Summer Forever at Lemoni Cafe & Restaurant Boracay
Each time I visit Boracay, a trip to this D'mall establishment is always cheery and summery, just like its zesty name. Lemoni Café and Restaurant (or simply 'Lemon' for short) celebrated its 8th year anniversary last September 2013, and still remains as a must-visit restaurant when you find yourself in this popular Philippine beach.
Lemon's space, at any time I visit it, is always happy. Lively and vibrant as its namesake, splashes of citrus brighten up their interiors. Even if the establishment is not by the beachfront, an ideal spot for any Boracay establishment, the folks of Lemon were able to bring in the colors of summer into their space, making meal time and coffee breaks even more enjoyable.
The establishment is really known for their breakfast, salads, and sandwiches, but Lemon can whip up heftier dinner items as well, and would like to showcase them to both locals and tourists alike. And so they have changed their cafe label to cafe and restaurant. "It's all the food that we like to eat, and we based the menu on things that you can find here--tuna, prawns, shrimps, things like that," tells Julia. "We try to get as much as possible from here, use local products as much as we can. The bakery is upstairs, we do all the baking from there."
Fresh fruit shakes: Mango Lemon Crush, Mint & Pineapple Crush, and Watermelon Ginger Crush
Poached eggs on smoked tanigue, water spinach and hollandaise"A simple thing like a poached egg, when done right, is like the best," Julia gushes. I poke the poached egg with my knife; it's wobbly at first then gives in to the sharpness of the utensil, releasing its gooey lava of lush orange yolk and spreading itself to the bread and fish. Oh Julia, I defnitely agree!
Lemon Lunch Box
Soup of the day and salad with raspberry vinaigrette
Lemon's club, pesto mayo, chicken, bacon, shrimps on focacciaShould you find yourself at Lemon seeking a full meal or heartier fare for dinner, their main courses do not disappoint from palette to palate. Pretty and colorful plating will first delight your eyes, before satisfying your tastebuds. Begin with the Lemon's fish cakes with sauteed spinach and laksa sauce (P280). Drawing some inspiration from Asian cuisine, this dish keeps its light summery theme with hues of tangerine and golden brown on a plate. Two breaded mahi mahi cakes make up an island surrounded with thick laksa sauce; some spinach hide underneath the cakes.
Lemon's fish cakes with sauteed spinach and laksa sauce
Tiger prawns, grilled and served with spinach and coconut risotto
You should never miss out on dessert in this restaurant that houses their own bakery on their second floor. Not only do they create their own sweets, Lemon is also an in-demand bakery for custom cakes for special events on the island like birthdays, weddings, and the like. If it isn't the word of mouth of their pastries and sweets that draws you into the place, then it's the colorful display of desserts just by the cashier counter. For whatever type of sweet tooth, they have a sweet thing just for you: cookies and cupcakes, mousses and cakes, cheescakes and pies, muffins and rolls---laced with chocolate, with cream, with spice, with fruit, and all things nice.
Mango Madness and Strawberry Mousse
Classic Lemon Meringue
Julia shares that Boracay is a supportive community of restaurateurs, especially for older restaurants that have known each other and have grown together through the years. For Lemon Cafe's part, their bakery supplies bread to several restaurants in the island. "Boracay is like that, we help each other if we can," she adds.
Julia Lervik and her team at Lemoni Café & RestaurantThrough the years, Levrik has seen Boracay evolve into this massive food destination, where a stroll in the beach can mean a trip for your tastebuds to experience different cuisines. Many restaurants have come and go, and Lemoni Cafe & Restaurant still stands strong and is considered an institution in the island. "It really is hard work," she shares, when asked what the secret to their longevity is. "You have to take care of your product, you have to make sure you deliver. And we have a fantastic team."