Through our simple motto of ‘easy food, easy drinks,’ Kapitirea aims to demonstrate what it means to eat well and do well. Our focus is to promote a circular economy, by sourcing ingredients from farmers and the Kalye Artisano community. Our menu will include wild yeast sourdough bread, freshly made artisanal pasta and Palawan-grown rice as the cornerstone of our food program, curated by our in-house chefs, Ashley Araneta and Ryan Teruel. The focus of our 2021 kitchen will be working with fishermen, poultry farmers and soya based proteins like tempeh. We hope you will enjoy our select menu of sandwiches, rice and pasta dishes with a few surprises and twists, inspired by our test kitchen.
Hailing from Canada with a desire to return to her roots in the Philippines, Ashley is a traditionally-trained Italian pastamaker, dreaming of opening a small pasta shop in Palawan. Her passion is to create pasta recipes that have been adapted to suit Palawan ingredients, thus combining traditional Italian methods with Filipino culinary touches: roasted kalabasa and garlic sage butter filling for moringa-infused tortellini, in a coconut-cream based rosé sauce. Our bakery will provide artisanal sourdough bread, baked fresh daily, as the base of our sandwiches, showcasing ingredients abundant on the island: cured fish in a smoked mayonnaise with pickled micro cucumbers growing here directly in the Lio estate.
Ryan’s passion is to promote real food and zero waste, stepping away from the commercialization of food. Through Kapitirea, he wants to showcase his enthusiasm for natural fermentation- using the space as a test kitchen to ferment and pickle an assortment of vegetables and other ingredients that will elevate our food. He’s working on his new Lacto orange - wild honey glaze grilled chicken with pickled wild vegetables on a bed of Palawan grown rice.
Such dishes will be available on our permanent menu, with daily chalkboard specials.
Coffee and cocktails fall under the focus of our beverage bar. The coffee program is the pride of our coffee enthusiast Silvester Dan Samonte who sources coffees specifically for the cafe with Lost Islands Center for Kape. Fizzy drinks and cocktails inspired by the island life are prepared freshly at the bar. In partnership with Bacuit Bay Brewhouse, we’ll be pouring a great selection of craft beers. Limited seating inside, we recommend doing take-away and enjoying the beauty of our surroundings. Delivery will also be a cornerstone of our services.