BY ROGER M. BALANZA
You don’t need to go Boracay to have a taste of Castillan cuisine offered by a new resto at the Pearl Farm Marina in Lanang in Davao City.
You have not been to Boracay if you have not been to Dos Mestizos, could now be cliché that Dabawenyos could dismiss.
Dos Mestizos, the famous landmark on Remedios Road in Boracay, has found another cozy home in the Floirendo-owned marina for yachts and speed boats cruising the Davao City-Igacos City Pakiputan Strait connection.
Two Spanish mestizos – Juan Carlos “Binggoy” Remedios and Jose Ramon Nieto– are behind Dos Mestizos which first opened its doors in Boracay in 1997.
The brain behind the resto is Binggoy who settled in Boracay to establish Dos Mestizos with Nieto after 15 years of working in the resto business in Europe, US and the Middle East.
Dos Mestizos is not a homecoming business for Binggoy who grew up and studied high school in Davao City before leaving 40 years ago and invading foreign shores due to his love for good food.
Antonio ‘Tonyboy’ Floirendo, Jr., former Davao del Norte Congressman, son of banana magnate Don Antonio Floirendo, Sr., of the Tadeco banana fame, and now at the top of the Floirendo group of companies, dropped by Dos Mestizos in Boracay one day, met with old acquaintance Binggoy, loved the Castillan dishes and offered Binggoy a space at the Pearl Farm Marina, owned by the Floirendos.
If you want to get a taste of old, authentic Spanish food, you have a place in Dos Mestizos, where a third Spanish mestizo, Senor Santiago “Santi” de Erquiaga, the manager, would just be too happy to welcome you!