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10 Inexpensive BORACAY Eating places & Meals Spots (The place to Eat Low-cost)


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Once you search on-line for the finest Boracay eating places, you’ll most likely be bombarded by a gazillion lists, every with its personal picks and rankings. That’s not shocking given the sheer variety of eating institutions within the island. However you’ll additionally discover that the majority of those eating places vary from considerably costly to, nicely, undoubtedly costly.

It’s true. Boracay’s meals scene has been dominated by upscale eating places. However that’s to not say that the island has nothing to supply to funds vacationers. Certain, they’re tougher to search out, however they’re there — tucked inconspicuously in inside alleys or in between larger names.

On this article, we’ll share with you among the meals spots in Boracay that will provide you with quite a lot of bang on your buck. However first, some disclaimers. First, please handle your expectations. Don’t count on five-star substances at these value factors. Second, it’s possible you’ll discover a few of these institutions nonetheless not low-cost sufficient, however prices within the island are usually increased throughout the board. What we’ll function are these comparatively inexpensive, particularly in comparison with the favored eating places.

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Kolai Mangyan is a Filipino restaurant advertising itself because the “dwelling of the genuine and well-known bulasing and budbud!”

What are bulasing and budbud, you ask? Bulasing is a portmanteau, a fusion of two of the preferred Filipino dishes: bulalo and siningang. Budbud, alternatively, is its model of rice toppings. And these are among the least expensive dishes you’ll discover wherever within the island!

Kolai Mangyan Boracay Budbud
Budbud

Budbud is out there in lots of variations: budbud pork (P75), budbud beef (P80), budbud all-mix (P90), budbud particular (P100). Every order comes with two skinny items of fried lumpia. The meat’s serving dimension, understandably, is just not a lot however it’s very tasty and well-seasoned. It additionally serves all-day silog meals for P70-95 apiece. One other bestseller is sisig rice (P75), topped with egg and drizzled with mayo, served on a scorching plate.

Kolai Mangyan Boracay Sisig
Sisig Rice (P75)

Kolai Mangyan has two branches in Boracay. The principle retailer is in Station 2, in entrance of Henann Park Resort, whereas the opposite is in Station 1. We dined on the Station 2 department. It was a humble eatery, non-airconditioned, however full of prospects. There was a discover posted asking for understanding as a result of it was understaffed (on the time), however the reality is, we didn’t actually really feel that in any respect. Each workers member was useful, pleasant, attentive, and well mannered.

Kolai Mangyan Boracay

The menu additionally covers all-day silog meals, scorching meals, combo meals, group meals, pasta and noodles, and desserts. Pinoy favorites like crispy pata and fried complete hen are additionally offered right here.

Opening Hours:
Station 1: Monday – Sunday, 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Station 2: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Tackle: Station 1 & Station 2, White Seaside Principal Highway, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Value Vary: Single Meals, P60 – P130; Group Meals, P100 – P450


No. 6 Barbeque is a newly opened institution serving largely Pinoy-style grilled meat. Though it’s alongside the primary street, it’s straightforward to stroll previous it as a result of its emblem is sort of small and is totally upstaged by Meals Courtroom Noodles Mala Tang, with which it shares the constructing. Simply search for a banner showcasing numerous grilled dishes.

No 6 Barbeque Boracay

The bestsellers listed here are hen inasal (P140 with single rice, 160 unli rice) and grilled pork liempo (P160 with single rice, P180 unli rice). These are massive cuts, however they’re nonetheless cheaper than most inasal and barbeque locations round.

No 6 Barbeque Prices

When our order arrived, we had been delighted by the smoky scent that got here with it. The soy-sauce-based marinade was well-absorbed by the meat, complemented by the candy glaze that was painted on it because it cooked on the grill.

No 6 Barbeque Boracay Liempo Isaw

Cheaper choices can be found. We ordered isaw (P15/stick) and pork barbeque (P30/stick), which had been each very pleasant. The pork wasn’t powerful and the isaw didn’t have any disagreeable scent or style. We additionally had longganisa (P50/stick). Every order had two items of those native sausages.

Location: Alongside Balabag Principal Highway (Station 2), simply beside Shabu Khan Boracay and throughout Jasper’s Tapsilog.


