Cauayan Resort Restaurant – Indulge in a Feast of the Island’s Unique Flavours (Promo Code Available!)
June 19, 2019
Besides sharing about my resort and spa experiences at the Cauayan Island Resort, I’m going to entice you with the wide variety of delicious cuisine at the resort’s restaurant. The restaurant is located beside the resort’s infinity pool and you can choose to dine al fresco. It’s a good option for dinner because the evening is usually breezy and when night falls, you’ll be able to see many stars in the sky. Moreover, the infinity pool is illuminated by colourful lights at night which makes quite a sight. The comprehensive menu is thoughtfully curated by Cauayan Resort’s trained chef. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can savour well-balanced flavours and island spices concocted for that special taste.
Cauayan Resort arranged for a “Welcome Dinner” on the first evening that I checked into the island resort. The chef specially prepared the freshest produce of the day for dinner. Instead of introducing the dishes that I had during the welcome dinner, I prefer to share about the local Filipino foods that I had at the same restaurant on my second night on the island.
Starters included the Sinuglaw (P530) and the Lumpiang Frito (P450). The former boasts a Filipino-style ceviche with grilled pork belly slices while the latter features Filipino deep-fried pork spring rolls served with sweet chilli sauce. The grilled pork belly slices were soaked in vinegar and mixed with fresh greens. This refreshing taste whetted my appetite for more. However, be careful because the sinuglaw served here packed quite a punch at the end. The more I ate, the spicier the dish got.
Moving on, the deep-fried spring rolls were generously filled with pork and every bite came with a crunch. The crispy skin can get pretty addictive. Other starters include the calamari frito, gambas al ajillo, and tuna tartare, just to name a few.
I decided to skip having soup on the second night since I’ve already tried the creamy potato soup during the welcome dinner. Potato is known to be a heavy dish, but the soup was light and not overwhelmingly creamy. I managed to finish the main course and dessert even after having the soup. If you’re interested in trying local soups, the chicken binakol and pork, prawn or fish sinigang are available.
For the main course, I highly recommend the Lechon Kawali (P700). If you haven’t heard, “Lechon” is one of the Philippines’ most famous food. The pig’s belly is stuffed with herbs and seasonings and the skin is rubbed with coconut water, soy sauce, or milk before being roasted. This scrumptious pork with crackling skin is served with fried eggplant and bagoong rice, topped with tomato and onion, and drenched in liver sauce at Cauayan Resort’s Restaurant.
Another main course worth mentioning is the Cauayan Canton Guisado (P650) which is made up of Filipino stir-fried egg noodles, mixed vegetables and crispy pork. You can choose between the chicken or seafood option. Yes, you read correctly – this dish comes with plenty of meat. It is actually a very simple dish, but when executed well, tastes so flavourful.
There are many other main courses available, and you can have meats and seafood off the grill too. You can also find comfort foods such as pizza and pasta on the menu. If you’re looking for a light bite, go for the salads.
It’s hard to save stomach space for desserts since you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding on which savoury dishes to try – everything on the menu sounded good. Well, if you still decide to try the desserts, you can go for the chocolate mud cake, the coffee brulee, the crème caramel, the lychee & coconut sorbet, the flavoured fruit crepes or fresh fruits. Can’t make up your mind? Just ask for the chef’s daily special homemade dessert!
With such a dreamy ambience in the tropical paradise and sumptuous food to boast, I truly enjoyed an impeccable dining experience at the Cauayan Resort Restaurant. Furthermore, the waiters were friendly and helpful. They were really good at recommending which dishes to try. Despite having heard about the foods and eateries that I must try on mainland El Nido, I wasn’t motivated to leave the private island resort after the dining experience at the restaurant.
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Address: Cauayan Island, Bacuit Bay El Nido Palawan
Restaurant Opening Hours: Breakfast 6am to 10am. Lunch 11.30am to 3.30pm. Dinner 6pm to 10pm.
Note that this is an invited tasting.