Each of the dishes at Manang Juling's Kilawan is very affordable. But when you order three different ones and you are dining alone, that is another story.
The original plan that evening was to do a quick jog right after I pick up my 3-kilo takeway at Tatang's Boneless Lechon, my favorite guilty pleasure tucked in an unassuming corner in Lahug in Cebu.
More importantly, everything was properly home-cooked here and my colleagues could attest to this. Yes, although we are an 'extra rice bunch,' we also have discriminating tastebuds. You'd be surprised.
Providore Cebu is not just Summit Galleria Cebu's default breakfast facility. Its very own logo promises that it is more than that.
I've never been to that upscale neighborhood or NY for that matter, but I imagine that the restaurant is influenced by the NY foodscene in certain respects - a diverse menu, brick-laden walls, open kitchen and eager crews clad in hipsteresque flat caps and aprons.
'Better' in that regard is a bit of understatement. Because if you would ask me, it was one of the best I've had in a long while.
In a nutshell, you can come to the Top of Cebu for both the views and the food.
The takeaway here is that authenticity, when used to describe a particular cuisine, is only useful for context and not necessarily validation. While you can have a forgettable biryani even in India, you can also have a good one absolutely anywhere - in Dubai, in Yangon and even here in Cebu.
Recognition from award-giving bodies should be taken with a grain of salt. But for being declared as Cebu's best fruit shake, Tropic Fruit Bar, rightfully deserves it.
But like all good things in life, you just have to be patient for your turn at Joules Lechon Manok. Trust me when I say that this humble lechon manok stall in Talamban is worth waiting for.