Cebu is home to a number of Korean restaurants maybe because of the presence of Korean tourists, students and those who decided to business and live here. Cebuanos have also been hooked to Korean food because of their curiosity and influence of Korean pop culture.
One of the newest Korean restaurants in town and has been trending lately is Samgrupsalamat. It’s a restaurant brand from Manila that trended on social media because of it’s location below a fitness gym. The restaurant opened in 2012 and currently has over 30 branches in Luzon, and they recently opened their first branch in Cebu.
Samgyupsalamat was coined from the Korean word “samgyupsal” which means pork belly and “salamat” which means thank you in Filipino. They offer unlimited Korean barbecue, side dishes, rice and soup. Their meat selection includes 5 kinds of pork and 5 kinds of beef. Customers have the option to choose from Unlimited 1, which comes with unlimited pork or Unlimited 2, which comes with unlimited pork and beef. Both options already comes with unlimited side dishes, rice, soup, and a pitcher of iced tea. Minimum of 2 person is required to dine unless you are willing to pay for 2 if you are dining alone.
*Happy Hour prices are not applicable on weekends and holidays.
The first time we tried dining at Samgyupsalamat was during dinner time on a Friday night. We were number 16 on the list, waited for some time, and decided to back out because the queue moves really slow and we’re already hungry. There’s no time limit so customers can stay as long as they want. I came back with my friend Doyzkie of TastyCebuPH, this time during their slow hours. We arrived at 4pm and there were only few people dining so we got a table right away. We chose Unlimited 2 option which cost Php499 per person.
Korean dipping sauces
Egg souffle, salad and iceberg lettuce
2 kinds of radish sides, sweet potato and kimchi
They first served the side dishes, which are 9 kinds in total. The selection includes 2 kinds of soup, iceberg lettuce, sweet potatoes, kimchi, egg soufflé, salad, rice, and 2 kinds of radish. The setup also includes 4 dipping sauces.
Cooked Yangnyum Beef
We first tried Yangnyum Beef and I was blown away! It was really good! The meat is juicy, sweet and creamy at the same time. We also tried Boolgogi and Gochujang which are lighter version in terms of flavor of Yangnyum Beef. We then tried Sarsa Beef which is sweet and has a kick of spiciness. For the pork selection, we only got to try Dae-Pae and Yangnyum Dae-Pae. Dae-Pae is your regular samgyupsal cut into strips. It doesn’t have a seasoning so it’s the best part to dip in the sauces. While, Yangnyum Dae-Pae is a little sweet and comes in thick cut.
Staff are generally friendly at Samgyupsalamat but they can be more attentive. Asking for refills is also quick as soon as you get their attention, and the portion that they serve is a lot.
Samgyupsalamat is located at the 2nd Floor of The Ridges in Mabolo (besides Sykes). They are open from 11am to 2am daily. I suggest going before the peak hours to avoid the line. Going during happy hours will also save you some cash.
The annual tradition lives on as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates Cebuano culinary ingenuity this Sinulog with Sugbusog, a Culinary Journey at Café Marco. The annual tradition started in 2007 to showcase the unique and rich dishes of Cebu. 12 years later, the tradition lives on.
This year’s Sugbusog features dishes that Cebuanos truly love- from our favorite street foods, fresh seafood, sinful and tasty lechon, and home cooked dishes that our parents prepare for us. The buffet spread is overflowing with local dishes like balbacua, kaldereta, and beef steak Cebuano.
Sugbusog – Beef Steak Cebuano
Sugbusog – Kalderetang Kanding
Sugbusog – Balbacua
Sugbusog – Fresh seafood
Sugbusog – Street food
Sugbusog – Sago’t Gulaman and Buko Juice
Sugbusog – Dessert spread
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has also tapped Cebuano bloggers and writers who are known to be food savvy to prepare a local dish that they truly love. The tandem of Dr. Nestor Alonso to Neil Viagedor Savellon has prepared a Humba while Ms Aisa Dela Cruz and Michael Karlo Lim prepared Pancit Luglug.
Sugbusog – Pancit Luglug
Sugbusog – Humba
Enjoy these and more at Café Marco’s buffet spread until January 21, 2019. Keep the tradition – Sugbusog Gihapon!
Nothing beats “dinning with a view” and that’s what Top of Cebu Restaurant has to offer besides their sumptuous dishes and refreshing drinks.
Top of Cebu is located in one of the most scenic part of Cebu City in Barangay Busay. The mountain-top restaurant gives diners a panoramic view of Cebu City and nearby Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu cities. The view from Top of Cebu is absolutely stunning, from the vibrant cityscape during day time, magnificent sunset during dusk, to the beautiful nightscape view that will surely take your breath away.
