5 Must-Visit Restaurants in Lapu-Lapu City
2018 Jan 26 | by janndel
Experiencing a one-of-kind culinary adventure in a city as beautiful as Cebu. Whether you are searching for a Cebu house for sale or visiting one of its amazing tourist spots, you can take a side trip to one of these restaurants each time you feel the need for a scrumptious stopover.
1. Manna STK Food House
Address: Punta Engano Road, Mactan Shrine
Contact: (032) 495 8009
Open: Daily, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Manna STK Food House is one of the longest-running restaurants to feature Cebuano seafood cuisine. It also retains the traditional way of preparing seafood. Sutukil is an abbreviation coming from three Visayan words that describe different ways to prepare food: sugba means to grill, tola means to stew, and kilaw means to marinate in vinegar. Customers can enjoy fresh eats by selecting their desired recipe on the menu.
The restaurant serves high-quality meats and seafood with a chiller display that allows customers to view an assortment of clams and types of fishes. The restaurant sets a minimum order (250 grams) for crabs, lobsters, squid, shrimp, oysters, prawn, tanigue, scallops, halaan, and marinday.
Diners can purchase meat and seafood from stores and vendors in the area, but they have to pay corkage and cooking charges. The best part of going to Manna STK Food House is their food preparation. Each meal is cooked on the spot. Thus, the natural flavors of the ingredients are fresh with every bite.
Other than the delicious and refreshing meals, the restaurant overlooks the Mactan Shrine Park and the expanse of the sea. A table on the second floor allows you to enjoy the scene while getting your fill. Meanwhile, the main level opens up to complement the restaurant’s native theme.
2. AA BBQ
Address: M. L. Quezon National Highway, Pusok
Open: Daily, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The restaurant has ten branches all over Cebu City. Each one guarantees a casual ambiance and delicious grilled meat. The area is open and allows free seating, an ideal feature for large groups of friends and family.
Customers can view the meat variants in a glass display and select the pieces to be grilled. Diners can choose from the house specialties such as chorizo (P15), crispy pata or squid, pork belly (P75), lechon kawali, native chicken lechon (P250) and pork (P20 per stick) or fish (P50) barbeque.
Lahug and A.S. Fortuna branches serve roasted calf every Friday and Saturday. Those looking for something other than meat can order grilled Bangus, kinilaw na isda and Halaan or clam soup (P90). Complete the meal with a glass of the best Four Seasons in town.
3. Lantaw Native Restaurant
Address: Sa Baybayon, Cordova
Contact: (032) 511 0379
Open: Daily, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Lantaw Native Restaurant is a “floating restaurant” with a dining area on a wooden platform by the sea. Wooden chairs, tables, and padded couches are tastefully arranged under bamboo light fixtures. Groups who prefer the privacy of intimate gatherings can reserve a hut. Customers will surely adore the view of the sea, the mangroves and the beautiful sunset on a good day.
Its location inspires various seafood items on its menu. Their Seafood Pochero with bits and pieces of fish and squid and spicy Cordova Express (P160) which is similar to Bicol Express are some of their crowd-favorites. There’s also Sinuglaw (P180), Saang Adobo (seashell) with oyster sauce (P230) or the squid version (P245), Buttered Crabs (S – P280 | M – P330), Baked Scallops (P150) and sinigang na hipon perfect for chilly nights and summer breeze.
They also offer poultry and meat dishes that are equally succulent. You can order the Chicken in a Buko (P180)—cooked in young coconut juice, coconut pieces, shrimp, squid, diced fish and malunggay leaves—all-time favorite Crispy Pata (prices vary by size), Lechon Kawali (P230) and Lechon Sisig. These dishes are best with a bowl of Utan Bisaya (P170), a platter of Pancit Canton (P220), and a side of pickled papaya or atchara. Top off the meal with an ice-cold Cordova Cooler – a mix of orange, mango, watermelon and calamansi drops or a Mango Smoothie (P80).
4. Ibiza Beach Club
Address: Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Lapu Lapu
Contact: (032) 492 7777
Open: Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m | Friday – Sunday: 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Celebrate any occasion at Ibiza Beach Club, the latest dining, and entertainment venue in the area. The area features live music along with their signature Balearic-inspired 15-course grill which includes various meat and seafood cuts such as Angus rib-eye steak, baby back ribs, filet mignon, lamb rock lobsters and Tiger prawns. There’s also à la carte and tapas menu where one can find salad platters, bruschetta, cheese cuts, premium steak, and desserts.
The restaurant has an outdoor lounge and pool as well as a glass-enclosed indoor space called the Conservatory.
5. Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa
Address: Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu
Contact: (032) 231 0288
Besides relaxation and recreation, Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa is also the best place to explore various culinary creation. Acqua, Cowrie Cove, Tea of Spring and Tides are the restaurant to look out for when in the area.
Location: Poolside, Ocean Wing
Guest and travelers can find Italian comfort food and dine by the pool deck at Acqua. The restaurant serves breakfast as early as 6 p.m. until 10:30 a.m. Various baked goods, freshly-squeezed juices, milk drinks along and cereal choices are available. After the morning fill, lunch dishes are served at noon until 2:30 p.m. for those who want late lunch. Dinner starts at 6 p.m and ends at 10 p.m.
Chef Andrea Burzio channels his knowledge of international flavors through his recipes featuring fresh seafood and varieties of cheeses.
Must-try dishes: Fettuccine Garlic Cream, Lemon Seafood Risotto
Location: Beach Cove
Open: Daily, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy the warm breeze of the ocean with the al fresco set up at Cowrie Cove. The restaurant features seafood dishes by Chef Daniel Quintero. Expect high-quality ingredients complemented by a selection of wine.
Must-try dishes: Cowrie Coconut Soup, Grilled Seafood Platter, Kilawin Tanigue, Chocolate Semifreddo with Greek Yogurt, Mango, Sesame
Tea of Spring
Location: Garden Level, Main Wing
Tea of Spring highlights contemporary Chinese cuisine along with loose-leaf teas and Asian wines. Diners can catch the dim sum lunch at noon until 2:30 p.m. and return for dinner at 6:00 p.m. Chef Boon Bun Hoe, the house chef, stays true to Chinese flavors while incorporating healthy food options in the restaurant’s menu.
Must-try dish: Simmered Pork Belly with Chinese Wine
Location: Garden Level Main Wing
Tides allow dining guests to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an open kitchen where the delicious aroma of the food enhances their dining experience. There are seafood and meat roasted over coal, noodle and soup station as well as fresh salad ingredients.
The restaurant is ideal for the family as it has a small buffet setup that includes kid-friendly meals. A la carte dining starts at 6 a.m. and ends an hour before noon.
The cuisine in the Queen City of the South is rich in various seafood, grill varieties, and traditional Filipino dishes. A Cebuano’s palate is refined yet simple as their cooking relies on the extra kick from fresh herbs and spices. A trip to these restaurants will make you appreciate the beauty of the island and everything it has to offer.