Having a food adventure is a major part of a vacation in Boracay. It’s the perfect way to recharge after a long day of swimming, boating, frolicking by the beach and whatnot. And what better to do that but a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet.
All-you-can-eat buffets are really popular in Boracay. You can’t afford to miss these when you visit the island, especially that for as low as P250 (and probably even lower, if you look hard enough), you can have a sumptuous meal while enjoying a nice view of the beach.
An all-you can-eat breakfast is a great way to start your vacation in Boracay. Be it a light or hearty breakfast, or just about a mix of everything, there’s always something that will suit your morning cravings.
The breakfast buffet from Golden Phoenix Hotel, for example, offers a small but filling set of main courses to choose from. The menu looks Asian with a mix of American (the congee was a dead giveaway), with a fruit selection and salads on the side. There isn’t much to choose from, but if you’re a light eater, you’ll be quickly satisfied. This, incidentally, was the first buffet I encountered in the island.
Boracay Garden Resort has a lively breakfast buffet set-up. I believe this would be the first time I’d have eggs cooked the way I want it right there and here (scrambled, sunny-side up, omelette, you name it). The menu is a mix of Filipino and continental goodies – cold cuts and toasts are aplenty, but they have adobo, bangus and fried rice, along with sausages and other breakfast staples.
I think this would also be the first time after five years or so that I would have kimchi for breakfast, but that’s another story. And yeah, there’s congee in the menu too.
In our recent trip to Boracay, we had our breakfast at the Sea Breeze Cafe in Boracay Regency. When they called their breakfast buffet “Boracay’s biggest and most extensive buffet,” they weren’t lying.
Pancakes, pastries, cereals, salads and juices, plus your average Filipino-American fare like corned beef and chicken – it’s all there. (Also, bacon. Lots of bacon.)
It helps that you get to dine while you sit and relax with a stunning view of the ocean (or the pool, whichever side of the café you’re in).
The breakfast buffet of Tryst Pool Bar at Paradise Garden Resort would also be a good choice for light eaters. I enjoyed the variety of egg dishes and omelettes to choose from, plus their impressive selection of hams and cold meats, breads and pastries.
A fun-filled day in Boracay is best capped with an all-you-can-eat dinner. They’re all over the beachfront, serving Filipino dishes, barbecues, soups and stews, roasted fish, fresh seafood – perhaps the biggest mainstay of these buffets – and rice, rice, rice.
Dinner buffets here are actually as simple as they can be. Our dinner at Alf’s Restaurant, for example (incidentally the first buffet we visited), consisted of a few cuts of tuna, crabs, beef nilaga, clams and oysters, but because they get refilled by the restaurant staff every now and then, we were able to enjoy all the stuff that we wanted. All of that for only P300. Affordable, isn’t it?
Other buffet restaurants would serve fancier dishes like lobster, prawns, eels, and all sorts of chicken and pork dishes. No matter which restaurant you go, there’s always so much to choose from.
Business-wise, buffet restaurants are quite profitable. With a tourism-dependent economy like Boracay’s, a stable access to fresh produce, meats and seafood helps its all-you-can-eat establishments stay well-stocked, and in turn, keep their patrons well-fed.
Hotels have them bundled in their room packages, partly as a way to promote their outlets and entice them to go a la carte next time, and partly to show their hospitality. The returns are steady, patronage is ensured, no food goes to waste, customers get to eat well, and everyone is happy.
I know that we all came to Boracay to relax, refresh, rejuvenate, and have fun, but fattening myself isn’t exactly what I had in mind when my family and I got there. Still, I couldn’t pass up the chance to go all out on food, and enjoy what Boracay’s restaurants have to offer.
Ah, what can I say? All-you-can-eat buffets are really great.