Food at Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa in Marinduque – Day 1
Budget : ~Php500 per meal but you can split them into two
Duration : ~1 hour
Bummers : food is really expensive
Nomnom Rating : 5/5
Eating in Bellarocca is as luxurious as staying in this island resort. You can wine and dine anywhere you feel like it. Bellarocca has two major restaurants – the Clubhouse Restaurant which is near the lobby and the Pavilion Restaurant by the seaside which is near the infinity pool. However, both restaurants has just the same menu. Outside the Clubhouse Restaurant is also a dining area that has view of Mt. Malindig on one side and the garden villas on the other. It is great to eat breakfast in this area.
Looking at the menu, I noticed an option for a Romantic Dinner. I asked about it and they said it is worth Php1,500 per person consumable of food and drinks. The Romantic Dinner can be done anywhere the guests requests it to be. A romantic set-up will be prepared by their staff and food will be served to them privately. I think it is a great set-up for a marriage proposal.
You can also choose to eat inside your room and have your food delivered via room service. Just call the front desk with the Skype phone installed in the room. But I don’t suggest that you eat inside your room because Bellarocca is surrounded by great scenery so dining out is highly recommended. There are even times when I felt like dining with a life size painting in the background because the view in Bellarocca is simply breath-taking. Even the designs of their restaurants are really nice on the eyes.
Bellarocca serves a different set of food choices for breakfast while another set of food is made available for lunch and dinner. Aside from food, Bellarocca also has some of the finest wines and imported liquors which you can purchase by the glass or by the bottle. It has a drinking lounge called the Rocca Bar which also turns into a karaoke bar during the night. The Rocca Bar can also be used to hold group events such as movie night as requested by guests.
In our 3 days and 2 nights (technically, 2 days only) of stay in Bellarocca, here is a rundown of what we ate (and possibly drank) there.
We arrived in Bellarocca around 10:30 AM and since we did not eat prior our flight, we were really hungry. The first time I saw the menu, I was slighty shocked of the prices until I realized that we were in the middle of an island, a luxury island that is, so what else should I expect?
Having a pricey list at hand made it quite difficult to choose what to have for lunch. The first time I sat on the table, I was shocked when the waitress grabbed the napkin on the plate and placed it on my lap. I was not sure if I was happy about it, I guess I should be but I am really sensitive of my personal space. So in the next meals, whenever I sat down, I immediately grab the napkin and put it on my lap.
During breakfast and lunch, they serve complimentary dinner bread and butter. They make their own bread and it was really delicious.
Our waitress kept politely suggesting of what we should try. Hungry that we are, we did not have much time to think of trying unfamiliar dishes so we settled for Kare-Kare (Php780) and Sinigang na Talakitok sa Miso (Php580). Both meals had two rice each so we did not need to order separately.
All food and drinks have a 10% service charge on top of the listed price. Talk about pricey, man!
For our first dinner in the island resort, it was Italian night. We had pasta, chicken, fish, and salad. We also got complimentary French Bread and butter. They also made their own French Bread. The best that I also had so far. It was made right with a tough exterior, and a soft and chewy interior. I am just not a big fan of the tough part of the bread. And I wish there were dinner bread instead.
For starters, I asked for the Bellarocca Chef’s Salad (Php450). I asked them to split it into two so I can share it. I know I needed to try at least one dish with Bellarocca in it. The salad had lettuce, quail egg, cheese, mango, ham, and tofu. Topping it with a dash of salt and pepper, and it was good to go.
Craving for it since lunch, I got the Chicken Cordon Bleu (Php480). It was really huge, probably a whole chicken breast. It can be served with pasta or rice. I chose the pasta in tomato sauce napolitana. It tasted really good and you can really see the chunks of tomatoes in the sauce.
Lester got Pesto (Php380). Yeah, he was being a health buff.
Isabel got the Frutti de Mare (Php450). Basically, this is just seafood pasta. You can choose between white or red sauce. She chose red sauce.
Edwin ordered something I haven’t had before. He got the Pan-seared Blue Marlin (Php450). It is served with steamed veggies and rice.
Friday, Party Night
We spent Friday night at the Rocca Bar. It was karaoke night and other guests are also there belting the high notes. Of course, it would not be a Friday party night without booze. Just like the food, liquor is also gold here in Bellarocca. We just drank 2 bottles. Well, 2 bottles of Jose Cuervo Tequila. It is Php2,200 per bottle. Lemon and lime slices are free. I think we did some body shots but I can no longer remember. Lol.
I think we were so wasted after partying hard that Friday. Though pool rules said it is only open from 6AM-9PM, I had teeny fragmented memories that we went to the pool to swim after karaoke night. I can still remember one staff coming near the pool and I thought he would tell us to get out of it. Unexpectedly, he just handed us some towels.
Meals for Day 2 will be on a separate blog post. Wait for it..
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