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MGA KAN-ANAN SA CEBU- Dining in Cebu, Philippines

I was browsing my external hard drive this afternoon and found this file on "MGA KAN-ANAN SA CEBU". It is a Cebuano dialect which means restaurants or dinin in Cebu, a city in Visayas region in the Philippines. I have been to this place because my mother is from this part of the Philippines.

I cannot remember the exact date when this email was sent to me with this attachment on "dining in Cebu". Besides after around 2 years, I finally open again my External Hard Drive which contains some of my travel photos.

Feel free to browse online is the restaurants below still exist up to now. I believed, yes. I tried some of this restaurants like the Jo Chicken Inato, Cafe Laguna, etc. Don't miss any of those when you visit Cebu.

MGA KAN-ANAN SA CEBU

EASY ON THE WALLET

1. Moon Cafe
The triple "o" is not a typo, but a reflection of the artistic talents of the owners. The ambiance of the place is pure art, even the walls themselves are covered in colorful paintings and drawings. It is famous for its spicy Mexican food, one of the very few such establishments in Cebu. Open from 5pm-12mn from Sun-Thurs abd until 1am on Fri-Sat, the cafe seats around 150 patrons.
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Specialties:
Mexican Food
- Chimichingas (beef, cheese, salsa and lettuce in square fillings)
- Tacos (chicken, beef and fish)
- Burritos (beef and veggie)

Address:
42 E. Osmeña corner J. Diaz
Guadalupe, Cebu City
(6332) 253 3635

2. Jo’s Chicken Inato
Their grilled "home style" chicken is famous all over the island. Many foreigners and locals alike are patrons to this restaurant. The ambiance is casual and homey, and the prices are very affordable. Foreigners especially will like the outdoor dining area, decorated with many plants and even a Mynah bird.

Specialties:
- Barbecued chicken
- Pork barbecue
- Pork belly
- Seafood
- Fresh buko (coconut) juice
- Halu-halo
Address:
V. Ranudo Ext., Cebu City
Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City

3. White House Grill
The inexpensive buffet-style dining is mostly visited by locals. You can't miss the place, it is all white, as the name indicates. Most of their food is grilled, and many people will enjoy them at eat-all-you-can buffet.

Address:
F. Ramos St., Cebu City

4. Goodah Gud
Its scrumptious grilled delicacies partnered with lovely ambience and open-air setting makes a delightful dining experience. The colorful decor and lively music make it ideal for group outings with friends. The prices of their meals are very affordable, too.

Specialties:
- Seafood
- Native delicacies
- Barbecue and grill
- Fruit salads
Address:
Salinas Drive
Lahug, Cebu City

JUST RIGHT

1. Café Laguna


This elegant restaurant is famous for its delicious Filipino cuisine. It was first opened in the late 80's, and has now expanded to 3 branches. It is owned and managed by Julita Urbina and her family. There is a traditional Filipino feel to the place. Customers pay an average of P125 per dish. Buffet meals can be arranged for 30-3,000 persons.

Specialties:
Starters
- Chicharon bulaklak (flower-shaped pigskin)
- Fresh lumpia (spring roll)
Main Course
- Lechon kawali
- Crispy pata
- Rellenong bangus
- Paella
Dessert
- Puto bumbong (steamed sticky rice over bamboo shoots, butter and fresh coconut)
- Halu-halo

Address:
Ayala Center
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Tel. no.:
(6332) 231 0922 + 233 8600

2. Golden Cowrie
The Golden Cowrie has become a legend in Filipino cuisine. This family restaurant has been in business for over 20 years and is currently owned by Kenneth Kokseng. Their all-you-can-eat rice for P15 is one of the things that draw many customers, another is their homey ambiance. The restaurant is decorated with native-looking tables, plates, and even bathrooms.

Specialties:
- Baked tahong
- Bulalo soup
- Sizzling squid
- Bangus in coconut sauce
- Bicol express
- Fried kangkong
- Crispy pata
- Pandan chicken

Address:
Salinas Drive
Lahug, Cebu City
Tel. no.:
(6332) 233 4243

3. Cebu Chef’s Garden Restaurant
Only a few Chinese restaurants in Cebu really stick out in quality and appearance, and the Chef's Garden is one of them. The authentic Chinese decor really sets the mood for some serious eating. They serve dimsum style as well as a la carte dishes.

Specalties:
- Dimsum
Address:
Mango Square
Mango Avenue, Cebu City

4. Tsai
Tsai, a one-of-a-kind Asian cuisine restaurant, serves a variety of food from all over Asia. They have delicious Thai food, among other kinds and offer a number of kinds of healthy teas that many will enjoy.

