Friday, the 24th of February, 2012. I was in a group of 8 looking for a good place to eat at D'Mall and I suggested going to Cyma. Everyone agreed and so we were there at 8pm. Unfortunately, the place was packed. The waiter however offered to put us on the waiting list as we would be the first. He said that he would reserve a table for us and pointed to a long table near the bar where the guests were still in the process of ordering. He told us to be back at 9:30 pm.
We went around D'Mall to kill time and at 9:20 pm, we were back at Cyma. To our surprise, instead of a vacant table, we saw a beauty queen-actress and 3 foreign gentlemen seated where we were supposed to be. When we asked whether we could still be accommodated, the same waiter said that there were no available tables as the beauty queen-actress and her guests just ordered.
And the only other long table by the entrance of the restaurant was occupied by a group of 8 young japanese tourists who were still poring over the menu. Everybody else in the restaurant was either in the process of eating, or waiting for their food to arrive.
We pointed this out to the waiter and asked why we were even asked to come back at 9:30 pm. Had he told us to just wait, we would have gladly done so. As expected, he had no reasonable answer for us and just left us to grumble to ourselves on the pretense that he was busy.
The reservation system in this restaurant is such a mess. Either that, or they prefer foreigners over locals. Better to go somewhere else.
They have the best thin crust pizza in Boracay/Philippines. Their pizzas are baked in a traditional wooden oven. We tried their Quattro Formaggi (4cheese pizzza) and the Frutti di Mare(seafood pizza). They were both excellent. What made it more special was their special hot sauce. it's not like the ordinary red hot sauce that we see everywhere. Their hot sauce was translucent in color (like water). I even had an evil plan of taking home a bottle of their special hot sauce. it was that good. hahaha. Aside from their pizzas, they also serve excellent pasta. We tried their Aglio Olio e Peperoncino which was pasta cooked with garlic, olive and chili. It was simple yet so yummy. Another pasta that we ordered was the Al Fumé. It was pasta in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with generous amount of bacon and cheese. It was also good though i find the penne pasta a little bit under-cooked. For main course, you shouldn't miss their Involtini di Manzo. It was a thinly sliced beef rolled/stuffed with mozzarella cheese and farmers ham. it was basically a cordon blue made of beef instead of chicken.
Aria is definitely the best restaurant in Boracay. So if you're in Boracay, don't forget to drop by this restaurant which is located in the beach front of D'Mall. Excellent food, service and ambiance.
I hope they would open a branch here in Metro Manila. ^_^
This restaurant is over rated!
I do not understand the rave reviews. The pasta boscaiola was so so. How can you go wrong with the quattro formaggi pizza? And definitely don't order the Scaloppine di Manzo.
It is not worth the price.
The first time I went to boracay was summer of last year, mid April I would say. I notice Aria was one of the restaurants that's always full of customers and definitely a must try. The ambiance is really nice, beach front. The Customer Service was just average for me, I guess because it was packed. Food is excellent, Pasta's we ordered are better than the pasta here in the States. Definitely adjusted to fit the Filipino taste. Price was above average. I would definite recommend it to a friend or to whomever.
My first try in Aria was a great experience. I though I ordered way too many and I was actually betting on an extra to go, but the food is really that good that my wife and I had zero leftovers. The place is mostly frequented by foreigners and dining is best experienced at night when they set up an al fresco setting by the beach.
The place is kinda pricey but it was the best penne gorgonzola I've every tasted. Nothing really came close in the country (yet).