Whether or not as a breakfast deal with or a hangover remedy, a bowl of scorching pares is without doubt one of the go-to dishes for Pinoys. Given the sheer variety of pubs and bars in Boracay, it’s additionally anticipated that it has its justifiable share of pares locations. One among them is Sensi’s Pares Hilton.

Sensi's Pares Hilton Boracay

By no means thoughts the punny identify, it serves what I believe is the very best inexpensive bowl of pares within the island. Its completely seasoned beef pares with unli-rice (P175) was full of umami. The meat was most likely braised for hours as a result of it was extremely tender. It was additionally topped with beneficiant helpings of spring onions and fried garlic and served with a cup of limitless garlic rice. Sure, unli rice!

Boracay Beef Pares Hilton
Beef Pares with Unli Rice (P175)

Sensi’s Pares Hilton additionally presents different basic Filipino breakfast meals all day like silog meals (tapsilog, chicksilog, adobosilog, and many others.) and rice meals (tokwa’t baboy, candy and bitter pork, pork steak, burger steak, and many others.). It operates on a “pay as you order” coverage. The restaurant is situated beside Calypso Seaside and Dive Resort in Station 3 space.

The most effective half? You get to absorb the scenic view of White Seaside whereas consuming.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM. Notice that the opening hours may change, so it’s finest to examine the most recent schedule earlier than going.
Tackle: Station 3, White Seaside, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Principal Dish Value Vary: P100 – P200


We didn’t plan on giving this unassuming eatery a attempt. We had been simply having a stroll when our consideration was stolen by a tarpaulin that learn “Lovers in Pares.” And beneath the letters was a scrumptious-looking bowl of noodles with pares. Yep, at Zach Eatery, as a substitute of rice, pares is served with egg noodles! We acquired so tempted and curious that we had been seated at a desk very quickly.

Zach Eatery Pares Mami

Pares mami (P100), as it’s known as, is an creative tackle the pares. On the first forkful, my first thought was: “They most likely was a bit too heavy-handed with the salt.” It was then that I observed the calamansi on the plate it was standing on. A fast squeeze and it made the whole lot proper. The citrus tempered the saltiness and stored the flavors balanced. I additionally tried it with chili oil, served in a small saucer on the aspect, and the whole lot on the planet was proper once more. Each slurp carried among the thick, wealthy soy-based broth. And it had a very good variety of beef chunks, too!

This was the one dish we tried at Zach Eatery. Wanting round, we noticed that it was extra of a scorching “scorching plate” place, providing ubiquitous native faves like sisig, hen, and pork barbeque, often at P149 per order. The eatery additionally supply turo-turo model dishes, which modifications each day. However we will’t say something about ’em as a result of we didn’t get to attempt any of them. We solely ordered pares mami.

‼️ UPDATE: A bowl of pares mami now prices P110 as of this writing.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, from round 8:00 AM till provides final; Sundays, CLOSED.
Tackle: Station 2, White Seaside Principal Highway, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Principal Dish Value Vary: P65 – P150


Should you all of the sudden end up aching for lutong bahay and also you’re on a shoestring funds, one place you may wish to try is Jasper’s Tapsilog & Restaurant. It has been stuffing hungry bellies with inexpensive Filipino fare since 1995. This two-level unassuming restaurant alongside the primary street close to D’Mall attracts native and overseas vacationers alike.

Jasper's Tapsilog and Resto Menu

It capabilities like your typical turo-turo or carinderia. A spread of pre-cooked dishes are on show inside a glass casing. Simply level at one thing you wish to attempt to the workers will hand a plate of it to you. Right here, your little funds can go a great distance.

Vegetable dishes like laing and ginisang monggo price solely P50, whereas meat plates like humba, adobo, and caldereta had been between P60 and P75 per order. A stick of hen inasal was at P120, and a cup of rice at P20.

Jasper's Chicken Inasal and Adobo

Specials embrace crispy pata, batchoy, bulalo, sisig, dinakdakan, and hen wings. Different gadgets on the menu embrace its signature silog meals, lugaw (rice porridge), sandwiches and burgers, noodles and pastas, and the scorching meals.

