When they tell you that Cebu is the place to be, you should know that they aren’t simply talking about our beaches and our beautiful Cebuanas. The Queen City of the South is also known for its delightful gastronomic treats, which can vary extremely. Depending on one’s taste and budget, you can choose to feast at the all-time favorite Larsian’s barbecue stalls or dine on the fanciest steaks of Olio Steak and Seafood Restaurant.
Recently, a number of food places have opened up to cater to the Cebuanos’ feisty appetites. Two of these establishments are definitely making an impression and are gaining popularity with their unique offerings. Specifically, these are Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant and Irie Gastropubliko.
Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
Reviews on Lantaw assure that enduring the heavy traffic would be worth it. Apart from the scenic view, the restaurant is praised for its friendly staff and affordable menu.
The restaurant offers a variety of Filipino dishes. To start your native dining experience, choose from appetizers that include Spicy Scallops (Php148), Sinuglaw (Php165), Kinilaw (Php160), Sisig (Php130), Talaba (Php145), and Cordova Express (Php145). Soup choices are Tinolang Lamon (Php140), Tinolang Halaan (Php150), Tinolang Manok (Php280/Php160), and Tinolang Tahong (Php140).
For the Pinoy Favorites, one's options include Lechon Kawali (Php185), Pork Liempo (Php255), Lechon Manok (Php230), Humba (Php168), Crispy Pata (Php335/Php425), and Ginataang Munggo (Php120).
For diners who are in the mood for grilled food, you can choose from the variety of Sinugba Favorites. Specifically, you can opt for Original Bacolod Chicken BBQ (Php130), Grilled Pork Belly (Php160), Grilled Boneless Bangus (Php180), Grilled Panga (Php185/Php300), Grilled Kitong (Php140), and Grilled Chorizo (Php65).
Vegetarians can have Adobong Kangkong (Php80), Crispy Kangkong (Php120), Chopsuey (Php198), and Laing (Php110).
Now, dining at a floating restaurant would not be considered complete without tasting any seafood. Lantaw makes sure you have the ultimate floating native restaurant experience with their Seafood Lover menu. Seafood options include Garlic Buttered Prawns (Php180), Salmon Head Paksiw (Php160), Bakasi (Php130), Steamed Lapu-lapu (Php320), Squid Adobo (Php230), and Alimango ala Zamboanga (Php380).
Cap your gastronomic adventure with Filipino desserts. Your choices are lantaw Halo-halo (Php95), Bibingka Cake Ala Mode (Php70) and Banana Turon (Php110).
Lantaw is owned and operated by Pages Holdings Inc., which is also the company behind Thirsty and Mooon Café. The restaurant is located at the Day-as Wharf in Cordova, Mactan. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. For inquiries, you can call them at (032) 514-2959 or post a query on their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/LantawFloatingNativeRestaurant).
The same brilliant minds behind Ila Puti have opened the first and only “gastropub” that is open for 24 hours here in Cebu. Irie Gastropubliko is located at the Skyrise 4 building at the Cebu I.T. Park in Lahug, Cebu City.
According to the Facebook account of Irie Gastropubliko, the establishment is named after Euan Irie, who is the second son of the owner and Executive Chef Jan Rodriguez. The term “Irie” is of Jamaican Patois origin and refers to the state of feeling great. Gastropubliko comes from the British term “gastropub,” which refers to a public house specializing in serving food of high quality. A pub is a place that serves alcoholic beverage and offers some form of entertainment.
The owners envision themselves as the “PUBlic place” or the neighborhood gathering place. Also based on their profile, they aim to bridge the gap between a bar and an eatery by offering a menu that serves traditional pub meals and fusion dishes.
Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Diners can choose from Bacon & Eggs (Php190), Bacon Pancakes (Php180) or Eggs Benedict (Php200). Lunch and dinner are served from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily. Your meal options include Caesar Salad (Php180), Smoked Salmon Salad (Php220), Angus Kebab (Php180/Php250), Rack of Ribs (Php350), Truffle Pasta (Php250), Chorizo + Chile Asado (Php220), and Angus Bites (Php180).
They also serve Irie Burger (Php220), which is comprised of U.S. Sirloin Beef, lettuce, onion, cheese, and brioche bun. You can personalize the burger with your choice of additions, including fries (Php30), Jalapeno (Php50), chili (Php80), bacon strips (Php80 for 4 strips), change to gruyere cheese (Php50), and change to Mozzarella cheese (Php50).
And what’s a pub without an array of beers? At Irie, they offer a varied selection of beers, wines and cocktails.
Irie has a 1930‘s Americana design with a modern touch. Enjoy a night of drinking and bonding while lounging on comfortable velvet couches in your favorite shirt and jeans.
The pub is open 24 hours daily except during Sundays when they open at 6 p.m. Reservations are accepted from Sundays to Thursdays, and walk-ins on Fridays and Saturdays. For exclusive reservations, send [email protected] an e-mail containing the following information:
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For more information about Irie Gastropubliko, you can check out their Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/Irie.Gastropubliko) or give them a call at (032) 266-9933.
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