Monday, June 19, 2017

15 Homegrown Cebu Food Places Worth A Visit

In this article, there is no mention of Lechon nor pusó nor Utan Bisaya. But it doesn't mean that the various food on this list are not Cebuano.  In recent years, we've seen entrepreneurs create, make, build meccas where good food play an important role.

Cebuanos are known for being selective with discriminating tastes and an eye for great deals. Not a lot of folks know that they are also open to new flavors and ideas.


Sachi's Tantan Ramen


These 15 homegrown Cebu food places are just a drop in the bucket in a long list of restaurants. I might come up with another list to show more Cebuano restaurants. The food business is a thriving inspiration for budding chefs, foodies, and restaurateurs.

To help you decide on what your next food adventure will be in Cebu, let my Funko Pop buddies guide you.


1. Red Lizard Taqueria

Introducing Red Lizard Taqueria by the Abaca Group. It's a Mexican-inspired taqueria serving quick and fast taquitos, nachos, burritos, tacos and margaritas. The place is great for casual diners.

Think of this place as a more laid-back and affordable Maya restaurant. It's another successful restaurant for the Abaca Group which also owns Beqaa, Luncheonette, Tavolata, Phat Pho and Abaca Baking Company.

Location: Filinvest Cebu Cyberzone, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 1:30 AM
Phone Number: 032 2339879



Tyrion loves it here because of the drinks

2. The Pyramid

Known more for its iconic Louvre-inspired design, The Pyramid is the newest place where you can enjoy a good Wine selection, sweet desserts (don't miss out on their macarons and chocolate mousse), and well-prepared dishes that you can share with your friends or family.

Location: Garden Bloc, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 3 AM

The Pyramid's desserts would melt even Professor Umbridge's heart

3. Ramen Dojo

My friend and I were eating in Rame Dojo when there was a Japanese diner who was at the table next to ours. We could hear him slurping his Ramen; I couldn't resist not asking him what his opinion of the Ramen. What he said was that Ramen Dojo is good Japanese street Ramen. And that review was good enough to be included in my Black Book of Food.

Aside from their Ramen options, they also offer Yakisoba, Gyoza, and Chicken Teriyaki.

Locations: The Walk, IT Park, Cebu City; SM City Cebu; Robinsons Cybergate, Capitol Site, Cebu City

Attack on Titan's Mikasa with her Gyoza and a bowl of ramen

4. Wok'd

Cebuanos love anything Thai, massages and food. Wok'd offers an intensive menu of Thai delicacies. You won't go wrong with their Curry Puffs, Papaya Salad, and Thai Milk Tea.

Location: Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Rd., Banila, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Phone Number: 032 2684933

Fredo Corleone and his order of Chicken Satay



5. Sachi Authentic Japanese 

Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Modanyaki, and Ramen. These are the dishes that you have to order when you visit any of Sachi's four branches in Cebu. I got so addicted to Sachi that I ate there 3 days in a row. 

Locations: The Terraces, Ayala Mall; M.L. Quezon Ave, Cabancalan, Mandaue City; Parkmall, Mandaue City; B.F. Mactan Strip, M.L. Quezon, National Highway, Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City.


An abundance of Takoyaki with Harry Potter

6. 10 Dove Street Confectionery

This is the original rustic and cozy place for folks to enjoy their desserts. They also have hot meals lile sandwiches, fried chicken, roasted pork, pasta, and other yummy choices. 

I always end up ordering something new and different every visit that I make in 10 Dove Street. 

When you order the Hot choco, it comes with cookies. And their coffee gets served with a piece of biscotti. 

Locations: SM Seaside City; Axis Entertainment Avenu, Capitol Site, Cebu City; Oakridge Business Park, A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.


It's a good thing that Hermione's parents are dentists.

7. Tablea Chocolate Cafe

Filipinos are known to have a sweet tooth or two. We like sugary food so much that even bitter dark chocolate drinks are dashed with milk and sugar. Traditional Filipino breakfast would entail a hot dark chocolate drink for sipping or dipping. Tablea has continued that tradition with their Sipping Dark Chocolate it has that subtleness in flavor of sugar and milk. Aside for the different kinds of chocolate drinks, they also offer the Puto, Manga, Tsokolate plate which I always order.

