I’m not into the party/gig thing so the times I found myself in Boracay, I’m almost always an early riser. That means I have to have coffee and chow to perk up my morning while looking out to that postcard-pretty beach before launching into work or heading for a swim. Hard to imagine that years back, there’s not a lot of good breakfast places to go to along White Beach. Not anymore. Hmmm, maybe not everyone parties all night after all (or maybe, all- nighters head straight to grabbing breakfast before succumbing to sleep). I figure it might be a helpful idea to share nice places to get breakfast in arguably, the Philippines’ most popular beach.
All bright and cheery in Lemoni
The interiors are airy and conducive to relaxing, very suitable to reading the papers first thing in the morning. The location can’t be beat – right in the center of D’Mall. There’s ample dining space so there’s no jostling necessary even during peak hours. The coffee is very good, the breads among the best on the whole island.
Happyfoodies recommend: the healthful Lemoni Homemade Yogurt with Granola and Tropical Fruit (P220), a simple way to kickstart your day. If you’re taking a vacation from your diet, try the whopping Big Breakfast (P420) of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and bread, filling enough for brunch/lunch with probably a day’s quota of protein and carbs.
Get casual at Real Coffee & Tea Cafe
It’s not along the beach and the old signage got blown in a storm never to be replaced but Boracay habitues still find their way here. In lieu of concrete and glass flashiness, Real Coffee & Tea Cafe is a throwback to the good ole days when sawali was de rigeur and friendly banter with the staff was not a lame alternative to “professional” service. The coffee’s good though next time, I ought to try the teas. Some breakfast menus come with brewed coffee until noon which is an excuse to stay for the whole morning.
Happyfoodies recommend: admittedly, the Calamansi muffins are a strong draw for a good reason (they’re simply addicting) though for a more filling breakfast, there’s the Jacks Omelette of three eggs,onions, tomatoes, tuna and cheese with toast (P300; P320 with pesto sauce). For more healthful fare, order the Pancake with Fresh Fruits (P220), thick pancakes lavished with bananas, pineapple, mango, papaya and watermelon and served with a pat of butter.
Breakfast all day at Zuzuni
Sure, you can have Pinoy breakfast in Zuzuni but this Greek joint has got more than that. For starters, the place is intimate for dinner yet not out-of-place for a casual breakfast. The staff is friendly without being pesky. And of course, there’s a view of the beach even from the innermost table.
Happyfoodies recommend: the Fruits and Muesli (P260), a hefty serving of fresh fruits with muesli and yogurt sweetened with honey, is very healthful without being short on taste. If you want to veg out, the Mexican Omelet (P240) is another favorite, sauteed onions, bell peppers and tomatoes drenched with homemade salsa and served with fries and toast. The Waffles (from P205) are also great companions to your Lavazza coffee.
Going Mediterranean at Cafe Del Sol
Save for the tiny dining area that makes you share elbow space with other diners, Cafe Del Sol is a rather nice place for breakfast (and for people watching, too). Located across its sister-establishment, Aria Cafe, at the entrance of D’Mall, it’s impossible to miss.
Happyfoodies recommend: while I’m tempted to venture into the desserts of which Cafe Del Sol has many, I would say the Mediterranean Breakfast (P310) is good, a whole tomato topped with fried eggs and crowned with feta cheese and served with toast, jam and butter. Great to go with your Lavazza coffee (P30).
Something’s grilling at Patio Pacific
The location is nearer the main road than the beach but Patio Pacific’s garden setting makes up for this. That and the food (the Lechon Kawali with Bicol Express is a favorite but will limit my reco to breakfast).
Happyfoodies recommend: The Patio Pacific Grilled Veggie Sandwich (P280) of melted cheese and vegetable in wheat bread is filling and good for you. Served with pesto sauce for extra zest ( a deal-maker for me because you can’t go wrong with serving pesto on the side).