If we’re not cooped up in the office, stuck in traffic, or chilling at home, we’re probably walking around the mall. In short, we rarely spend any time outdoors. Do you even remember the last time you took a nice, long walk in a park?!
Malling is great but if you miss being outside too, you can get the best of both worlds at Parkmall, Cebu! Found at the heart of Mandaue City in a sprawling property dotted with lush greenery, this two-storey complex is the perfect place to hit up if you want to walk your dog (it’s a very pet-friendly mall), exercise, and get some shopping done. Its accessibility is a bonus too, located near schools and commercial centers.
On top of that, Parkmall is also known as the al fresco dining destination of Cebu, making it a favorite hangout spot among foodies. With its long stretch of outdoor dining concepts (some of which are open 24/7), you’re bound to find whatever it is you’re craving for, whether it be Cebu lechon, kimchi burgers, unlimited chicken wings, or halo-halo! Be sure to check out the newly opened West Strip (beside PUJ terminal) too if you want to go on an epic food trip.
To help you decide where to eat at Parkmall, here are fifteen of their most unique concepts:
If you think ₱200 won’t get you anywhere these days, Burrow will prove you otherwise. For ₱199, they’ll give you unlimited chicken wings AND unlimited rice, and if you add ₱40 to that, you get bottomless iced tea too!
You can add dips to your order but you won’t even need them because all their wings come out of the kitchen perfectly fried and flavorful on their own.
For your unli chicken fest, you get to try five different flavors. The Classic chicken is seasoned well, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The Chili variant is great if you like your wings more tangy with a hint of spiciness. For sweet and savory flavors, the Mild Teriyaki and Asian BBQ are great options. And if you’re a fan of rich flavors, there’s the Garlic Parmesan.
2. Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly
Because Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly is in such high demand, they actually have two stores in Parkmall! The first branch is on the ground floor in the Alfresco 3 area, but if you can’t find a seat there, head up to their second location on the second floor (this one’s open around the clock for early morning / late night customers)!
In her looloo review, Vicky J. raved about the original flavor lechon, saying: “The lechon was very tasty and tender and the skin so crispy! No sauce was needed and that’s what makes this lechon different!” Other lechon variants here are the spicy flavor, which you’ll need more rice and coke for, and the Lechon Belly Paksiw, smothered in tasty lechon sauce.
3. Coffee Dream +
As you can already tell by the name, this place is every caffeine-dependent person’s dream come true. A cafe concept created by one of Cebu’s pioneers in the gourmet coffee scene, Coffee Dream + offers staple items like Espresso, Brewed Coffee, Americano, and Mocha, as well as more creative drinks like the Frosticcino, the Sexy Carrot, and the Fro-reo.
But aside from their coffee drinks, which they make using quality, locally-produced beans, they also have items on the menu like nutritious juices, smoothies, and sandwiches to cater to those who are health-conscious. Although if you’re into more filling food, you can pick from their all-day breakfast dishes or their pasta entrees. They also have freshly-baked bread here every day!
4. Dong Juan
The name Dong Juan might be giving you old school vibes but you’ll be surprised that this restaurant actually has pretty creative drinks and dishes up their sleeve! First things first, you have to get yourself the Kalamansi Blush, an ombre drink made of Philippine lime and strawberries. It pairs well with all the dishes on their menu!
Onto the main dishes, you can’t miss out on their Korean Burger which gives you a juicy beef patty, a Korean pancake, and kimchi sandwiched in between two all-wheat, oat-topped buns. The Gambas Al Ajillo Pasta, made with al dente pasta, plump shrimps, and bonito flakes, and the Bangus with Olives and Capers, punctuated by tangy, salty and, sweet flavors, are favorites too!
In Cebuano, the word ‘hukad’ means to serve food. With a menu filled with all sorts of specialties from the region, you’re definitely going to get a lot of food served to your table in this restaurant! Hukad has everything–from vegetables, to meat, to seafood, to desserts. And yup, they even have unlimited rice so you can enjoy their comfort food to the fullest!
The ultimate favorite at Hukad is their Crispy Pata, the crunchy exterior shattering to give way to tender, flavorful meat when plunged into. They claim that theirs is the crispiest you’ll ever taste so you’ll have to try it for yourself and find out!
Other popular picks here are the Ngohiong, a popular kind of street food in Cebu, and the Baked Scallops, smothered in cheese.
6. Japengo Yakiniku
Japengo Yakiniku cooks up authentic Japanese dishes but they don’t have the traditional look that most other Japanese restaurants do. Instead, they exude a hip, funky vibe that draws in the younger crowd. To complement the casual ambiance, they keep the prices of their food affordable, making them a great (and healthier) alternative to fast food!
One of the best bang-for-your-buck meals here is the Japengo Bento which gives you beef yakiniku, fried gyoza, chicken karaage, ebi tempura, moyashi itame, rice, and soup all for under ₱300. Or you could go for the Japengo Platter Special, another value-for-money order that will give you an assortment of sashimi and sushi!
7. Joven’s Grill
At Joven’s Grill, all you need is ₱299 to treat yourself to an eat-all-you-can meal (available from Monday to Sunday, lunch and dinner). If that’s not a great deal, we don’t know what is! If you want an even better bargain, come for their afternoon buffet (Monday to Sunday, 2.30PM to 5PM) and only pay ₱149.
If you’re overwhelmed by all the food options, their Mixed Seafood Platter, which gives you a generous helping of shrimps, scallops, and tuna, is always a good pick. Other things you can put on your plate are the tempura, one of the newer additions to the menu, the Baked Scallops, topped off with cheese, and the Patatim, served in a rich flavorful sauce.
