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A 19-page food guide on the island’s best dining options

Big in Boracay ff Aklan, o d n la is y n ti a n o e b y a m You but when it comes to dining Boracay has gone cosmopolitan

An Indulge supplement, featuring Ambassador in Paradise, Aria Cucina Italiana, Aria Gelato, Bite Club, Café del Sol, Epic Bar & Restaurant, Hama Japanese Cuisine, Kasbah Flavors of Morocco, Kaon, Lemoni Café, Loco Frio, Patio Pacific Garden Café, Real Coffee and Tea Café, Zuzuni Hotel & Restaurant Report by oggie r a mos i l l u s t r a t i o n b y m a r k d av i d s e e

Photos by Da niel Sor i a no

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Ambassador in Par adise

Romance under the stars

Smoked Salmon Squid Tartare

The cozy paradise lies in the less crowded side of Station 1 in Sitio Pinaongon. Upon entering, the wicker chairs and tables easily lend a warm, casual elegance. Overhead, the transparent canopy can add romance to the dinner experience especially during, starry evenings. The restaurant is spacious and airy, and can accommodate 150 people at one time. It is open for breakfast from 6 to 10:30am; 11am to 2:30pm for lunch; 2:30 to 6pm for tapas and 6-10:30pm for dinner.

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Why it’s big on Dinner.

Ambassador in Paradise offers a new set menu every day. A full meal (P950++) starts with appetizer like the Smoked Salmon Squid Tartare infused with dill and pesto. The main course is often an interplay of subtle and powerful flavors like the Trio

of U.S. Black Angus Tenderloin with Foie Gras, Gratin Dauphinois and the very tender Skewered Lamb on Couscous. For a dessert, a sweet surprise of Chocolate-Encased Langka-Flavored Brazo de Mercedes. A

glass of Chardonnay or Merlot completes the delectable experience. The wine list includes Rothschild wines and varietals as well as Dom Perignon champagne.

The menu is extensive and bewildering. From Chateaubriand with Foie Gras (P1,600), Nasi Goreng (P580), to U.S. Certified Black Angus Beef Tenderloin roasted in a woodfired oven (P1,475), every item is truly worth a try. For an interesting snack the Pinoyzza (P380) is a must — pan de sal dough topped with roasted aubergine, native salted egg, marinated tuna , cream cheese and arugula. ■ W h at e l s e t o t r y.

Essentials Dinner sets at P950++; appetizers are from P250++, healthy options start at P350++, and roasted items from P480++ upwards. Reservations are recommended. All major credit cards are accepted. Call tel. +636 288 1541, Email info@ ambassadorinparadise.com or visit www.ambassadorinparadise.com

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Fajitas de Maya

Trio of U.S. Black Angus Tenderloin with Foie Gras, Gratin Dauphinois

Chocolate-Encased Langka-Flavored Brazo de Mercedes


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Ar ia Cucina Italiana

A taste of Italia right on the island The earth tones of its dining area and the sight of diners enjoying their food tease passersby to drop by. With the constant stream of people coming and going to D’Mall where it is located, Aria is a prime spot for people watching anytime from 11am to 12 midnight.

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W h y i t ’ s b i g o n lu n c h . If authentic Italian pizza and pasta are what you’re craving for, look no further. The ingredients, the process, and the passion that goes into the food are real Italian. The woodfire oven-baked Pizza Al Metro (P1,100) is a delightful medley of three flavor combinations of any of the restaurant’s pizza toppings, good for groups or a ravenous appetite. The Spaghetti Al Nero is suffused with the flavors of black cuttlefish sauce while the Al Fume (P420) has a rich, creamy sauce laden with bacon, brandy and emmental cheese. These go well with German beer or white wine. Aria has an extensive list of house wines and beer.

For the main course, give the Costata di Manzo (P700) a try. This grilled ribeye steak comes with several choices of sauce. For dessert, the Panna Cotta Al Mango e Amaretto (P185) is refreshingly fruity and creamy or if you want three desserts in one, get the Aria tris di dolci (P380), a merry mix of panna cotta, crema catalana and tiramisu. ■ W h at e l s e t o t r y.

Spaghetti Al Nero

Essentials Pasta from P340, pizza starts at P390 and main courses are priced from P360. 5% service charge applies. All major credit cards are accepted. Open from 11am – 4:30pm. Call tel. +636 288 5573 or visit www.facebookcom/AriaBoracay

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Tartufo de Luxe

Ar ia Gel ato

Cooling off, Italian-style SE T T ING . Located next door to Aria Cucina Italiano, this has become a favorite stopover for D’Mall goers as well as Aria diners. It’s hard to miss the 18 colorful tubs of gelato that literally calls for attention. Open from 10:30am to 11:30pm. W h y i t ’ s b i g o n t h e c o o l s tuff . Nothing beats the creamy goodness of homemade gelato. Aria Gelato makes 18 flavors daily, the old-fashioned traditional way. The Tartufo de Luxe (P240) is a flavorful concoction, encased with chocolate, topped with whipped cream and garnished with cherry. The Gelato Spaghetti (P200) is an interesting way to eat your gelato — in noodle like strips, drenched with cherry syrup and served with barquillos.

