With the extreme popularity of social media, heaps of businesses are jumping into the trend of experimenting with their offerings to appeal to the younger and tech-savvy consumers. The food industry is probably the best example of this phenomenon. Many restaurants have sprung out embellished with fancy interiors with dishes served in remarkable presentation inviting you to take a mandatory snap before devouring them.
But sadly, in this effort to please our eyes, a number have failed, more importantly, to impress our taste buds. It’s quite difficult somehow to find restaurants that will appeal to both our eyes and palette. That’s why it was such a treat to discover Cha Cha’s Beach Café, a delightful restaurant along the shores of White Beach in Boracay. Here are a few reasons why this hip restaurant slash café slash bar will satisfy not only your appetite but also your Instagram feed:
The classic champorado reimagined
Never in my life have I imagined that my favorite comfort food can get any better by turning it purple! Headlining Cha Cha’s breakfast buffet, the ube champorado (purple yam rice porridge) is served with flawless consistency, topped with anchovies adding a hint of salt in a bowl of purple sweetness. This is certainly a brilliant twist on this classic Filipino treat.
Emojis on your plate
For a mood booster to jumpstart your day, Cha Cha’s got you covered with their signature smiley pancakes. This quirky idea sprung from the restaurant’s ambition not only to satisfy the guests’ appetite but also to bring good vibes and create a positive atmosphere.
Cha Cha’s breakfast buffet also features other staples from omelets and bacon to a variety of bread and pastries. They also serve mini Kaya toasts, mini pancake sandwiches, and doughnuts. Their Spanish-style Bangus and Shakshouka are also must-tries. The breakfast buffet operates on a 7-cycle menu, which means each morning will bring you a pleasant surprise.
Interiors to match the outdoors
Cha Cha’s Beach Café channels a tropical laid-back Miami vibe with its airy ambiance. The all-white interiors not only accentuate all the headroom the high ceiling provides but also deliver a perfect match to the bright and sunny outdoors.
Talking about complementing the outdoors, the tall glass windows surrounding the main restaurant allow for the seamless link between the restaurant and the beach’s powdery white sands and the crystal-clear waters. You may also opt to enjoy your meal on the patio while people-watching. Unlike other restaurants along the shores of Boracay, Cha Cha’s has effectively capitalized on its beachfront location creating this charming impression of the beach calling you while you dine.
Best-in-class customer service
Expect nothing less from the restaurant’s energetic and friendly staff. From the time you enter to the moment you leave, they make sure you are served with top-quality food in the most pleasurable way possible. They offer you coffee or cold towel even before you ask for it. Waiting time for your food is reasonable and completely worthwhile.
Stone-fired thin (and tasty) crust pizza
From its extensive menu, Cha Cha’s features a good selection of pizzas from the classic Margherita and All Meat down to some distinct flavors. The Sriracha BBQ Chicken Pizza, in particular, is something that you shouldn’t miss. It has a perfect mix of sweet and spicy anchored on the signature taste of the tropical Sriracha sauce. And don’t forget to finish your pizza love affair with the flavorful crust of this stone-fired goodness. I can’t express how pleasant a revelation it was for me.
Halo Halo in a dough?
Just when you thought the creativity of Cha Cha’s kitchen crew ended with the ube champorado, they push the culinary limits again with yet another twist of another Filipino favorite – the Halo Halo. I can’t even imagine Halo Halo without the shaved ice, let alone it being enveloped on a dough! Topped with a scoop of ube ice cream, a slice of leche flan and cheeze, the traditional ingredients of this classic dessert are baked like an apple pie except better! Mind blown yet?
From beach licks to diner shakes
The island life is not complete without a drink in your hand. If you’re a non-alcohol drinker, enjoy their impressive assortment of beach licks, smoothies, floats, and shakes. I highly recommend trying the Super Mango Shake. It stays true to its name with the rich blend of sweetness together with mango chunks and mango jelly. For their tropical cocktails, they take pride in Maui Mai Tai, The National and their hang-over cure drink, Hang Me Over Mary.
Buy two drinks for the price of one from 3 PM to 8 PM every day with Cha Cha’s Sundown.
Everything else on the menu
Cha Cha’s has a very good selection of international fusion cuisine blending Western, Asian and Filipino influences. All the dishes on the a la carte menu is clearly carefully thought of. What particularly surprised me was how they managed to deliver delectable Asian and Western dishes that suit my Filipino taste yet staying true to the original flavor of the dish. I am no food connoisseur but I can say with all honesty that the dishes they served me were, in my opinion, the best versions I’ve tried. Case in point: I’ve tried Chicken Satay in Singapore before but I was surprised to find Cha Cha’s version to have a better balance of flavor.
Plus, you can’t ignore the plating that came with the food. They’re so appealing that you can’t help but just take a snap before dismantling everything.
Guests of COAST Boracay are provided with complimentary airport transfers. But if you have a booking with another hotel but still want to feast on Cha Cha's offerings, I recommend booking with Island Star Express for a seamless transfer to and from either Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport. Reserve a ride here.
I was kindly hosted by Cha Cha's Beach Café to complimentary breakfast buffet and a la carte lunch. My airport transfer with Island Star Express was complimentary, as well. All opinions are my own.