The bilao-size serving of noodles and pasta in addition to bilao combo with totally different mixture of predominant dishes cater to massive teams.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
Tackle: Station 2, White Seaside Principal Highway, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Principal Dish Value Vary: Single Serving, P75 – P150; Group Serving, P150-P500; Bilao Serving, P450 – P900; Bilao Combo, P1500 – P3000


Pinoy road meals scene gained’t be full with out ihaw-ihaw, and Boracay is not any exception. Right here within the island, you’ll discover them in lots of corners, grilling staples like pork barbeque, isaw manok (hen intestines), isaw baboy (pork gut), balun-balunan (gizzard), atay (liver), tenga ng baboy (pig’s ears), balat ng baboy (pig’s pores and skin), and scorching canines, amongst others. These price P10-15 apiece.

Merly's BBQ

A number of BBQ stands dot the busy White Seaside space — from Station 1 to three. We’ve tried Rel’s close to D’Mall space, however maybe probably the most well-known is Merly’s BBQ, situated alongside the seaside between White Seaside’s Station 1 and a pair of.

Merly's BBQ Boracay Location

Based in 1988, Merly’s is known as it’s broadly credited as the primary to serve chori burger, which has turn into one among Boracay’s most sought-after road grubs. You may discover eating places and stalls promoting chori burgers however Merly’s is the place it began!

Choriburger Boracay

However don’t count on a lot. It might have an iconic standing, however it’s nonetheless a humble BBQ stand in spite of everything. Chori burger is fairly easy, actually: two slices of native chorizo, grilled, sandwiched, and squirted with ketchup. That’s it. For road meals lovers like me, it’s satisfying particularly for P50. However in the event you’re anticipating extra, it’s possible you’ll be higher off sinking your enamel into extra elaborate variations served at eating places.

Merly's BBQ Boracay

Hours open: From 2:00 PM till provides final.
Location: Station 1 (between Bans Seaside Resort and Sandbar Seaside Membership), White Seaside, Brgy. Balabag


Should you’re Pinoy, you’re most likely used to the Andok’s. If not, let me clarify it a bit. Andok’s is finest recognized for its charcoal-roasted lemongrass-stuffed complete hen (known as lechon manok), offered at pocket-friendly charges. It’s so profitable that it has turn into ubiquitous, present in most locations within the nation. And sure, there’s various Andok’s branches in Boracay, too.

Andok's Boracay

However Andok’s at D’Mall is further particular. It has turn into a ceremony of passage, if you’ll, amongst funds vacationers. In comparison with different branches, there actually isn’t something totally different about its hen. It’s not the style, as a result of it’s precisely the identical. It’s not the right sit-down set-up, both. Sure, Andok’s is finest generally known as a take-out joint, however it’s not distinctive to the island, as there are a lot of different dine-in branches elsewhere. However for some purpose, it’s particularly pricey to vacationers.

My principle is, it’s most likely psychological. It’s the perceived affordability. It’s not the worth per se. If something, the costs listed here are a lot increased than at different Andok’s shops. However in comparison with different institutions surrounding it, it’s like an oasis in the course of a pricey desert.

As of our final go to, a litson manok (complete) prices P405, which is costlier than exterior Boracay (which performs between P365 and P385). However on condition that it will probably feed 6-8 folks (relying on the group’s urge for food), it’s nonetheless a steal.

One other crowd-pleaser is Dokito meal (P112), which is fried hen with rice, gravy, and drink. My favourite, although, is kawali royale (P391).

For single orders, the most affordable gadgets on the menu are the rice toppings at P65-75 every. It’s obtainable in adobo, chopseuy, and pork bistek variants.

Opening Hours: The opening schedule relies on the department. Some are open 24/7, whereas others open at 7:00 AM and closes at 9:00 PM.
Branches: There are kind of seven of them, however probably the most accessible from White Seaside are these situated at D’Mall, Station 3 beachfront, and Station 2 predominant street.
Value Vary: Rice Toppings, P65 – P75; Rice Meal, P100 – P200; For Sharing, P100 – P650


This wasn’t a part of our unique itinerary. However after we posted on Instagram that we had been again in Boracay, Joana, one among our followers, invited us for a chat at her cafe — Mr. D La Bettola Boracay. The identify offers it away, however it’s an Italian-inspired cafe alongside an alley stemming from Highway 1-A. Nope, it’s not beachfront, however it’s an important factor as a result of it means the costs usually are not via the roof.

