Island Cove Fishing Village Featuring the “Taste of Cavite” Menu
We have been residing in Cavite for almost 4 years now but I haven’t toured the entire place and tried the different cuisine in every town. That’s why when I received an invite to a culinary feast at Island Cove, I didn’t think twice to say yes! I’m glad that the time and day fits my schedule. I always wanted to visit Island Cove.
During the event, we were served various dishes by Executive Chef Vill Purification and his team that inspired by the different town in Cavite, it was tagged as Taste of Cavite.
They will start serving these dishes during Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting November 18 and for December 22 onwards, it will be offered DAILY.
TASTE OF CAVITE
Island Cove’s Taste of Cavite menu is a showcase of indigenous ingredients, history and tradition that makes it a one-stop Cavite food tour. Some of the restaurants that served these dishes are no longer operating, accdg. Gilbert Remulla the managing director of Island Cove, who’s a certified Caviteno.
Here’s a glimpse on what are included in the Taste of Cavite menu.
Tahong Chips P200 – A Bacoor original. Deep-fried, crisp mussels chips made of flour, spices, and salt.
Lawlaw P300 – A favorite of all the bloggers. It is a Cavite City special. Only one small restaurant in Cavity City has been doing it because it takes time to fillet this small fish. This is one of the must try dish in this menu.
Mutya ng Cavite P600 – My favorite among all the dishes served to us. The rich creamy soup is originally from the old 7 Sisters Restaurant, owned by the Sabater family in Marulas, Kawit. Consisting of mussels, crab, clams, and shrimps, it shows off the fresh seafood catch available in Cavite.
Adobong Imus P450 – my son who’s a G6PD positive and is not allowed to eat anything with soy sauce can finally eat adobo. This Adobong Imus is slow-cooked in vinegar, annatto oil, bay leaves, and salt and pepper that does not have a trace of soy sauce. I love this one too.
Valenciana P450 – I am not a fan of Valenciana but surprisingly I enjoyed this one. It is a typical dish from General Trias, it is similar to the Spanish paella with chorizo de Bilbao, chicken and pork but with coconut milk. I think the coconut milk makes it taste different.
Bacalao P500 – The Spanish-influenced dish but really uses dry-salted labahita or surgeon fish cooked with vegetables, Spanish chorizo, garbanzo, and annatto oil. This is the least favorite of mine among all the dishes served to us. I found it salty. I think it’s the perfect partner for a cup of rice.
Afritadang Gulay na may Baboy P450 – A Kawit special. Stir-fried vegetables with sweet potatoes, pechay, bell peppers and sautéed pork.
Pansit Pusit P450 – We were served 3 kinds of Pansit and this one is my favorite. Pansit Pusit is also known as Pancit Kawit. The dark shade of the noodles is from squid ink. It is topped with squid rings, grated green mangoes, and scallions. You need to try dish.
Pansit with Puso ng Saging P450 – Another noodle dish from Kawit. A Caviteñean pancit using a combination of bihon and miki bihon cooked in achuete with small slices of pork and thinly sliced green beans, carrots and cabbage.
Pansit Malabon P450 – A General Trias specialty. This dish of glass noodles, shrimps, smoked fish and eggs mixed with shrimp sauce and topped with chicharon began back in the day when General Trias was still called San Francisco De Malabon.
Calandracas P200 – A warm soup that is perfect for today’s weather. This is a popular soup in Cavite City that uses ham hock stock as base and has carrots, potatoes, cabbage, chickpeas, chicken, gizzard, chorizo, and sotanghon then seasoned with patis Tanza.
Tamales P300 – A Cavite City native dish with galapong or glutinous rice flour mixed with corn meal, chicken, pork, and salted egg then wrapped in multiple layers of banana leaves and steamed.
Kakanin Platter P300 – Wide variety of Native dishes like kutsinta, sapin-sapin, puto and kalamay.
You can enjoy these dishes while listening to these great singers.
I can’t wait to go back here with my boys. We were not able to tour around so that’s what I am looking forward to do on our next visit.
HOW TO COMMUTE TO ISLAND COVE?
From Manila: Ride a bus going to Dasmarinas via Emilio Aguinaldo then go down at SM Bacoor. Ride a mini bus going to Island Cove. Transportation is only 9 pesos.
From Alabang: Ride a jeep to Zapote then ride another jeep to Bacoor/Imus via Emilio Aguinaldo then go down at SM Bacoor. Ride a mini bus going to Island Cove. Transportation is only 9 pesos.
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park
Covelandia Road Kawit, Cavite