In the last 2 years Boracay has seen an explosion of new places to eat, and attracted some world class chef's to its shores. For team members living on the island, this expansion has been havoc for their waistlines.
Here are some of the Boracay Teams favourite restaurants and eateries:-
Los Indios Bravos, located close to Bulabog Beach, Los Indios is owned by locals Heather and Tantan.
Launched in 2015, this restaurant has woo'd boracay.travel with its heavenly Chicken Wings (with a stunning crisp & sticky coating - don't miss the all you can eat Wing Wednesdays), divine Chicken Tikka Massala with hand-made pickles, and Chicken Paratha. As well as the naughty addition of a Deep-fried Mars Bar on the dessert menu.
They also feature 4 different 'on tap' beers each month and offer a taster selection for guests to purchase and try, before buying a full pint.
Master Chef's Norbert Gandler and Kenneth Cacho, offer on the job training to the restaurants trainee chefs, in a venture similar to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, in the UK.
The menu is extensive and the waiting staff are courteous and helpful.
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Subo, launched in late 2015 this restaurant is a view to behold; the whole building was dismantled, shipped and restored to its former glory in extensive gardens and grounds. The decor, design and furnishings are akin to stepping back in time and includes converted Singer Sewing Machine Tables.
The food is Philippine classics with a modern twist and servings are generous, meaning you can order a number of dishes from the menu to share. The stunning venue makes this a beautiful place for special or romantic events.
Chef Sunny de Ocampo also regularly runs informative and fun cooking classes, just don't eat for 24 hours, so you have room to devour everything that you have cooked!
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Dos Mestizos, listed as Spanish-Filipino Heritage Cuisine. This restaurant, and next door Deli-Coffee Shop-Bakery, has existed for years but continues to hold its own against the newer restaurants.
The decor is rustic and is perfect for setting the theme and atmosphere. Local musicians and singers, gently croon in the background and the staff are attentive.
Saturday Night, is Tapas Night offering a constantly refreshed buffet selection of Chef, Andrew Malarky's dishes
We love that the walls are decorated with photos of so many locals and islanders from years gone by.
The next door deli and bakery, is a great stop off for coffee, where you can order some of the tastiest sandwiches on the island, along with freshly baked breads, glazed doughnuts and muffins. Andrew is also becoming known for being rather good at rich, heavy birthday cakes (to order) for those who are bored of the insipid, flavourless offerings from local Cake chains, and for a similar price too.
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Kasbah (Station 1) Another 'oldie' but still a favourite on account of its delicious Moroccan food made with fresh, quality ingredients. Located at Station 1, on the beach, it can be a bit of a trek to get to, but it's worth it and you'll have worked up a hunger and burned off some calories to justify your indulgent orders.
The Tagine's are filling, with meat or fish that just melt in your mouth. The Entrees and Mezze Platters can be ordered as a light lunch but you're likely to want to stay and order a main or dessert, and the Creme Brule, Panacota or Baklava are both perfect ends to your meal.
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Nigi Nigi Nu Noo's (Station 2) has had a resurge in 2016 with some tasty additions to the trusted menu, by South African Chef Mike.
In addition, Mike has introduced Meal Deals for Lunch Time and Early Evening that are as delicious as they are budget-conscious. Particular favourites are the Pica-Pica Plates, Beef Salpicao and the Chili Prawn Spaghetti.
They also have an Ice Cream vending machine, which sometimes gets raided for delicious Ice Cream Shots!
The fabulous menu is complemented by, frankly, one of the best bands on the islands who never fail to get the bar and restaurant on its feet, and dancing, every night.
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Hoy Panga! (Station 2 White Beach) There used to be two Hoy Panga's on Boracay, and sadly our favourite closed in September 2016. But the beachfront venue, located between Boracay Uptown and True Food, is still a good choice and offers beachfront dining as well as an indoor, air-con option
Hoy Panga! is perfect for the budget conscious traveller and offers a limited but good range of Filipino classics.
What you absolutely can not miss is the Tuna Jaw, even if you're not a fan of fish; it is the darkest and richest fish you will ever taste. The Tuna Sisig and the Gising Gising are also incredibly flavoursome.
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Lemoni Cafe - continues to be great for International-style breakfast, lunch and dinner ... and for cakes, lots and lots of delicious cakes and desserts.
In fact Lemoni is the perfect stop for coffee and dessert.
Located in D'Mall in front of the Ferris Wheel
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Cowboys Cocina, Station 3/Angol - for ex-pats missing a taste of home 'Cowboys' is a great stop, with a varied menu which includes breakfasts, snacks, Pizza, Burgers, pies, chips, Huge Portions of Fish n Chips, mexican dishes and a Roast Dinner on a Sunday, often with Apple Pie or Crumble with custard for dessert.
Cowboys is located in an area locals refer to as 'Old Boracay', where there are fewer people on the beach and an absence of banging party or reggae music.
Next door to Cowboys is 357 Boracay - a little, unassuming hotel and restaurant which, in our opinion, serves the best BBQ Baby Ribs on the island as well as some beautifully cooked Philippine favourites.
Next door to 357, is Nagisa - serving great coffee and a really nice range of Japanese cuisine.
In the same area of beach front, also checkout Villa Caemilla, which has recently employed Dave Beeckmans of (Manila's) Viking fame. An unassuming but beautiful hotel and restaurant, determined to offer class and style to its guests.
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SMOKE Resto - continues to be a firm favourite for inexpensive meals, although an ongoing suggestion from Westerners is to ask the servers to 'hold the salt' at point of order. Otherwise, your meal may be a bit saltier than you'd like.
Our Favourites are the Chili Chicken with eggplant and the Fish Salpicao, which has a delicious buttery depth to its taste.
SMOKE, located in the vegetable section of D'Mall, gets incredibly busy and it is more than likely that you will need to queue to be seated. Take Away Orders can be made too and food is served morning through to the evening.
Recent drainage problems in this area of D'Mall have not deterred visitors to Smoke!
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Sunnyside Cafe - is a beachfront cafe, at Station 3 and renowned on the island for a serving of pancakes that few people can completely devour on their own (now offered as a half-order)! The cafe is one of three places run by the same people, including SuperMagic Burgers which is just across from Sunnyside Cafe.
The cafe offers an extensive range of delicious breakfast and lunch options, that will entice whole members of your family or group, and keep you full for some time.
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Army & Navy Burger - if you're going to do fast-food we'd like to suggest you try out this Filipine-chain rather than the one sold by Ronald the Clown.
Their burgers, burrito's, wraps and Freedom Fries are delicious. Their Drunken Sailor is really yummy and filling and there are lots of little side-orders to choose from too
Beachfront at Station 2/1 border