D' Island Lodge & Restaurant

Batanes Restaurant: D’ Island Lodge & Restaurant

Being in an island full of wonders and nature that is Batanes, our first order of business was to eat lunch specifically in D’ Island Lodge & Restaurant (D’ Island). This is because we saw its name pop up quite a few times when we were searching on the internet for the top places to eat in Batanes. Thus, we had to try it for ourselves to see what the fuss was all about.

D' Island Lodge & Restaurant

 

Our first impression of D’ Island is that its interiors is simple which is consistent with the theme of the entire island. Most of their furniture are made from wood and the walls are painted orange to complement it. The place does have an air conditioner (as seen in the photo below) and electric fans, but, during the time we went there, those were not needed as Batanes’ weather was cool similar to the average temperature of an air conditioner.

D'Island Lodge & Restaurant

 

THE FOOD

For their food selection, D’ Island has a few Filipino classics like Calamari, Sweet and Sour Fish, some Japanese dishes as well like Beef Teppanyaki, Sea Food Tempura and, of course, their Ivatan classics selection. Certainly, since we were in Batanes, ordering those Beef Teppanyaki is a no brainer! Oops! I meant the Ivatan food!

D' Island Lodge and Restaurant

Tumeric Rice

As we focused on ordering Ivatan food, we started with the TURMERIC RICE (PhP 100/ $2.16) that is good for sharing. It’s a plain rice covered with turmeric, the “root of a Curcuma longa plant.” According to some research, Turmeric is one of the healthiest foods ever as it  is used as an anti-inflammatory agent that treats different kinds of conditions like hemorrhage, chest pain, etc. Turmeric is also more known to be used as an ingredient in making curry and mustard. Now, that is informative! Now that we know that it’s good for the health, what does it taste like? Well, the turmeric not only gave the rice a yellow color, but it does have that ever so slightly ginger taste to it and a sticky feel. Overall, it gives the plain rice a little bit of flavor to it.

 Lunis

One of our main dish is LUÑIS (PhP 250/ 5.39). According to the locals, it is their version of Adobo which has no soy sauce and pepper. Luñis is basically just like a crispy porkchop with adobo cuts. It does have garlic sprinkled on it to give it more flavor, but it’s as simple as it can get. Honestly, I was expecting more from it.

 

My disappointment quickly turned to joy as soon as I tasted their famous COCONUT CRAB (PhP 1100 per 500g/ $23.711 per 500g). We had the chance to see the coconut crab alive before it went to our hungry mouths and stomachs as it was shown to us. For a little background, it got its name from its usual food which is the coconut.

Here are a few things which guaranteed that the coconut crab is superior than the typical crabs I’ve tasted in the past:

1. It has enormous fat.
2. Its main body has less bones, but has more meat which is really nice.
3. The taste of the crab’s meat has a hint of coconut taste.
3. Once its bottom part is cracked open, you’ll be in awe that it houses a lot more fat.

*When you also eat this, please make sure to keep your blood pressure in check to prevent high blood. If you have a history of high blood pressure, better not eat the coconut crab.

THE EXPENSES

D' Island Lodge & Restaurant Price

This expense if good for 3 people, so each person has to spend only PhP 483 (or $10.47). Yes, if you’re going to eat coconut crab, it’s much better if you’re with someone to share it with. Share not only just the food but also the expense.

 

D’ ISLAND LODGE & RESTAURANT IS REASONABLE

Overall, I really enjoyed the food from D’ Island (well, except for the Luñis). Although the coconut crab is really delicious, we have to take precautions by making sure that we seldom eat it and we try to pair it with the health beneficial turmeric rice. My only gripe is the the coconut crab’s steep price. However, it’s understandable in the end as it’s somewhat difficult to catch. When we return to Batanes, I hope we can eat here again.

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If given the chance, will you eat the dishes that we’ve tried? Which among the dishes made your mouth water the most?

 

D’ Island Lodge & Restaurant

National Road, Brgy. Kaychanarian, Basco, Batanes.
Contact No.s 0908-851-0656 (Smart); 0907-509-1571 (Smart); 0999-992-9918 (Smart); and 0917-801-6699 (Globe)

32 Responses to “Batanes Restaurant: D’ Island Lodge & Restaurant”

  1. Oh, you’d been to Batanes already! I’m jealous. 🙂 I would like to have a taste of coconut crab as well, but I’ve read that the coconut crabs are a threatened species already. Many suggest getting lobsters instead.

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    • Yes, we’ve heard about it too. When we also arrived at the restaurant, they have just caught several of it. We thought we might as well try it since it will still have the same fate. Plus, Lloyd is such a foodie! He couldn’t resist trying it. Hahaha! Since it’s served commercially, I think you can still try it when you visit Batanes 🙂 – Me-An

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  2. I always thought that in the provinces food were cheaper and they should. 🙂 Food looks well presented, but the prices look higher than they should.

