Boracay is expensive and so it has been a challenge to find those that wouldn’t burn holes in our pockets. Cheaper alternatives are the franchises of popular food places like McDonalds, Mang Inasal, and Andoks. Not to be snooty but I didn’t come all the way to Boracay to eat in places I could easily spot in Manila because what’s the point? And so we roamed, opting to suffer the fury of the midday sun if it means we could eat somewhere that is not Manila. Our effort has been rewarded because we found Island Chicken Inasal in D’Mall.
Interior wise there is nothing to be excited about. But I love the painted masks on the wall like the one below.
The food, on the other hand, is something to gush about. If you care to know my opinion, their chicken inasal is tastier than the ones that I tried in other restos. I ordered Pecho Meal (PHP119) with atsara sidings. Breast is my least favorite part of the chicken because most of the time it tends to be tough and bland, two characteristics that were absent in this meal, to my surprise. The meat was real tasty, even juicy. It tasted good sans condiments.
Not a chicken fan? You may want to try Pork Liempo (PHP110), which according to my friend was okay.
They offer Frozen Iced Tea (PHP80), which tasted just your regular iced tea only in a slurpee-like state.
But more than the inasal, what I consider to be the real gem of the place is Kansi (PHP310), the Ilonggo version of bulalo. The serving is big, good for two to three people. We were a company of six but it sufficed. Kansi is a like a cross between bulalo and sinigang, the soup is creamier and more cloudy than the typical bulalo, and has a hint of a sour taste. Also the meat was very tender and packed with flavor. It was so good I wanted it all for myself. In fact the pecho, as good as it was, faded in the background the moment the delicious taste of kansi burst in my mouth. If I didn’t love Boracay, I’d still go back just for this.
Island Chicken Inasal doesn’t serve tap water, but they have bottled ones which you can buy for 45 bucks.
If you’re going to Boracay this summer, do not forget to try this place and please order kansi so you’d know for yourself why I’m raving about it.
Island Chicken Inasal
D’Mall, Station 2