Johnny Moon Cafe is located at la Tabacalera which is a dining and lifestyle center in Laoag, the capital city of Ilocos Norte. For us out-of-towners, it would probably be easier to say that it’s right beside the Museo Ilocos Norte and the Provincial Capitol.
There were a handful of food and retail shops open during our visit such as Gerry’s Grill, Cheesecake etc., but I do suggest for you to try out Johnny Moon Cafe first to experience authentic Laoag food in a classy chill-out restaurant environment.
Johnny Moon Cafe’s interior were adorned by colorful pop art murals inspired from old paintings and recurrent display of a man sporting a handle bar mustache.
Bagnet, Vigan Longganisa, Shrimp, Mussels and Boiled Egg on topped of Ifugao Rice sauteed in white onions. All your favorite Ilocos Food Pride in one dish. What else can you ask for?
Juan Luna is the guy in the murals and inspiration for the concept of the restaurant. “Johnny Moon” is the English transliteration of “Juan Luna,” the Ilocano Filipino artist and activist known for painting the “Spoliarium.”
The fun never stops at Johnny Moon Cafe. Each guests were given a curly mustache to play with and bring out the kid in you.
Overall, the food was really good. Paella Iloco was definitely the standout during our meal. Traditional Ilocano favorites are served with a unique twist of western flair.
Johnny Moon Cafe
La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center
Llanes cor. Gen. Luna (West of Capitol), 2900 Laoag City