Puso Bistro and Bar of Quest Hotel
Café Marco of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Feria of Radisson Blu Cebu
Port Restaurant of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel
Halo Restaurant of St. Mark’s Hotel
Cebu can be a foodie’s paradise with the number of restaurants offering dishes from all over the world. A number of hole-in-the-wall restaurants make the city more appealing to people looking for something new. There are also a number of eat-all-you-can restaurants catering to the different tastes of residents and visitors to Cebu. In the past, we shared a couple of lists showing some restaurants with eat-all-you-can offerings. This time we came up with a list of restaurants of hotels with buffet offerings for both their guests and walk-in customers.
Puso Bistro and Bar of Quest Hotel
Puso Bistro and Bar is an all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor of Quest Hotel. The restaurant was chosen as the Best Breakfast Buffet restaurant by Best of Cebu for 2017. The restaurant offers Asian and American cuisine. They also feature a wide variety of dishes to suit the tastes of its guests. The price starts at PHP 550 up to PHP699 depending on the time of the meal and day of the week.
Café Marco of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Café Maro o Puso Bistro and Bar is another popular restaurant offering a wide variety of dishes for its guests. The restaurant features Japanese, American, and Italian dishes, among others. The signature restaurant of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu was selected as one of the top 5 restaurants in the Philippines by the Miele Guide in 2013. Buffet rates at the Café Marco start at PHP757 for the breakfast buffet up to PHP1,395 for the dinner buffet.
Feria of Radisson Blu Cebu
The most prominent feature of Feria at Radisson Blu Cebu is their stations offering different cuisines for its guests. They offer Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and other cuisines. In addition, the restaurant also offers vegetarian-friendly dishes along with gluten-free dishes. The price of the buffet at Feria is between PHP880 and PHP1,450 depending on the time of the meal.
Port Restaurant of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel
Port Restaurant is just one of the dining options guests have at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. The restaurant offers a good selection of Filipino dishes. The restaurant was selected as the best budget dinner restaurant by the Best of Cebu in 2014. Buffet prices at the Port Restaurant start at PHP299 up to PHP399. They also have a late night buffet offering at PHP189.
Halo Restaurant of St. Mark’s Hotel
Halo Restaurant is a restaurant specializing in Filipino, Thai, Italian, and Japanese dishes. Located on the second floor of St. Mark’s Hotel, the restaurant offers the Bisayang Manok from Ronda and Lechon on certain days of the week. In addition, they also offer a special crispy pata buffet as well as a roast beef and pasta buffet. Prices of the buffet at Feria start at PHP398 up to PHP448.
Cebu is already a popular destination for tourists looking for a place where they can enjoy the beauty of nature. Even as many of the places in Cebu already have their good share of tourists, there are some places that have remained relatively untouched. These are typically islands off the northern or southern coast of Cebu. One of these islands is Guintacan Island.
Guintacan Island is also known as Kinatarcan Island and Guintarcan Island. It does not ring a bell since it is one of the last frontiers of Cebu. The island is located on the northwestern coast of Cebu and is a part of the Bantayan group of islands. It has an elongated shape with a length of around 6.8 kilometers and a width of around 2.5 kilometers. The island has a hilly topography with a large lagoon situated on its eastern coast. Guintacan Island is a part of the municipality of Santa Fe and has three barangays.
Guintacan Island has remained relatively undeveloped even though it already has three barangays. The beaches of the island have remained pristine since it was not developed as a tourist destination. Due to this, only a few people know this island paradise. If you ever decide to visit the island, you can drop by the following places:
Getting to Guintacan Island
The journey to Guintacan Island starts at the Cebu North Bus Terminal where you can catch a bus headed for Daanbantayan. Once you reach Daanbantayan, you can get on a ferry headed for an island. You can also opt to hire a motorized boat if you are a part of a big group.
Guintacan Island is one of the remaining unexplored places in Cebu. It is a good place for anyone looking to get away from the stress of life in the city, even for a weekend. Have you visited Guintacan Island already? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.
