A visit to the Bulalo Republic

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Yes, there is such a place. Along DRT Highway in Baliuag, Bulacan, is a dining place frequented by locals and tourists alike. Aside from the good food and cozy ambiance, the serving staff have a novelty of their own that keep customers coming back. The waiters are dressed as policemen, Meralco linemen, SWAT officers and paramedics, each with his own bag of tricks to keep you entertained and make you dig deeper into your pockets for more substantial gratuities at the end of your meal. For speedy service and entertainment, the good food becomes a bonus. I wouldn’t mind chucking a heavy chunk o’ change.

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Admittedly, the place is not easy to find. It is along the highway to Nueva Ecija, which they now call the DRT Highway. It’s after Jollibee Pulilan and before the Tarcan bridge. If you cross Tarcan bridge, then you would have missed it. The photo above was taken facing south, to Manila. In any case, if you want to dine here, give them a call and they’ll give you better instructions. If you’re in the Bulacan area, just dial 673-4981from your Smart cell phone. From any other phone network, you need to dial 044-673-4981. By the way, look for Glenda when you call. I think she’s the manager.

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There’s a lot of parking space when you get here. If you’re coming by public transport, all jeepney and bus drivers passing through this route know about this place. So it’s actually easier if you go by bus. From their Cubao stations, you can take any bus that goes to Cabanatuan (Baliuag Transit buses know this place by heart) and you can alight right in front of the restaurant. Going back to Manila is just as easy. Cross the street and board any bus that has “Manila” in its signboard.

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The cooks are all uniformed as correctional inmates while the kitchen area is decorated like a jail. Probably because the cooks never go out to meet the diners so they’re very much “imprisoned” in the kitchen. I personally liked this idea.

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Aside from the main dining hall, you can always have your food served in any of these individual huts for groups larger than eight people. Laugh and cajole to your heart’s delight without having to worry about disturbing other diners. I heard this place is so beautiful at night.

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Meet the staff! They have a cop, who will make sure you have the right to remain silent when your mouth is full, a Baliuag transit bus ticket inspector, who’ll make sure they get your order right, a paramedics guy, who’ll serve your food with the utmost urgency and efficiency, and SWAT (actually the letters on his cap spelled “SWAK”), who will make sure the wait doesn’t keep appetite hostage. There are also waiters in sailor, seaman and MERALCO lineman uniforms. They’re funny, witty and very efficient. The cashier wears a girl scout uniform while the manager wear as public school teacher’s uniform. How can you go wrong with that?

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The medium bulalo costs P275.00 (US$6.11) per order but is big enough for four hungry people. Most of their orders come in three sizes, regular (for two people), medium (for four people) and large (for six people). It is a restaurant to be visited by the whole family.

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Aside from bulalo, they have several other dishes to enjoy. I think this place is perfect for the balikbayan (guests of relatives from abroad). Bring them here and have a great time.

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25 comments

  1. Posted by Alexei, at Reply

    high blood waiting to happen! but… yum!!!

  2. Posted by lady cess, at Reply

    if i’m not mistaken, this resto was featured on tv…. the bulalo looks yummy! i love bulalo!

  3. Posted by anya, at Reply

    been visiting your site for ages pero ngayon lang ako nagkalakas loob na magreply, sarap kasi ng bulalo eh.

  4. Posted by ryan, at Reply

    wow! mukhang ang sarap-sarap ng bulalo na yan arpee. tulo laway ko. =D

  5. Posted by mercy, at Reply

    Hey, I passed by this place numerous times i did not know it’s interior looks like this. definitely a must-see..

  6. Posted by Arpee, at Reply

    to alexei: in moderation, there will be more bulalo days to come.

    to lady cess: the staff never told me about them being featured on tv, but i’m pretty sure they have been noticed by the press.

    to anya: thanks a bunch for visiting my site! please do comment as often as you can. i appreciate all comments, good or bad. thanks again.

    to ryan: the bulalo tasted better than it looked. really.

    to mercy: then do stop by the next time you’re in the neighborhood.

    thanks a lot for gracing my blog!

  7. Posted by patrick, at Reply

    nice to see and hear about places you think dont exist but still there is such a place…

  8. Posted by alvi, at Reply

    THIS IS A MUST SEE RESTAURANT AND YUMMYLICIOUS BULALO TRY IT……AND THERES LOT MORE ESPECIALLY THEIR PINAPUTOK NA TILAPIA TRY IT

  9. Posted by rosstec, at Reply

    just saw it at jessica soho show… great concept…i must be ready for some heart burn…whehehe

  10. Posted by Glock22, at Reply

    ang sarap!kapapanood ko lang nito sa jessica soho reports,gma pinoy tv!hehehe.kakain ako dito pag-uwi ko ng pinas!

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  12. Posted by maricon garcia, at Reply

    na try ko na kumain dyan, at talagang masarap.mas enjoy kumain dyan pag gabi parang romantic.hehehe.
    the best!!!! gusto ko ulit bumalik dyan..

  13. Posted by sherill castro, at Reply

    love it!! the place is so nice, the food is so good yummy talaga ng bulalo nila!! try it too!

  14. Posted by sherill castro, at Reply

    by the way…are you OPEN today? BUlaLO rep!

  15. Posted by Myra, at Reply

    ask ko lng po on how to get there if i’m from nlex (malinta exit) wat exit shud i enter!? bocaue exit po ba? o pulilan exit? is it along the hway po b?

    • Posted by Arpee, at Reply

      it along the the maharlika highway so exit ka ng either sta rita or pulilan and go straight along maharlika highway until baliuag. or you can go to the pasay branch too

  16. Posted by alvi cruz, at Reply

    BULALO REPUBLIC had a branch in HOBBIES OF ASIA, #8 MACAPAGAL AVENUE, PASAY CITY
    it’s more on SEAFOOD PALUTO, but also served TEMPTING BULALO… 09162183558 / 8361767 look for Mr. Alvi Cruz. also accepting RESERVATION for all SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

  17. Posted by ronel brutas, at Reply

    are u open for franchising? i’d luv to put up one of the best bulalo here in Naga City Bicol..thank you

  18. Posted by Nick O. Somera, at Reply

    Craving for Bulalo!!! Do you have any branch located in Manila or Makati?

  19. Posted by Jim BAto, at Reply

    Hey Bobeth, this is BATO.. how are you my friend.. Long time no chat.. I will see you soon.

  20. Posted by mamimhyne, at Reply

    I live in Baliuag Bulacan, but im working here in Manila, so excited to try mouth watering foods at bulalo republic =)
    actually i bought discount coupons worth 400 plus. It’s a very nice deal, hope to be there soon with my friends. I wanna try first the main branch before going in other branch here in pasay.

  21. Posted by Maricell, at Reply

    pano po papunta dyan pag commute from monumento? thanks.

  22. Posted by Richard J Roque, at Reply

    Masarap dito! :) Pero di na sila nakadamit ng tulad ng sinabi. Sarap ng Bulalo ! :)

  23. Posted by LESLIE, at Reply

    hi..po…,wala po bang swot analysis ang bulalo republic..??

  24. Posted by mahlen, at Reply

    if u think their bulalo is gooo then u havent tasted too many bulalo.it wud not make my list of good bulalo. sorry.