Cebu as a culinary destination, a good restaurant is always around the corner. If you’re staying in Jiji’s Hostel and in search of the places to eat, here’s an honest to goodness list that you should try out:
You’ll have to go to Bucket Shrimp if you want to stuff yourself with great seafood while overlooking the coastline. It is an all-time favorite for both locals and tourists. The menu is quite short and very straight-forward. Here, you’ll have an unconventional dining experience with a promise of satisfaction.
The perfectly cooked shrimp generously layered in Cajun sauce is utterly divine! The concoction of different spices are just perfect. Each serving comes with a side of corn cobs. You do have other choices for the sauce. Another favorite is the Ribs – juicy, tender meat slathered in caramelized glaze. This definitely stole the show and cooked to perfection.
So be prepared to get your hands dirty and try out Bucket Shrimps’ comfort food specials that will blow any diner away. They are located in Cebu Yacht Club and are open from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM from Mondays to Sundays.
When you’re in the Lechon Capital of the Philippines, you shouldn’t miss out on getting a taste of the Globally Recognized brand – Rico’s Lechon. It has been a staple of Cebuano families since 1997 after it was introduced by businessman Enrico Dionson.
Located approximately 10 minutes away from the airport, the ambiance exudes a vibrant and welcoming environment, with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. While they serve a wide array of delectable Filipino dishes, they are best known for their crunchy, strong-flavored Spicy Lechon. Because it is made of purely aromatic flavors, you can simply enjoy it without any sauce. Also what makes it unique from other Lechon brands, Rico’s Lechon prides in only using native and organic pigs.
You can drop by at their Rico’s Lechon Mactan Promenade branch daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm for a dining experience or to simply get a box of the “Best Cebu Lechon” for pasalubong.
Chikaan sa Cebu
Over the course of several years, Chikaan sa Cebu prides itself as a go-to place for a laid-back family gathering or any celebration. It highlights classic favorites that play right into the Filipino palate. Even the ambiance is reminiscent of an old Filipino home with a modern twist. It will surely remind us of Sunday lunch at our grandparent’s house in the province.
Just like any other Filipino restaurant, the menu is quite extensive and pretty affordable. One of their best-sellers is the Crispy Pata, a popular pork delicacy simmered in spices and deep-fried until the meat is moist and succulent and the skin golden and crisp. It is best paired with Kare-Kare, a Filipino stew complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce. They also have a selection of grilled seafood that everyone in the family can enjoy. Chikaan sa Cebu offers a fun and approachable dining experience for tourists and those who are nostalgic of the classic Filipino favorites.
The restaurant can accommodate small and big groups up to 120 people and a Function Room located on the 2nd floor for more intimate gathering. They are open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for lunch and 5:00 PM to 9:45 PM for dinner, from Mondays to Sundays.
Ding Qua Qua
Wanting to satisfy your Chinese food cravings? While dim sum is prepared as small bite-sized portions of food, Ding Qua Qua is where you can try a bit of everything in an amazing eat-all-you-can dim sum buffet. They have a scrumptious selection of specials and something to suit all tastes.
They serve 3 kinds of siomai on the buffet table – original, mushroom and quail egg. Ask for their chili sauce or ginger sauce to go well with it and your mouth will surely be screaming in flavor. You can make your own steamed rice and top it with as much sauce as you. But it only gets better from here. One of my personal favorites is their Patatim. The meat is so tender and melts right on your tongue. They also have spring rolls, empress rolls, chicken feet, and many more.
If you’re not a big eater, you can opt to order from their ala carte menu and try out the best-sellers in small portions. The restaurant is strategically located in Marina Mall and buffet starts at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for lunch and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for dinner. They are open from Monday to Sunday and will also serve ala carte orders outside of buffet schedules.
Jollibee prides itself as a popular Filipino fast food chain who have captured the hearts of many, even foreigners. They have over a thousand stores nationwide and continuously expanding globally. Just like any fast food chain, ordering food is very straight-forward. All you need to do is to queue up at a cashier counter and pick your order from the delectable choices on their picture menu board.
One of its signature dishes is the Chicken Joy which Anthony Bourdain raved about because of its “sinister brown sauce”. It will surely trigger your taste buds as it is both juicy and crispy. You can opt to pair it with rice or the Jolly Spaghetti. It is far from the usual liking of savory pasta, but more on the sweeter and meatier end. It doesn’t end there though. Aside from the chicken and pasta, they also serve burgers, fries and the remarkable Fiesta Palabok – which is a Filipino noodle dish rich with a lot of toppings like, shrimp, chicharon, ground meat, egg and green onions.
