This Boracay Gem Is the Place for Seafood, Drinks, and Stunning Sea Views

Coastal comfort fare with cocktails and amazing views? Yes, please.

Percy Seafood, Hello Sailor in Boracay.
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(SPOT.ph) Boracay is a place loved by many. But aside from its turquoise blue waters, fine white sand, and magical sunsets, its vibrant and ever-changing dining scene always keeps us on our sandy toes. One of the latest additions to the block is worth shooting to the top of your list. Perhaps you’ve passed by and not taken a closer look or have only heard whispers so far—well we’re here to declare: it's a must-try.

Also read: 10 Places to Stay in Boracay for Every Budget

Here's what to expect at this Boracay restaurant:

Percy Seafood, Hello Sailor in Boracay.
Who wouldn't want to dine with this stunning view of Boracay's Willy's Rock and blue waters?
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Percy Seafood, Hello Sailor in Boracay.
Watch the skies go from orange to dark purple and pink hues as the sun sets right from your dining seat.
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The recently opened Percy Seafood at the Seaworthy Boracay hotel sits in front of Willy’s Rock in Station 1. As soon as you step into the inviting al fresco space, you’ll be greeted with understated styling—pops of greenery, beautiful contrasts of white walls, and rattan accents. This laidback vibe, with impressive seafront peripheries, is where lunches turn into sunset drinks happen, smoothly.

Once you’ve drooled over the impressive interiors, it’s time to take in their extensive menu. Power duo Nowie and Odette Potenciano, who also made a mark in Boracay with The Sunny Side Cafe, Spice Bird, and SuperMagic Burgers, are behind this new gem together with their longtime Executive Chef Natalia Moran. Of course, you can only expect bigger things from their latest concept.

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“With regards to Percy, we felt that there was an opportunity to provide a different kind of seafood dining experience for visitors to Boracay. Most everyone wants to have seafood while they’re on the island but not everyone wants the usual paluto style of preparation,” shares Nowie in an exchange with SPOT.ph. The idea of Percy Seafood has been on their minds for a while and they were just looking for the perfect opportunity—which manifested when they found a jackpot of a location in Station 1. For a little trivia, Percy comes from the Perseus of Greek mythology.

The Potencianos feel strongly about promoting local seafood at its best and as such, they offer a variety of Asian and Western seafood dishes that were inspired by the couple’s wonderful memories during their travels and road trips abroad. As Noe beautifully explained it, “There’s something for everyone and every meal is like traveling the world.”

To add, the beauty behind Percy Seafood is that they understand the magic of letting beautifully complex flavor profiles of the region’s seafood shine on their own. They make it a point to use local seafood. No salmon, cod, or imported squid rings here. “We wanted to do a part to help local fishermen, especially after the pandemic,” says Nowie.

Percy Seafood, Hello Sailor in Boracay.
Some of the ocean's best.
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Percy Seafood, Hello Sailor in Boracay.
Packed with the flavors of the ocean. 
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If you want to taste Aklan’s oyster’s sweet, buttery, and milky notes with a twist, the Green Oysters (Php 690) with grilled spinach, artichoke, and parmesan is definitely a winner. It’s simple, decadent, and just the perfect one-bite hors d'oeuvre that will please your taste buds. The Tuna Ceviche (Php 390) with avocado is also delightfully refreshing and light. The very simplicity of the dish comes through!

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Pasta, anyone?
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For something a little heavier, try the Seafood Cappellini (Php 490) with a generous amount of shrimp, mussels, clams, and squid in a peppery white wine sauce. With the right mix of spices, this classic seafood dish is packed with flavors.

Another tropical-themed dish you can’t miss is the Island Mahi-mahi (Php 590). It’s glazed with pineapple and paired with coconut rice, which livens up the plate and adds that perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

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Prawns are the star of this dish.
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Additionally, you won’t go wrong with Grilled Prawns in Thai Nam Jim Sauce with coconut rice and bokchoy (Php 890). The simplicity of the seasoning lets the freshness of the juicy prawns shine.

According to Nowie, the Morrocan-style Royal Seafood Tagine (P1,950/good for three to four) is poising to be the crowd favorite—courtesy of the fish, prawns, squid, and mussels swimming in a harissa-tinged base. The Percy’s Basket, with its beer-battered Mahi-Mahi, squid, and shrimp with crisp hand-cut fries in a huge bowl is also perfect for all the families staying on the island.

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The Perfect Sundowner Spot at Hello Sailor

The view plays a crucial role in any sunset happy hour drinks—and it’s nothing but stellar at Hello Sailor, located at Percy Seafood. But more than that, giving you serious summer island vibes are the drinks!

“As for Hello Sailor, we also felt that Boracay visitors have evolved and are now looking for more carefully crafted cocktails. Foreign tourists, in particular, are also now more active in seeking out what’s local,” shared Noe.

When the opportunity for a day-to-night concept came about, they only had one person in mind, David Ong of The Curator and OTO. He developed the menu inspired by fruits and botanicals of the Philippines.

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A perfect way to end the day on the island.
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Sit down with a glass of these and just feel the summer vibe.
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You could never go wrong with some drinks.
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While you enjoy the wafting scents of sea breeze, try the Sunseeker (Php 350) with bourbon and mango, or the Rubber Ducky (Php 350) with Don Papa rum and corn.

All in One place: Seaworthy Boracay Hotel

Putting the spotlight on Seaworthy Hotel Boracay, which is the Potenciano’s hotel venture, is opening (hopefully, Nowie notes) in the first week of July. The humble hotel—which boasts of a beachfront view, the crystal clear waters just a stone throw's away—has only seven rooms (five kings and two singles) that sit on top of Percy Seafood, Hello Sailor, and dessert place Coco Mama, with a common area called the Sunset Lounge where one can have great seats to watch the picturesque view of the sun setting over the horizon; talk about having everything all in one place. 

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“We’re working hard to make sure that when we open in July, everything is working very well,” he shared.

The last two years were not smooth sailing for Nowie and Odette, especially for their F&B ventures in a place like Boracay. Whereas restaurants in Manila could do online deliveries, they didn’t have much means to do the same on the island. In fact, in an attempt to sustain their employees during the pandemic, the couple sent them to Manila for some of their pop-up stores. Even butter was a problem in the beginning, so much so that they had to import butter themselves due to the lack of it.

They have been “chugging along” the current, said Noe when it comes to how they are faring in the pandemic. “It comes in bits and starts, and then disappears, so we’re just hoping that there’s no more stops,” he added.

As restrictions loosen in recent months, more tourists, mostly locals with their families, are flying into the island for much-needed break away from the city and from being caged inside homes with backs hurting for months—with numbers, albeit different profiles, almost the same as it was pre-pandemic. 

Same time last year, Boracay was very quiet. Nowie added: “We would walk on the beach with our dog and we would be the only ones on there—which sounds like a dream, but it’s difficult when you’re worried about where to get money.”

As of now, Nowie's full focus is on the opening of Seaworthy. 

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“We’re proud of how everything turned out, everything just fits very well. The bar complements the food, and then the place all works together. We’re very happy that things turned out (well),” Noe said.

Also read:
The Ultimate SPOT.ph Guide to Traveling Locally During the Pandemic
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