I had written previously about our short stay in Balesin Island Club. I felt that the dining experience merits its own post. Like I said in the other post, guests in Balesin Island Club are free to use the facilities and restaurants of the seven different villages, regardless of where they are staying. The kids and I tried to sample as many of the restaurants as we could in our short visit. Bong took most of his meals with his faculty workshop group.
Our first restaurant was Le Creperie in the St. Tropez village. It was supposed to be the best place for breakfast. We all had the ham and cheese omelette. The omelette was pretty good – lots of mozzarella cheese and very tasty ham.
For lunch, the kids wanted to have pizza and pasta, so off we went to La Meridiana in Toscana, the Italian-themed village.
We had the Prosciutto Rucola e Parmigiano and the Spaghetti Bolognese. Both were excellent choices. You can tell that they do not scrimp on ingredients. The bread that was served with the pasta was also good. I think they make their own bread in all the restaurants.
Dinner was in Casa Grande in Costa del Sol. We were so hungry we forgot to take photos of our food. We had the Beef Salpicado and Callos. The Beef Salpicado was very good – the meat was tender and juicy, cooked just right. The callos, though, was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn’t bad, but we’ve had better.
For dessert, we headed back to the Mykonos village restaurant, the Thanassis Taverna, for their “award-winning” Chocolate Mousse.
This was another winner! The mousse was rich and creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness. Unlike the other things we ordered so far, the serving size was on the small side for this one. I’m sure my son could have finished more than one if we let him.
The following day, we had Filipino breakfast at the Balesin Village restaurant, Sala. We had a wonderful view of the beach from our table. We had the Garlic Longganisa, Beef Tapa and Daing na Bangus. All were served with garlic rice and eggs done the way you want them. I liked the beef tapa best – a little sweet, soft and very tasty. We were given a bread basket even if the meals came with rice. The bread was too good to pass up.
Our flight back home was scheduled at 1:30 pm so we opted to have an early lunch at the Clubhouse. Nothing fancy, just burgers, since we didn’t want to get stuffed just before flying. The burgers were very good, all meat, no extenders, very juicy.
All in all, I would say that Balesin Island Club offers a variety of dining experiences. The food in the different restaurants are very good. Their bread selection, in particular, is excellent. The cost is on the high side, just like in any luxury resort. If you find yourself in Balesin Island Club, make sure to try out the different restaurants in the island. It’s like travelling to different parts of the world in one resort.