Beyond Negrense Cuisine at Punta Bulata White Beach Resort and Spa's La Veranda
Nestled 154 kilometers south of Bacolod City, Punta Bulata White Beach Resort and Spa is one of Negros Occidental's best-kept secrets. It is a tropical hidden paradise perfect for a laid-back getaway with family and friends. Besides its one whole kilometer stretch of white sand beach, it is also home to La Veranda, its signature restaurant that serves Negrense, Filipino, and international cuisine that are sure to delight your palate. During our three-day stay at the resort, we were able to sample its gastronomic offerings from breakfast to lunch to dinner.
What we ordered:
We arrived a little past lunch, and so right after we settled our things in our own cabana, we went straight to La Veranda to have lunch, a heavy lunch that is.
The resort's resident manager, Janice, recommended that we try her personal favorites: pork spareribs and lechon kawali. Both were served with a steaming cup of plain rice.
The pork spareribs was succulent and tasty, infused with a touch of sweet, inasal-like smokey flavours. It was sinful, no wonder Janice highly recommended this dish.
The lechon kawali on the other hand is a slab of pork that is tender and juicy inside and crispy outside. Caution: if you are like us who loves rice, one cup may not be enough for a slab of lechon kawali. It's that good. Hubby paired this with ensaladang Filipina, or salad composed of eggplant slices, tomatoes, onions, and salted duck egg.
To cap the meal, we tried the refreshing shakes and smoothies available. Mine was buko smoothie, while hubby's was watermelon.
We noticed that the food in Negros Occidental is generally sweeter. Well, it is the sugar bowl of the Philippines, so what do we expect, right? In all fairness, the sweet twist blends seamlessly into their delectable cuisine.
|Pork Spareribs (Php 198)|
|Lechon Kawali (Php 198)|
|Ensaladang Filipina (Php 110)|
|Watermelon and Buko Shake (Php 100 each)|
For dinner, we tried their bestselling Pizza Mirene, a thin crust pizza topped with homemade pesto, anchovies, and mozzarella cheese. We paired this with the child-friendly spaghetti with Bolognese sauce. The pizza, I must say, deserves its title as a "bestseller". In fact, I think I can finish an entire plate on my own. The crisp crust and the flavours of garlic, basil, and anchovies all work well together. The cheese, yes, the melted mozzarella cheese generously topped on the entire diameter of the pizza, is divine.
The spaghetti with Bolognese sauce is a comfort food that adults and kids will definitely love. It's sweet, though, like the typical Pinoy spaghetti.
|Pizza Mirene (Php 242)|
|Spaghetti Bolognese (Php 198)|
If you can't find something on the menu, you might want to check the board which lists the daily specials that range from rib-eye steak to Asian favorites like beef bulgogi and fish curry.
On our second night, since it was cold and breezy, we opted to start with a piping hot bowl of Pancit Molo, a famous Ilonggo specialty that is made of homemade pork dumplings soaked on a rich broth. Then, for the mains, we had beef salpicao and grilled prawns. The beef salpicao could have been more tender, but never mind because it was bursting with tangy flavours of garlic and red wine. The giant grilled prawns, on the other hand, were cooked just right, not too dry and still plump and tasty. The lemon butter sauce drizzled over the prawns made it more interesting.
|Pancit Molo (Php 99)|
|Beef Salpicao (Php 264)|
|Grilled Prawns (Php 297)|
Usually inclusive in the room rate, the breakfast selection may not be as expansive but you are sure to find your old-time favorites as well as some with a different twist.
The bacon, danggit, and boneless bangus may be known staples, but you should still give them a try nonetheless. Ordering them makes your stay feel more like being at home.
Unlike the usual chorizo, La Veranda's version of recado chorizo is like ground pork sauteed with minced garlic and fried until crisp. It is not the usual longganisa that is in a pouch and fried like a sausage. For me, this is the best among the breakfast sets we tried in the resort.
Breakfast sets come with either brewed or instant coffee, or calamansi juice.
|Fruit Platter (Php 50)|
|American Breakfast - bacon, egg, garlic rice, coffee (Php 209)|
|Filipino Breakfast - danggit, egg, garlic rice, coffee (Php 209)|
|Filipino Breakfast - boneless bangus, egg, garlic rice (Pjp 231)|
|Filipino Breakfast - recado chorizo, egg, garlic rice (Php 220)|
Though you might feel that the prices of the dishes are a bit over your budget, you must realize that you are in a secluded resort where ingredients are a bit challenging to source. There's no mall, fast food chains, or convenience stores anywhere near the resort, so if you are after a decent and flavorful meal, La Veranda is a wise choice. The servings are generous enough.
Punta Bulata White Beach Resort and Spa
Cauayan, Negros Occidental, Philippines
+6334.433.5160 / +6334.473.0235