The Banana Split (P280) is the bestseller. Other interesting concoctions include the Tiramisu Frappe (P195) and the Aria Affugato (P250). ■

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Essentials Chef’s Creations start at P200, shakes and frappes are priced from P195. Banco De Oro (BDO) credit cards are accepted. Call tel: +6336/288 5573 or visit www.facebook.com/AriaGelatoBoracay

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Bite Club Gr illed Burger s

Bite this! SE T T ING . Bite Club is located inside D’Mall and is open from 10:30am to 11pm daily but come in early to avoid the crowd. W h y i t ’ s b i g o n lu n c h . The Triple X (P420) is a massive, one pound of a behemoth, beefed up with lettuce, tomato and the tangy Bite Club dressing. The Bomb (P260) is half-a-pound but packs an equally flavorful punch. Enjoy it with soda (P45) or San Mig Light or Pale Pilsen (P50). The bread freshly-baked by Lemoni Café daily, and the coal-grilling process brings out all the smoky goodness of the 100% beef patties.

For the less gluttony-inclined, there’s the 1/3 pound Club Burger (P165) and Burgerella (P185), a mozzarellastuffed burger. For non-beef eaters, its Breaded Fish Sandwich with wasabi and mayo sauce (P190) or the Tender Grilled Chicken Sandwich (P175). ■ W h at e l s e t o t r y.

Essentials Burgers start at P165, sandwiches at P175. Call tel: +6336 288 5947 or email: biteclub.boracay@gmail.com

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Salmon Scramble

Café del Sol

Cozy café by the beach SE T T ING . This cozy café located at the entrance of D’Mall seats up to 30 people and is open from 7am to 12 midnight. W h y i t ’ s b i g o n b r e a k f a s t . The menu is filled with hearty treats like the Mediterranean Breakfast (P310), two eggs sunny side up with brown bread served with mango or pineapple. Another popular entry is the Salmon Scramble (P320), scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and cheddar cheese served with toast, butter and jam. Enjoy with Lavazza coffee (P30), hot chocolate (P70, small) and hot tea (P55, small).

The Filipino Breakfast (P290) offers a choice of beef tenderloin tapa, chicken or pork longganisa, boneless bangus or pork tocino. The Panini sandwiches are also good options (P130 up). For dessert, its cakes and pastries, the most sinful of which is the Torta Del Sol (P140), a chocolate version of sans rival. ■

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Essentials Breakfast items are priced from P170 while cakes and pastries start at P120. Major credit cards are accepted. Call tel: +6336/ 288 6223 or visit www.facebook.com/cafedelsolboracay

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Hama Japanese Cuisine

Eating Japanese SE T T ING . A fusion of modern and traditional elements, Hama’s interiors feature clean lines, warm lighting and minimalist table settings. The restaurant sits around 60-80 diners and is open from 11am – 10pm from Monday to Friday and 11am – 11pm on weekends.

The Hama Sushi and Sashimi Boat (P1,600/regular; P2,800/Deluxe) is a hearty treat that combines maki, and sashimi and several types of sushi. The Yaki Udon (P410) is

W h y i t ’ s b i g o n lu n c h .

a mix of white noodles with vegetables, pork and seafood, with caviar and nori. For drinks try the Blushing Geisha (P195), a strawberry Midori mixed with Rum. Sake, wines and Japanese and local beers are also available. W h a t e l s e t o t r y . Broiled Gindara

nori or terriyaki sauce is worth a try. ■

(P880) served with either

Essentials Hama Specials are priced from P345; sashimi starts at P195 and sushi at P155. 5% service charge applies. Major credit cards are accepted. Call tel: +6336 288 597 or visit www.facebook.com/HamaBoracay

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b i g i n b o r a c ay Smoked Mango Barbecued Pork Ribs

Epic Bor acay

Chillout at lunch The island’s premier party place is a laidback lounge during the day. Located on the beachfront at D’Mall, the airy dining area includes a lounge upstairs which comfortably sits up to a hundred guests.

