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What used to be a secluded paradise has now become one of the world’s best beaches: Boracay Island’s white beach. It boasts of powdery white sand, crystal clear waters, and an interesting food culture,too. Local and foreign visitors head to this piece of beach heaven to take in the sun, sand, and sea, and–since Boracay has also developed into a dining destination–to indulge in gustatory pleasures. The island has given birth to fine restaurants, some of which have branched out to the metro, and food finds that are worth traveling for. Let your taste buds take you on a journey to the top food finds in Boracay.

 

Real Coffee & Tea Café

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Real Coffee & Tea Café has become synonymous to calamansi muffins—an original creation of the establishment. The coffee shop, which is owned by an American mother and daughter team Lee and Nadine, has been around since December of 1996. Since then, they’ve been brewing a blend of Filipino coffee and Italian espresso beans.

Get your caffeine fix by ordering Real Coffee (P100), a regular cup of brew with an added shot of espresso, and pair it with some muffins or brownies right out of the oven. The shop offers a mean breakfast menu that includes omelettes, pancakes, French toast, and fresh fruit bowls—all hearty ways to start your day right.

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Real Coffee & Tea Café
Station 2, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
(036) 288-5340, (+63) 939 2034436
Facebook: Real Coffee & Tea Cafe

 

Aria Cucina Italiana

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Aria Cucina Italiana has made it stylish to eat Italian cuisine by the beach. The modern yet tropical interiors of the restaurant provide a cozy ambiance for the diners who can also opt to dine al fresco. The restaurant opened in 2003 and has been dishing out mouthwatering pastas and wood-fire oven baked pizzas, among others. It has even set up a branch at The Fort in Metro Manila.

Try the Salsiccia pizza (P560) that’s simply topped with Italian sausage, tomato sauce, and mozzarella; and the Tagliatelle con tartufo, asparagi e prosciutto di parma (P580), a plateful of homemade tagliatelle pasta with white truffle sauce and parma ham. Then, after dinner, sip on some cocktails while you unwind and lounge by the beach and enjoy the cool vibe.

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Aria Cucina Italiana
Beachfront, D’Mall, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan, Philippines
(036) 288 6223
www.aria.com.ph
Facebook: Aria Cucina Italiana (Boracay)

 

Dos Mestizos

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Spanish cuisine is pretty close to the hearts—and stomachs—of many Filipinos. To satisfy your craving for it, head over to Dos Mestizos, a Boracay original. The restaurant was founded by two mestizos (hence the name), Jose Carlos Remedios and Jose Ramon Nieto. The items on the menu are the kinds of the food that they grew up with—food of Castilian origin.

Diners can choose from a wide selection of tapas, salads, soups, paellas, and other meat and seafood dishes. Must-tries are the paella negra, pollo al ajillo, lengua estofada, and pescado el salsa mongja. Recently, the restaurant has branched out and opened a deli, Gusto y Gustos, which offers gourmet sandwiches made with freshly baked bread and filled with delicious deli meats and greens.

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Dos Mestizos
Remedios Street, Sitio Manggayad, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan,Philippines
(036) 288-5786
www.dosmestizos.com
Facebook: Dos Mestizos Boracay

 

Lemoni Café and Restaurant

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Tucked inside D’Mall is a cozy little café that takes inspiration from the citrusy lemon fruit with its vibrant restaurant interiors and zesty food flavors. The clean and classy interiors of Lemoni reflect its cuisine that specializes in fresh, healthy gourmet dishes and delectable desserts.

Take your pick from its all-day breakfast menu that includes Eggs Benedict (P260), or order some sandwiches, big salads, or entrées like Norwegian Salmon with Lemon Thyme marble Potatoes and Hollandaise (P550). Then end your meal on a high note by indulging on some Classic Lemon Tart (P150) and other sweet treats that are baked from scratch on site.

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Lemoni Café and Restaurant
D’Mall,
Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
(036) 288 6781/82
www.lemonicafeboracay.com
Facebook: Lemoni Café and Restaurant

 

Mañana Mexican Cuisine

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Another restaurant unique to the island is Mañana Mexican Cuisine, a casual place that offers authentic Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, fajitas, and more. Owners, Felmie Claud and Stefan Kreger, opened this first Mexican resto in Boracay in 1999.

Whet your appetite with some Nachos (P275) or Mañana Salad with beef (P346). Want something heavier? Get the Burritos Platter (P363) or the Mañana Combination (P418). It’s best to share the orders as the serving sizes are big. Apart from the tasty cuisine, the festive colors of the restaurant make the dining experience more enjoyable. To make your meal even more fun and memorable, get a glass or two of margarita. Beach and margarita, can’t go wrong with that.

