Lighthouse Cebu: Premier Native Restaurant

Looking for one of Cebu’s premier restaurants that originally created some of the signature Filipino dishes you worship and enjoy today? Don’t worry because I’ve got you covered.

Facade at Lighthouse Restaurrant
Facade at Lighthouse Restaurrant

I’ll be sharing to you my recent dining experience at one of the household names in the Queen City of the South’s restaurant industry, Lighthouse.


Looking for a Place to Stay? Visit Agoda for a wide range of accommodation options with great hotel deals and best price guarantee.

First Impressions

If it was my first time seeing a glowing red signage on the second floor of Gaisano Country Mall Banilad from the highway, I’ll probably confuse it for a bar or a nightclub, which is what you would expect to see among some of the older establishments along Mango Avenue.

But since I have fond memories of its older branch near Colegio dela Inmaculada Concepcion, I know deep in my heart that what’s waiting for me inside is good food.

Ambiance

Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll immediately notice that every inch of the place is filled with native aesthetic detail: cloudy skies for the ceiling, banana trees in the corners, beach umbrellas on some tables and a hanging bridge that leads to a wishing well.

Aesthetic Detail at Lighthouse Restaurant
Aesthetic Detail at Lighthouse Restaurant

By the bar is the reception area where you’ll see photographs of famous local celebrities who have dined here before which made me realize that this place was indeed the go to a restaurant in Cebu for a time.

Interiors at Lighthouse Restaurant
Interiors at Lighthouse Restaurant

With the space maximized for seating capacity, Lighthouse is perfect for big events and gatherings.

Dining Experience

Use this 50-seater function room with a minimum order of PHP10000
Use this 50-seater function room with a minimum order of PHP10000

As mentioned earlier, Lighthouse is known for its native offerings. If ever you’re a local who is craving for something that is quite difficult to prepare at home or if you have foreign guests who’d like a taste of Filipino cuisine, then, by all means, bring them over here.

Highlight of the Night

Only a side plate was used to chop this Lechon de Leche
Only a side plate was used to chop this Lechon de Leche

Lechon de Leche at PHP5000 – Yes, you can pre-order this before your dinner at Lighthouse. It was so crispy and tender that you could slice it with only a side plate. Definitely worth it!

Appetizers

Kinilaw na Tangigue at Lighthouse Restaurant
Kinilaw na Tangigue at Lighthouse Restaurant

Kinilaw na Tangigue at PHP150 – Raw with a subtle sour kick, just like how my lolo used to make.

Baked Talaba
Baked Talaba

Baked Talaba at PHP188 – It was cheesy, garlicky and baked just right and served on a bed of salt.

Soups

Mixed Ocean Soup at Lighthouse Restaurant
Mixed Ocean Soup at Lighthouse Restaurant

Mixed Ocean Soup at PHP160 – Carefully selected seafood in white and creamy sauce.

Pochero
Pochero

Pochero at PHP210 – Beef stew which was on point on taste but just lacked fall-off-the-bone quality.

Noodles

Pancit Canton
Pancit Canton

Pancit Canton at PHP132 – Complete ingredients, generous serving size and delicious.

Main Dishes

Tangigue Fish Fillet
Tangigue Fish Fillet

Tangigue Fish Fillet at PHP295 – Baked and served with mayo sauce, it was super creamy that the fish just melted in my mouth. This is my favorite dish at Lighthouse.

Kare-Kare at Lighthouse
Kare-Kare at Lighthouse

Kare-Kare at PHP520 – Oxtail stew in peanut sauce. It surely is an acquired taste, but it was a bit expensive for me and lacked savoriness.

Inutok na Alimango at Lighthouse Restaurant
Inutok na Alimango at Lighthouse Restaurant

Inutok na Alimango at PHP220 – Crabmeat with coconut milk which didn’t look as good as it tasted.

Sweet and Sour Pork
Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork at PHP142 – Quite affordable however the sauce is too strong for my taste.

Chicken Pandan
Chicken Pandan

Chicken Pandan at PHP236 – Boneless chicken marinated and wrapped in pandan leaves. This is best eaten immediately and dipped in its amazing sauce.


Grilled Tuna Panga
Grilled Tuna Panga

Tuna Panga at PHP65 per 100g – Marinated and grilled to perfection, I just couldn’t get enough of it.

Rice

Paella Rice at Lighthouse Restaurant
Paella Rice at Lighthouse Restaurant

Paella Rice at PHP300 – A meal in itself, I’m just not a fan of tomato-based fried rice with chicken, pork and seafood.

Fiesta Fried Rice
Fiesta Fried Rice

Fiesta Fried Rice at PHP235 – Fried rice with bacon and chorizo.

Desserts

Banana Mora at Lighthouse Restaurant
Banana Mora at Lighthouse Restaurant

Banana Mora at PHP79 – Coated ripe banana fried and topped with vanilla ice cream, a must-try!

Mango Pandan at Lighthouse Restaurant
Mango Pandan at Lighthouse Restaurant

Mango Pandan at PHP80 – Pandan-flavored gelatin and sago with mango strips.

Fruit Boat at Lighthouse Restaurant
Fruit Boat at Lighthouse Restaurant

Fruit Boat at PHP450 – Fresh Fruits in a dragon boat. Sweetness is a variable.

Final Thoughts

Through the decades, I guess it is safe to say that Lighthouse has successfully maintained its high level of standard when it comes to their offerings at a price point that’s still affordable for the average Cebuano.

Filipino Favorites at Lighthouse Native Restaurant
Filipino Favorites at Lighthouse Native Restaurant

I know you couldn’t wait to head over to Gaisano Country Mall right now after reading this. Rest assured that if you bring the whole barrio with you, everyone will be seated nicely. Happy Fiesta!

This foodie meet-up was made possible by Zomato PH in partnership with Lighthouse.

Also Read:

Comments

comments

Book Trains, Buses, Ferries, Transfers & Flights
Powered by 12Go Asia system

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.