Let’s face it. Tagbilaran isn’t the most beautiful city in the world and dining in the city is a fairly hit and miss affair with fast food joints battling for the modest disposable income with BBQ joints and pop up snack shacks. As our readers know we don’t review fast food joints nor do we review hole in the wall eateries. So reviews in the city are rare….until now.
The idea of alfresco dining in the heart of the city seems to good to be true but we ventured out and to our great surprise we found the newly opened Alfresco Bay Resto & Cafe Bar. The restaurant is literally an oasis in the heart of the city.
The architecture is simple and suits the branding perfectly. Seating is undercover in a spacious dining area and the restaurant even has off street parking. The staff are well trained and attentive. We understand Toni the Italian chef was originally at The Bellevue hotel and struck out on his own with this venture. So let’s discuss food.
Over our several visits we have tried the pizza, antipasta misti, porchetta platter, scaloppine al funghi, pollo diavola and without question you could tell this chef has a serious depth of knowledge of Italian cooking. Each dish was authentic, well thought out and bursting with flavor. This is rustic provincial food at its best. One real surprise is the side order of mixed vegetable stew, not the most evocative name but wow! Amazing flavor and texture, a real must have on a nicely rounded menu. This is big praise considering this reviewer is a fully confessed carnivore.
Another nice touch is that the restaurant serves garlic bread…for some reason the other Italian restaurants in Bohol don’t seem to do this. Maybe it’s a provincial thing.
Their deserts are equally inviting and they all tasted great.
While the restaurant is not fine dining it is a serious contender for one of the best Italian restaurants in Bohol. This is the kind of place you go to for familiar comfort food in a pleasant alfresco setting and the fact it is in the heart of the city will guarantee we will be regular visitors.