Cebu Food Crawl: 25 Must-Try Dishes in Cebu

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25 Must-Try Dishes during the First-Ever Cebu Food Crawl

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Cebu Food Crawl 2015
Cebu Food Crawl 2015

I recently had the rare opportunity to become part of the first-ever Cebu Food Crawl organized by the Cebu Bloggers Society held last November 27 to 30. It is basically an overloaded food tour in partnership with Smart, Zomato and other sponsors in collaboration with more than 20 establishments all around Cebu’s four major cities.

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Here are 25 of my favorite dishes in no particular order, complete with one liner impressions, with the establishment’s address each with a link to their official Facebook page:

Croquetas at Ipars
Croquetas at Ipars

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Croquetas at Ipar’s Restaurant – The outer layer’s texture is very crisp while the milky filling just bursts inside your mouth worthy to be part of Chef Ipar’s authentic Spanish restaurant in Ramos

Sinanglay na Isda at Ocean Garden
Sinanglay na Isda at Ocean Garden

Sinanglay na Isda at Ocean Garden – Cream dory wrapped in petchay leaves served in rich creamy coconut milk sauce, need I say more for you to come visit here at A.S. Fortuna near J Centre?

Spanish-style Milkfish at Ocean Garden
Spanish-style Milkfish at Ocean Garden

Spanish-style Milkfish at Ocean Garden – Tastes better than the canned ones, very affordable, freshly prepared and the flavor and spiciness is just right

Crispy Crablets at Pork Seafood Restaurant
Crispy Crablets at Pork Seafood Restaurant

Crispy Crablets at Port Seafood Restaurant – The perfect ‘pulutan’ or just a fun mouth pleaser available even until the weary hours of night right after the party near Waterfront Lahug

Pork Chuletas at Hala Paella
Pork Chuletas at Hala Paella

Pork Chuletas at Hala Paella – Tender slab of carefully spiced pork dripping with its secret marinade perfect for the hungry meat lover at Banilad Town Center

Paella Negra at Hala Paella
Paella Negra at Hala Paella

Paella Negra at Hala Paella – Creamy Spanish rice dish mixed with black squid ink that will hide the whiteness of your teeth but will surely leave your taste buds wanting more

Angel Wings at Gibbs
Angel Wings at Gibbs

Angel Wings at Gibb’s – Chicken wings covered in cream, garlic, filled and parmesan cheese that will surely take you to heaven but enter its earthly gates first at Streetscape Maria Luisa

Chocolate Pizza at The Chocolate Chamber
Chocolate Pizza at The Chocolate Chamber

Chocolate Pizza at The Chocolate Chamber – Yes, it’s yummier and cheesier than normal pizza but on a chocolate dough topped with chocolate sprinkles found at Sarrosa Hotel in Mabolo

Taco Sampler at Meximama
Taco Sampler at Meximama

Taco Sampler at Meximama – Mexican tacos fused with Filipino toppings like sisig and strands of lechon with three other flavors to choose from available at Mactan Al Fresco

Betsys Garlic Chicken at Orange Karinderia
Betsys Garlic Chicken at Orange Karinderia

Betsy’s Garlic Chicken at Orange Karenderia – Garlic chicken at its finest available at Mactan Al Fresco and also in Lahug, extra rice please!

Rich Scallops in Cream at Muvanz
Rich Scallops in Cream at Muvanz

Scallops at Muvanz Pocherohan and Seafoods – I secretly hid one big dish of these saltwater clams cooked with rich cream and butter and ate it solo at a corner in Mactan Al Fresco

Lechon Cebu at Ayers
Lechon Cebu at Ayers

Cebu Lechon at Ayer’s – The charcoal-roasted pig had lean pork meat smothered with a perfect balance of natural spices, slowly cooked to provide that signature crunch still at Mactan Al Fresco

Signature Crab at Oysters Bay Seafood Restaurant
Signature Crab at Oysters Bay Seafood Restaurant

