Although many people claim that Boracay is not what it used to be and that it has evolved into one of the biggest tourist traps in the Philippines, there is always one thing you can count on once you’re on the island – good food. I would definitely recommend going to the island during off peak season, sometime around late May to early July is good as long as the weather cooperates. I have heard many horror stories of Boracay during peak season (especially during Labor Day) that I am confident enough to recommend staying away while everyone else is scrambling for the island. When I went to Boracay, I had zero expectations. I decided not to set the bar too high in my mind because the one thing people kept telling me was that Boracay is not what it used to be but honestly?
It’s still freaking beautiful.
So with zero expectations and a list of food I was dead set on trying, I was off to Boracay for the first time.
First on the list was Jonah’s Fruit Shake and Restaurant:
With over 40 flavors to choose from, the choice was too easy – Mango, of course. The menu consisted of mostly 2 fruit combinations or fruit + milk combinations. I chose to get the Mango milk combination because the Philippines is known to have really great mangoes. Why get anything else? I’m kidding, their other flavors are pretty kick ass too. Jonah’s has the most refreshing shakes on the island – don’t expect it to quench your thirst though as the sugar in the drink makes your crave for water. The fruit shakes are sweet, light and refreshing while the chocolate combination ones (like Choco Banana Peanut / Choco Banana Shake) are more thick and more sweet, probably because of the Chocolate. This place may be a little over hyped because sometimes a shake tastes just like a shake but it is definitely worth a visit when you’re on the island.
Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Restaurant
Next up was, without a doubt, the best meal I had on the entire trip, I’m not even exaggerating.
Two Seasons Resorts barLo serves up a 4 Cheese Pizza that is exactly what dreams are made of. The combination of mozzarella, cheddar, bleu and parmesan cheese is to die for. It was not too salty, considering all the cheese that was on it and it wasn’t soggy either. The pizza dough managed to stay nice and crispy despite the generous amount of cheese. This is definitely a must try, especially for all the cheese lovers out there!
Also another great dish at barLo was their Sizzling Oyster Sisig
I think it’s safe to say that Two Seasons Resorts absolutely ruined sisig for me. Their oyster sisig was so delicious that I cannot even look at sisig the same way anymore. It was cooked to perfection, leaving the oysters crispy on the outside, yet soft and juicy on the inside. One bite is enough to make you forget all about pork / chicken / tuna or whatever other sisig you thought was good. This is exactly how sisig should be done. There’s no wonder this place is so popular on the island – definitely a must try!!!
Two Seasons Resorts barLo
Another island favorite is the Calamansi muffin, which actually has the texture of a cupcake. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t understand the hype. Maybe people built it up in my head too much or maybe it’s just another flavored muffin, I’m not sure. Whatever the case, the Calamansi muffin is just okay. It’s a muffin that has a subtle Calamansi flavor. They’re very soft and moist, I’ll give them that, but I was expecting much more in the flavor department. Overall, it tasted like a regular muffin and it won’t be hard to top this. Still, it’s something different.
Real Coffee and Tea Cafe
Although the island has many things to offer, the best thing about being in Boracay is probably the availability of fresh seafood.
One thing I would definitely recommend doing is walking over to the nearby market, D’Talipapa and having your pick of the fresh seafood that is available. Once you are done buying your seafood, walk over to one of the nearby restaurants and have them cook it for you. This is probably one of the best experiences you will have while on the island as the seafood is truly fresh and the people are very friendly. If you aren’t sure how you would like your seafood cooked, the wait staff in the restaurant will be ready to help you choose!
Tip: You cannot go wrong with prawns cooked in butter and garlic. It’s just not possible.
Although many people have said that Boracay is not what it used to be, the island still has one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever laid my eyes on so it is definitely a must visit. If you’re able to ignore how westernized it seems to be getting, what with a Shakey’s and even a Starbucks already then there’s no doubt that you will enjoy the island. The island has so many fun activities, beautiful sights and so much delicious food to offer, it is definitely worth a visit.