Specialties:
Appetizers
- Minced chicken in lettuce cups
Asian food
Address:
Crossroads
Banilad, Cebu City

5. Ching Palace
This relatively new Chinese restaurant has already caught the attention of many who frequent Chinese food places. The place is enormous and very beautifully decorated. The ambiance is peaceful and relaxing, with two huge fish tanks containing huge fishes and another display holding an assortment of colorful parrots. But their main attraction is the delicious, fresh Chinese cuisine.

Specialties:
- Chinese food
Address:
Salinas Drive, Cebu City

6. Vienna Kaffeehaus
A place with a homey, resto-cafe style. Their desserts are delicious, and the ambiance is very nice, with booths, beautiful decor, and great lighting. It has many branches all over Cebu, but their great reputation is the same for them all.

Address:
Mango Square
Mango Avenue, Cebu City
A. S. Fortuna St.
Banilad, Cebu City

7. Gelato Eliseo
Enjoy a guilt-free dessert whenever you come to Gelato Eliseo! Their scrumptious Italian ice cream comes in many different flavors like tiramisu, banana, lemon and many others. The place is quaint and old-fashioned, and quite small. Customers can buy gelato by cone or can take a pint, half-gallon or gallon of gelato home.

Specialties:
- Lemon gelato
- Romeo and Juliet (ice cream treat for lovers)
- Tiramisu gelato
- Chocolate gelato
Address:
Mango Square
Mango Avenue, Cebu City

8. EastWest
Eastwest is a chic resto-cafe right in the Ayala Entertainment Center. Most of the patrons are young urban professionals on business meetings, or just relaxing with a good cup of coffee and some dessert. The ambiance is sophisticated and modern.

Address:
Ayala Entertainment Center
Cebu City

The Village
Lahug, Cebu City

9. Dessert Factory
No other restaurant in Cebu offers as diverse a variety of desserts as the Dessert Factory. With two branches already in Cebu, they have earned a great reputation with dessert fanatics all over the island.

Specialties:
- Mudslide with chocolate ice cream, espresso and oreos
- Multi-colored banana split ice cream cake
- Brownies a la mode with toasted almond slivers and caramel syrup
Address:
Ayala Center, Cebu City
Arch Reyes Ave., Cebu City
Tel. no.:
(6332)233 2351 / (6332)233 9977

AIN’T CHEAP BUT WORTH IT

1. La Buona Forchetta
The name means "the good fork", a slang Italian phrase meaning a 'hearty appetite'. Its unique Italian cuisine attracts foreign and local customers alike. The ambiance is very cozy, seating arrangements are good for about 40 persons.

Specialties:
Pizza
- Parmigiana, Capricciosa, Two-level Italian volcano
- La Buona Forchetta seafood combination
Pasta
- Marinara, Polipo, Pesto, Lasagna bolognese
- Lasagna funghi
Main Courses
- Grilled tenderloin, Grilled sausage, Carpaccio beef
Dessert
- Gelato Eliseo

Address:
311-A Osmeña Boulevard
Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Cebu City
Tel. no.:
(6332) 256 3398

2. Beehive
This veteran institution boasts of a rich historical legacy in the art of gastronomy. Its proprietor, Hazel Gonzales, recalls the place started with just sandwiches a few years after the end of WWII. It has played host to a long list of the country's VIPs including past presidents Carlos P. Garcia, Sergio Osmeña Jr., Cory Aquino, Diosdado Macapagal, and many others.

Specialties:
- Steaks
- Omelettes
- Salads
- Unlimited homemade French bread and unsalted butter
Desserts
- Beehive roll with vanilaa ice cream and chocolate topping
- Cakes (caramel, triple chocolate, strawberry, black forest, mocha)

Address:
183 F. Ramos Street
Cebu City
(6332) 253 7428

3. Mikado
Mikado has been in the Japanese food industry for 15 years. The name means "emperor" in Japanese. It has attracted many customers with its good quality at affordable prices. It is owned by Katrina Kokseng. Adding to its pluses is the sushi bar, and free appetizers and tea.

Specialties:
- Sashimi
- Noodles
- Agenomo
- Teppanyaki
- Japanese rice

Address:
Arch. Reyes Avenue, Cebu City
Tel. no.:
(6332)234 2485

4. Oh Georg!
Oh Georg is one of the few establishments in Cebu that take the resto-cafe style. Its customers just love their delicious desserts, coffee, sausages and meals. The place is somewhat quaint and cozy, with lovely lighting and a beautiful wall mural. Better quality in their food is the priority of the owner, Sylvia Ludo.

Specialties:
- Oreo cheesecake
- Old-fashioned chocolate cake
Address:
Ayala Center
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

(Cafe Georg) Banilad, Cebu City
Tel. no.:
(6332) 234 0887

5. Sol Y Luna
The restaurant's unique charm is probably due to its fantastic decor. The place is simply beautiful, with lovely lighting, Spanish-style trimmings and quaint wooden chairs. Customers will surely enjoy a pleasant dining experience here.

Address:
Ayala Entertainment Center
Cebu City

1 comment:

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