Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Caesar Salad Moderne



D I N N E R 

A plated dinner at Indigo Restaurant of Discovery Shores can be both indulgent and sybaritic. Showcasing excellent coastal cuisine, the restaurant is known by a select few as the beachfront dining destination for sampling the best of the island’s bounty and fresh harvest. At daytime the whitewashed dining space exudes a pristine beach vibe which transforms into a nocturnal drip show of indigo, hence, the name.

Deliciously Listed

Indigo Restaurant may be studded with accolades as being listed in prominent restaurant guides (2009 and 2010 Philippine Tatler’s Luxe Dining Philippines’ Best Restaurants and the Asian region-renowned Miele Guide 2010/2011), but it has managed to keep its profile distinctly aloof from the hard sell scene of White Beach’s Station 2 where antediluvian culinary pursuits are laid bare in poor taste. Here, the surf is delicate and the ambiance, still tropical.

Photo courtesy of Discovery Shores Boracay
Green Olive Bread with Sundried Tomato-Tomato Butter
Dalandan Sorbet

Plated Dinner

I was with a few friends for our first night at the 5-star resort Discovery Shores and was looking forward to being awed after experiencing a romantic al fresco dinner at the nearby Diniwid Beach the year before. Our plated dinner at Indigo Restaurant commenced with a serving of the Green Olive Bread which came with sundried tomato-tomato butter. Olive breads are best tasted with dips or, in this case, with a slathered spread of sundried tomato-tomato butter, a perfectly sweet and tart jam that’s a good source of protein and fiber.

Braised Indigo Rossini
Appetizing Thrill

As Chef’s Amuse Bouche, the Cream Cheese and Nut-stuffed Lychee was served. It entailed a sublime bite that let me taste the distinct flavour of the dessicated coconut, providing enough subtle sweetness to the bite-sized hors d’œuvre.

Stellar Salad

For salad, I had a gorgeous plate of Caesar Salad Moderne. The American classic salad was presented like a stellar dance number of Romaine lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomato, anchovies, banana bits, prawns, Manchego cheese and homemade Caesar dressing. It was definitely an organized mix of freshness to behold against the splash of blue and violet hues inside the restaurant. I’ve had my share of numerous salad samplings in the past two years but this was the first time I was actually able to finish a whole plate without having to engage in any small talk with friends at the table. If anything, the contrast of flavors from the savory depth of the anchovies to the creamy dressing successfully kept me busy. The ingredients rendered the piece enough refreshing lightness and unfettered indulgence into one plate. The varying textures of the soft prawns and the hard banana bits served as great palate massage as well. The result was simply savory, creamy, tangy and crunchy.

Lobster Bisque
Chocolate Marquise

Creamy Seafood Broth

For warmth, I proceeded to have the comforting Lobster Bisque. The seafood-oriented soup proved to be a smooth and creamy broth of lobster meat, brioche croutons, fish roe and aromatic oil.

Main and More

As necessary intermezzo for the delicious string of events, I had a stemware of refreshing Dalandan Sorbet, cleansing my palate for the main course – the Braised Indigo Rossini, a plate of shortribs and foie gras. Its truffle Madeira sauce alone would’ve sealed the piece but the mash potato, carrots, and Haricot vert (green beans) were a great addition and complemented the entire dish very well.

Dessert Culmination

To culminate the plated dinner, I had a dessert called Chocolate Marquise. The strong taste of the dark chocolate mousse was balanced off by the luscious peppercorn crème anglaise and sweet cherry. It was definitely a terrific way to end my spectral meal. 

Boracay can be nourishing to the senses, especially at night. At Indigo Restaurant, such an experience is attainable. Make that visit soon to discover it for yourself.

Check out my dining experience at Discovery Shores' Sands Restaurant here.

Address: Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines 5608
Operating Hours: Open for dinner from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, daily
Phone: +63 36 288-4500 or +63 2 720-8888 or +63 2 719-6695

More Photos Below:

Cream Cheese and Nut-stuffed Lychee
An outcast in yellow and dutifully reserved
Kids can order fries at the next-door Sands Restaurant


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