As you can imagine,
food in the Philippines is quite different from that of the United
States or other countries. Wherever you go to eat you can be assured
that white rice will be on your plate, whether you order it or not. In
most places, Filipino's assume that you want white rice just as they
do, so they usually include it as a standard feature.
Filipino food is quite delicious, whether it be the classic favorites
of Ponsit, Chicken or Pork Adobo, Fried Lumpia or Linchon Baboy.
Be adventurous and try one of these Island favorites and be sure
to eat your rice and entre with the large tablespoon in your right
hand, using the fork in the left hand to push your food into the spoon
Filipino's do not use the fork to eat with, but traditionally use the
large tablespoon to eat everything. They do not use a knife as in other
countries, but instead cut the meat or pull it apart by use of the
Spoon and Fork.
The following are a list of the restaurants on Bantayan Island from the
best tasting and value for the money, to the lesser qualitiy and
lower priced meals. Be prepared that all of the restaurants on Bantayan
Island are "Open Air" restaurants. That is to say, they are not in an
enclosed room or building. The walls are open to the outside where your
cool air is provided by the island breezes or a fan nearby that can be
turned on at your request. I personally like this type of dinning as it
is right for the laid back island athmosphere of Bantayan Island.
By far the best food
on the island is found at the Ogtong Cave Resort Restaurant.
They have more variety and better tasiting food than just about
anywhere. The seating is of course open air on pickniick type wooden
tables that overlook the beautifuly manicured tropical grounds of the
resort, pool and sea side view. There is a netted dining area that
makes a nights meal completely insect free, as tiny night creatures are
always present on any tropical island at night. The service is always
outstanding and the food is the best that I have tasted on the island.
You do not have to be a guest staying at the resort in order to eat at
their restaurant. Simply tell the guard at the entrance to the resort
that you would like to eat at their restaurant and he will be more than
happy to allow you to enter the resort.
Second overall would
have to be the open air restaurant at Beach Placid Resort.
The service is very personal and friendly and the food is
prepared exactly as you ask for it to be cooked. The American breakfast
is very close to the kind of breakfast that you would find just about
anywhere in the States. Bacon and Eggs prepared to your preference,
white toast, no has browns, but they can make you some crispy french
fires as a good substitute.