There was a time when people called him by the name Brother Renel when he was a novice in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Nowadays, he still tends to the feeding and caring of the flock, though on a different level – much less dramatic, but equally as difficult.
As Resident Chef of Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Chef Renel Dimacali brings the same passion and dedication he has in spreading the good news to the kitchen and the dining table.
“I want people to see cuisine differently. I want Filipinos to rediscover their cooking roots.”
After extensive training at Enderun and a brief stint in Paris, France and travels around South East Asian countries, this self-confessed dog lover came back home to share his cooking skills and culinary insights. His current classroom is the Ocean Café where breakfast favorites include Truffled Eggs Benedict, Banana Nutella Pancakes and Filipino breakfast favorites like Champorado with Bulad and Beef Tapa. The café also offers a selection of cakes and pastries using local ingredients that are best enjoyed with Danesi Italian coffee. But it’s the Fish and Chips, Humba and Pizza that keep customers coming back for more. For intimate gatherings with family or friends, he offers the Azure Restaurant as the perfect venue. Aside from the usual favorites from Ocean Café, a seasonal menu with more intricate dishes is prepared and updated each quarter.
For this feature, Chef Renel has prepared a lavish set of entrées with brief notations on how he came up with his own version to otherwise familiar Filipino recipes.
Red Watermelon and Mint Shake
Inla’s Shrimp Ceviche served in a Margarita Glass
Fish (Tangigue) Ceviche wrapped in cucumber strips and topped with Lato seaweed
Vegetable Consommé with slices of squash, eggplant and malunggay leaves
Eggplant Salad garnished with steamed kamote leaves and shrimps
Back Ribs served with baked potato and steamed veggies, garnished with deviled sauce
Tuna Steak in Sesame Seeds with steamed veggies and home-made Teriyaki Sauce
Bagnet (pork belly) with steamed veggies and Pinakurat vinegar dip
Pork chop stuffed with Salami served on a baked potato bed with demi-glace
Truffled Eggs Benedict on home-made Wheat pan de sal
Spicy Tinapa with lemon Pizza
Tuna Sandwich served with French fries and coleslaw
Squash and String Beans in Coconut Milk (Ginataang Kalabasa and Sitaw) topped with crushed Chicharon
Deep fried Lapu-lapu Fish with carrots and cucumber garnish (header photo)
Chef Renel can often be seen in the company of Iñigo, a Siberian Husky puppy with captivating blue eyes named after the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola, who doesn’t mind that the chef spends a lot of time in the kitchen concocting culinary delights or masterminding gustatory functions.
To contact Chef Renel, drop by Ocean Suites or send him a note via e-mail.
Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel
Blood Compact Shrine
East Tagbilaran Road
Brgy. Bool, TagbilaranCity
Phone: +63 38 4111031
Mobile: + 63 917 6547217