Everybody loves Boracay. A few travel hours away, the popular beach destination attracts local and international visitors alike. Countless businesses have settled on the island to cater to each tourist’s wants and needs. Whether your preference is in local or international dining, modest spending or splurging, Boracay has something to match your idea of an ideal vacation. As the number of visitors has grown, so has the amount of new foodie appealing restaurants and cafes. In the midst of all the choices, one restaurant has established itself as a favorite among visitors: Lemon Café.
Centrally located in shopping and restaurant hub D-Mall, the quaint restaurant-café immediately impresses with bright and warm lemon & lime colored interiors. The clean open layout is inviting and the menu offers a wide selection of breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert options.
Sweets are a definite forté at the restaurant. Whether cookies or desserts, you can’t leave without having a taste of the sweet goodness served at Lemon Café. The restaurant always seems to be full but you won’t regret even a short wait. Service water is flavored with lemon and mint. A subtle but distinctly refreshing taste while beautifully prepared.
The bright interiors mirror the island’s beautiful summer season.
Since its opening in 2005, the café founders and owners – Swedish chef Julia Lervik and Australian Sarah LaBrooy – have not only operated Lemon Café but also served surrounding restaurants, bars and cafés with pastries and bread from their own bakery.
Although Lemon Café with its food choices makes the perfect breakfast or brunch location, we decided to have lunch at the restaurant. We opted for freshly prepared fruit shakes, seafood entrees and a cheesecake dessert:
Pineapple-Coconut Crush, Mango-Lemon Crush, Banana Shake
All the shakes were refreshing and tasty. We can’t even choose a favorite, they were all fantastic!
Lemons fish cakes with sautéed spinach and laksa sauce – P 260
While the portion may be small to share among three, we did so anyways without regrets. The fish cakes were crispy on the outside and had a perfectly tender consistency on the inside. Notice how beautifully the appetizer was prepared!
Norwegian Salmon with Lemon Thyme, Marble Potatoes and Hollandaise – P 550
The preparation of the Norwegian Salmon clearly looks like a piece of art! The salmon tasted very fresh and the potatoes complimented the fish well. Hollandaise sauce is also always a good idea!
Tiger prawns, grilled and served with spinach and coconut risotto – P 590
While all our sampled entrees were really delicious, the tiger prawns with coconut risotto were a favorite! The coconut flavor is not too overwhelming and we loved how beautiful this dish looked and how great it tasted! The portion may look small but it is actually quite filling.
Seared tuna with sautéed spinach, lemon mash and tomatocoulis and olive tartar – P 495
How beautiful does this tuna topped mashed potato base look? The tuna was perfectly tender, just a little pink inside. Flavored with a slice of freshly squeezed lemon, it makes for a perfect lunch.
We absolutely loved the Mango Cheesecake! Lemon Café serves several cheesecakes with different topings. We chose to stay local with this mango paired dessert and it was simply divine! Definitely recommended and a must-try dessert!
Friendly staff in their lime colored Lemon Café outfits
What makes Lemon Café such a standout is the cohesive lovely theme throughout even the smallest details: the interiors as well as the staff uniforms carry the Lemon brand brilliantly in color and details. Each dish is so beautifully prepared, you may not want to eat it to preserve its stunning look. You would miss out then, however, since each dish is not only pretty but also prepared to satisfy the palate.
Several years ago, on my first visit to Boracay, I discovered Lemon Café (how could you not with its prominent location inside D-Mall) and immediately counted it as my favorite and must-visit eatery on the island. And although the island offers so many places – old and new – to try, I always make it a point to go back to Lemon Café because it truly never disappoints.
Lemon Café founders Julia Lervik and Sarah LaBrooy
With the official start of summer just around the corner, chances are you have a trip to the beautiful island of Boracay planned. If you do, make sure to stop by Lemon Café for a beautiful environment, friendly service and most of all tasty treats that will soon make you, too, count Lemon Café as your new Boracay Favorite!
D-Mall, Boracay, Aklan
(036) 288 6781
Opening Hours: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm