Parilya IL Curso, SRP

Parilya in Il Curso is one of The Laguna Group’s babies who is living up to the company’s stamp of proven success in the food industry over the years. The dining formula at Parilya is the same with its forerunner sister Cafe Laguna (one of my top picks for Best of Cebu restaurants) which is classic comfort food with a traditional Cebuano flare. Parilya offers home-cooked style dishes specializing in seafood, grill and lechon!

The restaurant is spacious and probably the biggest tenants to date in Il Curso Mall. Beautifully situated in an urban business center of SRP, coming here will get you a glorious experience of both dining and leisure. The ocean-front vibe will put you in the relaxing mood paired with good food – definitely a great pick for family bonding. The white hue interiors make the restaurant look more appealing. I’ve been here twice (over dinner and lunch) and  in both occasions, the experience has been nothing but A for Awesome. I, personally, prefer and appreciate my lunch visit for a simple reason that I enjoy the view more in daylight. 🙂Read More »

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Paluto Dining and More at Seafood and Ribs Warehouse Restaurant, SM Seaside City Cebu

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photo credits to Seafood and Ribs Warehouse FB page

Do you know how it feels like to have a boulder in your stomach? I bet you do. That’s how it felt like for me after dining at Seafood And Ribs Warehouse. I had one of the best ‘paluto’ seafood feast and it’s damn hard to pick a favorite because all of the dishes served to us were really good. Their cooks made sure the ingredients we picked were cooked exactly as how we’d like it to be. I’ve got nothing but high praises to all the dishes served to us that night, not to mention that their prices are right on the budget so you can actually eat more without hurting your pockets. What I really enjoyed about dinning here is not only the food, but the entire dining experience. From the friendly staff, to food choices down to the ambiance, I recommend Seafood And Ribs Warehouse to every foodie out there. I bet our hardworking OFWs and tourists will appreciate every minute of their food fest. No doubt about that.Read More »

Traditional Chinese Banquet at A Taste of Mandarin

A Taste of Mandarin is originally built in 1993 right after Gaisano Country Mall was constructed from the family behind the Gaisano Capital Group. I’ve passed by and seen A Taste of Mandarin several times before but have never thought of trying it out. I always have hesitations to give it a go because of its stunning facade. From the outside, the place looks like it’s screaming “$$$” sign. Right at the entrance, an extensive Chinese Buddha will greet you, along with other decors that depict classic Shanghai vibe. Everything from the lights to the chairs up to the carpet is designed intricately that’s just fitting to the restaurant’s image.

It was my first time to experience a traditional Chinese banquet meal. A Chinese lauriat party is like a sit-down banquet usually done on special occasions. For those who have a deep-rooted love for Chinese food may very well understand what I am talking about. With the help of a lazy susan, the food was easily shared to us by simply rotating the glass tray at the center of the table. I immediately remember my childhood days when my grandparents also had a wooden version of a lazy susan on the table. There was so much to eat that one fine dinner time. The variation of each cuisine was melodious, it totally changed my initial perspective of Chinese food.

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Chik Chow Food Express Buffet For Only P288

I’ve heard Chik Chow’s radio ad for some time already but I have yet to personally try it untlrecently. Finally, I got the opportunity to try their buffet which, by the way, is way affordable compared to the mainstream buffets in the metro.

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My Uber driver was not familiar with the place, and so am I. We relied on our virtual map assistant, and boy was it tough. Chik Chow’s location is not that visible from the main road. But the good thing is they have a medium sized signage along the highway directing guests where to turn. I’ll make it easier for you, dear readers. Your marker will be the “mini bridge” beside San Carlos High School in Mango Ave. Across that ‘bridge’ is a small alley, that’s the road doing to Chik Chow. Do not hesitate to drive in because there is a big parking space allotted for Chik Chow customers inside.

Chik Chow offers lunch and dinner buffet for only P288.00 daily (except Mondays). They made use of the family’s ancestral house and converted it into the restaurant that it is today. The food business started practically from Chik’s (sir Bochik, owner) passion for cooking. Most of the food they serve are family recipes passed along for generations. Chik and his wife, Miss Viola, did some catering and offered short orders when they started. Eventually, the reputation blossomed and the rest is history. I immediately liked the ambiance because it’s like eating at the comforts of my home, without the box and busy restaurant feel.Read More »

Tsuki Japanese Dining in Sarrosa International Hotel, Kasambagan, Cebu City

If you’re in search of authentic Japanese food, then you must definitely try Tsuki’s delectable meals. At barely three months old, Tsuki Japanese Dining is currently on its soft opening. It is located on the ground floor of Sarrosa International Hotel. I’m such a sucker for Japanese food, so when I had the opportunity to try Tsuki, I was overjoyed! I can delightfully eat Japanese cuisine every day, any day.

Tsuki means “Moon” in English translation. A very fitting name to a Japanese food place as this celestial giant is ever-present in Japan’s rich culture, arts, and festivities. Tsuki Japanese Dining serves authentic Japanese food with genuine Japanese taste. The ambiance has a contemporary Japanese flair where people can get together for a drink of sake or shochu and just be merry.

