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PUSO or "hanging rice" is rice cooked in a woven coconut leaf case. It is the perfect pair to such favorite dishes as barbecue and lechon and is best eaten kinamot or with bare hands. (Photo provided by Marco Polo Plaza Cebu)

Cebu serves up a feast

Dining in Cebu is choosing from a heterogeneous selection of local and international cuisine served together in popular eat-all-you-can buffets or separately in specialty restaurants.

There's nothing like the Cebu specialties of lechon (roasted pig), pochero, tinolang manok, sinigang na hipon, sinugbang isda, or utan Bisaya (vegetable soup) for the average Cebuano, and several restaurants cater to the native palate.

A visit to Cebu isn't complete without eating its signature lechon, described by chef and author Anthony Bourdain in 2009 as the best in the world. The topic on who serves the best lechon in Cebu can be touchy and trigger passionate discussions. To find out, why not sample all of them? Lechon restaurants are accessible in the city. Some of the famous ones are CNT, Zubuchon, Rico's lechon, Talisay lechon and a delicious, juicy variant served in the public market of Carcar City in southern Cebu.

The increase in the number of foreign residents in Cebu has led as well to the rise of dining places serving food of various international flavors.

Eating out at the mall

You can't go wrong going to any of the big malls in the metro, as you get to choose from restaurants serving Filipino, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Persian, Indian, Italian, and of course American cuisine. SM City Cebu (check location) offers a good selection of restaurants that serve a wide selection of cuisines perfect for a table for two or the entire family, including Spice Fusion, Cafe Laguna, Golden Cowrie, Cabalen, Gerry's Grill, Mooon Cafe, Tokyo Joe, Tempura, Bigby's, Sbarro.

Many dining facilities that serve Filipino food also serve Cebuano specialties such as lechon.

Other malls with great dining shops include SM City Consolacion (check location), Ayala Center Cebu (check location) at the Cebu Business Park, and J Centre Mall (check location) in A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City. Great dining places can be found as well at Cebu IT Park (check location), enclave of Cebu's outsourcing and IT companies.

Buffet Selections

Buffets in Cebu's hotels and resorts are also popular. In Cebu City, the top ones are Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu (check location), Puso in Quest Hotel across Cebu Business Park, Feria in Radisson Blu near SM City Cebu, and Kan-anan at Cebu Parklane International Hotel along Archbishop Reyes Avenue for a taste of many of Cebuano food specialties.

Other great choices are the Familia Buffet Restaurant at Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa in Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City and Tides at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City.


Lantaw in Busay

LANTAW NATIVE RESTAURANT couples great dining experience with breathtaking views. It has branches in Cordova, Busay and at the SRP. More information below. (Photo taken from the Lantaw Native Restaurant Facebook page)


Specialty Restaurants

They say the best lechon is served at CnT. If not the best, CnT is certainly among the oldest lechon houses in Cebu. It serves lechon by the kilo at its two dining facilities.

Make sure to come early since CnT restaurants get full early especially during lunchtime. CnT branches can be found across SM City Cebu in the North Reclamation Area (check location) (call: 63-32-2546641) and at 1377 Rama Ave, Guadalupe (check location) (call: 63-32-2544249).

Newly opened is Rico's Lechon Restaurant at Unit 4&5, Ridges Commercial Complex, F. Cabahug St., Mabolo, Cebu City (beside Sykes) (check location).

A new destination in Cebu's dining scene is Lantaw Native Restaurant, which couples great dining experience with breathtaking views. It has a floating branch off the shallows of Cordova town (call: 63-32-5142959 or 09998502707) in the island of Mactan, another in the mountains of Busay (call: 63-32-5110379 or 09339505323 ), and its latest, at the scenic Kawit Point of South Road Properties (call 09086248711 or 5127745.

You can check out the Facebook accounts of the different branches by tapping on the links below:

Other top dining places

Olio Bar and Restaurant
Location: Unit T Crossroads Mall, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad (check location)
call: 63-32-2382931 or 63-32-2323589
Menu: Steak and Seafood


Abaca Restaurant
Location: Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City (check location)
call: 63-32-4953461 or 63-32-2360311
Menu: California-Mediterranean


Maya Mexican Restaurant
Location: Crossroads Mall, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City (check location)
call: 63-32-2389552
Menu: Mexican


The Tinderbox
Location: Crossroads Mall, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City (check location)
Call: (032)234-1681 to 85 or (032)416-13
Menu: French


Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
Location: Maria Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City (check location)
Call: (6332) 343 9901
Menu: Italian


Casa Verde
Branches: Ramos Branch, #69 Lim Tian Teng St., Ramos, Cebu City (check location); IT Park Branch, The Walk, Cebu IT Park (check location); 3rd Level, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu
Menu: American