Don’t miss out on dining at “the wackiest, jolliest place on earth” and indulge yourself in American fast food favorites with a Filipino twist.
The Jollibee Branch in Island Central Mall is open to serve 24 hours.
Vue Dine and Drink
No doubt about it, Vue Dine and Drink Restaurant boasts a sublime view of the water and yachts. This place is perfect for groups or a casual date night wanting a happy hour booze or dine al fresco. As Vue literally means view in French, it’s undeniably spectacular and hard to miss.
The food is equally spectacular too. A sure-fire hit is their take on BBQ pork spareribs. It is fantastically seasoned and has a smoky aroma that really comes through in the taste. You can wash your palate down with a glass of wine to balance off the smokiness. For those who love desserts, Dulce de Leche Fritter is a must-try! The menu is quite extensive and the portions are generous and enticing. It would be difficult to decide on what to order.
Head on to Vue Dine and Drink in Cebu Yacht Club to enjoy a ridiculously picturesque view and Italian cuisine. They are open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM daily.
Golden Cowrie offers a rendition of Filipino favorites with a modern and flavorful twist. It is one of the best choices for you to celebrate with your family and have a feast. They offer a generous serving to all cherished dishes close to Filipino’s hearts and everything on the menu is pretty affordable.
They offer the usual favorites like Kare-Kare, Sisig, Crispy Pata, Pork Barbecue and a variety of Sinigang and Tinola choices. It’d be a shame to miss their famous Baked Bantayan Scallops – they are perfectly baked and oozing with garlicky cheese goodness. Another must-try is their Pocherong Katag, which is similar to Bulalo but the bone marrow serves as a bread topping.
This restaurant is relatively smaller compared to other branches in the metro but is perfect for those who are on their way to catch a flight or who just arrived from their long flight. They are open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for lunch and 5:00 PM to 9:45 PM for dinner, from Mondays to Sundays.
CookPub Modern Korean Bistro and Bar
As promising as Korean cuisine gets, CookPub Modern Korean Bistro and Bar serve delectable Korean-Filipino fusion dishes that are bang for the buck. The restaurant is well-lit and visually stimulating. To top it off, the service is impeccably efficient.
It’s not your typical Korean restaurant where Samgyupsal is the main event. Here, they have a variety of Korean dishes that are relatively easy and equally appetizing. The top favorites include the Cheese Tteokbokki, a popular Korean street food which is both rich and spicy. The contrasting flavors complement well and are very comforting. Another favorite is the CP Chili Crab. It’s addictive, messy, and delicious. You can request to have the level of spiciness adjusted depending on your tolerance. They also serve Beef Bulgogi, Pork Galbi and Spicy Chicken – these dishes are served with seaweed soup, pancake, salad and rice.
They are open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM until 1:00 AM. It’s definitely a fantastic place to drink and dine.
Brace yourselves, seafood enthusiasts and prepare yourselves with lots of antihistamine tablets. Visit Seafood Island and set out to discover delicious, fresh seafood and meat dishes that will surely tantalize your taste buds. The reimagined space of the restaurant exudes a relaxed but upscale vibe.
A Boodle Feast is a combination of freshly cooked and grilled food aesthetically piled on top of banana leaves. It is a culinary delight that represents the Filipino tradition. You can choose from a variety of Boodle Feast choices that will suit your appetite. However, you can also pick your favorite bounty of the sea and have it cooked the way you like it. Crab and shrimp bucket in Thai Chili is just utterly delicious. The meat is extra plump and spice accentuates the taste. It is a very impressive and tasty addition to your meal. Of course, a Filipino feast isn’t complete without rice. They have a selection of rice variations that will give an extra kick to your meal.
Seafood Island is open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, daily.
Another popular player in the lechon industry is Zubuchon. Dubbed as the “best pig ever”, they never fail to astonish both locals and tourists alike. The lechon itself is a comfort food as its finest.
Popular for its tender and contrasting crispy textures, it will literally wake up every taste bud in your mouth. It is unbelievably so good that you won’t stop nibbling every bite. They also serve sisig, another popular Filipino dish made of pig cheeks, ears and meat. Another crowd favorite on the table, the Sizzling Squid stuffed with sisig, it’s a fun and scrumptious experience for those unfamiliar. You’ll never go wrong with their Dinuguan, a traditional blood stew so luscious and abundant with lechon meat. Zubuchon executed exciting new spins to old classics – that will surely make everyone feel nostalgic.
They are open from 11:00 AM to 10 PM, daily.