Eating in Boracay can be just as confusing as deciding where to stay or where to party. With the many options available, we agreed we were game for anything. So, on the second day, after exploring the beaches of Puka and Diniwid, we headed to The Ruf, the restobar of the quiet, charming Ferra Hotel.

It was open-air dining at the rooftop, not beachfront resto with all the crowd, the lights and loud speaker. There weren’t many diners that night, which was exactly what we needed—some quiet space with dim lights and good music. And yeah, good food. Their menu was a mix of different things. They serve a variety of cuisines from Indonesia and Singapore and the rest of Asia. I saw some Pinoy dishes like bagnet, kinilaw, and adobo. And some Western cuisine. The price was reasonable given the serving size and quality of the food. Overall, the dining experience at The Ruf was commendable.

This is what ended up on our table that night, in case you need some idea.

NASI GORENG (P285), some Indonesian spicy beef rice, sprinkled with spring onion and topped with egg. It was my first time to eat that, and I say I liked it. I was asked if I want it more spicy, because they could do that, but it was just fine for me.

GRILLED BABY BACK RIBS (P530), just the half rack. Get the full rack if you’re a big fan of this. But, if you’re getting other dishes anyway, a half serving can already fill two or three people. Very tasty and tender. I don’t like pork ribs dry and too sweet, and this one did not disappoint.

GLAZED FRIED CHICKEN (P470), local style fried chicken with some glaze. It’s crunchy and has that sweetish anis flavor. This one took me some time to appreciate, my taste buds telling me I’ve tasted it elsewhere. I say it’s a little hard and dry, but that’s how it’s supposed to be, I guess.

STEAMED TILAPIA IN GINGER SOY (P380) was my favorite. I love how they sliced the tilapia in small tasty pieces. The fish itself tasted light, but I loved it because of the creamy, fatty taste of the meat. I would recommend this one, especially for the non-meat diners.

THE RUF

Sitio Bulabog, Balabag
Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines
Telephone: (6336) 288-1177
Email: ferrahotelboracay@gmail.com
Facebook: Ferra Hotel Boracay
Website: www.ferrahotel.com
Opens 5:30 PM -11:30 PM daily

HOW TO GET THERE

Boracay is accessible through Kalibo or Caticlan airports and flying from key cities like Manila and Cebu takes only about an hour.

• From Caticlan Airport, you can take a 5-minute tricycle ride to Caticlan Port. If you’re coming from Kalibo Airport, you can take a van to the port (at most 2 hrs, P200).
• At the port, you can take a pump boat (P25) or a ferry (P50). You also have to pay a terminal fee (P100) and an environmental fee (P75). Travel time from Caticlan Port to Boracay’s Cabgan Port is approximately 10 minutes.
• From the port, take a tricycle to Ferra Hotel in Sitio Bolabog (20 minutes, P250). The hotel is just walking distance from White Beach and D’ Mall in Station 2.

ArisMape

ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.