Authentic Spanish tapas, paella and pintxos are made from local produce at Bohol’s “little darling,” Amorita
It is not only the sound of the sea crashing onto the cliff, the scent of saltwater, or the feel of the sun on the skin that makes an impression walking into the Amorita Resort in Panglao Island. The exceptional care of staff for every guest makes visitors feel that they are the only persons in the leisure destination called “little darling.”
This solicitousness is most experienced in the resort’s food outlets. There is Saffron, where the attendants offer a signature reinterpretation of Boholano cuisine. The other is the newly opened Tomar. This is a wine and tapas bar that completes the second phase of Amorita Resort’s expansion. Tomar is a Spanish word that translates as “to take.” It offers a menu by Chef Raphael Ongchiong.
Reconnecting With Spanish Roots
Amorita Resorts’ CEO Nikki Cauton describes the Tomar concept as “innovation through tradition.” Spanish favorites like tapas, paellas and pintxos are plated and cooked using modern techniques. Diners can go on a culinary journey of innovated dishes that do not take away the essentials that endeared Spanish food to local tastes.
Cauton traced the Spanish connection of Boholanos back to the Iberian peninsula kingdom. The CEO said that serving Spanish food at Tomar was a way for Boholanos to reconnect with their cultural heritage. Chef Ongchiong made special mention of the use of “local, natural ingredients in making a well-known, international cuisine.”
This meant that the food at Tomar, while foreign in origin, is flavored according to Filipino taste. Seafood is sustainably sourced from the Bohol Sea and the vegetables and animals are grown directly from local farms. Tomar’s bar is also stocked with a curated selection of wines and whiskeys to pair with the cuisine.
Joys of Island Life
The resort is located on a cliff overlooking the waters of Panglao Island. A leisurely stroll down a path leads to the Alona Beach, allowing for a more private space in close proximity to all the pleasures the main strip has to offer.
Early mornings, just as the sun is about to rise, are ideal for dolphin watching. Snorkeling at nearby Balicasag Reef is a popular activity during afternoons.
The dive site offers the joy of watching underwater life that brings both feelings of awe and fear. A day of discovering the island’s treasures is capped off with a relaxing massage at Amorita’s Sea Tree Spa Spa. It is completed with a memorable meal and drinks at Tomar.