What to expect: Southeast Asian fare
Must try: Fat Rice curry crab
Wild card: Cha ca la vong (Vietnamese grilled fish)
Our verdict: Delicious communal dining
What to expect: Hearty Italian food
Must try: Any of their Neapolitan-style pizzas
Wild card: Sous-vide porchetta (pork roast)
Our verdict: Hefty but satisfying Italian meals
What to expect: Fruit, shakes and desserts
Must try: Watermelon bingsu (shaved ice)
Wild card: Avocado bingsu
Our verdict: Icy sweets for cooling down
Winner Winner Fried Chicken
What to expect: Family-friendly meals
Must try: The fried chicken meal
Wild card: Mac and cheese
Our verdict: Solid comfort food
What to expect: Fresh seafood prepared in different ways
Must try: Seared mahi-mahi (dolphinfish)
Wild card: Fresh Aklan oysters
Our verdict: Great for light and healthy meals
Po Ke To
What to expect: Japanese-style grilled skewers
Must try: Pork belly and chicken meatballs
Wild card: Beef cheek and pork neck
Our verdict: Tender and juicy grilled bites with rice
What to expect: Mexican dishes made from scratch
Must try: Burrito mojado (topped with cheese and sauces)
Wild card: Short-rib chili
Our verdict: Home-style cooking with good portions
Nowie and Odette Potenciano, the husband-and-wife team behind Streetmarket Boracay, share their personal food hall favorites:
Favorite pick-me-up at Little Wave Café?
Nowie: The Little Wave espresso, shaken with syrup and topped with sea salt cream!
Odette: The Death Cream, an espresso shaken with custard.
Best hangover meal?
Odette: Nothing satisfies me like a fantastic burger after a long night out, and my favorite is the Umami Bomb at Supermagic Burgers.
What about souvenirs?
Nowie: We’re proud of our collection of posters and postcards, which includes art by local artist Denise Tolentino. We’ve also got vintage-style posters, and prints that feature the Boracay sunset and shoreline.
This story first appeared in the November 2017 issue of Smile magazine.