Bohol Bee Farm Restaurant Our First Organic Food Experience
From our Perfect One Day Itinerary in Panglao, Bohol Bee Farm was included in the list. Indeed a place must-visit when you are staying in Tagbilaran or Panglao for your vacation stay. It is one of the restaurants in the Philippines who manages to serve and maintained organic food to their clients.
Bohol Bee Farm has a unique dining style. it uses home-made and organic ingredients that are rarely found in the market. They even serve edible and fresh edible flowers garnered to add flavors in salad dishes and home-grown herbs from the farm. The farm is also popular in the city for its Bee cultivation and organic farming.
On my earlier post, I have told you about general information about the Bee Farm itself and its entourage. However, today I’ll be sharing you about our first experience of eating organic food in the Bohol Bee Fram Restaurant.
Bohol Bee Farm
Before we go on to the actual photo of Bohol Bee Farm’s restaurant. Let me show you the entrance of the Farm where you can see the boutique and its environs. On the right side is the reception of the farm’s hotel.
Arriving at the area, my first impression of the place was, it was astonishing. I find it really gaudy and particular. There were multicolored decorations around the place. There were colored empty bottles hanging and colorful curtains covered the ceiling. The place is partly made of woods including some items of furniture.
There’s the Buzz shop, as I’ve mentioned it’s a boutique/shop where you can buy all the hand & organic made products produce by Bohol Bee Farm. In addition, there’s also souvenir stuff that you can buy shirts, magnets, bags, accessories and etc.
Kape Bee Bar (Coffee Corner)
As Bohol Bee Farm’s saying says “Coffee and Friends make the perfect blend”. The Kape Bee and Bar is clearly the ideal place to take your desired coffee. They also serve tropical cocktails, beer, hot & cold drinks and they made brewed coffee on the spot.
Regarding on the prices of the drinks, you can get a drink for less than 2 euros. There’s really one flavor that I’d love to try, it’s a cold drink with Spicy Ginger. Other cold drinks on their list are Fresh fruit smoothie, Caramel, Honey & Cinnamon, Honeyed Peppermint and many more.
Getting to the Restaurant
Getting at the Kape Bee corner, in its terrace, you’ll see a way descending to the restaurant’s place. There are various buildings in the area, these are actually places where hotel guests are welcomed.
At first, we didn’t have any idea about the Farm’s organic food in their restaurant. Our tour guide recommended us to try their food, so we went for the search of it.
Descending the path through the restaurant, we finally came to our destined place. Just a 2-minute walk from the main entrance of the farm. The restaurant looks very old-fashioned, either way, it was also colorful as the main entrance.
Its ambiance was a bit of that vintage yet cozy place. I have heard that this place is one of the famous restaurants of Bohol. Thanks to its organic food service to its guests the word “organic” have now become the landmark of Bohol Bee Farm.
The restaurant is surrounded and designed mainly with woods. They even installed electric fans around (since its very hot in the Philippines) for guest’s comfort. Well, the air conditioner is not ideal on this place cause it’s an open-air restaurant.
Choosing our table, we aimed for the one with a good sea-view spot. We were able to find a table for 4 with greed colored chairs (they look really cute). While waiting for my brother and sister-in-law to arrive, I’ve roamed around a bit in the area.
Looking at the menu list, I directly spotted the “organic” word indicated on certain dishes. Organic dishes mean ingredients that are used to make the dishes are not fertilized nor the used of pesticides or any other harmful chemicals that are usually used in farming.
The restaurant uses their own cultivated ingredients including herbs, vegetables, salads, poultry products and many more. We are about to order our food and lets we what have we chosen in the end.
The menu book was a bit old for my taste, well, I have also read online that some clients demanded improvement in terms of the restaurant’s physical appearance. Personally, I find it still okay, however, the color of the paint are starting to fade and it looks really old.
