Lunch Break at the Beach House, Costa Pacifica Raintree
|The Irresistible Bagnet at the Beach House|
Upon the recommendation of Mela, the Raintree Group's Marketing Manager, we should never leave Baler without trying their different pako (fern) concoctions, as well as their refreshing buko (coconut) drinks. Without hesitation, hubby ordered pako salad and I ordered frozen buko-lychee shake. For the main course, we ordered baby back ribs and bagnet (crispy pork belly).
While waiting for our orders, we couldn't help but notice that food in Baler is relatively cheaper than other tourist destinations (hello Boracay, what's up with your skyrocket prices???). For a beautiful resort like Costa Pacifica (with similar resorts that would most likely price their food higher than market standards) the pricing of their a la carte and buffet meals are reasonable. Buffet is priced at roughly Php 485++ and a la carte ranges from Php 195-520. Isn't it cool? So, when you visit Baler, get ready to gain several pounds!
While taking photos of the poolside, my frozen buko-lychee shake and hubby's pako salad came in. The shake was divine -- rich and creamy crushed ice, coconut meat and lychees. It almost has the consistency of sherbet. It's not too sweet that's why I like it!
|Frozen Buko-Lychee Shake|
|Baby Back Ribs|
|There was a local band serenading us during lunch|
I started with a warm bowl of miso ramen. The ramen station has different condiments including my favorites: different kinds of mushrooms, furikake (a mixture of dried and ground fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, sugar, and salt), and nori.
|Seared Yellow Fin Tuna in Sesame Sauce|
|Thai Fish Cakes|
|Pad Thai Station|
|Calamansi Brazo de Mercedez|
|Brown Sticky Rice with Coconut Cream and Tapioca|
Oh, and don't forget to wash everything out with fresh coconut water! While the buffet spread at the Beach house is not as broad as that of five-star hotels, one thing is for sure -- every meal at the Beach House is an affair to remember. Here, you've got to try out new things including some well-loved local delicacies. Up next, see how we indulge on the Beach House dinner buffet.
Costa Pacifica Raintree
80 Buton St, Sitio Labasin,
Barangay Sabang, Baler, Aurora, Philippines
4/F Universale Building,
106 Paseo de Roxas cor. Perea Street, Makati
tel (632) 576.4555 | fax (632) 893.2561
Special thanks to Mr. Randy Salvador,
Ms. Mela Sison, Mr. Sherwin Cruz,
and Ms. Pettina Mae Cruz for making
our stay memorable.