When it comes to food, Top of Cebu’s menu offers our favorite Filipino dishes with some modern touches and some international cuisines. I was recently invited by Top of Cebu management to dine at their restaurant. During my visit, we tried some of their best sellers.
Crispy-fried beaded squid rings, dusted in seasoned salted-egg powder, served on a bed of crispy flour tortillas and sided with mango salsa and aoli dip. Salted-egg is huge right now, many restaurants offer salted-egg base dishes and I just love it! Salted-egg can be over powering, but Top of Cebu’s Salted-Egg Calamares is seasoned just right. It also goes well with the mango salsa and aoli dip, but I prefer the latter. Extra rice please!
Mixed greens, locally sourced sweet mangoes and shredded crabsticks, dressed in Japanese mayonnaise. I’m not really a fan of salads but I will try it if it looks really appetizing like Top of Cebu’s Mango-Kani Salad. The fresh and crunchy greens mixed with shredded crabsticks and sweet mangoes just all goes well together. The Japanese mayonnaise also adds a little creaminess to this salad. It’s like a fiesta in my mouth.
Grilled Shrimp and Citrus Salad
Crispy lettuce, white onions and mandarin oranges topped with grilled shrimp and served with a sweet and bright honey-lemon dressing. I really love the dressing of this salad because it’s sweet and citrusy at the same time. It really goes well with the greens and shrimp.
Locally-farmed bangus service with spicy coconut cream sauce in a sizzling platter. I just love the coconut cream sauce. It adds an exotic and delicate flavor to this dish.
They also introduced two of their newest offerings, USDA Beef Short Plate and Kakanin Platter.
USDA Beef Short Plate
Top of Cebu recently introduced their carving station. Enjoy this tender beef served with gravy on the side for Php180 per 100 grams.
Cebu is known for an array of delicacies all over the province. Now you don’t have to drive far away to get a taste of these. Top of Cebu now offers a Kakanin Platter, a mix kakanin that can be found in various municipalities of Cebu. For Php490, you’ll get sweet mangoes, bibingka, sapin-sapin, puto, kutsinta, otap, moron, rosquillos, and torta in a Cebu shaped wooden platter, and served with sikwate. This is like Top of Cebu’s version of an afternoon high tea. This is perfect “mirienda” after an adventure-filled tour around the highlands of Cebu.
There are now lots of places to visit around the highlands of Cebu. Make sure you drop by at Top of Cebu for a sumptuous meal with your loved ones, friends or colleagues while enjoying the stunning view of the city.
Top of Cebu is located at Cebu Tops Road, Barangay Busay, Cebu City. They are open from 11am to 11pm daily. Follow Top of Cebu’s Facebook and Instagram pages for promos and updates.
It’s always a dilemma for me whenever we’re having a team lunch in the office because I don’t want to feed my team the same fast food meals that they eat almost everyday.
Recently I discovered Helen’s Native Lechon Party Box trending on Facebook. It appeared on my timeline at the right time because I’ve been stressing out on what food to order for our team lunch. I contacted them on the mobile number listed on the post and surprisingly the response was quick.
Inside the box of Helen’s Native Lechon Party Box
Helen’s Native Lechon Party Box is good for 15-20 person. For Php1800 pesos, you’ll get 20 pieces chicharon bulaklak, 20 pieces lumpiang shanghai, 30 pieces ngohiong, 1/2 kilo pork sisig and 1/2 kilo lechon baboy. They also offer FREE deliver within Cebu City and charge minimal delivery fee to other parts of Metro Cebu.
They also offer the following add ons:
1/2 kilo pork lechon – Php270
1 bag dinuguan – Php150
1 kilo lechon paksiw – Php 350
1 kilo pritchon – Php350
Puso (hanging rice) – Php8/pc
I have 20 people to feed so I ordered an extra kilo of pork lechon and 60 pieces puso just to make sure everyone will get their share. To my surprise, we still had some left overs and I was able to share it to 5 more people.
Helen’s Native Lechon Party Box is not only affordable and convenient, but their food is also good! My favorite is their crunchy and flavorful lumpiang shanghai, and of course the lechon that is perfectly seasoned. I also love their puso because it’s not dry and freshly cooked. The customer service of Helen’s Native Lechon was also superb even though everything is being done over the phone.
Overall, Helen’s Native Lechon really lived up to our expectations. It’s the perfect potluck food for small gatherings in the office, outdoor picnic or island hopping. I definitely order again.
You can order Helen’s Native Lechon Party Box through 0927 878 3210. Please note that you need to place your order 2 days before the delivery date. You may also visit their Facebook page for more details.
