Discovery Shores Boracay eats

Homecooked goodness at Discovery Shores’s restaurants

Baby calamares with spiced seasoning and fried until golden brown. Served with mango-cal with mango salsa

Baby calamares with spiced seasoning and fried until golden brown. Served with mango-calamansi vinaigrette

After frolicking in the sand and swimming in crystal clear waters, of course, the next thing that you decide to do is eat. And you just don’t settle for cheap eateries. What is a vacation in Boracay if you don’t have good, no, great food then? A great vacation entails indulging in the best the island has to offer.

Discovery Shores is not only known for its Filipino hospitality and top accommodations, it’s restaurants also serve great comfort food that is world class. Perhaps, it has one of the best dining destinations in Boracay and there are several to chose from.

Sands Restaurant is al fresco dining that gives you great views of the famous white sand and stunning waters of White Beach. While the menu has a good selection, it’s the Filipino cuisine that makes for a memorable dining experience.

I did love the baby calamares in spicy seasoning. Dip it in its mango-calamansi vinaigrette and its a medley of wonderful texture and flavors exploding in your mouth that you would want to have the whole plate all to yourself. The grilled prawns are fresh and sweet, so delicious that I managed to eat four. Burp.

But what made my lunch here good? The wonderful, flavorful soup of the tinolang halaan. Perhaps it was nostalgia that endeared me much to this dish. I love the taste of lemongrass and the delicate texture of the clams. It was childhood lunches all over again as I was savoring the homecooked goodness of the broth. So good that I have to apologise to my hosts and get another, and another cupful and praising its tastiness.

Sands is also where you have buffet breakfast by the sea. I loved the porridge with century eggs and minced scallions and freshly cracked peppercorns. The semi-runny omelet with everything in it and melting salty butter on hot toast. Incomparable. Breezy. Sunshine.

As dusk sets in, Indigo Restaurant is the best place to impress as well as savor the island cuisine. It’s not a lightweight even, having been listed in Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants (twice) and shortlisted, again, twice, in the prestigious Miele Guide. If you don’t know what to order, they have set menus that assures you of great tasting dishes.

Other than these two main restaurants, they also have sundown offerings called Platitos, or small plates or if you decide to have have drink, the sandbar and pool bar has several selections. Here at Discovery Shores, you can enjoy world class cuisine or the best of Filipino homecooked dishes by the sea.

Sands Restaurant is known for its good Filipino cuisine. clockwise from top right: Lumpiang sariwa; grilled prawns in spicy toyomansi and lemon butter; tinolang halaan, local clams in ginger, lemongrass and tomato broth; and a small cup sized rice served in this beautiful mini metal cooking vessel

Sands Restaurant is known for its good Filipino cuisine. clockwise from top right: Lumpiang sariwa; grilled prawns in spicy toyomansi and lemon butter; tinolang halaan, local clams in ginger, lemongrass and tomato broth; and a small cup sized rice served in this beautiful mini metal cooking vessel

Hanger steak with mushroom polenta

Hanger steak with mushroom polenta

Roasted tomato soup

Roasted tomato soup

Clockwise from top right: Beet salad with cucumber, cilantro and plain yoghurt; chocolate marquis for dessert;

From Indigo Restaurant, clockwise from top right: Beet salad with cucumber, cilantro and plain yoghurt; chocolate marquis for dessert;

Caramel carrot cake  with pistachio and fruit balls of papaya and watermelon

Caramel carrot cake with pistachio and fruit balls of papaya and watermelon

Breakfast buffet is sumptuous and filling! This is just one side, the heavier breakfast of cured meats, eggs, rice and the rest are on the other side.

Breakfast buffet is sumptuous and filling! This is just one side, the heavier breakfast of cured meats, eggs, rice and the rest are on the other side.

I love the lime and passion fruit iced tea perfect to cool off a hot and humid afternoon!

I love the lime and passion fruit iced tea perfect to cool off a hot and humid afternoon!

Discovery Shores's traditional mojito is a must

Discovery Shores’s traditional mojito is a must

Thanx to the Discovery Group for inviting me at Discovery Shores Boracay.

Sands and Indigo Restaurants
Discovery Shores
Station 1, Balabag, Boracay
Malay, Aklan

http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com/

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

2 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    April 5, 2015 @ 19:14

    Homecooked goodness at Discovery Shores’s restaurants: Baby calamares with spiced seasoning and fried until go… http://t.co/pnDRrpe0y9

  2. Uptourist
    April 16, 2015 @ 15:00

    I love calamares. There is something with this oily goodness combined with the sourness of vinegar that is just perfect.

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