It will be a shame to visit Siargao and skip Kermit, the island stop for wonderful cocktail concoctions, the best pizza in town and perfect tropical resto-bar setting.

Kermit’s hands on owner Gianni Grifoni with his little one at Kermit

Kermit in General Luna, Siargao, is a lively resto-bar where it seems everyone around knows everybody. But it’s not for this reason alone that you should go. The open deck you walk onto barefoot fitted with loungy seats and sunken chairs is prolly the most relaxed spot I’ve been to recently. While the area is exclusive to guests staying at Kermit and the affable owner Gianni Grifoni’s personal guests, there is a rustic tropical space next to it where you can grab a seat to eat or drink or both.

Dining at Kermit means you get to lounge too

“You must call to reserve a table,” warns Grifoni for the restobar, however sprawling, gets jampacked every single night.

Kermit also runs specialized tours and a souvenir shop called Gwapitos selling, among other things, shirts and caps designed by Grifoni himself.

Kermit is a one-stop-shop, offering specialized tours too

Food

Italian—one of the best in the country. Brick oven-baked pizza and freshly-made made pastas are the specialty, but a range of appetizers, mains, seafood and specials for the day are offered too. Had the most amazing four-cheese pizza and vegetarian lasagna here. Other must-tries: flat pizza with shrimps in garlic, tomato sauce and chili; tagliatelle alla tartufata (Italian spinach pasta with parma ham slices), and any of the day’s specials that has seafood.

Tagliatelle alla tartufata

Kermit’s famous brick oven pizza

Drinks

Everything is available. For cocktails, don’t miss house concoctions K-Mojito and Ginger Minge.

The basics
About Php400 (USD 8) per person. Kermitsiargao.com, tel +63998 859 2080

Story by Monica De Leon; photos by Daniel Soriano