1.13.2018

Los Indios Bravos : Handcrafted Beers and Glorified Pub Grub

Here's a little bit of history to start;



In the late 1800's Filipino intellectuals and warrior poets started using the word "Indio" (a supposed derogatory term used to refer to island natives) as a badge of honor and a source of pride. They eventually formed a society that fought for reforms for their countrymen and call themselves "Los Indios Bravos" - The Brave Natives. This gastropub is a tribute to all those pioneering men. Just like them, Los Indios Bravos aims to break new ground in Boracay by showcasing all-Filipino handcrafted beers on tap plus so much more - name it, Mediterranean, American, Dutch from all over the world.

Despite the location being far away from the famous White Beach where most of the happening restaurants are, Los Indios Bravos has been voted one of the Top Restaurants on the island.  It is nicely hidden in one of the small streets leading to the other side called Bolabog where the kite surfers hang and play.



The space creates a laid back and chill island vibe combined with the authentic pub experience... warm woods, comfortable seating, leather bar stools. And as GASTRO (in Gastropub) stands for Gastronomy, we went all around the world with our meal.


Bitterballen (Php 200.00)
We started with some Dutch Beef Hash Croquettes served with curry ketchup and Dijon Mustard. I love the interesting texture when you bite inside the ball - it's warm, soft and pasty and the curry ketchup was awesome!

Los Indios Bravos embraces the Craft Beer Movement highlighting all local beers as it stays true to its mantra of putting Filipino first and taking pride of local products. 


The Bitterballen was the perfect match to their BEER SAMPLER PLATTER  local Craft Beer :

They offer a nice selection of Craft Beers which you can enjoy on tap or as a sampler like this.

From L-R : Magma Bock - Pinatubo Brewery (ABV 7.6%), Boracay Pale Ale (ABV 5.0%), Golden Nectar Pilsner - Pinatubo Brewery (ABV 5.5%) and Brainstorm IPA - Pinatubo Brewery (ABV 7.8%)

We also had this Flavorful Lamb Mediterranean sampler that came with warm pita and assorted dips. See below for the deets. 


Lamb Kofta  (Php 395.00)
Grilled Minced Lamb Skewers served with hummus, moutabel, fatoosh, cucumber raita and pita bread.

Mac and Cheese (Php 350.00)
For a safe and very American taste, you can count on this dish. Always a sure winner for kids and kids at heart! An over the top (because of the cheese) classic.


 And here's a taste of Germany and Hungary which was washed down perfectly with the beer shots.

Sausage and Mash (Php 390.00)
A combination of Bratwurst, Cheese Bockwurst, Hungarian, Kielbasa in a mini table side grill with Mashed Potatoes, House Pickles with Curry Ketchup and Dijon on the side.


Deep Fried Mars Bar (Php 250.00)
Served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate "soil" and creme anglaise. What a perfect ending...especially for the kiddos!



Henri : Say it with me, Sofia, "I scream for ICE CREAM!!!"
Sofia : *lost in her own sugar world"...I'm eating this whole thing Kuya. Mine, all mine.


Our expressions of delight enjoying our "Meal Around the World"

Sofia : Concentration level 100 while savouring each cheesy bite.



And here's me and J enjoying what we do best : Drinking and savoring each sip and each bite.


Los Indios Bravos offers glorified pub grub which goes beyond the usual selection of (mostly if not all) deep fried offerings. And it's no surprise because the menu was crafted by not one but TWO chef geniuses  Kenneth Cacho and Norbert Gandler (mentor of the former) who have many years of experience under their belt and are both head instructors at a renowned culinary school in Manila. A Gastro+Pub in the true sense, a juxtaposition of fine dining "grub" combined with the pub crawl feel. I definitely have to come back and try all the other exciting things on the menu... Dino Ribs, Cowboy Steak, Veal Cheeks, Baked Oysters, Seafood Platter and more.

PS. I love this wooden detail of famous Indios on their Draft Beer Dispenser handles. Mabuhay ang Pinoy!


Cheers,
Pattie



Directions : It's about a 5 minute walk from the back of D'Mall where Budget Mart is. You cross the lakeside and take the Old Bolabog Road in the same street as W Hostel, Lola's Pizza, etc. It's at the corner so you won't miss it!


LOS INDIOS BRAVOS
Road 1-A, Bolabog
Malay, Aklan
Website : www.losindiosbravos.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/losindiosbravosboracay/
IG : @losindiosbravos

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