The Cebu lechon has been one of the most sought-after roasted pig in the country. It is so popular that a previous president used to have it flown to the capital just for him and his friends. But there is much more to the Cebu lechon than meets the eye. Here are some fun facts that you may want to know about the Cebu lechon that many longtime residents of the island already know.
No Sauce Needed
One thing Cebuanos always say when they eat lechon is that when it needs some sort of sauce to enhance the flavor, it is not Cebu lechon. Cebu lechon is known to be exceptionally tasty. It does not need anything to enhance its flavor. This is mainly due to the special spices added to it before it is cooked. While these spices may vary from one lechon maker to another, they all add to the flavor of the Cebu lechon to make it the best in the archipelago.
The special spices added into the Cebu lechon while it is prepared are the secret ingredients to make it the best in the country. Some of these ingredients include lemongrass, a local banana variety known as the saba, garlic cloves, onions, black pepper, and salt. Lechon makers also have their own secret ingredients to add a unique flavor to their lechon. These spices merge to give the Cebu lechon its sinfully-delicious flavor.
Since the Cebu lechon is known to be the best in the country, it is not surprising to find a number of lechon restaurants in and around Metro Cebu. The most popular lechon restaurants include Rico’s Lechon, CNT Lechon, Ayer’s Lechon, Zubuchon, House of Lechon, and Alejo’s Lechon. There are many other smaller no-frills places offering lechon, like Auring’s Lechon, where you can eat lechon.
The lechon belly or boneless lechon is one of the innovations in the Cebu lechon. Instead of buying the whole lechon, you only get the meaty part of the lechon. The belly of the pig is deboned before adding special ingredients to make it flavorful. The boneless lechon is cooked in the same way a regular Cebu lechon is cooked. While a number of lechon restaurants have started to offer boneless lechon, there are some places specializing in the boneless lechon. These places include Tatang’s Extra Crispy Boneless Lechon and Cebu’s Original Boneless Lechon.
Best Lechon in Cebu
Even as the Cebu lechon is considered as the best roasted suckling pig in the country, there are some places on the island claiming to offer the best Cebu lechon. Some Cebuanos say the best lechon can be found in Talisay City while others say the best ones are offered in Carcar City. Whichever the place, everyone is in agreement that the Cebu lechon is the best in the country, if not, the world.
Sachi Authentic Japanese Ramen Okonomiyaki is a Japanese restaurant located in Mandaue City. Aside from serving authentic Japanese ramen, the place also has the ambiance of a ramen house in Japan. The restaurant serves Osaka-style ramen, which has a broth that is not as thick as the Tokyo and Fukuoka versions of the ramen. Sachi Authentic Japanese Ramen Okonomiyaki is located in Cabancalan, Mandaue City. They are open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM from Monday to Saturday and 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM on Sundays.
Hamakaze Japanese Ramen
Another Japanese restaurant serving ramen in Mandaue is Hamakaze Japanese Ramen. Despite its modest façade, many customers gave have nothing but praise for the restaurant. They use a special ingredient to make their broth tastier, which had a lasting impression on people who tried their ramen, particularly the Shoyu Ramen. Hamakaze Japanese Ramen is located along AS Fortuna Street, Mandaue City. They are open from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 5:00 AM every day.
Nonki Japanese Restaurant
Nonki Japanese Restaurant is a casual dining restaurant serving Japanese food. They serve sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, and ramen. Their ramen choices include Tonkutsu Ramen, Chasyu Ramen, Seafood Ramen, and Spicy Beef Ramen. One must-try ramen at Nonki Japanese Restaurant is their Shoyu Ramen, which received rave reviews from customers. Nonki Japanese Restaurant is located along AS Fortuna Street, Mandaue City. They are open from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM every day. They also have branches in SM City Cebu, Mactan Tropics Center in Lapu-Lapu City, Banawa, and JPark Island Resort in Lapu-Lapu City.
