Degustation Lunch at Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa
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To be honest, I had a hard time finishing this post despite of the simple blog writing routine it usually takes. When I prepare my blog articles, I select first the photos and arrange it in order before I start writing. Looking at these photos made me hungry every time so I tend to skip it and write another article instead LOL, just sharing.
It was our second day in Bohol to cover Ubi Festival. After checking in, we visited Bohol Cultural Center to watch the Ubi Cook Off after which we proceeded to Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa (hotel info) for lunch. Upon arrival at their Al Fresco Bar, we were welcomed by Chef Renel Dimacali.
Chef Renel must have sensed that we were already hungry that’s why as soon as we got settled in our reserved seats, his staff started serving our meal. When the appetizer landed our table, we ignored our craving for food and instead, we started to get busy taking our own photos in different picturesque angles and uploaded it in our social media accounts. Hashtag #Foodbloggerproblems 🙂 Here are the mouth-watering meals served in our Degustation lunch:
Kinilaw na Tangigue sa Swaki
Internationally known as Ceviche but locally known as Kinilaw, this dish brags of Spanish Mackerel with Uni, seaweeds and mixed with lime infused souring agent with special spices. I love how they creatively served it inside a sea urchin shell.
A delectable way of serving Ubi or Ube. Instead of tasting sweet, this purple colored soup made with Bohol purple yam and slivers of coconut was savory and is exceptionally good.
Ensalada de Panglao
Made with blanched Okra and other locally grown vegetables, this fresh Island vegetable salad was perfectly blended with local anchovy vinaigrette.
Trio of Pasta
This dish is composed of three pasta samplers. First was Moringa pasta al pomodoro – a greenish pasta served with a slightly sweet sauce made with locally sourced tomato. The second was called Ubi Pasta al Burro e parmigiano, a purple colored pasta served with rich parmesan cream sauce which is a creation of Chef Regie Aspiras. The third one was Pasta al nero di sepia – homemade squid ink pasta cooked to perfection.
Pecho ng Manok sa Gata
A better version of the usual Ginataang Manok. Yummy dish made with chicken breast, simmered in coconut cream with a hint of ginger.
Bagnet de Panglao
This Ilocano specialty is made of pork belly that is meticulously boiled within 12 hours with a mixture of secret spices and then air-dried to create a flavourful ready to fry bagnet. Meal was served with a homemade liver sauce.
We are normally acquainted with Rellenong Bangus (milk fish) but for this dish, they used large Squid. Instead of frying it, this Seafood-stuffed squid with romesco sauce was baked which is good for health-conscious people who avoid deep fried dishes.
Kare-Kare de Panglao
Another unique take of a famous Filipino dish. Instead of using Oxtail, they used beef ribs. Cooked in local peanut sauce and plated with mashed potato, this is one of my favorite version of Kare-Kare ever.
For dessert, they served Coconut Panna Cotta – a not too sweet version of the original but it is creamy and perfectly sprinkled with light colored latik. Another delicacy on the plate is Kinampay crepes, made with Bohol’s Kinampay variety of Purple yam wrapped in thin purple colored pancakes.
For drinks, they served lemongrass and ginger flavored Ice tea – a pleasant tasting drink that perfectly cleanses the palate after tasting each delectable dish served during our degustation lunch.
Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa is located at Bingag, Dauis in the island of Panglao, Bohol, Philippines. A twenty-minute drive from Tagbilaran Airport, their restaurant is also open to walk-in guests but reservation is highly recommended. Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.
Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa – Book online via Agoda
Address: Bingag, Dauis 6339, Bohol, Philippines
Telephone Numbers: (63-38)510-8495 / 510-8497
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Flights to Tagbilaran, Bohol
Philippines AirAsia offers 3 daily flights from Manila (NAIA Terminal 4) to Tagbilaran Bohol. For flight inquiry and reservation, visit www.AirAsia.com.
Many Thanks to AirAsia, USAID and Bohol Provincial Tourism Council Inc. for this awesome trip.