Minutes after stepping off the banca at Boracay and meeting Mrs. MM and The Kid at the hotel, we all rushed out to Dâ€™Mall to grab a bite to eat. It was past 2 in the afternoon and we settled on the airy looking Lemoni CafÃ©, also mentioned by several readers of this blog, when asked for food recommendations in Boracay. We ordered two fruit shakes, a Watermelon and Ginger Shake which was nice and refreshing but way too sweet. Itâ€™s as if they used a cup full of sugar syrup and the cloying sweetness ruined what would have otherwise been a very nice drink. The mixture of watermelon and ginger is a good one; the bartender must have just been liberal with the syrup. The Kid had a Mango Lemon drink that wasnâ€™t as sweet and was likewise refreshing. The Kid ordered a simple tomato, basil and mozzarella on focaccia that was just okay; she left half of it untouchedâ€¦
I ordered a pomelo and shrimp salad and was thrilled with what arrived. A very nice sized portion of mixed greens with shredded pomelo, steamed shrimp, peanuts, fried onions and a very spicy dressing that screamed I am ASIAN and proud of it! This was a very good salad, and better than most salads you find in Manila restaurants. Mrs. MM had a fettucine pasta dish with crabmeat and mussels but because they had no mussels, they replaced it with shrimp. This also had capers, olives and tomatoes, a sort of seafoody putanesca. Boo on the crabmeat sticks rather than real crabmeat. Processed sticks are made with huge white fish smushed and colored and shaped into sticks. This dish was just so-so.
For dessert, we ordered a lemon tart which was not impressive. I figured this would be their signature dishâ€¦the one by which the restaurant would be judged considering I thought from all the posts it was called Lemon CafÃ© (itâ€™s actually Lemoni CafÃ©), but the crust was boring and the custard was acidic, lacking flavor. And I am always wary of places that use those plastic bottles to swirl colored sauce on a plate to make it look more expensive than it should be. The Kid had a dessert called Mango Madness that was okay and we also had a mango oatmeal cookie that was quite good, the best of the three sweets tried.
The meal as described with 2 Diet Cokes and a tip was PHP1,500. Not cheap at all. Boracay food prices are up there. But considering its remote location and the interesting food choicesâ€¦ price was not the issueâ€¦ Overall, I would say Lemoni is a decent choice for lunch. An interesting small space that is bright and airy, attentive staff and some good choices on the menuâ€¦ I would return to sample more of their salads if given a chanceâ€¦ Portions are a good size and they pay attention to presentation… Our first foray into Boracay food would probably rate a 7.0 out of 10, using the admittedly subjective Marketman & Family â€œBoracay Food Rating Scale.â€
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(all this according to their receipt…)