“Awesome Sangria and yummy 'tortilla espanola', at to-be-expected tourist prices”
This restaurant is located directly opposite of the Movenpick and Shangri-la hotels in Mactan, and presumably receive the bulk of their business from guests staying in these two premium establishments, so the touristy price tag is to be expected. By international standards the food really isn't pricey I admit, but by local standards it most definitely is. Having said that however, the food and drink is really decent all things considered, and our group of 6 had an overall enjoyable meal in a pleasant setting with good service.
The winning dishes were the tortilla espanola (we even had seconds because it was so yummy!) and their deliciously potent Sangria – the pitcher was gone in minutes. Skip the chorizo (more of pork belly than chorizo) and the marinated mushrooms, both of which were highly forgettable and rather disappointing for a Spanish restaurant. The garlic soup was tasty, and the paella (even if not entirely authentic) was satisfying and substantial. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll probably find the desserts to your liking. My personal recommendations would be the ginger crème brulee – surprisingly very good even if not particularly Spanish in origin - and the classic churros.
We actually dropped by to lunch with friends who were staying at the Movenpick, but otherwise would have chosen to dine elsewhere. If you’re staying at either the nearby Movenpick or Shangri-la hotels in Mactan, this would be an excellent lunch or dinner option for days when you’re not keen to stray far from your accommodation. The environment is relaxing and laid-back, with a nice alfresco area at the entrance to lounge with your book and Sangria in hand and watch the world go by (and there aren't that many good alternatives within walking distance of these two particular hotels) But I would not recommend this to anyone who has to travel some distance just to get here for a meal.
Just in case this helps - for some bizarre reason, this restaurant has a couple of posters on the walls that state ‘credit cards are not accepted’, but when we inquired about the possibility to pay by credit card, we were told that it was no problem, and we successfully settled the bill by credit card.
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