If I were to name one thing I am addicted to, it would be eating in restaurants of any sort. I love food and trying new dishes, different cuisines and these are the reasons why I decided to share my experiences from the restaurants I visit.
ALE PASTA BASTA
Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Philippines
As a pasta addict I started encountering the withdrawal syndrome at the lunch time, so we decided to go to find some Italian place. While wandering around the main street (at least when it comes to restaurants and bars) we noticed the place. It’s located right next to a bigger Italian restaurant that we’ve skipped intentionally after recalling not very good reviews that we had heard the day before.
Unfortunately, my photography skills (or rather lack off mentioned) caused a huge fail when it comes to taking pictures and most of them turned out to be blurry. Thanks to Jacek I know my mistake now, but for the photos taken, it’s not helpful anyhow. We’ll have to work with the ones I have. 😉
Prices are in line, not super low, definitely not high. What surprised me was how cheap some kinds of pasta or pizzas were. Basically, if you decide to go for one of ‘premium’ ingredients like meat or cheese you pay more since they are mostly imported and it’s not easy at all to get them to Bantayan.
We went for pizza diavola, pizza 4 cheeses and rigatoni amatriciana. Pasta was good, cooked al dente, but being used to rich in flavour pasta sauces I wasn’t entirely satisfied (the withdrawal syndrome has been satisfied, though).
In the meantime, Queeny got her pizza and once I was done with my pasta, I tried her pizza. It was exactly how I like it. Thin dough, only several ingredients making a perfect combination together – as simple as it should be and that’s what made it so good, in my opinion. Same story with my pizza, the spicy sausage was just delightful, combined with the best cheese I recall having on a pizza in a long time (forget the Philippines, I don’t even remember eating cheese so good on a pizza in Europe). As much as I loved it, though, I would’ve preferred to have more sausage on it, that was way too little.
We enjoyed the meal so much that we accepted Chef Alex’s offer to come the next day for lunch to try the fish he would cook.
We chose bruschetta for an appetizer, it’s been a while since the last time I had good, red tomatoes; the ones I usually get in Cebu are rather green, a bit tasteless.
I was happy with the appetizer, but I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t order another pasta.
Spaghetti was a bit undercooked. Alex had a pretty rough night with his wife giving a birth, so we can definitely forgive him in that case. : )
Now’s the time for the main actor:
I forgot the name of the fish, but I loved it! Super fresh, again not overly complicated, exactly as Italian cuisine should be. Basic seasonings, not depreciating the flavour of the fish, which in this case was a marvelous thing (unlike the times when fish is not too fresh), great texture, bones were easy to get rid of. The dish was mouth-watering.
A big thumb up for best quality, fresh ingredients. I appreciate the effort made to get it to the island since most of them were imported. Some details could have been done better, but they didn’t outshine the overall experience which was splendid.
Definitely great value for the money. All the mains except the fish were less than 300 peso (~8€) and the fish was 700 peso, so around 14€ and this is for two hungry people.
The food was served quickly; great communication with Alex, who was responsible for both cooking and service. I felt extremely well during our lunches, the atmosphere was great.
We came there twice, we would go there again. If not for the food, then just to say hi. Pizza is a must have, prices are affordable and the atmosphere is unique. I wish all the best to Alex, good luck and thanks for your food!