Noticing the price list, prices were a little bit higher than other local restaurants. But I understand why usually bio or organic foods in EU cost more than other products when you go to the supermarket. If I compare the normal price of organic products in EU than here, the prices here are still reasonable!
Finally, we have ordered, I actually let my brother and his wife order for us. Since I’m on vacation I usually eat anything (as in anything haha). We ordered share cold drinks and mine was ginger lemonade. We also had Cabcab (Cassava) with pesto & tomatoes and Cassava fresh lumpia as appetizer.
Organic Red Rice & Flower Salad
After a while, we have received our orders and the first dish that surprised me was the organic red rice. In the beginning, I thought it was brown rice but when I saw on the menu it was really “red” not brown.
Actually, Brown rice is available everywhere whereas Red rice is specifically typical to in Himalayan Mountains, Southern Tibet, Bhutan and Southern India. That’s why I’m very much in star struck when I saw these partially hulled red rice.
Red & Brown rice are both sources of fiber, B vitamins, calcium, zinc and iron, manganese, selenium, magnesium and other nutrients. One thing that sets the red variety apart is its enriched with antioxidants that can help fight damaging free radicals in our body.
The flower salad was a pleasure to the eye to look at. But the taste wasn’t that exceptional it reminds me of the flower salad that I’ve tried from a Thai restaurant. On the other side, it’s good to hear that the food was harvested just within the vicinity.
Another dish that stands out from others is the Seafood pasta accompanied by toasted bread. It was the dish that my hubby ordered since he cannot eat salads and fish (forgive him, he got an operated stomach).
I thought it was really good just by staring the dish, I haven’t tasted it anyway. My hubby says it was good apart from some of the seafood were half-cooked which he didn’t like a lot.
We also opted for organic vegetables, it’s our first time to try some labeled organic food in the Philippines. We ordered organic vegetable stir-fry with shrimps, Spicy Kinilaw Talong (grilled spicy aubergine), Steamed Tilapia in Coriander Sauce, and Tinolang Manok (Chicken soup).
The organic food was really good though, it tastes delightful and peculiar. One thing particularly bothered us while eating the food. It tasted half-cooked or undercooked.
I’m not sure if it’s just us, but even my brother who loves to eat didn’t finish his food. He said it doesn’t fit his taste bud.
There were many dishes that I would love to try next time, like Spicy Honeyed Pizza, Chicken Dumpling Soup & Buko Soup, Grilled Squid, Honey glazed chicken, and watermelon fruit shake. My list is ready for the next visit!
Dessert (The Buzz Ice Cream)
For our dessert, the best to try in this place is their home-made cassava cone and organic ingredients made flavored ice cream. I have seen this Ice Cream on YouTube, specifically on a K-pop artist (Sandara Park) who went to Bohol for a visit and featured this special ice cream. We had Malunggay flavor, Ube, Ginger, and Avocado.
Unfortunately, they served us the ice cream in a bowl instead of on a cassava home-made cone. It was a bit disappointing cause they charge us (10 pesos) more for each scoop. I find it a bit weird but well, there’s a 10% service charge.
Normally, it 60 pesos per scoop of ice cream when you buy in their shop but apparently its more expensive when you buy in the restaurant. On the other hand the ice cream tasted really good.
Predominantly vegetables or fruits normally wouldn’t associate with ice creams like avocado, durian, ginger, or malunggay. My favorite was pretty obvious (ginger). Out of all the food that I tasted, the dessert was the best! I’ll surely come back to try other flavors!
Overall, it was a fun experience. Discovering a new pallet of flavors whether it suits you or not. The essential part is to try something new! We also bought a bunch of souvenir products from the boutique especially the ginger powder, honey, coffee, and many more.
Would I recommend this place? Yes! a Big Yes! though it needs some improvement, I still believe that organic food is something that everyone should consume.
Let us promote organic food eating to the young generations and encourage future and present entrepreneurs to serve organic food in their restaurants.
Bohol Bee Farm Restaurant Our First Organic Food Experience