Even if we tried, we wouldn’t be able to list all of the foods that we liked on Boracay Island. On our first trip to the island, we ate mostly “foreign cuisines” (non-filipino) as we had just spent our first year in Korea and we were both eager for familiar foods. On our second trip we were looking forward to trying something a little more authentic so we ordered a couple of filipino dishes where we could. The local food is always more affordable, and often very tasty! Although this is not a comprehensive list by any means, here is a look at some of the places that we enjoyed eating at while we were vacationing on Boracay Island.
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Mesa Filipino Moderne has a wide selection os modern Filipino cuisine with a hint of Asian fusion. It is located at the Boracay Regency Beach Resort on Station 2 beachfront. We stopped here because we liked the modern interior with spectacular views of the beach. It is also a great spot for people watching as some of the restaurants tables are adjacent to the beach path. The food was a little pricer considering that it was Filipino food, but for a nice night out, we would definitely return. The service and atmosphere were great too! We shared a Chicken and Pork Adobo**, Laing (Taro Leaves) served two ways, and Pork and vegetable fried rice.
**Adobo consists of meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, which is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. It has sometimes been considered as the unofficial national dish in the Philippines.
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Mañana Mexican Restaurant – we blogged about this spot here and in 2010, here. Mañana has wonderful views from it’s upstairs dining area, and of course, a great menu. We love Mexican food, so Mañana was a real treat for us, both in 2010 and again in 2014. Our favourites on the menu are the burritos, the salad in a taco shell, nachos, and the giant cocktails and fresh mango juice smoothies. Mañana is located at Station 1 on Boracay Island, beside Starbucks.
There’s plenty we could say about The Sunny Side Cafe, so much so that we wrote a blog post about it after we visited this restaurant. You can read that post here. Ranked #1, on Trip Advisor, out of the 213 restaurants on Boracay, this is an awesome spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just a drink. We give a double thumbs up for the Feta and Spinach Pizza, topped with crispy thin strips of fried potato, and the amazing salad consisting of big chunks of bacon, tomato, cucumber and lettuce, all smothered in pesto and topped with a fried egg. OH MY WORD… both of these meals were incredible!! As I mentioned in the previous blog post – the whole experience was made even more perfect by the friendly service, the beautiful view, and the wonderful atmosphere in the cafe.
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There are no shortage of buffet options along White Beach – and although we did try a few of them, only two of them really stood out above the rest – The Astoria Boracay Buffet and The Regency Seabreeze Cafe Buffet.
Astoria Boracay Buffet – This hotel is located at the northern end of Station 2 of White Beach, Boracay Island. The hotel’s restaurant is modern and elegant, which adds to the mouthwatering experience that their buffet provides. It is hard to pass up an opportunity to eat here once you walk by and smell the grilled seafood. meat and vegetables. At Astroria you can choose the raw ingredients that you like, and have them grilled and brought to your table. The buffet costs 495 Php for a large variety of meat, vegetables, salads and sides.
We blogged about the The Seabreeze Cafe recently here. Many of the buffets along White Beach are decent, but this particular buffet, at the Seabreeze Cafe, was incredible! For the buffet price of Php 750, you get 50% off all kind of drinks, an amazing array of food to choose from, and live entertainment. The Seabreeze Cafe’s Dancing Chefs (performing around 8pm and then again later in the evening) drew massive crowds, and never failed to impressed. The chefs that were grilling the delicious chuck eye steaks that you see above, would continue to dance while they cooked. It was all very amusing to watch! There is a live band – The 3rd Crew Band – performing throughout the evening. They took requests and played covers on all the songs that we wanted to hear. It was non-stop entertainment while we ate and drank until we were stuffed!
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D’ Hobbit House Boracay Restaurant is one of the most well-known restaurants in Boracay. The older sister branch of Hobbit House is located in Manila. This restaurant only employs midgets as waiters, attendants and even chefs, and this of course, makes the restaurant completely unique and appealing to tourists. We visited this restaurant in 2010 to have some celebratory drinks for Justin’s 27th birthday. It is located at D’ Mall, so it is the perfect place to simply sit back and watch people pass by. The pasta dishes are the speciality here, but aside from the carbonara and spaghetti dishes, these are also a wide variety of international and fusion style dishes available. We enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant, and the live entertainment by folk-style bands that were playing on the evening of Justin’s birthday.
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Unfortunately, we cannot remember the names of these two restaurants (pictures above and below), but both were located around station 2 and served delicious Filipino dishes at decent prices. It was at smaller more local restaurants, such as these, that we discovered our favourite two Filipino dishes – Adobo and Sizzling Sisig.
Adobo (bottom left in the image above) consists of meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, which is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. It has sometimes been considered as the unofficial national dish in the Philippines.
Sizzling sisig is a Filipino dish traditionally made from parts of the pig’s head and liver, usually seasoned with calamansi and chill peppers. It is served on a hot plate with lime and raw eggs on the side. When the dish comes to the table, you mix the eggs into the meat and season with lime juice.
Sisig has found its way into numerous fusion recipes. Greenwich Pizza of the Philippines has created a Sisig Pizza. Señor Sisig of San Francisco, USA has developed Sisig Tacos.
After a delicious meal we loved to finish off our evenings with some ice cream on the way back to the hotel. Momma loves frozen yogurt topped with candy coated chocolate from The Pancake House. Justin tried a number of treats – milkshakes and ice cream cones – at The Sundae School located behind the Ferris Wheel in D’ Mall. We shared one of their famous “Skillet Sundaes”, which contains of a hot skillet of chocolate brownie topped with a scoop of ice cream.