The similarity perhaps ends in terms of execution and in serving dishes that are slightly re-imagined: an unmistakable edginess in texture and taste, but with a careful respect for the familiar flavors that they were built on in the first place.
For a good few seconds, I was fixated at the lone stonefish swimming in one of the aquariums at Isla Sugbu Seafood City.
When everyone else was glued to their TV sets or projected screens or internet streams for the Pacquiao-Bradley boxing match, my friends and i went instead to Taitong Steamers Foods last Sunday.
If La Lucha's name does not give itself away, then its counter could only overemphasize that it is in fact a food joint serving Mexican food.
It was a little over 10 AM and his small restaurant, which used to be a secret shared by expats working nearby, foreign divers and students, was largely empty.
If I had my way, I would have the remaining sushi for myself. But since I dragged my friend to try out Nonki Japanese Restaurant, then I must allow him that same experience as well.
Everything I heard about Yakski Barbecue, a new bbq place in Cebu, is right. That compared tothat popular bbq joint in the city, it is clean, organized and well-ventilated.
These downtown establishments have been facing that delicate balance between that stubbornness to stick to their long-standing legacy and that urge to make bold steps into the future.
I was excited with Mercato de Oro for at least 2 good reasons. I thought that this is a welcome alternative, to the Night Cafe at Divisoria, the closure of which drew mixed reactions from the city residents.
I played the accidental tourist guide when two of my good friends and I sneaked in to Cebu almost a year ago. It was not a role that I wanted to play at the onset, since these are very voracious foodies.