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W h y i t ’ s b i g o n lu n c h . A good variety of food can keep you company before the party starts. For appetizers, the

Buffalo Wings with sour cream and blue cheese dip (P300) score high marks for its tangy, mellow, sweetness. The Braised Lamb Shank (P725) is highly recommended for

a main course. For healthy lunch fare, try the Sesame-Crusted Tuna Salad (P270) a toss-up of tuna and crisp greens laced with a light Asian vinaigrette dressing. The Epic bar carries an extensive list of wines to match. The dessert list is short but very sweet starting with the rich and creamy Mango Ice Box (P120). The Toffee-Banana Trifle (P180) is another tempting treat . Illy coffee is available to complement the sweet treats. Late risers can order the Smoked Salmon Florentine (P350), for brunch, two poached eggs and smoked salmon on a bed of spinach, topped with Hollandaise sauce. The grilling starts at sundown (6pm – 10pm) when revelers can fill up with the mouthwatering Bacon-

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Wrapped Tiger Prawns with Teriyaki or Barbecue Sauce (P590) or Herb Crusted Lamb Chops (P550), among others. Perfect

with beer. Upcoming treats: Dinner Buffet on the Beach and a Bar Chow Menu. ■

Braised Lamb Shank

Essentials Meal for two averages P600 upwards excluding drinks. All major credit cards are accepted. Open from 11am – 4:30pm. Call tel. +6336 288 1466/ +6336 288 1477 or visit www.facebook.com/Epic-Boracay

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Sesame-Crusted Tuna Salad

Buffalo Wings with sour cream and blue cheese dip


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Merguez Sausage

K asbah Fl avor s of Morocco

Exotic dining by the beach SE T T ING . Kasbah is located on the quieter, less crowded side of Station 1 and is open daily from 10am to 11pm (December – May) and from 11am to 10pm (June – November). W h y i t ’ s b i g o n d i n n e r . The menu promised a feast for the senses. For starters, the Tabbouleh Salad (P380) is light mash-up of couscous, tomatoes, onions, parsley and lemon juice. The slow-cooked Rabat Chicken Tagine (P450) is tender and delicately fruity while the Kasbah Meat Lover’s Platter (P585) mixes the flavors of chicken, beef and Merguez sausage. White and red wines are available. Cap the meal with Pana Cotta (P185) or luscious Baklava (P210). W h a t e l s e t o t r y . The Brochettes (from P390), skewered meat or seafood, are a treat. The Merguez Sausage (P355) is also good with the subtle taste of peppers, lettuce, hummus and harissa. ■

Essentials Moroccan delights start at P335; Tagines at P450. Major credit cards are accepted. Call tel: +6336 288 4790, email kasbahboracay@gmail.com or visit www.kasbahboracay.com

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k aon

Very fine dining SE T T ING . Located on the rooftop of The Tides right at the heart of D’Mall on Station 2, the romantic setting also makes for hearty eating and a deeper appreciation of Filipino cuisine. W h y i t ’ s b i g o n d i n n e r . The menu presents reinvented local food. The Lamb Shank Caldereta (P550) is braised for over 4 hours for tenderness and full-bodied flavor. The national dish gets an interesting makeover with the Crispy Beef Ribs Adobo (P350) using riblets braised in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and peppercorns. Even the Pancit Luglog (P300), rice noodle with shrimp sauce, gets a delicious tweak, W h a t e l s e t o t r y . The Salpicao (P270), beef marinated in soy sauce, olive oil, black peppercorns and garlic. ■

Essentials Appetizers are priced from P300 up; main courses and pasta start at P300. Reservations are recommended. Service charge applies. All major credit cards are accepted. Call tel: +632 722 9200, email reservation@tidesboracay.com or visit www.tidesboracay.com

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Lemoni Café

Freshness made everyday SE T T ING . Lemoni Café is warm and bright, as vibrant as the fruit that inspired its name. For Late rising all-night revelers, breakfast is served all day until 11pm. W h y i t ’ s b i g o n b r e a k f a s t . The food is fresh, healthy and delicious. The Poached Eggs on Smoked Tanguigue, Water Spinach and Hollandaise (P290) is a flavorful way to start your day. If you want hefty, there’s the Big Breakfast (P420) of eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes and bread. Health buffs will want the Homemade Yogurt with Granola and Fresh Tropical Fruit (P220).

The Lemon Lunch Box (P450) includes soup of the day, Wild Salad Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette, a choice of sandwich and dessert. For dinner the Grilled Tiger Prawns with Spinach and Coconut Risotto (P590) and Bell Pepper Risotto. ■ W h at e l s e t o t r y.

Essentials Homemade Yogurt with Granola and Fresh Tropical Fruit

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Breakfast items start at P150, sandwiches at P240 while main courses are priced from P300 up. Major credit cards are accepted. Call tel: +6336/ 288 6781 to 82, email lemonicafe@yahoo.com or visit www.lemonicafeboracay.com


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Loco Fr io

Drinkin’ la vida Loco SE T T ING . Going Loco Frio is the stylish way to cool down during the hot sunny days. Located at Budget Mart (open daily from 11am – 11pm) and at Obama Grill (open daily from 12nn – 12midnight). The low tables and padded seats bring so much character to the beachfront refreshment outlet.

