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

Fujinoya, Philippines

So… it’s been a while, huh? 🙂 We can all agree on one thing: restaurants and cafes in Cebu City are sprouting like mushrooms. I could hardly keep up!

Let me tell you something, Fujinoya Philippines is currently my favorite sanctuary.  This place is perfect for intimate conversations . Cozy ambiance? Oh yes!

Whenever I pay them a visit, I almost always have my “usual”: Shitake burger steak and Hot chocolate.

This was my first hot chocolate drink (Php120.00).  The barista was kind enough to make it pretty for my Instagram account.

Not perfect but can you blame me? It’s still instagram-worthy.

One of the many hot chocolates I had.

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Cebu Dining: STK Ta Bay!

STK Ta Bay! Seafood House, an ancestral home turned restaurant,  gives its diners a uniquely Filipino ambiance.  The interior design is history in itself.  You’ll be surprised – it’s the only place in Cebu that I’ve seen such interior.  It’s full of things from way back: from clothes, to silverware – anything historic and ancient, you’ll find it there.

A collection of pictures will also greet you once you step inside: celebrities and high ranking officials have dined there! I also saw framed letters of appreciation from Vice President Jejomar Binay and US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.  That’s just few of the proofs of their growing popularity. 😀

It may be hard to locate this restaurant when you’re not familiar with the Capitol Site/Osmeña Blvd area.  But no worries, a lot of people already frequent STK Ta Bay! that the taxi drivers are already familiar with this restaurant.  No jeepneys pass by this street but this should be no more than 300m away from Osmeña Blvd.  Take any jeepney that passes by Capitol Site and ask the driver to drop you off Bo’s/Cebu Doctor’s or BPI/Joven’s Grill.  Walk 2 blocks from Osmeña Blvd and you’ll notice a strip of restaurants.  One of them should be STK Ta Bay!.

Kinilaw with Gata (Php115)

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