Ramen Dojo prides itself on offering great-tasting ramen at an affordable price. The noodles of this no-frills ramen place are delivered daily to ensure freshness. Their bestsellers include the mixed seafood, spicy tantan, pork, miso, and shrimp ramen. Ramen Dojo is located at The Walk in Cebu IT Park. They are open from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. They also have branches at SM City Cebu and Robinsons Cybergate Mall.
Banri Noodle House
Another authentic Japanese restaurant offering homemade noodles is Banri Noodle House. Located at the Crossroads Mall in Banilad, the restaurant offers 19 varieties of ramen all served hot. The owner, Chef M. Terasawa, is typically seen going around the restaurant checking on the guests. Banri Noodle House is open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM from Mondays to Saturdays. They are also open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Sundays.
In the past, a pack of store-bought noodles cooked at home was good enough to satisfy the noodle craving of many Cebuanos. This has changed in the past decade or so as more ramen places have started offering their own versions of this well-loved Japanese dish. The following is a list of places offering the best ramen in Cebu.
Ramen Yushoken is considered as among the best places to get your ramen fix in Cebu. Koji Tashiro, also known as the Son of the Ramen god, trained the staff of the place. Due to this, it was not surprising the place is among the best ramen place in metro Cebu. Ramen Yushoken is located at the Oakridge Business Park, AS Fortuna St., Mandaue City. They are open from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM every day.
168 Ramen House
Located at the Crossroads in Banilad, 168 Ramen House offers a good selection of ramen dishes to its customers. Many customers of the place recommend the tonkotsu ramen of the place. Aside from being great-tasting, the ramen of 168 Ramen House is also reasonably priced. Located at the Crossroads Mall along Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, 168 Ramen House is open from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM. The ramen house also has a branch at Mango Square Mall along Gen. Maxilom Avenue, which is open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM.
Q-Bay Restaurant is another restaurant offering ramen in the Queen City of the South. Customers at the place recommend the spicy ramen, which they described as the best in Cebu. Q-Bay Restaurant is located at the ground floor of Skyrise 4 of the Cebu IT Park. They are open from 5:00 PM to 12:30 AM.
People who tried the ramen at Tongara Ramen are all in agreement that the place offers one of the best ramen in Cebu. Their ramen are all made from scratch and served in big bowls. The Tongara Tantanramen received a lot of rave reviews from people who were able to taste it. People who tried the ramen is located at the Escario Central along Escario Street. They are open from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
Rai Rai Ken
Rai Rai Ken has been in the market for a long time. It was originally established in Japan in 1910 and reached the Pearl of the Orient in 1993. They offer authentic Japanese dishes, including the ramen. One of their crowd favorites is their seafood ramen. Rai Rai Ken has a number of branches in Cebu, including SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, and Robinsons Fuente.
These are just five places where Cebuanos would visit each time they have some raving for a piping-hot bowl of ramen.
There are numerous accounts of the origin of the pizza. Some say it started with the Greeks, while others contend that the Egyptians made the first pizza. In Italy, it was once an inexpensive treat topped with oil, cheese, tomatoes, garlic, and anchovies. The first time the term “pizza” was used was in 997 in Gaeta.
Whatever the origin, the pizza is already on the list of favorite food of many Cebuanos. Due to this, we came up with another list where you can satisfy your pizza cravings while you are in Cebu.
Biaño’s Homemade Pizza
Biaño’s Homemade Pizza is another homegrown pizza place that has caught the fancy of many Cebuanos. The owner, Alberto Biaño, decided to learn how to make pizza after being dissatisfied with a pizza he ordered from a well-known pizza restaurant. His first customers were his neighbors, who gave good reviews for his pizza. The first branch of Biaño’s Homemade Pizza opened its doors to the Cebu market in 2007. Biaño’s Homemade Pizza already has numerous branches all over the archipelago. The prices of their pizza start at PHP49 for a six-inch Garlic and Cheese Pizza up to PHP220 for the 11-inch Full House pizza.
