Text: Deneb Batucan & Patricia Catan of SunStar Weekend
Images: Allan Defensor and Ching Sadaya
WHILE you’re on the road and looking ahead you see a traffic jam, you might as well take a turn to one of these restaurants that could surely keep you from being a hothead due to all the traffic. These three restaurants not only serve you mouthwatering dishes but also provide diners ample parking space to ensure you that your vehicle is in a safe space while you kill some time stuffing your face with superb food.
The Greenery, Pope John Paul II Avenue, Kasambagan
11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
With its extensive menu and a hefty collection of craft beers, Weekend brings you the chill vibes you deserve at the end of a long week at every single day of the week. Bringing in delicious pub favorites paired with local craft beers along with laid back dining, Weekend would surely keep you filled with good food and good times.
Owner and chef Jan Rodriguez has elevated the gastronomic dishes at Weekend with its menu filled with new and familiar flavors. He believes that partnered with cozy ambience and superb service, Weekend will set standards in the Queen City’s culinary scene.
Weekend also has a 16-tap nitro draft system with craft beer from two of Cebu’s best craft breweries, Turning Wheels and Cebu Brewing Co., which make great partners for their heavenly delicious dishes.
Juicy, tender and thick, this chop is seriously to die for. It’s dry-rubbed with spices that bring out the meat’s flavor and easily a crowd favorite about Weekend’s patrons.
These are cauliflower dipped in flour and seasoned to perfection and is served with celery sticks and Gorgonzola cheese dip.
A salad that’s flavor-filled with candied walnuts, apples, bacon bits, romaine lettuce and arugula and dressed with maple vinaigrette and blue cheese dressing.
A simple prime meat that’s packed to perfection with seasoning that elevates the meat’s flavor.
These are Chilean mussels with garlic, roasted pepper, fennel, bacon bits and served with garlic toast.
Unit 9, Plaza Nouvelle, E. Benedicto St.
10:30 am to 10:00 pm
Affordable and scrumptious Chinese dishes — Master Po has that and more. This homegrown Chinese joint is filled with so many Chinese dishes that has been perfect for the Filipino taste.
Jan Joan Yu-So, who is also part of the plush Chinese restaurant, The Ching Palace, decided to open Master Po as an affordable alternative for fast and filling Chinese food. “Imagine his father has trained Master Po at The Ching Palace. Master Po is a young panda destined to be great,” she said.
They have a number of Chinese staples on the menu that are definitely a must try. Master Po dishes out popular Chinese favorites that are both inexpensive and delicious.
Master Po Lotus Rice
Wrapped within dried lotus leaves, glutinous rice is steamed with chicken, pork, mushroom, dried shrimp and Chinese sausage. This aromatic dish is as tasty as it smells.
Fish Cake Noodle Soup
Hearty and filling, slurp some fine egg noodles with pork soup base and rectangular fish paste.
Seafood Lettuce Wrap
This flavorful lettuce wrap is filled with diced shrimp, fish, squid and minced vegetables and drizzled with hoisin sauce.
A very simple yet delicious dish, the stuffed eggplant is one whole eggplant that is fried with assorted seasoned vegetables.
These are blanched egg noodles poured with superior soy sauce and topped with asado meat and vegetables.
City Times Square 2, Mandaue City
Tuesday to Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Brewer’s Kitchen by Brewery Gastropub may be a new player in the Cebu restaurant scene, but it sure doesn’t disappoint. The newest gastropub promises a wide array of drinks — more than 100 imported beers, nine handcrafted fresh beers in draft, and almost 40 kinds of single malts and popular liquors from around the world.
All these different kinds of beers are best paired with their gastronomic house specialties where each drink and food pairing is an excellent experience for your taste buds.
The restaurant traces its roots in Iloilo City where they started Rooftop Brewery in the city’s prime dining and entertainment destination, Smallville. Their popularity wasn’t only with the Ilonggos but reaching nearby towns and cities such as Bacolod and Cebu.
Now venturing in the Queen City of the South, Brewer’s Kitchen is a gastropub joint that would surely capture the Cebuano’s acquired taste for good food and drinks.
Italian Merlot Draft Wine
One of the most popular red wine varieties in the market, Brewer’s Kitchen has Italian Merlot wine on tap, which would be a perfect pairing for meats like beef and pork.
It might look and taste sweet, but this pink drink that would make Elle Woods herself bend and snap is more than its seemingly innocuous look. It has a rich fruity aroma and subtle hints of spices that linger at each sip.
Rack of Skewers
A house specialty, it’s a meaty mix of Thai pork, lemongrass chicken, veal sausage and Hungarian sausage.
These cheese balls do not disappoint with their Italian mozzarella cheese coated in seasoned crumbs and deep fried to golden brown and are served with the restaurant’s Pomodoro sauce, its homemade tomato sauce.
Angus Beef Tapa
Think of the traditional Filipino tapa elevated with the use of fatty slices of Angus beef marinated in soy sauce, calamansi and native vinegar—delicious!