The White Banana Beach Club

 The White Banana Beach Club on Tuason beach.

The White Banana Beach Club on Tuason beach.

Since opening a few months ago, The White Banana has steadily been climbing its way up my list of best places to eat and hang-out in Siargao. They really have everything you need to enjoy a sunset on the beach. Whether it’s for cocktails, snacks, or a full-blown dinner, White Banana has the perfect ambiance to enjoy it in. So where do I begin?

Cocktails:

White Banana has Siargao’s best selection of top shelf liquors and cocktails and Jimi, the owner, is always around to help you choose the best drink to complement your mood or make one up on the spot based on what flavors you like. Lately I’ve been making my way through their various gins and vodkas, enjoying the ability to taste and try a wide variety of brands and flavors. Jimi recommended I try a Polish vodka infused with bison grass, a sweet, aromatic plant found in only one area of Europe and it’s my new favorite! Of course they do have the standard Sam Miguel beers, but if you’re in the mood to try something new or prefer a higher class of drink, then White Banana is the go!

 Cocktails at White Banana

Cocktails at White Banana

Food:

If you’ve already heard that White Banana is a vegetarian restaurant then you might be surprized to see chicken, pork, and beef on the menu. Don’t be alarmed, it’s just that White Banana is Siargao’s only restaurant using faux-meats in their cooking. From the classic Filipino dish, Chicken adobo, to spaghetti bolognaise, you’ll find all your favorite foods at White Banana and more often than not you’d never guess you weren’t eating the real thing. The menu is pages and pages long and includes bar chow, appetizers, main courses, and deserts. My favorite item is the ‘Hummus Treats’, which includes three types of hummus; one infused with red pepper, one with mushroom, and one with olives and truffle oil served with crispy pita bread. I’m also in love with the baked beef bolognaise rolls that leave you full and satisfied. Not only does the White Banana experiment and play with different tastes and ingredients in their cocktails but they also take this approach into the kitchen. The result a fresh spin on your favorite classics that leave you wanting to come back and try everything on the menu.

 Fresh mahi mahi pasta at White Banana

Fresh mahi mahi pasta at White Banana

Ambiance:

As one of Siargao’s only true beach bar & restos, it would be hard to find a better view elsewhere. Located on the beach in Tuason it’s just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Cloud 9 yet remains quiet and hidden away. Guests can sit on the beach enjoying the sunset, sit on the deck listening to live music, or sit at the bar and chat with the mixologist as he’s hard at work. The music will range from acoustic sets, to DJs, to tribal style drum groups, but whatever is playing, it always seems to fit the vibe perfectly.

 Customers enjoying a busy night at White Banana

Customers enjoying a busy night at White Banana

 …or find a quiet place upstairs to relax and take it all in.

…or find a quiet place upstairs to relax and take it all in.

For Siargao’s best cocktails, to eat vegetarian without knowing it, or enjoy a magical sunset, The White Banana will truly give you the best of Siargao and is exactly what you were hoping to find on your island holiday.

Where? Look for the sign to White Banana on the beach side of the road between Siargao Bleu and Harana Surf Resorts.

Tim Paddon