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“The perfect HQ for diving Malapascua.”
Review of The Craic House

The Craic House
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $8
Cuisines: Irish, International, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, 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.
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“The perfect HQ for diving Malapascua.”
Reviewed January 6, 2011

If you're on Malapascua, it's probably for the diving. As such, The Craic House makes a perfect home base to relax, have a bite, and plan your activities. Although it's a fairly new establishment on the island, the restaurant is already operating at very high standards, and all the meals were delicious. You can get proper bacon and real bread and butter here – something I missed dearly in backpacking much of the rest of SE Asia! The beer is also some of the cheapest on the island. The staff are super friendly and are quick to learn your name. You always feel welcome. It's a great spot to throw open your laptop, do a bit of blogging or what-have-you, stare out at the sea and enjoy lunch while Evolution Diving and the boys prepare your next descent.

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2 Thank atlanticplace
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Cairns, Australia
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“Get Yourself There Now!”
Reviewed November 9, 2010

The Craic House is, quite simply, the best restaurant on Malapascua. The delicious homemade meals, cooked with fresh ingredients by a team that really cares about the quality of the food give a much better testimonial than I ever could. I also second one of the other reviewers, the falafels are AMAZING! The bar staff and owners are great fun and really friendly, making any time spent there the best you'll have on the island. Any time spent on Malapascua without a visit to the Craic House is criminal.

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2 Thank SharkmanJim
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Bath, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“great food, great bar, great atmosphere”
Reviewed November 8, 2010

after some superb diving with Evolution, i was welcomed to The Craic House, where i sampled some delicious cuisine... generally the food was quite different to what you can often expect in the Phillipines, as it was rather high end, but well priced. Presentation was great, prices resonable and most importantly the food was delicious.. if you just want a place to go and have a drink, then you are also welcome. the bar overlooks the beach and is very chilled place to go and drink..

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1 Thank jeremyboreham
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Tignes, France
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Falafel, Falafel, Falafel,”
Reviewed October 29, 2010

After experiencing some pretty average food in the Philippines, arriving at Evolution's Craic House was a very welcome change. The owner clearly knows a lot about food and has made a real effort to get together an amazing menu.
Fresh fish, fresh crab and the Jalapeno Falafel's were some of the best I have ever eaten, which is not what you expect on a small Island in the Philippines.
On my last day the team made them especially for me as they knew they were my favourite.
Can't ask for more than that!
Shame there are not more restaurants like this. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
Clare (uk)

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1 Thank CDTignes
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