We took a few hours off from city life and took the off beaten path to this restaurant perched 200+ meters above sea level on a mountain slope overlooking the town of San Jose (I can only guess :P). Azalea is a quiet getaway. It’s located the same route going to Alimyon and Lake Balinsasayao. The place is not crowded, very few customers so it’s a great choice if you need to just drown in a book and some coffee. The menu is not wide, the prices are fairly acceptable. We had their banana cake and it was okay. Xavy loved the view and so did we.
Azalea also caters private events. It’s actually ideal for intimate events like maybe if you want to propose to your girlfriend. We went there around 4 PM. Unfortunately they close early and don’t do dinners anymore. They’re open from 8 AM – 6 PM only. This place overlooks the eastern side of the island so it’s prolly ideal for sunrise.
How to get there:
Take the national highway from the city (Dumaguete) heading North. After around 14 kms (a few minutes after Sibulan proper), you’ll see the big sign on the left side of the highway saying “Twin Lakes (Balinsasayao and Danao)”. Take a left on this junction, heading to the mountain side. You will see Azalea on your left about 5.2 kms from the junction. About 8 kms further up the mountain takes you to Lake Balinsasayao.