Delicious food, a wide range of cuisines, and a great view, too! When in Siargao, these are the dining spots that you need to visit.
Once again, the country has opened up to local tourists. And this time, I think it’s for good—from my mouth to God’s ears. So off to my favorite beach destination, I went again—to the exciting, Condé Nast Traveler’s “world’s best” island, Siargao.
If you may recall, the last time I visited, I wrote a piece on “16 Things To Do In Siargao Other Than Surf“. And since then, I’ve gotten so many invites to come back! So of course, I did!
Since I was on the island last March, new exciting places have re-opened and opened—five of which have become my new favorites and top recommendations. And as a self-proclaimed foodie, all of them are restaurants. Ranging from modern Japanese fusion to elevated Filipino cuisine, these 5 new bars, and restos should be on your top list of places to dine when you visit Siargao, rezzos needed.
This beautiful new beachfront resort boasts tall palm trees, spacious open dining, hanging woven lamps, tropical wallpaper, and Moroccan tiling. The moment you enter into a mini-maze of tall plants and fine sand, the sea breeze welcomes you to Siago.
Like its conch shell horn logo, you feel like the entire island is in this relatively small area along General Luna. And as much as seaside dining is part of Siargao, this is the only restaurant in Siargao on this list that has a view of the beach.
Order the Pollo A La Brasa—their chef’s recommendation—and it comes with a plethora of choices in sides and sauces. If you like making decisions, then you’ll have fun ordering this. Also try the Grilled Cheese & Chimi, the Con Chorizo, any of the smoothie bowls and, oh my god, the sourdough bread.
I mean, who doesn’t love ramen, right? What’s more, for a tropical location, would a ramen place even be appropriate? My answer is a definite yes! The answer to your ramen cravings in Siargao is the newly-opened Hakata.
Savor authentic Japanese ramen created by a real Japanese chef now living on the island, Chef Seiji, and be satisfied. The menu is still very limited—just 5 kinds of ramen, some gyoza, and still no cocktails—but do try the Tantanmen. The Japanese guy I was with said it was what he should’ve ordered. All very affordable at PHP280 per bowl, it’s a great way to warm up the tummy for the partying to follow.
Sure, you’re going to have to cross three bridges, lose your mobile signal, and pay a hefty P500 trike ride in pitch-black darkness to get to Haole, but once you get there, it’s like a beam of light shining in the night or an oasis in the desert.
But as much as Haole is tucked away far from the busy, frenzied area of General Luna, it stands out for its exemplary Filipino food. For example, their signature sisig is the best in Siargao. It’s crunchy, spicy, savory, and super sarap! Plus, the scallops are so creamy—baked just the right way—and the Camaron Rebosado is truly one of the best I’ve tried.
The cocktails are pretty strong, too, and are enough to give you a kickback to the busier areas after dinner.
But, oh my god, the sisig.
Right at the heart of the busiest part of General Luna is a gated new restaurant hidden behind tall bamboo fencing: Explorer’s Bar Sidargo. When you enter, you notice the spacious landscape and the very open dining so well-lit, your food porn, and dining selfies are sure to be Instagrammable.
Start with the cocktails—particularly their many variations of the highball—as you glide your feet on the fine, grainy white sand flooring. The breeze is warm but not humid, and the bar is a beautiful lime green. What’s more, the high wooden-beam ceilings and the bamboo blinds are cool on the eyes as you sip your drink and sink your teeth into their fusion Japanese cuisine.
Try the sushi bites—the Spicy Maguro and the Samgypsanori. Of course, definitely go for the agemono and the classics: the Shrimp Tempura and the Karaage.
Head on over to the Wild side—the side of Catangnan, where tucked by the roadside is the most beautiful new bar and resto in Siargao. A lighted path guides you to an open-air dining space with the most incredible furniture and fixtures and romantic dim lighting. It will make you feel like you’re dining in Africa—only the food is elevated Filipino cuisine that’s made with ingredients native to the island.
Try Chefs Andrew Malarky and Gene De La Cruz’s creations, specifically the Wild Adobo, Crispy Porchetta Kare Kare, and the Octopus Carpaccio. It’s all reasonably priced for a fine dining experience that rivals any of those in Manila.
The fully-stocked bar also is a sight to behold for cocktail and liquor lovers. Bring your date here. It’s my number 1 pick on the island!
Special Mention: Alma (IG: @alma.siargao)
No trip to Siargao is complete without dining at Alma—the best Spanish restaurant on the island—and probably, in the Philippines, too! I feel like I’m at home every time I’m here. For me, it captures the spirit of Siargao and dining barefoot in the seaside with the best cuisine possible.
The Black Croquetas, Roasted Octopus, and Stuffed Piquillo Peppers are my favorites. Of course, the Black Seafood (Noodle) Paella still takes top place for me.
Also, they have new cocktails now! Their versions of the classics—Mojito, Mimosa, and Tequila Sunrise, to name a few, are must-haves. Ask Gui for recommendations. Tell him that I sent you.
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