Setting. La Cozina, which opened only last December, is boracay’s beachfront Latin bistro located on the ground floor of boutique hotel Zuzuni. The interior is industrial, with a dining area that extends right on to the beachfront, creating a casual and holiday feel. We highly recommend their baby back ribs, Southwestern fiesta rice, the pizettas or small pizzas, and the aptly named Mati (Chocolate) Sin for dessert.
Food and drinks. The menu is mainly Latin American. The selections are few, says managing partner David Collado, who took up a culinary course in Les Roches, but each dish is prepared using quality, fresh local ingredients and executed well. The star of the menu is the taco, with its filling, a choice between baked chicken, shrimp, vegetable, beef or porchetta (moist boneless pork), slow cooked, retaining their juiciness, served with chipotle and chimichurri (green sauce made of chopped parsley, garlic, vegetable oil, oregano and white vinegar), a well-spiced sauce, along with a light side salad.
The churros, made from an ancestral Spanish recipe, is a must-try. La Cozina claims to serve the best churros on the island. The dough’s recipe is a secret while the dark chocolate served as a dip is infused with chocolate sourced from Davao.
The baby back ribs are flavorful and tender. It’s slow cooked for about six hours and served with a special sauce on the side and long grain fiesta rice.
For dessert, try the Mati Chocolate Sin or molten chocolate cake, a popular dish on the island.
For drinks, try the house specialties by the pitcher, micheladas and sangrito. The micheladas, concocted with red horse beer, tequila, sprite, calamansi juice and mint leaves, are mildly spicy and strong, while the sangrito is bloody mary with tequila and a little on the spicy side. Also on the drinks menu are white and red sangrias, and for non-alcoholic, fresh fruit juices in season.
Crowd. Mostly foreign tourists.
Price. A full course meal for two is from P800 (about US$18) to P1,400.
La Cozina, Station 1, White Beach, Boracay, Aklan, tel +63917 324 9051, visit La Cozina.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller March to May 2016. Updated March 2016