    Having eaten all over the country, it is by personal choice that I do not write about food, but when I do ratings, I go with value for money. So I can say too, the food featured here with their price points probably offers better value for money than Italiani’s, which I like too. 🙂

    Seafood there should be abundant and cheap, right?

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    • Batanes has Manila standard prices, because they still have to source their ingredients from other islands and even from Manila. And, yes, seafood is abundant and cheaper, but the catch is dependent on weather conditions 🙂 -Me-An

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  3. If given chance I would definitely love to try turmeric rice.. I am an all time rice lover. I always wait for the hotel reviews from you and specially I really adore the pic of you too at the end of the post. Awesome review as usual.. 🙂

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  4. The food looks really nice. However, I would not eat the coconut crab simply because I can’t cope with the fact that an animal is killed for me in front of my eyes. There is a local fisherman that sells live crabs in my town every morning, but I could never buy one and kill it myself.

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  5. Frankly this is the first iam hearing of Batanes…the food does look awesome..but i dont eat seafood..just stick to chicken and eggs ☺☺
    Nevertheless the food does look well presented ….costwise from my perspective seems good and seems to be VFM

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  6. Batanes is in my bucket list and reading this blog gives men additional ideas of what to see and try in this province.

    Seeing that photo of pork (lunis) dish makes me want to eat pork now, since i am currently in Qatar, pork here is not openly available.

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  7. I am always fascinated what real “asian food” looks like ! Living in Spain , going to chinese , thai or vietnamese restaurants is all I know about “asian” food in general . I would soo love to once try the real stuff . Is there actually a big difference between the different asian styles of cooking ?

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    • Yes, I believe there is 🙂 I think the style of cooking stems from the available resources, climate, history and the people’s lifestyle. -Me-An

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  8. I would love to try their turmeric rice, simply because I haven’t taste turmeric and for the past weeks I read a lot of things about turmeric in general. The Luñis looks simple yet I still would love to give it a try since Im a fan of Adobo. The crabbbbb ohh my! Woukd love to try it. But I find it too expensive 🙁

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  9. I would love to try that coconut crab! It’ll sure be worth every peso. BTW, would you know how they prepared the tumeric rice? Or it’s the same variant that can be bought in Indian stores.

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  10. I would definitely try the coconut crab! Because I haven’t eaten that kind of crab and it looks really yummy on when its cooked already!

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  11. It’s a no brainer as well that I’d go for the coconut crab :). I did some research and it seems that they can still be served and eaten but only within the island. They’ve enforced regulations that prohibits it’s transport out of the island, live or cooked. That may have contributed to value hence the somewhat expensive tag price.

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    • They have plenty of seafood and they have stir-fried vegetables & paco salad on their menu, so we guess it’s a good place for people who don’t eat meat 🙂

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  12. I always like to go to Batanes! I’ll try that resto when I get there! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  13. Wow. I’ve always wanted to go to batanes! Awesome food but it’s a bit out of my league because I’m still a student. I’m pretty sure the price was justified by happy stomachs 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

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  14. Really looks delicious, me and my husband loves to explore restau’s anywhere. And aside from the fact that it is Batanes ( which we didn’t visit yet ) I will definitely write it down in my bucket list. I thinks the price is quite good then 🙂 on the other hand, I would love to try the coconut crab since haven’t tried crab sauted in a coconut ( ginataang alimango ) I think it’s a must try 🙂

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  15. Wow!! All your photos are amazing and mouth watering. Lately, My mom and I starts to explore new restos in town. And we’re gladly that we did. Thanks for posting.

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  16. I’d love to try the crab and the rice! I have tasted food with turmeric before, but never on rice. Hmm, maybe I should experiment with that this weekend.

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  17. The pictures look great! I have yet to travel to Batanes and try this. 🙂 The place seems popular and affordable.

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  18. Batanes is definitely on our list of places to visit, and we’ll definitely check this restaurant out when we get there. 🙂

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  19. jaimie felix

    okay, I’m writing my comment at midnight and your post made me hungry!!! waaaaa! thank you for sharing this. will definitely include it to our Batanes itinerary.

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  20. The food is kinda pricey huh. When I go there I would also try their local cuisine especially that coconut crab. After all, one of the best ways to get really acquainted to a certain place is by trying their food.

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  21. Lloyd and Me-an, thank you so much for all the comments you made for d’ islands restaurant, what a perfect couple u have everything! Godbless you always.

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  22. Louie Andrew Adarme

    Greetings! Thank you very much for the comments and compliments on our restaurant! It’s a pleasure to have the both. Hoping to serve you again the best dishes you can find in Batanes.

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