The Lime Margarita and are among the famous thirst quenchers in the island. The frozen drinks can be served plain, or as cocktails sans artificial flavoring or sweeteners. Loco Frio pioneered the use of refillable tumblers in funky colors. Refills are discounted at 30% off the regular price. For cocktails, premium liquor such as Jose Cuervo Gold, Absolut Vodka, Tanduay 15 years, Bailey’s, Kahlua and Malibu Rum are used. Why it’s big on drinks.

Mudslide Mojitos

For a truly island vibe, also try the fruity Strawberry-Kiwi and Mai Thai. ■

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Essentials Cash basis only. Call tel: +6336 2881991 or email locofriocorp@gmail.com

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Patio Pacific Gar den Café

Good value, good eats Located along the main road in Brgy. Balabag, Patio Pacific Garden Café is off the beach scene but the dining area looks out to a lush garden that makes for good dining. The café, which is open from 6am to 11pm, can comfortably seat a hundred. If the weather is good, eating out at the garden area is a cool idea.

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W h y i t ’ s b i g o n d i n n e r . The Patio Pacific philosophy is about offering good-tasting food and good value with an eye on healthful ingredients. For a light yet filling dinner, try the Grilled Veggie Sandwich (P28), a flavorful combination of grilled zucchini, eggplant and tomato mixed with mayo vinaigrette and topped with mozzarella. Heartier appetites will appreciate the delicately-flavored Fresh Dory Fillet in White Wine Sauce and Broccoli (P319). Or why not have two dishes in one? The Grilled Liempo with Bicol Express and Rice (P249) combines the meaty goodness of grilled pork with the full-bodied flavor of chili simmered in gata (coconut sauce). Red, white and sparkling wines as well as San Miguel beer are available to complement your meal.

There’s the Pizza Supreme (P280) and Seafood Linguine

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(P299) for those who prefer their carbs differently. For the sweet-toothed, the crisp yet soft, hot yet cold Banana Scallops (P119) are a must-try. ■

Fresh Dory Fillet in White Wine Sauce and Broccoli

Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Essentials Specials start at P135; Pinoy favorites set are priced from P249. Special group menus are available upon request. All major credit cards are accepted. Open from 11am – 4:30pm. Call tel. +6336 288 3888/ +6336 288 3999 or visit www.patiopacificboracay.com

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Grilled Liempo with Bicol Express and Rice


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Super Duper Manoc Manoc sandwich

R eal Coffee & Tea Café

Real homey place for breakfast SE T T ING . This sawali (native grass)-walled café is tucked in an alley on Station 1. Home of the Calamansi Muffin, the walls are filled with photos of diners with irreverent sayings like “A good man is like coffee – strong and hot.” W h y i t ’ s b i g o n b r e a k f a s t . Those with big appetites will like Jack’s Omelette (P300), a whopping serving of three eggs, onions, tomatoes, tuna and cheese served with toast. Super Duper Manoc Manoc sandwich (P300) is a treat for two. For a traditional breakfast order the Pancake with two eggs (P160) or with fresh fruits (P200).

The Veggie Delight (P160) tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce and onion with Thousand Island dressing. All breakfast items come with free brewed coffee or tea. ■

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Essentials Breakfast items from P155; sandwiches start at P120; salads from P150 up. Open daily from 7am to 7pm. Accommodates up to 40-50 people. Cash payments only. No service charges. Email: islandwoman33@ yahoo.com or call tel: +6336 288 5340

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Zuzuni Hotel & R estaur ant

Going Greek SE T T ING . The façade is clean, white, Mediterranean-inspired. This beachfront Greek restaurant on Station 1 is open daily from 7am to 12midnight. W h y i t ’ s b i g o n b r e a k f a s t . For early risers, the Zuzuni Breakfast (P260) includes two eggs, any style with toast, homemade

fries, choice of country ham or bacon and Lavazza coffee. Vegetarians will love the Mexican Omelet (P240), onions, bell peppers and tomatoes topped with homemade salsa and served with fries and toast. Grab the Fruits and Muesli (P260) for a healthful serving of fresh fruits, muesli and yogurt lightly sweetened with a dash of honey.

The Prawns Pistachio (P620), prawns sautéed in garlic butter and dressed in a puree of mango, mayonnaise and capers. Another hearty choice is the Chicken Cordon Bleu (P390), breaded chicken breast stuffed with ham and provolone cheese. For dessert, have some Mati Chocolate sin. ■

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Essentials Breakfast from P230. Call tel: +6336/288 4477 or visit www.zuzuni.net

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