Thursday, January 10, 2013

Boracay Eats: Dos Mestizos

Before we flew to Boracay, Hubby has asked his Boracay-based friend to recommend a good restaurant.  His friend told him that Dos Mestizos has one of the best paellas and it's a must try.  So on our second night, we ventured out to Dos Mestizos.  Unlike the usual restaurants which can easily be found in Stations 1 and 2, Dos Mestizos is located in Station 3, and it's not easy to locate either.  We initially thought it was situated near the talipapa (market) so we had the tricycle drop us off there.  It was when the tricycle had already left that we discovered that it was far from the talipapa, so we had to ride another one to get to the restaurant.  The journey didn't end there, as the tricycles were only allowed to get to a certain point, and we were forced to walk some distance just to get to Dos Mestizos.  Whew!  By the time we got there, everyone was tired and probably thinking "this restaurant better be good, or else..."  Haha!  There was even a short moment of panic when the manager told us that they were full.  Good thing there was available space at their deli next door.  No choice but to take whatever seats we're given so deli it is!  Here's what we had: 

The Sangria was a complimentary drink.  I found the coupon at one of the Boracay booklets lying around the Fairways and Bluewater welcome center.  Refreshing.

Ensalada Verde
The family opted to have the simplest of the salads, with just mainly the greens.  Not a fan, though the others seem to have no problem with it.  Must be me and my anti-vegetable self. LOL.

Complimentary Bread
Soft bread that can be dipped in either the balsamic-olive oil mixture or pesto.  We finished the pesto dip and asked for seconds.  

Croquettas de Jamon
Potatoes with ham and bechamel.  4 pieces for a party of 5 hungry people.  Wish they'd increase the serving size.

Callos con Garbanzos
Stewed ox tripe with chick peas.  Mmmm... now we're talking!  One of the yummier dishes that night.  

Paella Negra
...and the famous paella that made us troop all the way to Station 3 and beyond.  It was good, but to tell the truth, I've tried better paellas here in Manila.

Lengua Estofada
Braised ox tongue in rich demi glace.  Melts in your mouth but I prefer a creamier version.

Christmas Ham
The unexpected star of the night.  This, in my opinion, was the best dish that night.  Extra thin slices of tender ham and that perfect mix of salty-sweet goodness.  If I'd go back, then I'll go back for this.  Not sure though if this is available all year round or just for the holidays.

Overall I'd rate Dos Mestizos a 3 out of 5 stars.  Maybe some of the dishes were just off that night because they were fully booked?  

Dos Mestizos is at Sitio Manggayad, Station 3 (beside the police station).

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