Cebu’s award-winning Spanish restaurant, Enye recently turned one. After missing several invites, I was finally able to visit for their one year anniversary. The celebration started with some sangria, cocktails and tapas while being serenaded by live music to set the mood. The red sangria and chorizo croquetas were an instant favorite. The simple anniversary celebration was attended by members of the press, bloggers and select guests.
Lunch is served!
We started our lunch with some tapas to share. Everyone was excited for Lechon Cebu Tacos and it did not disappoint. The tasty Lechon Cebu was served on soft tortilla with mango salsa, jalapeno frijoles mousse and sour cream. It was a feast of flavors in my mouth that left my taste buds really satisfied.
Lechon Cebu Tacos
We also had Gambas al Alijo, Pulpo a la Gallega, Txangurro and Ensalada de Tomates Cherry Ricotta Casera.
Ensalada de Tomates Cherry Ricotta Casera
Gambas al Alijo
Pulpo a la Gallega
For the first course, we had Arroz con Bogavante, a stewed lobster paella. For the mains, the Solomillo a la Espanola was a runaway winner for me. Tenderloin with grilled machego cheese, rioja wine jus and mushroom mashed potatoes, everything just melts in my mouth. The machego cheese added an extra texture and creaminess to this dish. Cheese makes everything taste better right? We also had Atun a la Parilla, a pan seared tuna served with smoked eggplant and citrus romesco sauce.
Arroz con Bogavante
Solomillo a la Espanola
Atun a la Parilla
Of course, there’s always a room for dessert. We had Tarta de Chocolate y Helado de Vainilla, Mango Especiado and Texturas de Calamansi. I love the selection of desserts that were served because we had something chocolatey and fruity. The Texturas de Calamansi was also a perfect dessert to cleanse the palate.
Tarta de Chocolate y Helado de Vainilla, Mango Especiado and Texturas de Calamansi
Enye has been recognized as the Best New Restaurant of 2018 and is part of the Top 20 Best Restaurants identified by Philippinte Tatler Dining.
“Our vision has always been to elevate Cebu’s dining scene. We strive to provide our guests and the locals experiences that makes them want to always come back to Crimson, may it be to stay, relax, have fun or have a good time” shares Crimson’s General Manager Didier Belmonte.
Enye’s Chef de Cuisine Ivan Sordo expressed his gratitude to a number of individuals and executives who continues to support the restaurant citing familiar faces in the crowd. Chele Gonzalez who curated the menu joined the festivity and shared his enthusiasm for the Cebuano’s support to his craft and for accepting his cuisine, all too well, in Cebu’s growing appetite for quality and authentic dining destinations.
The name Enye is inspired by the Spanish letter Ñ, which is part of both the Filipino and Spanish alphabet, signifying the lasting influence of the Spanish culture in our culture up to this day. With the shared history and commonality of the two cultures, Enye’s food and beverage selection provides flavor profiles that are very familiar to the palate and serves authentic and contemporary Spanish cuisine focused on the different diversities of food in Spain.
Enye is located in Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City. They are open from 6pm to 10:30pm daily. For inquiries and reservations, you may call +6332 401 9982. Visit www.crimsonhotel.com/mactan for more details.
Q4 is going to be an exciting quarter for Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu as they introduce new offerings, and a new executive chef to man their kitchen.
Cocktail in a Box
Craft your own cocktails with Ibiza Beach Club’s “Cocktail in a Box” offering. Guests can become an instant mixologist as you are given the freedom to mix your own cocktails. Cocktail in a Box comes in two featured boxes that are complete with curated cocktails ingredients, a full bottle of spirits and mixers to craft your own cocktails. Each box also comes with a recipe of traditional cocktails that you can follow.
Frosé at Ibiza Beach Club
Ibiza Beach Club introduces a new drink to their list of signature cocktails. Frosé, or frozen rosé is a perfect mix of sugar, alcohol and flavor. This drink is perfect for Cebu’s tropical island vibe.
“This fashionable drink is sure to keep trend-seekers buzzing, with its rich and refreshing vibe that’s perfect for any tropical setting,” says Mr. Jeryl Tio, Food and Beverage Manager.
Meet Executive Chef Jean Louis Leon
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu introduces Jean Louis Leon as its new Executive Chef.
Chef Jean Louis’ 25 years of culinary experience will surely bring new exciting gastronomic masterpieces to Mövenpick Hotel Cebu. Born and bred in France, Chef Jean Louis experience includes assignments in various hotels and resorts in Europe and Asia. His first foray in hospitality saw him employed in a restaurant and a boutique hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, after which he stepped up as Executive Chef and made his debut with upscale hotel brands in Europe, where he advanced his career with well-known international and luxury resorts in Asia.
