Dining at the beach

19 Feb

Boracay has every type of restaurant, shack, bar, stand or cafe that you can think of.  There are so many tourists from different countries that we saw restaurants specializing in everything from German food to sushi.  Eating on the beach is popular and for most restaurants shoes (and shirts) are optional.  Mango smoothies, fresh coconut water, unlimited ice cream and other beach snacks tempt you each time you walk down the path from Station 1 to Station 3.  At night, the rows of beach chairs are converted to tables with all you can eat buffets of barbecue and fresh seafood, each restaurant with its own live music and dedicated staff trying to convince you to choose their establishment.

The majority of restaurants along the beach sold seafood that was packed on ice – not alive – which after living in China makes you wonder if it’s really fresh.  To counteract that, there is a market called DiTalipapa that is off the beach where they sell the seafood fresh and then around it, there is a group of restaurants that will cook for you.  Lobsters, clams, oysters, shrimp, crabs… all sold by the kilo.

The other choice - roast suckling pig. Isn't he luscious?

Li liked the fresh seafood so much that we went in total of three times – each time trying new combinations of seafood and different serving styles.  Our favorites were the butter and garlic, as well as classic steamed oysters with lemon and chilis.  I also found fresh okra at one of the stands and we had that the last day – it was yummy.  I’ve never seen okra in China and obviously the other diners at our restaurant hadn’t either as one of the gentleman (also Chinese) at another table asked if he could take a picture of it!

Since we went three times, we got into conversations with the owner of the restaurant where we had our seafood cooked.  He was a returnee – a US citizen who had lived in California for many years and had just returned to the Philippines three years earlier to open up the restaurant, called Bella.  He had named it in honor of his mother and said that as the Chinese tourists have increased, that the popularity of the seafood market and the restaurants surrounding it have really taken off.  He also told us about the seasons of tourists – around the lunar new year is the Chinese season, then there is the Russian season, the Filipino season, the low season in the summer where the seafood is much cheaper and less people come because of the frequent rain.

We tried to take photos of our favorite dishes, but sometimes forgot in our hurry to enjoy them.  The slides below show a few – hopefully enough to inspire your next meal – or inspire you to take a trip to Boracay just to eat well!

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Where have you eaten your favorite seafood?

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3 Responses to “Dining at the beach”

  1. valerie February 22, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Looks delicious once again! Some of my favorite seafood dishes were when I lived in Boston since it was fresh — lobster rolls, fried soft shell crab, oysters. I have yet to have anything as tasty in Chicago.

  2. Malou February 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Suddenly I started to miss the Philippines from the pictures. 😉

    • gkm2011 February 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

      Glad to know I brought back fond memories!

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