Eating & Drinking Cebu
Cebu City has numerous restaurants that would definitely satisfy your gastronomical cravings. Although some of the best restaurants are gathered in the big malls like Ayala Center and SM City Cebu, there are still a lot of restaurants whether it be fine dining or budget that isa scattered throughout the city.
For the shoestring traveler, take a jeepney heading downtown and go to Carbon Market, which is located in MC Briones street. Carbon Market is Cebu's oldest and biggest produce market and has the biggest food stall within the city. Most of the food items sold here are either fried or grilled. Favorites include flame-grilled chicken kebabs which costs 25php, Banana Q which is basically a caramelized banana which is fried and served on a stick costs 10php for 2 pieces, Buso or hanging rice wrapped in banana leaves and shaped as a pyramid costs 5php and bola-bola or meatballs which costs 10php.
The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu is definitely a must-stop for a foodie. Here, one can choose from a wide variety of restaurants which is all gathered in one location from fine-dining restaurants, coffeeshops or simply a fastfood. Favorite local restaurants include Casa Verde for their affordable yet yummy baby back ribs, Lemon Grass for Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, Golden Cowrie for authentic Filipino dishes, The Gustavian for European cuisines, Kublai Khan's Mongolian Restaurant for Mongolian bowls, Canvas Bistro Bar Gallery for Australian dishes, Moon Cafe for Mexican cuisine and Chikaan sa Cebu for Filipino dishes.
Other restaurants in the area include Pancake House, Yellow Cab Pizza, Kenny Rogers Roasters, TGI Fridays, Shakeys and Don Henrico's. For coffeshops there is Starbucks, Bo's Coffee, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Seattle's Best and Figaro.
For a more upmarket, international-style restaurants head out to Crossroads located in M.Cuenco Avenue. Crossroads is like a strip mall where few establishments are gathered. For fresh seafood, pasta and yummy juicy steaks never miss out on Olio, which is named one of the best Philippine restaurants for three consecutive years by The Philippine Tatler Magazine. Dining here is not cheap though compared to other restaurants and a full-course meal per person can cost you around 1000php-2000php. Another must-try restaurant within Crossroads is Chic and Fab. Although the name may sound like it's a fashion boutique shop or a hairdressing salon, it is not. Chic and Fab is actually a restaurant specializing in authentic Thai cuisines. The interior of the restaurant is very bright and diners get to sit here amidst the racks of Thai products that they're selling as well like coffee, tea, toiletries etc. Other must-try restaurants within the area are Maya Taqueria and Tequila Lounge for Mexican foods like burrito which costs 400php per piece and Yakiniku Tajimaya for Japanese cuisine.
Below is a list of other popular restaurants scattered within Cebu to help you decide where to dine and drink during your entire stay.
SuTuKil - Located near the Mactan Shrine and will cost you approximately 250php taxi fare from Cebu City are the Sutukil restaurants. Sutukil is a playful term derived from the three ways the food is cooked which is Su for sugba or grilled, Tu stands for tula or grilled and Kil is from kilaw or turned into a raw fish salad. It is an open-air eatery where you get to choose and buy from the market the seafood that you want to be cooked similar to that of Manila's Dampa. The prawns are priced around 700php per kilo, the crabs at around 400-500php while lobsters are at 1,200php per kilo. A cheaper alternative though that is just within Cebu City is STK Ta Bai at Paolito's Seafood House. STK Ta Bay! is also a seafood restaurant and the dishes are also cooked the SuToKil way but unlike the sutokil eateries in Mactan wherein you get to choose your own seafood, STK already has a menu where you just order what you like. Must-try is their sizzling gambas for 110php, grilled tuna and calamares.
Anzani - A fine dining mediterranean-style restaurant located just close to Marco Polo Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City. This restaurant is owned by a couple who is a chef and the other one being an ambassador of Le Cordon Bleu. Anzani's main dining room is divided into two and capable of seating up to 70 persons. They also have a wine cellar, private room for events, corporate room and tree couches good for 16 persons and usually used for private cocktails. They also have a champagne lounge, bar area and a chapel garden which is used for special functions like weddings and birthday parties.