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Mañana Mexican Cuisine
Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
(036) 288-3606
mananamexicancuisine.webs.com
Facebook: Mañana Mexican Cuisine

 

barLOResto Lounge

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Complete your beach experience by unwinding in barLO, a beachfront dining destination located at the Two Seasons Resort. It’s the perfect place to chill out with a mojito (make sure it’s happy hour) and some bar chow like salpicao, four-cheese pizza, chili fries, and the restaurant’s famous oyster sisig.

The father-and-son tandem of Chef Gene Gonzales and Chef Gino Gonzales, the owners of Café Ysabel and Center for Asian Culinary Studies, created barLO’s Euro-Asian menu. They brought their culinary expertise to barLO to please the discerning palates of diners there. Now you know where to drink—and eat—the night away while in Boracay.

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barLO Resto Lounge
http://twoseasonsresorts.com/boracay/dining/

 

Smoke Resto

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Boracay could take its toll on vacationers who have to shell out a lot during meal times. Sometimes you have to scale down and give your wallet a rest. Hidden at the far side of D’Mall is Smoke, a popular restaurant for those who are looking for home-style meals that are easy on the pocket.Don’t expect anything fancy from this small establishment. Just come for the budget-friendly food.

Smoke Resto is the ideal place to do so, as it offers a simple menu that highlights local comfort food—typical rice meals that are cooked upon order. Don’t leave the restaurant without trying its bulalo, which actually won the Best Bulalo award last 2011 in Unilever’s So Pinoy website!

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Smoke Resto
D’Mall, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan, Philippines
(036) 288-6014, (036) 288-4565

 

Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar

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A trip to Boracay would not be complete without ordering fruit shakes from Jonah’s, which has practically become an institution. There’s nothing like a tall order of refreshing fruit shake to quench your thirst from the extreme heat. The beachfront establishment is the perfect place to hang out in the afternoon when the sun is high. But be prepared to wait a while for your order, as the place can get packed.

Drink up and taste bestselling beverages such as banana choco peanut shake, mango milk shake, and watermelon shake, among others. You can order the shakes to-go and Jonah’s will put the shake in a plastic bottle, which you can easily hold on to while strolling on the shore.

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Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar
Station 1, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines

 

D’ Talipapa

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Literally a wet market, D’Talipapa is a place where you can buy fresh seafood or meat and have it cooked in one of the market’s restaurants that offer the service. It provides a cheaper alternative to beachfront restaurants that serve lobsters and such, which would cost you an arm and leg. In D’Talipapa, you basically pay the cooking fee depending on the weight per kilogram. The only downside in the paluto experience is the lack of ambiance, but those who don’t mind roughing it wouldn’t be bothered at all. Buy a kilo of fish, prawns, or whatever you fancy, and have it steamed, grilled, or cooked the way you like.

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D’ Talipapa
Station 2, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines

 

Boracay Street Food

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While not exactly a restaurant, it’s a must to sample Boracay’s street food which is part of the local culture. The island has a plethora of street fare that you can sink your teeth into. Come late afternoon, you’ll find many vendors along the beachfront that sell anything from corn-on-the-cob, to balut (boiled, fertilized duck egg), and barbecue (BBQ). In local speak, BBQ refers to meat-on-a-stick—popular ones are pork BBQ, adidas (chicken feet), and isaw (intestines), among others.

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But while in the island, you should get a taste of the famous chori burger—grilled chorizo meat that is slathered with a sweet-spicy sauce and placed in a bun. Good eats without breaking the bank!-#EatsNowOrNever

 

What’re your must-visit dining destinations in Boracy? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Photo credits: Main image from Foursquare user J.C., Real Coffee & Tea Café from Foursquare users Aaron F. and Gogo B., Aria Cucina Italiana from Foursquare users Bog.R  and Doyzkie B., Dos Mestizos Facebook page, Lemoni Café and Restaurant from Foursquare users Aina T. and Олеся С., Mañana Mexican Cuisine from Foursquare users Carmina T. and Lorie R., Smoke Resto from Foursquare users Guen M.  and Maria Antonette, Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar from Forusquare users JB and Ina M., D’ Talipapa from Fouraquare users Mike L. and  Monique S., Boracay Street Food from Foursquare users Mark P. and  Ceejay D., barLO Resto Lounge from Two Seasons Boracay.

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Nikka Sarthou-Lainez

This article was written by Nikka Sarthou-Lainez. As a freelance writer and editor,she enjoys being her own boss and having the flexibility to indulge in her other passions like food and travel. She is currently a contributing editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

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