We stumbled upon Dos Mestizos while looking for an ATM. The two we had tried before were not working, one almost stole our ATM card. It was hot and sweaty and Dos Mestizos acted as a beacon of light. A Spanish restaurant in the middle of Boracay Island. I figured that a Spanish restaurant in this area must be good. I was not mistaken.
We walked in and were promptly seated. We met Andre, the Chef. He is a young, vibrant and just around nice guy. We ordered the tortilla de patatas (200 pesos – about $4USD) and the albondigas (meatballs in tomato sauce) (330 pesos – about $6.50 USD) and some beer.
The beer cooled and refreshed us. When the food came out we were quite pleased. The Spanish omelet was light and fluffy (something I have not yet mastered with my tortas), it had just enough potatoes to refuel us. The meatballs were juicy. The sauce, pleasant. Filipino food tends to be on the sweeter side, something that I am not accustomed to. This sauce was as good as any you would get in NYC. Not too sweet, just enough acidity and a lovely compliment to the beef.
We chatted up with Andre before leaving to ask about the delicatessen next door. Turns out it is part of the same business. We ordered sandwiches from the deli another day and were thrilled. The sandwiches actually made me a bit home sick. This was a good achievement. We also learned a bit more about him. Born in the Philippines, but spent a lot of his childhood in Toronto. He is now back in his homeland, a mixture of cultures and countries. Something he told us he tries to get across in his food.
I recommend a trip to Dos Mestizos when you are on the island. The food is great, the atmosphere wonderful and if you get a chance to chat with Andre you will feel incredibly welcome.
Dos Mestizos is located on Remedios street, Sitio Manggayad, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608 Tel 63 919 329 2557