If there’s anyone who can really throw an epic party, we all know it’s Cebu. Every January, the barkadas of Manila book plane tickets to the Queen City of the South to feast their eyes on the grandest dance parade and live it up in the rollicking parties that spill over to the streets.
Because Sinulog always goes big, energy levels are pumped up to the max. Until, of course, our stomachs start to grumble. If you’re planning to go really hard this year, we rounded up the top ten best restaurants in Cebu for 2015 to make sure you never go hangry during the festivities.
From barbecue, to lechon, to ramen, to seafood, the party lives on in these restaurants around Cebu!
10. Yakski Barbecue
At Yakski, you can make your barbecue binging dreams come true. It’s a clean environment where you can eat as many kinds of meat on a stick as you want without getting paranoid about contracting hepa! Plus points to their servers too for wearing face masks!
You don’t need much cash to order up a feast here. Their bestselling large Pork Barbecue is priced at just ₱18 per stick. You musn’t forget to request for their special sauce (either regular or spicy) for this one! For the highest level of enjoyment, go crazy and get their Chorizo (₱20), Hotdog (₱20), Chicken Liver (₱20) , and Chicken Skin (₱15) skewers too.
Yakski Barbecue can be found at 268-B Don Mariano Cui St., Cebu City, Cebu.
9. Rico’s Lechon
Sinulog isn’t Sinulog without having paint smeared all over your face. In the same way, you can’t call it a Cebu trip without having a proper lechon meal! And one of the best places to get tasty roasted pig, as both locals and tourists say, is at Rico’s Lechon. Fun Fact: Rico’s big break came when former President Erap picked his lechon to be served at Malacañang!
According to their menu, it’s a simple toss up between regular lechon and spicy lechon. But whichever you end up ordering, you’re going to get succulent meat encased in crispy skin. It’s aromatic and flavorful, too. You might get a case of the putok batok syndrome after eating but it’ll be worth it!
Rico’s Lechon can be found at The Ridges, Pinagdait Rd. cor. F. Cabahug St., Mabolo, Cebu City, Cebu.
8. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
If at any time during your trip you’re hit with a sudden craving for Italian food, Mr. Giuseppe Genco is your man. A chef with thirty years of culinary experience under his belt, it’s no wonder his namesake restaurant is such a popular pick in Cebu. He cooked for big names like The Hilton, Sheraton, and The Manila Peninsula before starting his own venture!
In here, you’ll find traditional Sicilian dishes made from scratch using fresh, homemade ingredients. The Gregorio is their house-specialty, an all-meat pizza topped off with sausages, salami, smoked ham, parma ham and mozzarella. Pair that with another one of their bestsellers–the creamy Fettucine al Tartufo.
Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast can be found at Ma. Luisa Rd., Cebu City, Cebu.
7. Ramen Yushoken
The unofficial consensus among foodies is that Yushoken is the best ramen house in the South (with the undying lines at Molito as backup proof). So when this crowd-pleaser opened up a branch in Cebu late last year, of course the people there wanted to check out what all the ruckus is about. And according to Cebuano looloo reviewers, they finally understood the hype!
If you happen to be in Cebu and you still haven’t tried Yushoken, order up their bestselling Tantanmen for a spicy good time. For something that’s not as fiery but still packed with flavor, the Shoyu or Shio Tonkotsu Ramen are the bowls for you. Make sure to get a side of their Aji Tamago to go with your noodle soup.
Ramen Yushoken can be found at Oakridge Business Park, AS Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue, Cebu.
6. Yolk Coffee and Breakfast
The masterminds behind this all-day breakfast place describe their dishes as international brunch fare with a Cebuano twist. And if you haven’t guessed from the name yet, egg makes an appearance in most of their entrees, starring either as poached, steamed, or as an omelette. Possibly the best way to kick off the Sinulog celebrations?
Because the Cebuanos love their chorizo, they came up with the Spanish Chorizo and Eggs in a Pan dish, a hearty meal served on a sizzling plate. Then there’s the creation they call Green with Envy which is steamed eggs, tomatoes, spinach, and kesong puti served with a side of toast and veggies. If that doesn’t do it for you, their Eggs Benny will–poached eggs and bacon on top of sourdough bread!