Mr D La Bettola Cafe Boracay

Mr. D’s quaint and comfortable spot is sort of instagrammable, carrying a mix of Filipino and Mediterranean kinds. The menu can also be largely Italian, dominated by brick oven pizzas and pastas. However as a result of we visited in mid-afternoon, we opted for a drink. Vins had latte (P160) whereas I had matcha latte (P180). However they’re sufficient for us to place them on this checklist. These are among the higher cups we’ve had within the island, at way more accessible costs!

Boracay Cheap Coffee
matcha latte (P180) and latte (P160)

Working hours: Day by day, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
Location: Close to Highway 1A (inside lane), Brgy. Balabag


Boracay’s map is dotted with eating places providing paluto providers. What units them other than the others is that they let you “store” for seafood substances per kilo after which you’ll be able to have them cooked by their workers. Most of them was once concentrated within the D’ Talipapa space, which is now closed, so some institutions moved elsewhere. One among them is Plato D’ Boracay, which claims to be the “Residence of Pinoy-Fashion Paluto on the Island”.

Plato D Boracay

PLato D’ Boracay is now on the border of Station 1 and a pair of, beside Astoria Boracay and Royal Park. Nevertheless, on our most up-to-date go to, we didn’t see the precise seafood for paluto. There additionally was once a turo-turo model nook for less expensive pre-cooked meals, however we didn’t see that, both. What greeted us was the same old order-menu setup. We got a menu and a waiter collected our order. I’m undecided if paluto and turo-turo providers are nonetheless obtainable right now.

Anyway, its present menu consists of largely seafood dishes: chili crabs, buttered prawns, scorching gambas, and recent oysters, to call a number of. Costs vary from P400 for prawns and P800 for crabs. Different ordinary Pinoy favorites like pork sinigang, lechon kawali, hen tinola, chopseuy, and pinakbet are additionally obtainable. Meat dishes price P350 per order, whereas greens dishes P200. These are all for sharing.

You might also order particular person silog orders in the event you’re solo. It prices round P150.

Plato D Boracay Buttered Shrimps and Silog
Buttered Shrimps (P400) and Tocilog (P150)

Like most institutions within the island, costs at Plato D’ Boracay could have gone up, too. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless comparatively cheaper, at the very least in comparison with different common eating places alongside White Seaside.

The administration closed its department close to D’Mall and transferred to a a lot larger location in Station 1 beside . We noticed one other department on the bottom degree of Station X.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM.
Tackle: Station 1, White Seaside Principal Highway, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan


OK, wait, put down these tomatoes. Earlier than you begin complaining, “What!? You’re recommending quick meals in Boracay?!” Relax. We’re not encouraging you to stuff your face with quick meals.

But when, for no matter purpose you’re searching for it — whether or not you’re craving it otherwise you wish to introduce it to an uninitiated overseas buddy — we’re simply saying you could find them within the island. And there are quite a lot of them, too: Jollibee, McDonald’s, Chowking, KFC, and Mang Inasal. Most of them are situated in Station 2, across the D’ Mall space.

Mang Inasal Boracay

Mang Inasal will get a particular shoutout from us as a result of it serves hen inasal, and I like grilled issues on the whole. Different bestsellers are pork liempo, barbecue, bangus sisig, palabok, and halo-halo. It additionally has a retailer inside CityMall.

I lately entered the McDo retailer right here to examine the costs and I discovered that the large mac is pricier right here, so maybe the remainder of the dishes are too. And perhaps the opposite quick meals, too? However unsurprisingy, it’s nonetheless cheaper than Boracay’s hottest homegrown eating places.

McDonald's Boracay


By the best way, whereas it is a funds journey information, if you wish to attempt costlier meals spots and you may afford it, go forward. Get pleasure from your journey completely particularly in the event you don’t get to journey usually. It’s additionally a good way to assist the native economic system!


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First uploaded: 2023 04 23

Written by: Yosh Dimen
Images by: Yosh Dimen
Further phrases by: Asta Alvarez


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