It was Dos Mestizos’ mojito that came highly recommended and the original plan was to go there one night after dinner. But, when on vacation, plans are never set in stone and, after discovering that a new Chinese restaurant had no chef and was closed for lunch, we went to Dos Mestizos for lunch instead.
Thinking that lunch at Dos Mestizos would be more of a “happy hour” affair than a regular meal, I was quite prepared to crawl on all fours back to the hotel. Figuratively speaking, of course. But, surprise! I had only two mojitos and two glasses of sangria because I was more focused on the food than the drinks. The food was that good.
Dos Mestizos serves full meals but we agreed to order tapas with our drinks. We chose the tapas and, while waiting, we enjoyed the most refreshing sangria I have ever tasted.
For those unfamiliar with the terms, tapas are appetizers or snacks in Spanish cuisine typically accompaniments for drinks. Sangria is a drink made with wine (red, usually, hence the name) and fruits and, sometimes, brandy.
The mojito did not disappoint. Made with fresh limes and mint leaves, it was every inch as good as our friend who recommended it had promised.
But it was the tapas that really made my day.
We had mussels in a garlicky sauce so rich that one of my friends was mopping it up with bread.
We had croquetas filled with blue cheese and ham.
There was bacalao, squid, Spanish tortilla (potato omelet) and, the star of the meal — callos. I rarely use superlatives but I don’t mind describing the callos as “to die for”. Heck, it was terrific.
My only regret was that they had no oysters available. Fresh oysters and mojito just go so well together and mojito as good as Dos Mestizos really deserves to be in the company of the freshest oysters. But the availability of fresh seafood is largely dependent on the weather which directly affects supply, and there really was nothing that anyone could do it being monsoon season. In the end, I didn’t miss the oysters all that much because I could have eaten just the callos and I would have been perfectly happy.
The friend who recommended Dos Mestizos has been a regular customer for years and she knew the owners who came over and chatted for a while. One of them mentioned that they had just opened a restaurant, Rojos, at the newly refurnished Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Resort and suggested that we might want to visit. Would there be oysters at Rojos? He promised that there would be. He’d order two dozens for us, he said, I scowled and he immediately upped the number to three to four dozens. I smiled.
So, after downing countless cups of tea to digest lunch, off we went to Rojos at Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Resort in the evening.
There was wine, mojitos, more tapas, paella and, of course, oysters galore.
Fresh oysters on the half shell, glorious in all its natural brininess. It was our last dinner in Boracay and it was perfect.
Dos Mestizos is located at Station 3. Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Resort where Rojos is housed is on the road parallel to the beach. All the tricycle drivers know where it is.