Yolk Coffee and Breakfast can be found at 80 Tres Borces St., Mabolo, Cebu City, Cebu.
For the koboys out there who couldn’t care less about the frills of fancy food, you’ll fit right in at Larsian. In this ghetto hawker center, no one eats with spoons and forks. Everyone uses their fingers (plastic gloves are provided) to shovel food into their mouths! If that sounds really fun to you, you’ll be glad to know that this place is open 24/7. You can stuff your face around the clock!
Grilled food is the name of the game here and there’s an overwhelming variety of barbecued meat to choose from. There’s chicken, pork, isaw, fish, squid…it goes on and on. But if there’s one thing you can’t miss out on, it’s the Cebu chorizo, plump little balls of sweet, succulent meat. Of course, all that protein wouldn’t be complete without rice. They serve them in small parcels made with banana leaves for easy eating!
Larsian Restaurant can be found at Don Mariano Cui St., cor. B. Rodriguez St., Fuente Osmeña Circle, Cebu City, Cebu.
4. Abaca Baking Company
Partying like a rockstar all night for several nights will take a toll on your body. So take some time to break away from the rambunctious Sinulog crowd and get some much needed R&R at ABC. This laid-back cafe lies at the very heart of Cebu City and is the perfect place for some quiet coffee-sipping and pleasurable pastry-munching!
From the wide range of baked goods elegantly displayed on their counters, the bestsellers are the croissants. But you need to be quick because these go in a flash! Other well-loved treats here are the Milk Bread, which Peanut D. described in her looloo review as flaky pastry with a warm pastillas-like filling, and the Cream Puff, infused with thick cream and homemade vanilla.
Abaca Baking Company can be found at Crossroads Mall, Gov. Mariano Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City, Cebu.
3. La Vie Parisienne
If you want to include a romantic date in your Cebu itinerary, La Vie Parisienne is where you need to take your bae. In this bakery, deli, and bar, you get to wine and dine your SO the French way! It’s like whisking them away to Paris without the grueling flight. With its elegant ambiance, you can’t help but feel like more sophisticated versions of yourselves.
They have their bread dough for their croissants prepared in France and then baked here, so that answers how authentic this place is. Their macarons are also legit, coming in all the way from Laduree France! But if you’re worried about scraping your wallet clean of all its contents, prices are surprisingly affordable. It’s ₱48 for a macaron and ₱50 for a croissant!
La Vie Parisienne can be found at 371 Gorordo Ave., Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu.
2. Casa Verde
Casa Verde started out as humble canteen for students, but luckily for the rest of us, it turned into something much bigger. Its food got people talking and by popular demand, its transformation into a full-blown restaurant ensued. Casa Verde now has three branches in Cebu and it has once again found a way into this list! looloo reviewers are finding it hard to not give this restaurant five stars because of its great comfort food, huge servings, and affordable prices.
Brian’s Ribs is still everyone’s top pick, well-loved for its fall-off-the-bone tenderness and portions that can fill up to three stomachs. Other bestsellers are the Peter’s Porter Steak, Jon Jay’s Steak and Pasta, and Steak ala John Paul. If you’re wondering who all these people are, they’re all part of the family that created Casa Verde!
Casa Verde can be found at these locations.
1. STK ta Bay! Sa Paolito’s Seafood House
This restaurant’s name is quite a mouthful to digest for non-locals. If you’re scratching your head right now, STK stands for su-tu-kil, a commonly used Cebuano term that refers to three methods of food preparation: sugba (grill), tuwa (boil), and kilaw (raw)!
STK ta Bay started out in the Alcover’s front porch where Jerry Alcover began sharing his passion for food to the public. Word of mouth helped grow their business and soon enough, they were using a much bigger chunk of their ancestral home to accommodate more hungry customers. Thirteen years have done them good, as they’re now known as one of the best restaurants in Cebu!
They’ve got the usual dishes Filipinos love like sinigang, adobo, and kare-kare. But what people really come here for are their exotic, slightly weird entrees like the Tuna Panga (tuna jaw), Caldereta Kanding (goat), Kanding Ulo (goat’s brain), Octopus, and Crispy Eel!
STK sa Bay! Sa Paolito’s Seafood House can be found at 6 A. Climaco St., Capitol Site, Cebu City, Cebu.