Similar to many homegrown pizza places, Calda Pizza started with one outlet to check if the market will respond well to their pizza. The first branch was located along Salinas Drive in Lahug. It was a combination of a pizza place and a convenience store. The Cebuano market responded well to the pizza offered by Calda Pizza and the company decided to open more branches around metro Cebu before expanding to other places around the country. The pizzas of Calda Pizza are priced between PHP165 for the Regular 11-inch Margherita and PHP2,050 for the Monster 48-inch Quattro Stagione.
La Bella Pizza Bistro
La Bella Pizza Bistro offers authentic Italian dishes to residents and visitors to Cebu. Similar to restaurants offering authentic Italian dishes, the place uses only the best ingredients for their pizza. Formerly called La Bella Napoli, the pizza at the restaurant is handmade and customers have the chance to see how the pizza is created. La Bella Pizza Bistro has branches in Mabolo, Maribago, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and in Dumaguete. The prices of the pizza at the bistro start at PHP220 for the solo size of the Margherita up to PHP550 for the family size of the Prinipessa pizza.
Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast
Owned by Chef Giuseppe Genco, Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast is considered among the best Italian restaurants in the Queen City of the South. The pizzas offered at the restaurant use fresh ingredients and are cooked using wood-fired ovens. Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast is located in Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad. The pizzas offered at Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast are priced between PHP400 for the Biancaneve All Aglio and PHP620 for the Gregorio.
Mr. A Pizzeria
Mr. A is more than just a place to hang out with friends over a cold bottle of your favorite brew since they also have a pizzeria. Mr. A Pizzeria offers a good selection of thin-crust pizzas for customers who want to enjoy this Italian dish while watching the sunset on the mountains of Busay. The prices of the pizza at Mr. A Pizzeria start at PHP300 for the Margherita up to PHP390 for the Meat Lovers pizza.
While Cebu is known for its beaches, it is also a good place for anyone looking to go on a culinary journey. Since Cebuanos are known to be picky when it comes to food, it is not surprising that Cebu offers a good number of dishes that can tickle the taste buds of foodies who were lucky enough to set their food on the island. The following are some food options food lovers can consider if they want to go on a culinary journey in Cebu.
Similar to many places in the country, Cebu also has its share of delicacies that tourists can bring home with them after their visit. One of these delicacies is the Peanut Browas. The Peanut Browas are bite-size peanut-flavored delicacies that were conceptualized during the time when Cebu had a flour shortage. Its rich peanut flavor can easily catch anyone’s fancy. Sold in boxes consisting of packs of the delicacy, the Peanut Browas has consistently titillated the senses of both residents and visitors to the island.
When it comes to the main dish, the first thing that comes to mind is the Cebu lechon. Cebuanos take pride in the lechon that they would say of the lechon needs lechon sauce, it is not Cebu lechon. The Cebu version of this sinfully-delicious dish is already tasty that you do not need lechon sauce when you eat it.
Aside from the Cebu lechon, another dish you may want to try while in Cebu is the bisnok of Dumanjug. Bisnok comes from “Bisaya,” which is the language spoken in Cebu, and “Manok,” which means chicken. The bisnok of Dumanjug has a distinctive taste due to the special spices used in cooking it. A purely organic native chicken is also used for the dish, which is fried before any seasoning is added.
The danggit is a dish that has a special place on the breakfast table of many Cebuano households. The danggit of Cebu has also become one of the pasalubong items many visitors to Cebu take home with them. While it is mainly eaten during breakfast, it can be eaten at any time of the day. The term “danggit” is actually the method of preserving the fish, which is either spinefoot fish or rabbitfish. Some Cebuanos also use the danggit to spice up some dishes they are cooking.
While these dishes can be paired with a plate of rice, when you are in Cebu the puso is the way to go. The puso or hanging rice can be considered as one of the icons in the food landscape of Cebu. This humble dish makes it easy to eat rice without using any utensils. Wrapped in coconut leaves or “lukay,” the puso are sold in places where the Cebu lechon, lechon manok, and any other Cebuano finger food are sold.
