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“Friendly environment for tasty dishes & drinks” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Craic House

The Craic House
Evolution Dive and Beach Resort | Malapascua Island, Philippines
+63 917 631 2179
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Price range: $3 - $8
Cuisines: Irish, International, Gastropub, Philippine
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Craic House Irish Bar and Restaurant is the funkiest spot on Malapascua. It serves contemporary cuisine, ice cold drinks and plays the best music in The Philippines, right on the beach.
Taipei, Taiwan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Friendly environment for tasty dishes & drinks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I ate a majority of my meals at the Craic House while staying on Malapascua to dive for longer than two weeks. The food was surprisingly good for such a remote island. They go out of their way to provide their customers with a menu filled with pleasant surprises and twists on old-time favorites. Using quality imports as well as freshly grown herbs and veggies from their own garden, they are rising to the varied demands of international travelers. Some of my favorites are the black bean veggie burger, chili con carne, and tuna steak, but the breakfast options were especially nice as well. They offer daily lunch, starter, and main dish specials, and these were some of the better meals I had throughout my stay. They hit it out of the park with their wraps at lunch - quick, delicious, and affordable!

The 'Craic Dealers' are pleased to offer you cool drinks after a day in the sun or underwater. The shakes are pleasant, banango being quite popular, but my favorite was relaxing with a coffee shake while chatting up new friends about their diving that day. The Craic House can become lively near dinnr or afterwards, but Malapascua is a quiet island, and guests are more likely to call it a day early in order to make the 5am shark dive.

What makes this establishment stand out above other restaurants/bars I've frequented in the Philippines and other Asian destinations is their focused attention to your personal wishes. Prefer your eggs done a specific way in the morning? Craving a special combination that isn't on the menu? At the Craic House your expectations are met by attentive local staff who treat their guests like they are part of the family.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Laid back atmosphere with good food and friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at Evolution for a week and ate most of my meals here. Breakfast was good. Tried all the dishes: eggs, pork, fish, muselli. Their imported coffee and shakes are also very nice. Lunches were more hit and miss but generally good. Dinners were pretty tasty. Their BBQ special is also good and a lot of fun. You grill the food over charcoal at your table. The staff was very nice and friendly and, as other reviews have noted, they remember the customers' names giving the service more personal touch. One small annoyance is the house flies but they're everywhere on the island.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Hit and miss”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

had a lovely thai veggie noodle dish on the first night, a nice falafel wrap the next night then for lunch the next day had a peanut curried veg dish and it was awful. It tasted like cheap curry powder and water, when we complained - it was that bad - the staff were very unhelpful, no customer service at all.

Visited June 2013
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Sentosa Island, Singapore
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good food and excellent staffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

It's together with Evolution Diving. Food is tasty and some is very special. A bit more pricey than many restaurants on the island, but if you want and just want a satisfactory meal you should come here. The staffs are friendly and they can remember your name when you come again. The only problem is the flies may around your table, but that's the problem with every outdoor restaurant I have visited on this island.

Visited June 2013
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San Juan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Complete and Delicious Breakfast Meals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Loved the local breakfast dishes and appreciated the special rice (mixed with pan seared vegetables) while dining by the beach. The service is friendly and never over bearing. The earthenware ups the ante to your morning starter as well as optional imported brewed coffee to make it truly luxurious. The menu is well thought out and the ambiance is rustic with a lot of space to appreciate the open sky.

Visited May 2013
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