Rainy Dinner at the Beach House, Costa Pacifica Raintree


It was raining hard when we had our buffet dinner at Costa Pacifica's signature restaurant -- the Beach House. The friendly staff headed by the ever sweet Pettina and Sherwin were all busy making sure all guests were being attended to. We got a table just near the bar where we saw the beautiful hanging bubble lamps gleaming at dusk.

The Bar
Okay, call me crazy, but I munched on bagnet (crispy pork belly) again! I just couldn't stop eating this thing. It's super crunchy on the outside and succulent on the inside. The salt with chili is a sure winner. Never, ever, leave Costa Pacifica without having this. If this bagnet is available in any of the Raintree restaurants, I'll be happy to hoard! It's just so divine.

Bagnet for the nth time
There was a gigantic grilled yellow fin tuna that is so fresh! Have some soy sauce and chili and you're good to go.

Grilled yellow fin tuna
Another dish that caught my attention at the buffet spread was the adobong Baler (pork slowly simmered in vinegar, soy sauce and lots of garlic. In their version, the pork is sliced thinly like Chinese asado and the sauce isn't too dark. I like it 'cause it has a spicy kick.

Adobong Baler
I also had seafood kare-kare (stewed in peanut sauce). The clams and squid were so fresh and the bagoong's (shrimp paste) sweet-salty-spicy blend was just so perfect! The sauce wasn't runny, so we were able to savor it's rich flavors. Warning: you'll probably eat more rice than usual.

Seafood Kare-Kare
Pako (fern) was still present and disguised as a spring roll this time. Cool appetizer!

Pako Spring Roll
Their chicken binakol (coconut soup) was a bit spicy, but the sweetness of the coconut meat evens it out. Think about your usual tinola (chicken cooked in ginger and papaya soup) but with a fruity hint.

Chicken Binakol
And lastly, I indulged in their famous suman de Baler dipped in Nanay Pacing's coco jam and peanut butter. Another tip, never leave Baler without bringing home this local delicacies. These are so addicting!

Suman de Baler with Coco Jam and Peanut Butter
While Baler is more famous as a surfers' destination, there is more to it than giant waves and tanned enthusiasts. Its culture, food, and history give it a full spectrum of colors -- enough reasons to go back again and again.

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Costa Pacifica Raintree
80 Buton St, Sitio Labasin,
Barangay Sabang, Baler, Aurora, Philippines

Manila Office:
4/F Universale Building,
106 Paseo de Roxas cor. Perea Street, Makati
caguilar@costapacificaraintree.com
tel (632) 576.4555 | fax (632) 893.2561
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Special thanks to Mr. Randy Salvador, 
Ms. Mela  Sison, Mr. Sherwin Cruz, 
and Ms. Pettina Mae Cruz for making 
our stay memorable.

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