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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tarsier Paprika: Another Piece of Paradise in Bohol

I love beautiful surprises when I travel. That feeling when you discover something new and spectacular is pure joy. When I visited Bohol again, I fell in love with it more, thanks to our quick dining experience in this cliffside restaurant called Tarsier Paprika. It is located inside the Tarsier Botanic Park, a few minutes away from the popular Alona Beach.

We only had two hours left before our flight back to Manila but our tour guide from Bellevue resort easily convinced me this place was worth visiting. At that moment, I knew I could not skip this one. Tarsier Paprika went beyond my expectations. It immediately became one of my favorite quick getaways. There was something therapeutic about the whole environment.

Owned and managed by a Frenchman and his wife, Tariser Paprika has been their "passion project" for retirement. Must be a dream managing something like this. Everything you see is topnotch - the hardwood floors, modern LED lighting at night, lounge bars, and 2 air-conditioned dining areas. With the the restaurant's design concept, you know that the people behind this have a genuine artistic flair. The owners made sure that they were part of the building of this whole place from scratch.

Since this was a scorching day, we decided to eat in one of the airconditioned rooms with a panoramic view of the sea. 
With views like this, you can leave me here the whole day with a good book. 

The calm and clear Bohol Sea is enough to remove all the stress in my life.

The outdoor terrace is breathtaking. I could not stop taking pictures.

With no time to waste, we quickly ordered food from the attentive and friendly staff. I noticed that this place aims to be a bit "exclusive" and private, which makes Tarsier Paprika the perfect place for a romantic date. I had a pleasure of meeting Patricia Moussempes (one of the owners) and she highly expressed their desire to make this place not too "touristy". This place will certainly lose its charm when it gets packed.

Freshly Baked Bread for Us.

I got my favorite Mango Banana Shake. I needed to have this fix on a tropical island.

We started with Asian 9 Treasures Salad and Cream Carrot and Ginger Soup (Not in Picture)

Chicken Skewers.


Chocolate Hills.

Gateau Au Chocolat.

Overall, the food quality was great. The Lapu-lapu and the skewers were cooked to perfection. I particularly enjoyed the desserts. I am not sure if it's just me but if you give me views like this while I am dining, anything I eat becomes more delicious.

If you have time, you can have a delightful tour of the entire grounds for a small fee. It might be better to do this late in the afternoon or early morning to avoid the searing heat of the sun.  We wanted to do this but we had to catch our flight already. Here you can find a museum, stable and beautiful gardens with exotic plants. I would love to have something like this one day when I retire.

I am excited for this place to have guest cottages soon (Maybe they should add plunge pools for ehose cottages). Tarsier Paprika is the kind of place where dreams are made of. You can see the passion of the owners to make guests feel like they are entering someone's home. With the stunning and dramatic views, excellent service and fresh food, you won't dare miss this place in Bohol. Hope to be back here soon. 

Tarsier Paprika is locaed in Km 16 Hoyohoy Tawata, Panglao 6340 Bohol, Philippines

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