Cebu - Food Scene
FOOD TO ECO-TRAVELLERS?
Eco-travellers never fail to search for the authentic local cuisine or fresh food produce when they travel. Destinations and communities are deeply linked to the their food culture and this is manifested in the local markets, food stalls, supermarkets and even roadside stalls.
Exploring and tasting the flavours of local food develops memorable experiences of the place and people. Cebu, being the oldest city in Philippines welcomes you to their food traditions and culinary culture. Your food adventure starts with food courts and restaurants in shopping malls and food hubs in and around Cebu City - Ayala Centre, SM Mall, Crossroads, Cebu IT Park and remember - It's more fun in the Philippines!
Cebuanos (this is what Cebu native residents are called) love buffets. This is a favourite family activity during weekends. Many hotels and restaurants offer buffets and many would offer discounts up to 50% during weekends. it is great value for money as you get to have a taste of Filipino cuisine and Cebuano favourites including lechon (roasts), mangoes and danggit (dried fish). Feria at Radisson Blu Hotel and The Port Buffet Restaurant at the Ground level of Waterfront Hotel Cebu are 2 popular places to join the locals.
The best place to try authentic Filipino and Cebuano cuisine is at the Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant (www.goldencowrienativerestaurant.com) at Salinas Drive, Lahug which is walking distance from Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. They can also be found at Mactan Marina Mall, Robinsons, SM City Cebu and Ayala Terraces, Cebu City.
It would be a waste if you did not try the seafood when you are in Cebu. Paolito's Seafood House at Orchid Street is by far the most popular with its rustic homely decor and excellent food. Grilled tuna belly, grilled tuna jaw and baked scallops are favourites here. Other must try restaurants include Sutukil near Lapu Lapu shrine in Mactan and 1 Parr't Ebelle, opposite SM Mall, Cebu City.
The most popular Halal-certified restaurant for halal food is the Persian Palate at Ayala Center, Mango Square, near Capitol Building and Robinsons. You can also find halal food at Persian Kebab Tandoori at Cebu I.T. Park. The certificate is cited at www.persianpalaterestaurant.com.
888 Asian Gourmet Food & Restaurant Lounge (835 Andres Abellana Street, Cebu City and near to the Canadian Consulate) is another Halal Certified Restaurant which serves a wide variety of asian halal cuisine, fast food and snacks, tea and drinks. For more Muslim restaurants, click here.
Street FoodStreet food is all about BBQ, grills and "hanging rice" where you can find at the vibrant Larsian sa Fuente, near the Chong Hua Hospital.
SeafoodScrumptious fresh seafood, usually grilled or baked, can be found in Cebu City and Mactan, the stretch of road along Moevenpick Hotel
Sweet DelicaciesThe best of the best includes - Shamrock Otap, Mandaue Bibingka, Carcar Ampao, Mandaue Masareal and Cebu Dried Mango. Don't miss the Spanish influenced Leche Flan and Maja Blanca.