Cebu is also known for exporting dried mangoes to different parts of the world. The dried mangoes of Cebu are sweet to the taste with a hint of sourness in them. This unique combination makes the dried mangoes of Cebu among the popular pasalubong items from Cebu, aside from the Peanut Browas, Toasted Mini Mamons, and Butterscotch. Aside from the dried mango, the mangoes of Cebu can also be made into a deliciously-fruity Mango Float. You
These are just a sample of the dishes you can try if you go on a culinary journey in Cebu. Which of these dishes have you tried? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
A date on Valentine’s Day does not always mean you have to splurge in order to make it romantic. While eating out on the day of hearts may be a nice, but a tight budget does not mean you cannot spend quality time with your loved one. Here are some places where you can have a romantic evening without having to spend too much.
Walk in the Park
Cebu may not have as many parks as the capital, but there are some places that have gone through a facelift to make them a good place to visit during Valentine’s Day. One of the places these places is Plaza Independencia. In the past, the park was a haven for bad elements before the city government decided to restore it and make it safer for residents and visitors. You do not have to spend anything other than fare to spend some quality time with your loved one at the park. You may also want to bring some food and have a small picnic at the park while enjoying each other’s company.
Date with History
Couples who love history and culture may want to visit some of the museums and cultural sites in the Queen City of the South. While you may have to pay for the entrance fee for these museums, it will be minimal. You can also take a one-day tour of some of the tourist spots in Cebu starting from Fort San Pedro and gradually work your way to Casa Gorordo.
SRP Beach Side
If you have a vehicle, you may want to drive to the South Road Properties and spend the day at the SRP beach side. You can sit on the benches and simply hang out amid the cool sea breeze. The waves also have a calming effect, which makes it conducive to talk about life or anything under the sun.
Getting Physical at Mount Babag
For adventure lovers, hiking up Mount Babag to the RCPI towers is a good way to spend some quality time together. Aside from exercising your muscles, you will also get the chance to motivate each other in attaining your goal of reaching the top, which is something couples should do to keep the love alive. You may also want to bring food and have a picnic on your way to the top.
Fun at the Mall
The love month normally sees malls normally holding shows to entertain shoppers. These shows are typically free of charge, but you have to contend with a huge crowd waiting to see their idols live. If you don’t mind mixing up with the crowd to catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two with your loved one, you can head on over to the nearest mall and watch them perform live.
Valentine’s Day does not always mean you have to make your wallet lighter just to have some quality time with your partner. All you need to do is to be creative and think out of the box. Simply look for something the two of you love to do, and plan the day well. What is important is that you spend time together on this special day of the year.
Flowers and chocolates are the most popular gifts you can give your loved one. But have you considered looking for an unconventional gift that may be practical or fun to use? We came up with a list of delicacies you can give for Valentine’s Day, this list will feature some out of the ordinary gift ideas you may want to give your special someone to make the day of hearts memorable.
Technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. This growth resulted to an increasing volume of information we can use for everyday lives. Due to this, a flash drive is quite a practical gift for your loved one. It can be used to store information, be it movies, music, and other things your partner may need or want for everyday tasks. You may even find heart-shaped flash drives to make it more memorable for him or her.
Another practical gift you can give is a power bank. While the latest smartphones have long standby time, you will never know when your battery will lose power due to heavy usage. This is especially true if your partner loves playing mobile games. These games typically use up a lot of juice in the smartphone. So, a power bank is a very practical gift to give on the day of hearts.
Coupons are very useful especially when you are tight on your budget. Aside from saving money, your loved one will also get to do fun things when the coupon becomes redeemable. You can compile the coupons and let your creativity work by putting them into a colorful folder and decorate it with stickers.
Poetry on a Plate
If you are good in making poems, you may want to consider having your poems engraved into a plate. You can simply write the poem on a white plate. You can also have it engraved if you have the budget. This way each time your loved one has a meal at home, he or she will recall the day you gave the gift.