During his stint in Asia, he was tasked with designing innovative food concepts for pre-opening hotels and spearhead overall operations in food and beverage. His most recent post in a hotel in Thailand gained him recognition for various culinary offerings, which were instrumental to improving guest satisfaction within a short period of period time.
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is his first assignment with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international hotel brand of Swiss heritage known for its 70 years of culinary excellence.
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is located in Lapu Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu. For reservations and inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +63 32 492 7777. For updates on special offers and events, follow @movenpickcebu and @ibizacebu on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
There are many dining spots around Cebu City, and if you are looking for a affordable and good dining option, you should checkout Puso Bistro and Bar in Quest Hotel Cebu. They offer three dinner buffet themes under the Flavors by the Day series scheduled through out the week.
During my visit, I was able to experience their Asian Classics dinner buffet featuring dishes from all over Asia. The buffet spread features a wide array of Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Filipino cuisines.
Various food stations are setup around the dinning area. They have carving station, grilling station, noodle station, salad station, Japanese station and of course dessert stations.
Some of my favorites from the buffet spread are lechon belly, beef rendang, paella, chicken adobo, and their dessert section which features native kakanin.
Puso Bistro and Dinning area is very spacious and can accommodate a number of guests. The place is clean and the staff are very attentive.
Puso Bistro and Bar’s Asian Classics is scheduled on Fridays. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays it’s Barrio Fiesta featuring Filipino dishes. During Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, it’s time for World’s Recipes featuring dishes from all over the world.
Visit Puso Bistro and Bar at the Ground Floor of Quest Hotel and Conference Center Cebu. Dinner buffet is available from 6pm to 10pm. They also serve breakfast buffet and ala carte orders. For inquiries or reservations, guests may call Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu at (63 32) 402 5999 or follow Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu and Pusô Bistro & Bar on Facebook and Instagram.
Summer maybe over now but in Cebu, it feels like it is summer forever. What’s the best way cool down during a hot day in the city? A gelato fix.
If you happen to be in SM Seaside City Cebu, you should check out Giardino Gelato, a Davao based gelato brand offering freshly made gelato with 20 plus classic and unique flavors to choose from. Giardino Gelato is equipped with an in-store gelato making facility to make sure their gelato is made fresh daily.
Few weeks ago, I visited Giardino Gelato together with Cebuano media, bloggers and influencers. We were welcomed by a cozy garden-like interiors of the store. It felt like I was transported in one of those Italian homes with garden. The owner also showed us how they make their gelato- from mixing of dry and wet ingredients, to churning, and storage. I was also able to sample a freshly made gelato and it reminded me of the creaminess of the ice cream I tried in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s actually my first time to try a freshly made gelato, I could really eat it as it is. It’s that good!
Giardino Gelato offers 20 plus gelato flavors. They have classic favorites like ube, cafe, chocolato, and matcha, and also some unique flavors like summer camp chocolate, cookie monster, and milo dinosaur. As much as I wanted to try everything, my throat can only handle few scoops. I was able to try ube, summer camp chocolate, pistachio and mascarpone. I super love the combination of pistachio and marscarpone, the mix of flavors taste really exquisite. The story behind the creation of summer camp chocolate was also interesting, it was created by the children in a summer camp when they were asked to create their own gelato. I will surely try other flavors on my next visit.
You can enjoy Giardino Gelato for only Php70 (small), Php100 (regular), and Php160 (large) in either cup or cone. Visit their shop at the Upper Ground Floor, Seaview Wing of SM Seaside City Cebu.
In the recent years, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has been celebrating Philippine Independence Day with a gastronomical feast at Café Marco. Dub as Indepencia, this Culinary Journey series aims to showcase the dishes that make us proud as a Filipino.
This year’s Independencia will be featuring distinctive cuisines from all over the Philippines. The dishes were carefully prepared and selected by Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s first Filipino Executive Chef, Juanito Abangan, together with the rest of his All-Filipino Culinary team.
Enjoy the tasty sisig, bistek tagalog and kare-kareng dagat of Luzon. Feast on lechon, humba and ngohiong from Visayas. And savor the rich and exquisite flavors of Mindanao with their chicken pianggang and satti. All these and more Filipino dishes were added on top of Café Marco’s international buffet spread.
Celebrate the 120th Philippine Independence Day with Marco Polo Plaza Cebu at their international buffet restaurant, Café Marco, from June 8 to 12 during lunch and dinner. For inquiries and reservations, you may call (032) 253-1111 or email email@example.com.