First off, it was recommended from a local that this place had the best pizza on the island....far better and less expensive than the "claimed" Italian place. Unfortunately the week I was there there were out of mozzarella cheese....no shipments from the mainland...and couldn't produce a pizza. I stopped there 3 different days and was told.."should be here tomorrow". I stayed 2 times to eat their other offerings and was very pleased with the food......when it finally arrived. It literally took 45-60 minutes to get my meal, and there were only 4 other people in the restaurant. We were told that the owner was off island and in Cebu City(had been there for 6 weeks). Hard telling who was running the place or whether the service would improve. Take note that I was there in July 2009......at the lowest point in the season and economy.
Favorite Dish: Any of there local Filipino food was very good.
We had booked a half-board treatment, but since we were so satiisfied with the food, we had also lunch there!
When we first arrived it was evening and we come at the restaurant to dine. They gave us a very big menu and we asked what were included in our half-board. We received back only blank stares: we could choose anything we wanted from the whole menu!!! It was the first time such a thing has happend to us! Anywhere else there would be only some dishes for a half-board, but not here!
The restaurant is place almost on the beach and it has a great view on the seaside. It is open on all sides and has a sand floor. At the top there's a bar and every evening you can enjoy a happy our from 17.00 to 19.00 - the cocktails are very good!
Favorite Dish: They have Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and International cuisine. The portions are huge and sometimes we could not fiished them! They are also very tasty! Obviously in three weeks we treid almost everything, but also obviously we had our favorite dishes. If you like spicy, you should try Fish Kinilaw: pieces of raw fish marinated in calamansi juice (it's similar to lime) and slices of very hot chili pepper. Also excellent is tuna-sashimi! If you like soups, try the Fish Chowder - very good!
The beer is also good: my husband loved the Red Horse, while I preferred San Miguel Light!
First of all, they're cheaper than other restaurants. It also takes longer for your food to arrive. The menu ranges from breakfast to lunch to dinner and they're open from 6:30am to 10pm. The choices are Filipino, american, italian. Softdrinks here costs p20 but its p40 in some restaurants. If you're really scrimping, you can buy in the neighboring sari-sari store. A dish costs p50-75 and only good for one. There are flies around, and you have to fan your food with your hands while eating. The restaurant, as the name implies, is in the middle of a garden. Maybe that's why they have lots of flies.
Favorite Dish: I like their fish and chips (fresh mackerel, fried with just the right amount of salt). It costs p75. If to go, its p80. The fruit salad is delish, with bananas, mangoes and pineapples.
wish we had more days in the island and return to this resto for a kare raisu fix again. i was quite surprised to know in a little faraway island their japanese menu are as tasty as the one you would find in the metro
La Dolce Vita is a restaurant that serves Italian food. All I can say is that the owner is rude and doesn't know how to treat his customers well. We were practically driven out of the restaurant. And to think that we waited for quite a while for our seats. He clearly prefers foreign guests. That's clearly racial discrimination on our own land! He wanted us to order a plate of pizza per person! You can't order your customers how much to eat!
Despite of this, his restaurant is really nice, in fact the nicest I've seen in the island and smells real good. Price is expensive though.
Favorite Dish: NA
A bit away from the beach, the La Isla Bonita Restaurant will feed you local and international fare as well as having pizzas, pasta, wines and filter coffee on the menu. Reservations are a must here. I can say that this restaurant is lousy and can't accommodate those willing to try their food. We were rejected twice! I checked their price & it's ok.
Favorite Dish: NA
Blue Water Malapascua Bar and Restaurant offers inexpensive grilled meat and fish dishes. For a cup of rice with two porkchops and veggies, costs P175 only. I also love sitting at the second level of the restaurant which offers a wide, beautiful view of Bounty Beach. Also very cool and refreshing. Very convenient, the eatery is right beside our beachfront cottage.
Favorite Dish: Grilled meat and fish dishes. Tasty!
A friendly welcome awaits you at Ging Ging's Eatery with their fish dishes (which they would like you to order beforehand). Breakfast is accompanied by bread baked in their own ovens. Food serving is small good for 1 person only. Food is ordinary. You can find better restaurants in some other resorts like Blue Water Malapascua Beach Resort. Located behind the Cocobana Beach Resort.
Favorite Dish: None.
We ordered a sizzling hot plate of prawns cooked with ginger, it was delicious. We also ordered a few other dishes, although I don't remember what they were, I remember they were delicious, and very cheap. And the ambience was lovely - under a canopy of trees, with little fairy lights draped here and there, and a lit candle on our table. :o)
This restaurant/bar has a relaxed athmosphere. We ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner there on seperate days, and also spent a night drinking at the bar with the German owner of this restaurant/bar.
Breakfast comes in large sizes. Savory crepes, or German-bread with egg, sausage, and this yummy mash thing that I don't remember the name of. They also serve a Philippino-style breakfast - rice/toast with a fried egg, and salted fish.
We had the best dinner there. It was not Philippino food though. The owner had just been to Thailand and learned how to cook Thai foods there. He taught his wife and some of the staff how to cook Thai curries, and we had the most delicious green curry with prawns, with jasmine rice. I've been to Thailand and eaten the food there, and they did an excellent job recreating the curry. By the way, it wasn't on the menu, but if you ask for 'tonight's special' or ask nicely for their Thai dishes, I'm sure they would be happy to make it for you.
They also do a wonderful deal in Happy Hour. You get 2 drinks for the price of 1. And they are strong cocktails too!! The 2 cocktails I had were in large glass tumblers, and kept me happy all night! Oh, I forgot, the owner also shouted us shots of some Philippino spirits, that, plus the cocktails probably kept me happy all night...
There is a large screen in the restaurant/bar with a projector, where the patrons and staff watch races and other entertainment nightly.
Together with "Ging, Ging's Eatery", my favourite one on the island. With a beatiful direct view on the beach. Good food. They serve pasta and spaghetti like it should be served (ardente and not with that awfull sugerly taste like they usually serve it in the Philippines). Good music (well most of the time), a bit kitsch decoration (local rural Italian style) and a lot of pics on the wall, most of them from old Italian movies (and the master Federico Fellini of course!). The owner is an Italian (he brings along the necessary condiments) and he spends part of his days in the island and part in Italy.
Favorite Dish: The spaghetti
Together with "La Dolce Vita" my favourite restaurant on the Island. They serve all kind of food, even French fries, etc. but they are their best when it comes to authentic Philipino kitchen. They are the less expensive but serve good food. Since it is not located along the beach but in the middle it is sometimes hot and their small plastic fans are a joke. Here you can also refill your plastic bottle of water (for almost no money) which is great (and ecological) because you will drink a lot with the heat.
Favorite Dish: Can't remember the names but the dishes prepared with coconut cream are delicious. The fresh mango juices were also very yummie!
Ging-ging's, as what Lonely Planet has mentioned, is a favorite of all vacationers. Food is cheap but tasty and servings are just right. I'ts at the back of Cocobana Beach.
I think the food is less than P50 ( less than USD 1.00). How can you go wrong with that?
Favorite Dish: Chicken curry!
In Kuan Ba Restaurant belonging to the resort of the same name, you can enjoy roast beef and roast pork with mashed potatoes on Sundays.
Favorite Dish: Roast beef and roast pork with mashed potatoes.
Still another value for money restaurant. Pizza and pasta are delicious. You might need to stay inside because it can get too breezy outside.