|Food trip in Boracay -2
|Author: Pam Pastor
Luis Martin, the restaurantís owner, sat with us as we enjoyed the meal. We
praised his calamares fritos con aros de cebolla (P130) and even asked him
how he was able to make the squid that tender. The calamares, everyone
agreed, was the best we tasted. It was served with lime, the batter covering it
was very thin, almost translucent. It did not overpower the taste of the squid.
Instead, it enhanced it.
The mejillones al ajillo (mussels in olive oil and garlic--P128) was light and
delicately flavored. You may cap the meal at Dos Mestizos with homemade
ice cream they sell a few steps away. We recommend the pistachio flavor.
Garlicky, buttery rice
Next dayís lunch was at the Steakhouse (near "D Mall"), which was right
above Paulo Collection. It was another feast. Lettuce salad with mushrooms,
bacon and egg (P120), Swiss sausage salad with cheese (P150) and fish
carpaccio, smoked mascasugue (P220) started our meal. Maui and I decided
to share an order of beef tenderloin (P280). I wanted it well done and when
it arrived, the outside was still raw. We had it sent back to the kitchen. Pasta
servings were huge, the pan-fried potatoes (P60) tasty, but I would go back
to this restaurant for one reason--their garlic rice. It was buttery and flavorful.
The perfect complement to a steak.
True Indian food
This, which was also our last full meal there since the next day promised to be
really hectic, was my favorite Boracay meal. And to think I almost missed it.
That night, I had the option of staying in the hotel room to rest since my
accident occurred a few hours ago. Despite the fact I had been looking
forward to this meal my entire stay and people were saying you canít leave
Boracay without trying True Food (Station 2), I was considering it since I
was still feeling sorry for myself. But Happy helped me snap out of my pity
party when she said, "You better go out. Letís have fun. If you stay here,
youíll just focus on the pain." I took off my pajamas as quick as I can. She
was right. And Iím thankful.
True Food, according to locals, is Boracayís most popular restaurant. I am
not surprised. The meal was so good it should go down in history books.
Take off your shoes and settle down on the huge pillows scattered on the
floor. Only then would you be ready for the True Food experience.
Before ordering, Sir Mon gave us a crash course on Indian food. He is no
stranger to it, since he once lived in India for an entire month. He speaks of
Indian food passionately. "It was in India that I learned you really could
become vegetarian. They had so many spices and cooked vegetables in such
interesting ways it wouldnít matter if you werenít eating meat."
After tasting the somosa, I completely agreed. But Iím getting ahead of
myself. Indian food has always fascinated me, especially after reading about it
in my Asian Studies classes in college. Reading and actually tasting it are two
very different experiences.
We ordered the Crispy Papad (crispy Indian chips, P45). A big fan of crispy
food, we had to get another helping just to satisfy me. Yes, I liked it that
much. We had two kinds of bread, chapati (crisp, unleaven bread of
whole-wheat flour) and naan (leaven, white-flour bread cooked in tandoori
oven), which we ate with the motabhal (roasted eggplant and yoghurt dip).
They liked the mulliga twany (curried yellow lentil soup, P100), which was
okay for me, although Iím not really a soup person. We also had the lamb
rogan josh (tender lamb cooked in traditional spices, yoghurt and tomato
sauce, P325), maseha tare ko (fish filler in herb-flavored batter and
deep-fried, P255) and hummus (mildly spiced pureed garbanzo beans,
We ate everything with matar jeera pulao--a tasty fried rice with fresh peas,
caramelized onions, cumin and seeds. I enjoyed the whole meal, but my top
picks are the Tandoori Chicken (tender chicken in yoghurt, ginger, garlic and
chili paste cooked in tandoori oven) and vegetable somosa (deep-fried
dumplings stuffed with mixed vegetables and spices, P110). Now that I think
about it, I canít wait to go back to True Food.
Unforgettable Boracay goodies
I asked the others about their unforgettable Boracay dish. They had different
Jason loved Waling Walingís sizzling pusit, Maui and Jules both craved for
Dos Mestizosí calamares. Jules also liked breakfast at Waling Waling.
Tammy was obsessed with Hey Judeís Alla Romana Pizza. Happy was nuts
over Waling Walingís Banana Peanut shake. I loved the Margherita Pizza at
Boracay Plaza. We all agreed on one thing--Waling Walingís banana mango
shake was something to be crazy about.