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The restaurant specializes in sushi and sashimi, no ramen in this joint guys. Head chef and part owner, Kazuo Sato, who hails from Osaka, is a decorated chef who has been cooking since he was 14 years old. His experiences from his travels abroad honed his skills in Japanese cooking onto the next level. You may also request for a special order if you wish to have something that’s not on their menu.

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The dishes we had were so heavenly, I had a hard time forgiving myself for this gluttony trip haha! I will go through my top picks (personal favorites) first, but take note that everything in this blog post is pretty damn good.Read More »

No Frills Ramen All for P150 at Ramen Dojo, Cebu

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I am no connoisseur but I enjoy slurping on a good ramen broth occasionally. Ramen has become a staple in the Philippine food scene. This stellar dish’s popularity is becoming a trend that a number of ramen houses are swarming in Cebu City’s food scene. Ramen Dojo first opened its doors to Cebuanos at Robinsons Cybergate back in June of 2016. When I heard that they are opening in IT Park, which is closer to where I live, I got really excited. Finally, on February 2017, Ramen Dojo opened its second branch at The Walk, Cebu IT Park.Read More »

Shakey’s Cebu Opened Its 8th Branch at SM Seaside City Cebu

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The newest Shakey’s restaurant in Cebu finally opened its doors to the public at the 3rd biggest mall in the Philippines. With the recent opening of the SM Seaside City Cebu branch, it only means that Shakey’s SuperCard holders can enjoy more exclusive treats, promos, discounts and other privileges. The more reason why you have to get your own Shakey’s SuperCard right now.

Mr. Allen Tan, his family and some of Shakey’s top management spearheaded the event. Distinguished guests, SM Seaside Cebu officers, media personnel, and bloggers were invited to witness and partake in the opening. After the ribbon cutting, lunch was served. Our usual favorites like Mojos n’ Dip + Fried Chicken combo, pasta, and pizza were ever present. After lunch, there was a pizza-making activity for the children led by Captain Shakey’s himself.

As of this time, there are 190 Shakey’s stores nationwide. It will continue expanding to new locations so that more Filipinos can enjoy the Shakey’s experience. Congratulations to Shakey’s for the opening of your 8th baby in the Queen City of the South. To know more about the latest promotions, LIKE Shakey’s Pizza on Facebook and FOLLOW @shakeysph on Instagram.

Shakey’s SM Seaside City is at the Lower Ground Level, Mountain Wing of the mall. See you there!

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Soi Restaurant, Thai Food Rockstar in Cebu.

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Thai food has bcome a Filipino favorite. Here in Cebu, there are several Thai restaurants that are slowly making a mark in the food biz. One of which is this no non-sense Thai place named Soi Thai Restaurant. Soi Thai is a Filipino-owned restaurant from the creative minds that brought us the staple Kapampangan food chain, Cabalen. Soi means “street” or “side-street” in Thailand, so this place basically brings upscale Thai street food with lip-smacking dishes at a decent price.  Madam Jocelyn Puyat, the owner, promised to bring Thailand’s culinary treasures to Cebu food scene with the most authentic taste possible through Soi Thai Restaurant.

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Let’s go through some of Soi’s specials and my personal favorites from their menu.Read More »

Gelato Heaven at Gelatissimo Cebu

As a self-confessed lover of sweets, I have always regarded desserts as the star of every meal. Even on buffets, I tend to devour the sweets first before the main course. Haha! Gelatissimo gives an enchanting taste of Italy from a colorful array of ice cream flavors spread through the glass display counter in all its wonderful glory, I feel like I’m in gelato heaven. They continue to make unique flavors every now and then to complement some mainstays which add variety to their menu. Being a distinguished gelato lover, a scoop full of this smooth velvety goodie isn’t enough. It is without a doubt that Gelatissimo is still the best gelato house on this side of the city.Read More »

10 Must-See Destinations In Camiguin Island

Camiguin Island is known as The Island of Seven Volcanoes. It is the second smallest province in the Philippines in both population and land area. Its capital is Mambajao, where we stayed for 2 fantastic days. The island of Camiguin is about an hour away from Balingoan Port in Cagayan de Oro. →Here’s how you can get to Camiguin Island from Cebu City and a recommended guest house for you and your company.

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There are a lot of must-see places in Camiguin as it is rich in both hot and cold springs, caves, craters, waterfalls and white sand beaches waiting to be explored. Since Camiguin is a volcanic island with four stratovolcanoes, it is expected that there are a couple of springs spread all over the island. Hot springs are located on the east side of Camiguin and in the west end of the island is where cold springs are. Forget your jeans, that baggy jacket, cotton shirts, and sneakers. When you’re in Camiguin, you can live with just your swimmers and flops. Whether you want to meet locals and learn their culture, meditate, do food trips, or simply laze around and relax by a picturesque beach, Camiguin Island has got you covered.

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