When people think about Japanese cuisine, they normally say it’s expensive and only for the affluent members of society. Well, this may not be true in the Queen City of the South since there is a place in Cebu offering Japanese food at a reasonable price, Joed’s Lutong Hapon.
Joed’s Lutong Hapon opened in 2009 when owners Joan and Edgar Malapitan decided to open a Japanese restaurant in Cebu. The couple offered Beef Gyudon and Sukiyakidon in their small carinderia in Mabolo. The dishes became an instant hit and the place became one of the must-visit places for anyone who wants to have a taste of Japan without breaking the bank.
The items on the menu of Joed’s Lutong Hapon include Yakisuba, Sukiyaki Maki, Pork Ramen, Curry Udon, Spicy Meso Ramen, Katsudon, Ebi Tempura Roll and Yakiniku, among others. All of the items on the menu were the creations of Edgar himself, who was able to study culinary arts as well as work in Japan. The prices of these menu items are between PHP 75 for the Crazy Maki Roll and PHP 350 for the Maki Sushi Mix. The place prides itself of sourcing their ingredients either directly from Japan or through legitimate Japanese stores in the city.
The original location of the place was close to an elevated basketball court along Pope John Paul Avenue formerly San Jose de la Montaña Avenue in Mabolo. While it basically looked like your typical carenderia, they offered Japanese food at a reasonable price. In 2011, the restaurant relocated to a place close to Sacred Heart School-Hijas de Cebu, which offered a bigger space. After some time, they transferred again to its current location along F. Cabahug Street in Mabolo right across Sarossa Hotel.
Joed’s Lutong Hapon has been featured in a number of well-known food blogs as well as “Rated K” on ABS-CBN and “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” on GMA. It should be noted that the place does not have air-conditioning, which means it may get a bit humid when it gets to hot outside. But, the restaurant does have ceiling fans to provide some respite from the humidity.
If you are planning to visit the place, it may be advisable to get there at lunchtime or just before the dinner rush since it may get crowded during this time. You should also take note that the place only offers street parking. If you are looking for authentic Japanese cuisine without taking a hit on your wallet, Joed’s Lutong Hapon is one place you should visit. We never know, you may become one of the numerous return customers of the place.
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