Woodstone Kitchen @ BoraHut Temple
Penafrancia Avenue, Naga City
We have long wanted to dine at Woodstone Kitchen,
but we never get the chance to find a parking space.
This time, luck was on our side as we found a vacant
parking space in front of the BoraHut Temple, a lifestyle
center in Penafrancia , where the restaurant is located.
We were impressed to see how
beautiful BoraHut Temple was.
The lifestyle center offers a common
beautifully landscaped al fresco garden
dining area for its several restaurants.
It is reminiscent of a relaxed, carefree,
isolated Pacific Island laid back lifestyle.
We were pleasantly surprised to discover
that the owner of Woodstone Kitchen
was my wife’s classmate in college.
It was a hot summer night and we enjoyed
their delicious Iced Tea that had a hint
of a delightful tropical mango aftertaste.
We were given a complimentary organic
salad for appetizer of what appeared to
be mint leaves, topped with white onions,
bits and pieces of ripe mangoes, tomatoes
and strips of chicken with just the right
amount of zesty and slightly briny vinaigrette.
The Sinigang na Tuna Belly had the right
tinge of sourness, had huge chunks of fleshy
fish bellies, and aside from the regular veggies
like okra, string beans and tomatoes, they
added generous amount of camote top leaves
on it that gave a sharp pleasantly acrid flavor.
The Mixed Vegetables was a colored and
sweetish version of the classic Chop Suey.
It was tasty and the vegetables were fresh.
The Grilled Squid was chewy but soft
and served on a sizzling platter together
with stir fried veggies and was delicious.
I would highly recommend one of the best tasting
Lechon Belly in the city. It was very crispy on the
outside but very tender and succulent on the inside.
It was served with two types of sauces, but there is
really no need for those as it was already very tasty.
Just as we thought that we already
have everything that we ordered,
they served us a complimentary dish that
blew away our senses: Crispy Pinangat.
The native Pinagnat was coated with dough and
fried to crispy perfection, without affecting
the texture and the taste of the laing inside.
It was served topped with curdled coconut milk.
Although it had a nice location in the
BoraHut Temple, the Woodstone Kitchen
deserves a place of its own, as it is unique
innovative and offers excellent cuisine,
…and not just be a part of a food court as
I believe this restaurant had a huge potential
to flourish, to be great and famous.