6-7, 29 Apr 2015 | Cebu City, Philippines
What’s a trip like without having to try some of the town’s renowned and home-grown food? Today, I’m sharing a couple of restaurants around Capitol in Cebu that Danny and I had been to. By the way, these are all walking distance from CFO. So, we saved some pennies for transportation fee.
1. Alejandro’s Crispy Pata (Home of the Best Crispy Pata since 1991)
My sister’s friend recommended this place. Unfortunately, because of her uber hectic schedule, she couldn’t find time to meet us. I’ve learned that Alejandro’s has been operating for more than 2 decades already.
From our hotel, we passed by CFO, turned left going to Century Plaza hotel and spotted this restaurant/bar in that hotel’s commercial complex.
Stepping into the place, we thought they just opened, there were no customers and the staff are very accommodating.
Of course, we enjoyed a big plate of their special crispy pata. As expected, it was too oily but not salty, the skin was as crunchy as lechon, and for the overall taste, it was good.
Address: #6 Island Area, Century Plaza Complex, Juana Osmena Street, Cebu City
Monday to Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ; 6:00 pm – 1:00 am
Friday and Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ; 6:00 pm – 3:00 am
2. Larsian BBQ
Situated near Chong Hua Hospital is a square-shaped canteen full of stalls selling grilled (barbeque) meat and seafood. This place is considered the barbeque capital of Cebu. It was already around 10pm when we reached this place, and it was still packed with hungry people. There was nowhere to sit and the vendors were still trying to persuade us to buy from their shop. One vendor even offered us free kimchi as side dish. Sadly, we decided not to dine in Larsian since we were really not that hungry.
Address: Don Mariano Cui Street, Cebu
Operating Hours: Daily 3:00 pm – 3:30 am
3. STK Ta Bay! sa Paolito’s Seafood House
We didn’t really have a concrete plan where to go and what to eat so Danny found this place through Foursquare app. It can be compared to Yellow Fin, Marina Tuna or Luz Kinilaw in Davao for their famous tuna panga and seafood.
STK is the abbreviation for sugba tula kilaw also known as sutukil.
The interior is full of relics, treasures and antique items. There were also guns and sharp objects hanging on the wall which was kinda freaky.
We ordered two of their best sellers — tuna belly and baked scallops. I could never consider anything else better than their tuna belly. As for the scallops, the butter made it taste less like seafood.
Tip: It’s better to book a reservation. We got lucky we came early.
Address: #6 Climaco Street, Capitol Site, Cebu
Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
4. Ribpublic Diner
Just a few meters away from Pillows Hotel in Roa street is this tiny, open-air eatery named Ribpublic. Obviously, from the name itself, they serve ribs. The interior is full of graffiti, which I find creative. As for the food, we had an order of their specialty that came along with a small cup of rice. The rib was tasty and in a large portion at an affordable price of Php188.
Address: Gov. M. Roa St., Capitol Site, 6000 Cebu City
Operating Hours: Daily 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Note: These are based on my own honest opinion and personal experiences only.
Do you have other recommendations? I’d love to hear from you.