We are excited to share photographs every Tuesday about our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.
We are also introducing a new twist to our Photo Journal here at GatheringBooks: CUISINART – where we feature food art – and places where we find nourishment for both the body and the soul.
Must-Visit Restaurants in Boracay
Last week, I shared the five breakfast places that tourists in Boracay should check out. Today, I am excited to share the food adventures my family and I had during our seven-day stay several weeks back.
Fridays For Lunch
Station 1, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Website. Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
We arrived very early in Caticlan – it was glorious.
Since we had breakfast at the airport, we just had snacks first. The calamansi cooler from Fridays’ was great. I bought the greaseless peanuts with garlic chips from Muang Thai in Quezon City.
Pork and chicken adobo for my husband.
Salad for me – this was really refreshing and tasty.
We are so grateful for the very warm hospitality shown by the entire staff of Fridays. This resort is really the reason why we come back to Boracay again and again. We had a beachfront accommodation which our family loved. We are also very happy that Fridays was kind enough to provide us with an interim transit-cottage as our place was still being prepared when we arrived very early in the morning.
2-for-1 Cocktails from 3-6 pm at Fridays. This is a non-alcoholic beverage that combines various fruit juices – just heavenly.
During our last day at Fridays.
This is what we would miss the most: two boxes of chocolate truffles that we receive every night!
Fridays’ also has a famous buffet during Friday evenings. Definitely a place you should check out.
Cyma: Visit One
Station 2, D’Mall
+63 36 288 4283 Opening Hours: 10:00-unknown
I can not recommend this place enough. Cyma is one of my absolute favourite places in the WORLD! One caveat though.
Since we came during the off-peak season, there were quite a number of dishes that are not available such as our favourite spanakopita or the flaming Greek cheese that we would have preferred instead of just the Cyma cheese. Regardless, we still had a wonderful experience that we came back for more. This is our first visit.
Flaming cheese with pita bread!
Our alternative to spanakopita. Spinach and artichoke dip.
This salad is heavenly: roka salata with additional blue cheese. My goodness. Just looking at the picture makes me crave for this dish.
My husband’s lamb gyro.
This place is quite pricey though. Our meal cost us a little over P2,000 (around 75 sgd), but trust me when I say that it’s well worth the price. This place is almost always PACKED to the brim regardless of the time. I would recommend that you drop by and schedule a reservation to avoid heartache and the long wait.
Station 2, D’Mall
This is one of our favourite places in Boracay. My husband would buy fresh food from the wet market and then we would have one of the nearby restaurants cook the food for us.
This place was our choice two years ago, and we were so satisfied that we came back again.
Buttered Garlic Prawn – my daughter’s favourite.
Grilled squid – exquisite.
Cheesy baked mussels.
Kinilaw na tuna or tuna ceviche.
We chose well. The mixture of all these tastes complemented each other beautifully. The entire meal cost around P1,200 (roughly 40 SGD).
Station 1, Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan
+63 36 288 1611
Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, 5600, Aklan
+63 36 288 5550
There are actually two branches of Yellow Cab available in Boracay. We were supposed to call in for dinner, but the Station 3 branch was not able to deliver that evening because of a fire that broke out during the day, preventing their delivery people to go all the way to Station 1 where we are. And so my husband took a tricycle to do a takeout of our comfort food from this place.
Apologies for this picture – we just couldn’t wait we had to take a bite! Four seasons pizza – our absolute greasy favourite.
And our favourite pasta from Yellow Cab:
Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta – spicy, tasty, yummy! Around P600 or roughly 20 SGD for the entire meal.
Los Indios Bravos
Road 1-A, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
+63 999 882 1684
This is one of my favourite places now in Boracay. Quite difficult to find though as it is closer to Bulabog Beach.
I like the entire concept of the restaurant though and the warmth of the service crew, not to mention the delicious food.
Our Meals at Los Indios Bravos
Baked mac and cheese for my daughter.
She has a favourite place here in Singapore for mac and cheese (called Miam Miam) but she did say that this one was quite close to her favourite, which is a great thing.
Chili con carne for me – while too little for my taste and its price – I would still highly highly recommend it. Loved the cheese.
Slow Roasted Pork Knuckle – heavenly.
Crunchy and tasty and just altogether sinfully glorious.
Deep Fried Mars Bar, Chocolate Soil and Creme Anglaise. This was my daughter’s choice, and what a great selection this was. Total amount is over P2,000 as well (roughly over 70 sgd).
D’Mall Station 2
+63 36 288 6014
As you can see from the photo above that we have taken during lunch hour – this place is always PACKED. There are no reservations, purely on a first-come first-serve basis. No customer service to speak of – just quick, painless, unpretentious, cheap, comfort Filipino food.
My husband ordered the buko juice which took them ten thousand years to give to him. Calamansi juice for me and iced tea for my daughter.
Grilled hotdog meal and egg for my daughter. Like I told you, cheap simple thrills but immensely satisfying.
My husband’s bulalo or beef shank soup.
Salted egg salad for me. Total meal cost around P600-700 or 30-35 SGD. Not bad for a quick meal.
Cyma: The Repeat
Our second visit was not as glorious as the first one. We were promised that there would already be spanakopita available, but turned out, they still didn’t have it. We were also told that the calamansi cooler was not fresh, so I had to settle for something else. Regardless, the food remains exquisite.
Roka salata with blue cheese on the side – I have no words for this salad.
Angel hair pasta with mussels.
Husband’s lamb gyro.
Our favourite baklava.