Parilya, Cebu

Do you ever wonder where my feet take me on Saturdays?

Meet my good friends.  We call ourselves the “Saturday Night Foodies” group.  We enjoy stories and laughters over gastronomic experiences.

We tried Parilya, the newly-opened restaurant by the Laguna Group.  It’s the latest landmark along the South Road Properties (SRP) right by Filinvest’s Il Corso property. Parilya makes you feel at home. Its setup is very light to the touch and very laidback.  It lives by the truest meaning of al fresco dining.



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Crispy Crablets:

Baby crabs cooked in perfect crisp; a crunch in every bite. Oh, and it smelled really, really good.

This dish surprised me the most. Mind you, I don’t usually eat crablets because of its shell. But this one, though, I didn’t even notice the shell. It was that good. Just dip it in vinegar, and you’d have the perfect starter (abrigana).

Php 180.00 per order  


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Orange Karenderia, Lahug

Food spotting is one thing I do often on weekends.  A lot has been said about Orange Karenderia so when I heard that they opened a second branch nearby, I decided to give it a try.

Orange Karenderia has been known for serving exotic dishes and home-cooked meals. Its indoor setting has that old, familiar  “feel” of a karenderia, but an upgraded one.

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Ginabot, also known as the local version of chicharong bulaklak, is one street food that I do not eat.  Ginabot / Chicharong Bulaklak is made from salted, dried pig intestines. I’d imagine that these intestines were cleaned vigorously and then deep-fried in super hot oil until it became crispy. I gave it a try. Yes, this ginabot was tolerable (I ate 3 pieces!) and actually didn’t smell like the other ginabots. If you ask me, I think their version of ginabot is the best in town.  

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  I liked the first few bites of their Betsy’s Garlic Chicken (P135.00).  It’s made of fried boneless thighs in teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. I think I prefer the sauce separated from the dish itself.  The sweetness of the teriyaki sauce could be overpowering towards the end of your meal.  

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Their Cripy Tuna Belly (P120.00) was actually my favorite. It’s cripy and tasted really good.

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I can eat multiple servings of kinilaw, or ceviche, (P150.00) of any type. However, their kinilaw was the most disappointing I’ve tried so far.  It was really, really sour and I mean beyond tolerable sourness.  When it was served to me, the fish meat already looked pale which is the number 1 sign of too much vinegar.

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Other dishes they serve:

Appetizers: kinilaw, sinuglaw, itlog maalat and calamares
Grilled: pork barbecue, pork belly, chorizo, tuna panga, tuna belly
Sizzling Menu: tuna sisig, squid sisig, gambas, pork sisig
Main Menu: Crispy tuna buntot, crispy tuna belly, betsy’s garlic chicken, pancit bihon
Vegetables: chopsuey, ginataang gulay, pinakbet
Exotics: crispy tuna bihod, guisadong bihod, bagaybay, kusog, chicharon bulaklak, chicken liver and gizzard

All their prices are very affordable. Their servings are meant for sharing between 2-3 persons.

I’ve visited this place a couple of times but I can’t really say that I had a good experience overall. Food was okay and I wasn’t that impressed by their customer service.  The place is packed all the time so it’s necessary to go there during off-peak hours if you want to give them a visit.

La Guardia St., Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
(0917) 721-0923
Operating Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm (kitchen closes at 10:00pm)
Cooking and Prepping time: 9-12 minutes

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