During our stay in Bohol, we dined daily at the Amorita Resort’s award-winning restaurant, Saffron. It’s here that we had our daily buffet breakfasts, our poolside lunches, and our al fresco dinners. It’s not often that hotels serve awesome food that’s consistent yet still interesting, and while I’m no foodie, I know that the Saffron Restaurant gave us some pretty awesome meals!
The restaurant is located at the center of the resort, fronting the infinity pool and offering an amazing view.
I feel funny talking about food and reviewing food, since I’m not a food blogger or food writer. So bear with me as I try to describe how yummy the food was here! (And, if my descriptions bore you, just look at the photos. I tried to make them do justice to the food!)
Breakfasts are included in full-board lodging packages if you’re a guest at Amorita. They offer the usual buffet breakfast fare: Cereals for the kids; omelet cooking station; juice bar; chaffing dishes with a choice of viands and rices. Breakfast is served between 7AM-10AM.
I love tablea, and Amorita’s morning hot chocolate gave me my daily fix! Their champorado was also pretty good (with a heaping of danggit on the side, of course!)
In Amorita, they’re all about the “little things,” which I love. They pay great attention to details that will add bliss to their guest’s resort experience — details like these morning kalachuchi flowers, which the staff gives to each lady during breakfast.
Our lunches were typically the specials for the day. The staff would prepare apps, a salad, an entree and a dessert set for Ton and me, while Vito would usually have a pasta, rice and a protein, and on three occasions, pizza!
Our lunch on the first day: Pizza for Vito; pork binagoongan and Pinoy salad with shrimp for me and Ton.
Beef Stroganoff (which is a childhood fave of mine)
Seared peppered Tuna over an Asian salad
Warm Beef Salad
I was taking photos with my iPhone, so my apologies if the dinner photos aren’t excellent! Trust me that the food was. For dinner, Ton and I would usually crave for some Pinoy-inspired food, so that’s what the restaurant prepared for us. They have an excellent Chicken Binakol, by the way!
The dinner set on our first night: A platter of grilled prawns and kebabs; fish tacos; shrimp salad; sweet Cebu mangoes for dessert.
Pork Sinigang: The liempo (pork belly) is served “lechon Macau” style, so the skin is crispy, and you pour the hot broth into the bowl that has a bed of lightly steamed vegetables. I could have eaten just this on its own!
Dinner on the second night: Pasta for Vito; grilled blue marlin, tuna, pork chops and vegetables; a Filipino salad with salted egg, grilled eggplant, chicharon bits; a yummy yema pudding dessert
You can get meals at Saffron at any time between 7AM and 10PM, of course. But on Sundays, the resort has a complimentary merienda cena for all guests. There’s a “turo-turo” stall set up in the lanai area by the pool, which has an assortment of snacks: squid balls, kikiam, banana bread, scones, suman, and fruit juice.
There were some menu items that deserve to their own portion. These were our hands-down favorites from our meals at Saffron. Our absolute favorite had to be their version of Kare-Kare, a a traditional Filipino stew of beef hocks/oxtail and tripe, complimented with a thick peanut sauce. Saffron’s version put a spin to it: The oxtail meat and tripe were chopped up into thick yet bite-size chunks, then breaded and deep-fried.
Here’s a cross-section of the kare-kare. So good!
Mango Shake. Need I say more?
Turon de Bohol: Bananas and jackfruit wrapped in spring roll wrapper, sugared and deep-fried, then drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with a large scoop of vanilla-peanut ice cream. I miss this!
I hope the food pics and descriptions were adequate? All I know is that everything we had at Saffron Restaurant was delicious, and that the staff were very helpful in recommending dishes. Kudos to the chef: We really loved everything, especially that kare-kare, which up to now I’m craving for! Haaay! I’m going back to Bohol just for that!