A ukulele is another gift you may want to consider giving a ukulele. You may also want to include ukulele lessons so he or she will learn how to play this musical instrument. We will never know, your significant other will compose a song for you for the next Valentine’s Day.
Outdoor Survival Bracelet
If your loved one loves the outdoors, an outdoor survival bracelet is a practical gift to give. These survival bracelets are useful for outdoor and adventure activities. These five-in-one bracelets feature a paracord where you can find a compass, whistle, scraper, and a fire starter rod.
For people who travel out of the country often, a passport cover made of premium synthetic leather is a very useful gift. It protects their passport from wear and tear to ensure they do not have issues when they travel. You may even have it personalized by engraving the initials of your loved one on the cover.
Gone are the days when chocolates and flowers are the only gifts you should give your significant other. These are just some practical gifts you can give your special someone for Valentine’s Day. You can simply let your imagination fly when thinking of something to give on this special day of the year.
Valentine’s Day is a special day for couples who would spend some time together even for an hour or two. While couples should spend quality time together every day, February 14 has always been special for people with a significant other. People normally have a special lunch or dinner with their loved one on Valentine’s Day. But, you can be creative and have a unique celebration on the day of hearts with your loved one.
Watch the Sun Set at Tops Lookout
If you want to watch the sun setting over the horizon while hugging your loved one tightly in your arms, Tops Lookout is the best place to go. The place has always been one of the go-to places for couples who want to spend a lazy afternoon up in the mountains without having to spend too much. The entrance fee of the place is PHP100. If you do not have your own vehicle, you can hire a motorcycle to bring you up to the place. Rates start at PHP150, depending on your negotiation skills.
Celebrate Love at the Temple of Leah
When you think about love, the Temple of Leah stands out among the different tourist sites in the Queen City of the South. The Temple of Leah was built in 2012 as a symbol of the undying love of Teodorico Adarna for his wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. It is but a fitting place for couples to visit the place to renew their love for each other on Valentine’s Day. Entrance fee to the Temple of Leah is at PHP50. They have a parking fee of PHP100 if your vehicle is parked within the premises of the temple. A shuttle service is available for those who do not have vehicles. Round-trip fare is PHP120. It normally parks at the Dessert Factory across JY Square Discovery Mall.
Take a Dip at Mountain View Nature’s Park
If you have had your fill of the beaches in Cebu, you may want to try spending Valentine’s Day up in the mountains of Cebu. One of the best places you can visit is Mountain View Nature’s Park. After going through a facelift, the place already features an infinity pool that looks amazing at night. The park is perfect for picnics and bonding activities with your loved one. The entrance fee at the park is at PHP100. Mountain View Nature’s Park has its own shuttle service, but it costs PHP400 per person with a minimum of 10 persons riding the van. You may also hire a motorcycle, which is at PHP25 per head depending on how good you are at negotiating.
Disconnect at Bacalla Woods Campsite
If you go to the south, there is another place where you can disconnect from the world and spend some quality time with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. The Bacalla Woods Campsite is a mountain campsite located in San Fernando, Cebu where you get to commune with nature and simply while the time away. The campsite also offers a number of adventure activities that you can enjoy with your significant other. The overnight fee at the Bacalla Woods Campsite is at PHP150. Hammock rental is at PHP100 while a tent costs PHP300.
Fill Your Stomach to the Brim at Koa Tree House
For couples who love to eat, they may want to consider taking advantage of the lunch or dinner buffet at the Koa Tree House. The Koa Tree House is the hub for musicians and home for Cebuano comfort food. When it opened at the Rivergate Mall along Mango Avenue, the resto bar focused on offering good food at a reasonable cost. The lunch and dinner buffet without drinks start at PHP180. The buffet with crabs, shrimps, and drinks cost PHP300.
Lola Pureza's Peanut Browas, a taste of old Cebu.
Available in leading supermarkets and pasalubong shops.