Ole Tapas Bar & Restaurant
I tell you what folks I’d go here again for certain.Where to eat on a Friday night in Boracay, Philippines? Semi-Naked Chef and family were in the Philippines for a short family vacation, literally eating our way across the island. We walked passed Ole Tapas Bar & Restaurant at Station 2. It was packed to the rafters, apart from a full 6 seater table becoming free right at the front in the open air. Yep I’ll have that thanks! It was clearly fate – and I am so go glad we went in. Lovely staff and truly superb food.
Spanish, Portuguese and Cuban food – now that suggests to me that this will be good.
Its speciality is paella – albeit we didn’t have this tonight. But I have to say there was pan after pan of paella coming out from the kitchen. And I truly mean pan after pan.
So glad we did.
Mary ordered the Gambas Y Fritadas. Basically grilled prawns with chips. But this was far from basic. Also when I say grilled I mean BBQ’d to get that intense smoky flavour. These things were the size of a small child. Oh boy these were insanely good. Some of best prawns I have ever eaten, and Mary said the best ever she has had and that just for these she would come back to Ole Tapas Bar & Restaurant.
A Cuban sandwich is a variation of a ham and cheese that was often made in cafes catering to Cuban workers in the early Cuban immigrant communities of Florida: Key West etc. This was grilled pork tenderloin, ham, cheese, mustard and pickle. Sour, meaty, crunchy, mustardy deliciousness.
You know me, I had to try another dish. And here is their Ropa Vieta. Shredded beef with onion, garlic, tomato sauce, and win, cooked in olive oil. This was really nice, although the Cuban sandwich had filled me somewhat. This was almost a Cuban version of sweet and sour pork, but much more savoury.