The island province of Bohol is well-known for its beautiful white beaches and stunning landscapes. But beyond seeing the Chocolate Hills and cute tarsiers, Bohol is also a great place for foodies. Whether you’re a first-timer or a repeat visitor to Bohol, you’re sure to find a dining destination that will tickle your tastebuds. Here’s our pick of top restos to try out if you’re vacationing in Bohol’s Panglao Island.
Bohol Bee Farm
Bohol Bee Farm, a resort, restaurant and farm serving organic cuisine all rolled into one is the best place to get organic food in Bohol. This farm-to-table restaurant sources ingredients directly from their gardens, and sells a wide range of honey-based products.
Try their signature Organic Salad drizzled with vinaigrette, vegetable lasagna, squash muffins, and their amazing Pesto, Malunggay and Mango spreads. For dessert, have a scoop or two of their famous homemade ice creams served in cassava cones. The ice cream comes in unique flavors like malunggay, honey, spicy ginger, dragonfruit and Peanut Kisses (which is Bohol’s top pasalubong item).
The Bohol Bee Farm is located in Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol. They also have branches of The Buzz Café along Alona Beach and near the airport in Tagbilaran.
Saffron Restaurant at Amorita Resort
Panglao Island hosts a number of upscale hotels with their own in-house restaurants that are also open to walk-in guests. For a good selection of gastronomic delights and unique cocktails, dine in Saffron Restaurant at Amorita Resort. The resort, located atop a limestone cliff on the southern edge of Panglao Island, offers stunning views. Saffron Restaurant takes pride in serving Boholano heritage dishes using locally available ingredients along with a range of continental and Asian cuisine.
Betsellers here include the sinigang, deconstructed kare-kare and chicken halang-halang, a traditional Boholano dish with a spicy coconut sauce and lemongrass. Saffron also serves signature cocktails like the chocolate liqueur-based Chocolate Hills, Ube Martini (with purple yam) and Chili Mojito.
Saffron Restaurant. Amorita Resort, #1 Ester A. Lim Drive, Barangay Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol.
Tomar Tapas x Bar
Neo-cultural experience takes center stage at Tomar, a bar that brings back the classic tapas, paellas and pintxos (small snacks) that are a staple of Spanish cuisine. Also located inside Amorita Resort on the second floor above Saffron Restaurant, Tomar offers delicious dishes like gambas, chorizo, patatas bravas and calamari. For a heavier meal, you can’t go wrong with their Paella Negra or Paella Valenciana. Tomar also houses carefully curated wine and whiskey selections from around the globe, which you can pair with your meal.
Tomar Tapas x Bar. Amorita Resort, #1 Ester A. Lim Drive, Barangay Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol.
Momo Beach House
If you want a secluded spot, where you can enjoy the beach to yourself, head to Momo Beach Resort, a boutique resort in a more tranquil part of Panglao Island. Their restaurant here called Beach Tree Café, an al fresco dining space where you can enjoy a view of the pool and the sea, serves meals designed around fresh seafood and locally sourced organic ingredients.
Resort owners can even arrange boodle-style meals for larger groups. One of the most interesting dishes we got to try here was Tinolang Saang, a Boholano specialty that makes use of spider conch shells cooked in a ginger-based soup.
Momo Beach House. Barangay Bil-isan, Momo Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol.
If you’re looking for a good selection of local and international craft beer, this is the place to visit! Ken’s Place is a great new bar right next to Alona Pawikan, a resort with cozy native bungalows walking distance to Alona Beach, but with a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere.
Ken’s Place has a Japanese menu and vegan options rather than the usual beach fare and carries bottled variants of Filipino craft beer sourced from all over the Philippines. As a tribute to Bohol icons, I had a bottle of Tarsier Wheat Bear from Crazy Carabao Brewing Co., Chocolate Hills Porter and the Big Eye-Pa Double IPA from the Cebu-based The Cebruery during my visit. The place has a very friendly vibe for both expats and tourists. Highly recomended for craft beer lovers!
Ken’s Place. Ester A Lim Drive, Panglao Island, Bohol.
Have you tried any of these restaurants? Tell us about your favorites in the comments!