8. Manila Foodshoppe
If you’re wondering what a restaurant with a name like Manila Foodshoppe is doing in Cebu, there’s a perfectly good explanation. The owners are actually from Manila who came to Cebu to serve Cebuanos Filipino food favorites! Their claim to fame is their siopao, a long-time favorite among the locals.
Aside from their siopao, their Sambal Miswa is a must-try too. In her looloo review, Angela Marie C. raved about it, saying: “The noodles were cooked really well, al dente and very flavourful. It had quite a balance of savoury and a tinge of sweetness and just the right spice.” Other top picks here are the Roasted Pork Belly, Crispy Golden Pork, and Bagoong Fried Rice.
9. Mooon Cafe
If you’re tired of the hipster, monochromatic theme all restaurants and cafes seem to be donning these days, Mooon Cafe is the refreshing change you’re looking for. Their chairs and tables are all made from wood that have been painted in different colors, giving the place a fun, Mexican vibe. It’s hard not to notice their huge wooden ceiling fans, too!
As for their food, it’s best to come with your squad because almost everything is for sharing! You can start off with the Nacho Supremo, a mountain of chips generously showered with toppings. For your main dishes, the 22 pieces Chicken is a popular pick, as is the Campesinos, crunchy flour tortilla chips topped off with tender beef, melted cheese, and paprika.
10. Nokinocs Savory House
Nokinocs’ popularity in Palawan can be credited to their Halo-halo which many people claim is the best in the country. In his looloo review, Jayson J. had nothing but praise for it, saying: “Their Halo-halo has cassava, banana, langka, red beans, corn flakes, ice cream and pinipig. I really love it! The moment I ate the ice part masarap na; may lasa na.”
Great news for Cebuanos and those visiting Cebu: Nokinocs now has a branch in Parkmall so you don’t have to go any further to have their Halo-halo! Make sure you try out their other best-sellers too like the Crocodile Sisig, exotic but actually very tasty, the Palabok, generously showered in sauce and sahog, and the Chaolong, a Vietnamese-inspired noodle dish.
11. Orange Karenderia
While Orange Karenderia’s first branch was an actual carinderia, their branch in Parkmall is a more “upscale” version, complete with air-conditioning, comfortable seats, and made-to-order dishes. But even though they’ve upgraded their look, they still have the same Cebuano comfort food that people have come to love.
To make sure everyone around your table is happy, order up their bestselling Betsy’s Garlic Chicken, boneless chicken thighs glazed in their secret sauce. Their other crowd pleasers are the Pork Sisig with Egg, a perfect balance of meat and vegetables, and the award-winning crispy, juicy, and flavorful Crispy Tuna Belly.
12. Persian Kebab Tandoori
A halal-certified restaurant serving both Persian and Middle Eastern dishes, Persian Kebab Tandoori is the place to hit up if you’re craving for bold flavors. It’s also a great choice if you want to take Insta-worthy food pics to spruce up your IG feed! These two cuisines aren’t known to be the most photogenic but this restaurant knows how to plate food up real nice.
For starters, you can order up the Fattoush Salad, made crunchy by the pieces of fried pita bread. And then you can move onto the Royal Paella, mixed with hefty chunks of beef kebab and chicken. If you’re looking for more protein, there’s the Beef Kebab Platter with Pita, which gives you six sticks of juicy and flavorful meat.
13. Shawarma Gourmet
Lebanese food isn’t exactly a popular cuisine here in the country but if you’re ever curious to try it out, there’s Shawarma Gourmet, the first restaurant to serve authentic Lebanese cuisine in Cebu (one of the owners as well as the chefs are Lebanese!) An absolute must-try here is the Beef Shawarma Rice, the rice exploding with salty, sweet, and spicy flavors and served with tender and flavorful meat. Since Lebanese shawarma is usually made with chicken and not beef, they also have Chicken Shawarma Rice on the menu.
Other shawarma dishes you can sink your teeth into are the Beef Shawarma Wrap and Chicken Wrap, both stuffed with fries for added texture. If you feel like it, you can also try out their shisha, all dried fruit flavors at only ₱250 each (you get 40% off if you buy a bucket of beer!)
14. The Dessert Factory
Calling all sugar enthusiasts in Cebu, this place was created for you!
And you’ll be especially happy if you’re a fan of mangoes because two of their bestsellers just happen to feature this sweet fruit. The Mango Crepe Brulee is baked with mangoes, filled with vanilla sauce, and then capped off with a layer of caramelized sugar, while the Mango Napoleon is reminiscent of Bacolod’s popular dessert but with mango slices and cream in between.
But if you don’t have the biggest sweet tooth, they have savory meals you can dig into. The Kinamatisang Kawali, described as the Ilocano version of lechon kawali, is a big hit. Sauteed with onions and tomatoes, the pork gives off the right balance of sweet, salty, and sour flavors.
15. Tsiboom Native Restaurant
If you’re looking for a restaurant that can accommodate your big Filipino family, Tsiboom, with its al fresco dining area, is spacious enough to fit all the members of your group. As for their ambiance and food, there’s nothing even your conservative grandparents won’t love because this native restaurant keeps things simple and fuss-free.
One of their bestsellers is Mongo with Seafood, a comforting dish served with gata, squid, and shrimp. Other popular picks that you and your tablemates will enjoy digging into here are the their golden brown Crispy Pata which they serve in very generous portions, and the Pinakbet, made with shrimp and vegetables.
Disclaimer: The mentioned prices above are subject to change without prior notice.