Signature Crab at Oyster Bay Seafood Restaurant – When it comes to fresh live crabs cooked with their secret sauce, seafood lovers know that Oyster Bay delivers still at Mactan Al Fresco

Crispy Shrimp Tempura at Manang Sayong
Crispy Shrimp Tempura at Manang Sayong

Shrimp Tempura at Manang Sayong – Deep-fried Japanese-inspired shrimp tempura coated in crispy breading perfectly paired with its dedicated sauce with which I believe I could eat at least a hundred in one sitting still at Mactan Al Fresco

Butter Garlic Shrimp at Choobi-Choobi
Butter Garlic Shrimp at Choobi-Choobi

Butter Garlic Shrimp at Choobi-Choobi – Only the shrimp head is left untouched because of the body’s crispiness and juiciness available in four sauce options still at the Mactan Al Fresco

Beef Rendang at the Sails Movenpick
Beef Rendang at the Sails Movenpick

Beef Rendang at The Sails Movenpick – A taste of Asia awaits you specifically this Malaysian dish whenever you avail of The Sail’s Buffet at Movenpick Mactan

Spinach Ravioli at Anzani
Spinach Ravioli at Anzani

Spinach Ravioli at Anzani – Spinach & Ricotta cheese-filled dumplings in a shape of a pyramid that’s really filling, flavorful and best eaten when hot on the way to Busay left side of the road before Marco Polo.

Spanish Chorizo at Ipars
Spanish Chorizo at Ipars

Spanish Chorizo at Ipar’s – Authentic and homemade Spanish chorizo that’s a little salty compared to native Filipino chorizo which is sweet and perfectly paired with Paella Valenciana

Pork Barbeque at Ocean Garden
Pork Barbeque at Ocean Garden

Pork Barbecue at Ocean Garden – Filipino-style pork barbecue that transforms when dipped to its special sauce inspired by the likes of Yakski and Larsian.

Sweet and Sour Fish at Pork Seafood and Restaurant
Sweet and Sour Fish at Pork Seafood and Restaurant

Sweet and Sour Fish at Port Seafood Restaurant – Breaded cream dory with onions, carrots and pineapples that just melts in your mouth

Potato Wedges at Gibbs
Potato Wedges at Gibbs

Potato Wedges at Gibb’s – Deep-fried potatoes that is a perfect equalizer and palate re-setter with the saucy wings especially Gibb’s Level 5

Crispy Tuna Buntot at Orange Carinderia
Crispy Tuna Buntot at Orange Carinderia

Crispy Tuna Buntot – A favorite for fish lovers, deep-fried tuna without the fuss or the ‘langsa’ for that matter

Chicken Skin at Oyster Bay
Chicken Skin at Oyster Bay

Chicken Skin at Oyster Bay – Crispy chicken goodness on a stick that tastes like KFC’s fun shots with which I wish was sold on the streets for a quick snack

Chicken Tepanyaki at The Sails Movenpick
Chicken Tepanyaki at The Sails Movenpick

Chicken Teppanyaki at The Sails Movenpick – Another glimpse to Japanese cuisine with chicken shreds and mixed vegetables in one dish

Chicken Teriyaki at Pink Heaven
Chicken Teriyaki at Pink Heaven

Chicken Teriyaki at Pink Heaven – This is my ultimate quick meal with its tender chicken portions with addicting teriyaki sauce near my home at South Coast Center in Talisay

Keep posted for upcoming one by one in-depth reviews of these above mentioned establishments in the following posts. In the meantime, have a quick laugh at the 8 Things I Learned During The First-Ever Cebu Food Crawl in my personal blog.

Well, I guess you’re already hungry by now after reading this long food post. Go and visit one establishment now and help support the local Cebuano food scene. Later!

Also Read: Top 10 Eats in Cebu that wont hurt your wallet

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