Friday, June 30, 2017

Los Indios Bravos Gastropub | Boracay Island, Philippines

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

Whenever I travel to Boracay, I normally stick to the restaurant of the hotel where I am staying. Should I feel like dining out, I normally go to other hotel restaurants. There are a handful of independent restaurants though that I also go to, and I must say that these restaurants serve hotel-quality dishes or even better. One example is Los Indios Bravos.

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

Los Indios Bravos is the first and the only gastropub in the whole island of Boracay. It is popular for its wide selection of local craft beers and is frequented by Europeans, Americans and Japanese tourists with a discerning taste for quality craft beers. Although I am not a beer drinker, I still visit this place primarily for their food! Los Indios Bravos is one of the very few places that can make me want to drink beer, as long as it's paired with food.

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Samosa | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

I rarely eat Samosa, but I find the version of Los Indios Bravos more appetizing than those I tried in Indian restaurants. All flavors and spices are well balanced, no single taste overpowers the dish. This is a vegetarian dish that even non-vegetarians can enjoy. It was that tasty.

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Cobb Salad | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

Smoked salmon is my favorite topping to a salad. The Cobb Salad at Los Indios Bravos was an instant favorite of mine because of the smoked salmon topping, but more than that it also has Cajun-flavored grilled chicken, bacon and blue cheese. It's a beautiful marriage of spices, smokey bacon flavor and creaminess from the cheese all bound together by the apple cider vinaigrette.

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Seafood Platter | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

I proclaim this as the best Seafood Platter in Boracay! Consisting of poached prawns, smoked salmon, pan seared tuna, baby octopus, fresh oysters, poached mussels and kilawin shooters, this Seafood Platter is simply the best because of the freshness of the ingredients and the generous serving size. If you are a fan of seafood, this is a must order.

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Braised Lamb Shank Risotto | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

During our visit, we were able to sample two kinds of risotto. The first one was the Braised Lamb Shank Risotto. The lamb was incredibly tender and didn't have a hint of gamey taste. The stewed lamb actually went well with the creamy risotto, and the shaved Parmesan cheese enhanced the taste of each bite. This is my top favorite and is a must try!

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Chorizo and Mushroom Risotto | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

If you are not a fan of lamb (how come?) then the Chorizo and Mushroom Risotto is perfect for you. This risotto blends the delicate creamy and earthy flavor of mushrooms with the bold and smokey flavor of the chorizo. With well balanced saltiness and creaminess, this is a lighter alternative to the braised lamb version.

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Sausage and Mash | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

Sausage and Mash is a "man-food" that is best paired with beer. pieces of Bratwurst, Cheese Bockwurst, Hungarian and Kielbasa served on a table-top grill, with mashed potatoes and various dips on the side. Definitely a fun way of eating sausages while enjoying a glass of cold beer.

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Veal Cheeks | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

The Veal Cheeks comes as my second favorite dish (after the Braised Lamb Shank Risotto). Australian veal cheeks were braised and served with red wine jus, finally topped with crispy onions and served with mashed potatoes plus a salad on the side. The meat were so tender and the red wine jus was the perfect companion to the mashed potatoes. The crispy onions gave an interesting contrast in texture.

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
20oz Cowboy Steak Bone-In Double Cut | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

Oh man, we're not yet over. When you are starting to get full and a 20oz Cowboy Steak Bone-In Double Cut gets served on your table, what will you do? Well, eat of course! Taking this home is not an option, it's a steak! And so we sliced through the tender meat, added some of the compound butter and crispy onions toppings, and savored every bite of this juicy steak (with the eyes closed of course). The steak is served with cream spinach and buttered corn, with your choice of sauce (steakhouse, peppercorn or chimichurri) and your choice side dish (mashed potatoes, steak fries, roasted potatoes, steamed rice).

Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Apple Pie ala Mode | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

Finally, we had two desserts to end our meal. We started with the classic Apple Pie ala Mode and finished off with the group's favorite, the Deep Fried Mars Bar drizzled with crème anglaise and served with Vanilla ice cream on a bed of chocolate soil.

Los Indios Bravos Boracay
Deep Fried Mars Bar | Los Indios Bravos, Boracay

We really had an amazing lunch here at Los Indios Bravos. Ever since I tried it, it has always been one of my most recommended restaurants in Boracay, and I can recommend it with confidence because I trust the quality of their food and the amazing value for money. When visiting Boracay, always go for the Best of the Coast - Boracay.


HOW TO GET THERE

Take a trike along the main road of Boracay and tell the driver to bring you to Los Indios Bavos in Bulabog (P60.00). If you are coming from D'Mall, Los Indios Bravos is actually just a short walk away. From Boracay Main Road, walk towards Road 1-A, turn right and walk until you reach the second corner on your right side. Los Indios Bravos is right at the corner.



Los Indios Bravos
Road 1A, Bulabog, Boracay
+63 36 288 2803
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