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.