Location: JY Square Discovery Mall, Lahug, Cebu City

Opening Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM
Phone Number: 032 2392356

Professor Dumbledore's afternoon snack

8. Monbis' Halo-Halo

Monbis' is not your Grandma's halo-halo. They use ice cream, cornflakes, choco dip, cookies, a few slices of banana, and lots of ice cream for their sweet concoction.

Location: Katipunan Street, Tisa, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 8 PM to Midnight
Phone Number: 63 9473750164

Orphan Black's Rachel Duncan and Monbis Halo-halo

9. Cubana Pizza + Party

This place comes alive every evening. They serve a variety of food that range from pizza to hamburgers to Shawarma. And of course, alcoholic drinks will not be far behind.

Location: Manros Plaza, General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 5:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Phone Number: 032 2669957


Michael Corleone and Cubana's Shrimp Pizza

10. Batirol by The Chocolate Chamber

Batirol is the new concept store by The Chocolate Chamber which is known for its specialty chocolates. When we visited the place, we had the chance to sample their Pandesal sandwhiches (the pandesal is infused with chocolate), champorado, cupcakes, and hot chocolate. They produce their own cocoa from locally harvested cacao beans.

Location: President Quirino corner Magsaysay Street, Kasambagan, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 10 PM
Phone NUmber: 63 9178272318


British Sherlock Holmes having some Philippine Tsokolate

11. KKD STK + BBQ

What to do after a long day of visiting the historic sites of Cebu City? Food crawl! KKD STK+BBQ is situated right across Plaza Independencia and Malacanan sa Sugbo. They offer Filipino classic dishes with their own flavor.

I ate a lot of their homemade chicharron and I don't feel guilty at all! I followed it with a glass of Avocado shake. Their crispy pata is a recommended dish as well. I especially like their version of leche flan which has a citrus flavor plus it has mango slices as topping.

KKD STK is one of the hidden gems in Cebu. 


Location: M.C. Briones Street, San Roque, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM
Phone Number: 63 2316378


Jon Snow need to build-up some muscles for the upcoming war.

12. Pizza Republic

The concept of Pizza Republic is that you can create your own pie by choosing your toppings. They have a variety of ingredients on hand. You can even add an egg on top of your pizza. And then they bake the pie in their brick-walled gas oven. Their pizza style is more Italian than American since the owner is an Italian by the name of Guiseppe Genco. 

Locations: Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City; The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu


Tyrion Lannister will be battling two pizza pies.

13. Tazza Cafe and Patisserie

What attracted me to Tazza Cafe was their Affogato. But their hot meals made me comeback for more. I have ordered their Double Pork Chops and Beef Stroganoff. Their cakes and pastries are tastes good as well.

It's a great place to be spend some alone time especially if you don't like sharing your food.

Location: Ground Floor, Tsai Hotel, Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM to Midnight
Phone Number: 032 2635321

Sherlock, The Crime Book, and Beef  Stroganoff

14. Fudge and Lava by Fudge

How would I describe Fudge? Their dishes are not your typical Filipino fare. While I was dining on their mouthwatering food, I keep thinking about American Southern cooking. Fudge has the components of being the new American-style soul food with a Filipino twist.


The choco chip pizookie and molten lava cake are foodie favorites.

Locations: The Terraces, Ayala Center Mall; A.S. Fortuna, Street, Banilad, Cebu City; SM City Cebu; SM Seaside City


Harry Potter and the Fudge's Favorite Desserts

15. Coffee Prince

As an avid reader, I normally look for places where I can read my books while drinking either hot or cold drinks.

Coffee Prince was one of the places that I discovered where I can read for hours without running out of drinks to order.

They also have short orders for those who would like to eat as well.

Location: Capitol Site, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 2 AM; 9 AM to 3 AM
Phone Number: 032 4162081; 032 2545989

Luna Lovegood lovin' her Frappe



Do you have more food recommendations in Cebu?

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