Review: Cafe Terraza in Roxas City
(Roxas City, Philippines) Somewhere in the Visayas Region is the province of Capiz, a place known for their seafood and their seafood-derived products, like oyster shells transformed into decors, lampshades, containers, and even doors. In fact, one church in the province, the Santa Monica Church, is made of coral stones.
Aptly called the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”, Capiz is one of the 15 most visited provinces in the country. But in its capital city Roxas, the people show that the province continues to be a tourist hotspot not just because of its oysters.
When we went to Roxas City courtesy of Las Islas Travel and Tours, we visited Café Terraza, a scenic restaurant on a hill, for a hearty meal. The restaurant served us some of the most heavenly seafood dishes one can imagine—and I am fortunate for being one of the lucky people to try their bestsellers, right in the capital of the seafood capital.
Where is Café Terraza?
Café Terraza is located in Pueblo de Panay, Lawa-An, Roxas City, Capiz. The restaurant is situated atop a hill with an amazing view of Roxas City and neighboring municipalities, a cool temperature, and several outdoor tables.
This is known as the first and only hilltop restaurant in Roxas City. It is one of a handful of dining options in Pueblo de Panay, a 670-hectare Filipino style township project by the Pueblo de Panay Incorporated (PDPI).
On our table
Our first stop in Roxas City was Café Terraza. The last stop of their scrumptious meals was at our satisfied tummies. Here’s what we had on our table.
The highlights of our meal were the rustic restaurant’s specials: Baked Oysters, Baked Scallops, Calamares, and even Seafood Kare-Kare!
The Baked Oysters were so delicious, and I could tell they were freshly sourced. It was naturally salty and flavorful. Scooping the oysters out of the shell was a great experience (apart from eating it).
My plate of Calamares was also extremely satisfying. It was light and crispy and there was no hint of grease on the plate, and no excess oil on my fingers. It was served on a plate lined with a slice of banana leaf, adding more to the traditional feel.
The Seafood Kare-Kare caught my attention. I was already well aware of the traditional bowl of Kare-Kare, but using seafood as the sahog was not something I imagined. I loved how the salty shrimp and squid slices went well with the sweetness and peanutty flavor of the Kare-Kare.
Of course, even though Capiz is the Seafood Capital, it does not mean that they do not serve any other dish. In the restaurant, we were also served Filipino classics: Pork Sisig and Grilled Pork.
My plate of Pork Sisig was served on a hot, sizzling plate (complete with banana leaf), and it was topped with crispy fresh slices of white onion and a separate sauce bowl.
The all-time favorite Grilled Pork was equally as lovely. It was cooked just right: a bit seared on the outside but the inside was perfectly juicy and tender.
Since a Filipino meal would not be complete without dessert, we also opted for their cakes. We were given several options, but I chose another classic to cap my meal: a slice of the sweet and sour Blueberry Cheesecake.
Address: Sacred Heart of Jesus Ave, Roxas City, Capiz
Telephone: (036) 666 0237
It was a great and memorable meal, not just because of their ingenious concoctions like their Seafood Kare-Kare, but also because of the great view, lovely wind, and the very hospitable staff. If my schedule allows me to travel back anywhere in Western Visayas again, I will make sure to have at least one meal in the beautiful Café Terraza.