Healthy and Green Food Choices in Boracay

Boracay Island houses a wide array of delicious cuisines and ingenious food concepts for all types of diners, be it meat-eaters, seafood lovers, fastfoodies, vegetarians, and weight watchers.

Health and gourmet connoisseurs likewise easily find themselves at home in paradise with the existence of a few yet very good dishes.

The Garden Café inside the verdant Patio Pacific Resort compound is one of those that offer good quality food and a relaxing ambience away from the tourist-packed places in Boracay.  It boasts of a spacious dining hall that is secured from the rain and a delightful dining setup on the surrounding gardens.  Its menu has recently been changed to fulfill the flavor of all-natural ingredients, using herbs and spices as seasoning instead of traditional Filipino msg-based flavoring, which is owed to Aklanon Executive Chef Jomar Bartolome, who climbed his way up the ladder through diligence and passion for cooking.

Among Chef Bartolome’s offerings are:

Fish Fillet in White Wine with Broccoli Florets – a very moist and tender dory fillet sprinkled with white wine and spices, served on a bed of matching brown rice that has been reduced in butter;

Chef’s Ratatouille – a creamy duet of zucchini and eggplant layers baked in thick sauce of tomato, herbs and cheese;

Patio Pacific Chicken – Chinese style chicken, roasted with sweet and spicy sauce and served with plain white rice and tropical vegetables like sayote and bamboo shoots that are stir-fried to goodness;

Seafood Linguini or Linguini Pasta with Frutti di Mare – thin strips of Italian pasta cooked with the right texture and mixed with cooked mussels, squid, shrimps, tomato, garlic and basil;

Summer Sandwich – assembled with homemade focaccia sandwich and a hearty filling of roasted vegetables, mozzarella cheese and pesto mayonnaise.  It’s a perfect food to munch on the beach;

All-natural Pumpkin Soup –pure pumpkin puree enhanced by herbs and spices;

and Banana Scallops à la Mode – deep-fried bananas coated with Patio Pacific’s signature batter, sweetened with maple syrup and topped with vanilla ice cream.

For extended nutritional servings, the Garden Café has Sugar-Free Smoothies, a refreshing beverage of mixed fruits, blended to retain their natural flavor.

Prices are surprisingly very affordable for this resort restaurant.  Its dishes range from 200 to 300 pesos only and with ample servings that are well worth the price.

Lemoni Café in D’Mall is also a sure hit for the healthy diner.  They offer a mouthwatering  variety of meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes, prepared to bring out the innate flavor of the food with less fat and more nutritional value.

Healthy picks from Lemoni Café’s extensive menu are narrowed down to a complete meal of:

Poached Eggs on Smoked Tanigue – an appetizing art of homemade bread sliced in half and layered with delightful servings of poached egg and smoked tanigue;

a simple treat of Homemade Yogurt with Granola and Fresh Fruit;

a salad mix of Egg, Bacon, Smoked Fish with Lemon Vinaigrette;

a zesty desert of Lemon Bar;

Water Spinach and Hollandaise,

as well, as a handy dandy serving of Caesar Chicken Wraps, a crunchy sandwich of homemade Ciabatta bread filled with Smoked Turkey and Apple Celery, a heaping dish of Greens, Shrimp, Mango, Fresh Herbs and Wasabi dressing, or , a Mediterranean-inspired staple of homemade Pita Bread with Eggplant and Hummus Dips,  and a sumptuous plate of Seared Tuna with Sautéed Spinach, Lemon Mash, Tomato Coulis and Olive Tartar.

A meal at Lemoni Café is always priceless.  With a harmonious ambience of great quality food, cheerful and efficient staff and cozy dining area, your time and money are certainly worth the experience.

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