Marymil M. Cabrera
UNDENIABLY, Cebu is famous for its tasty and crispy lechon but a small town in the Queen City of the South specializes in roasting the “best pig ever,” as hailed by the late celebrity chef and host Anthony Bourdain.
Talisay City, a third class city in the province of Cebu, does not celebrate its Halad Inasal Festival every 14th and 15th of October for nothing. A thanksgiving festivity for the town’s patroness St. Teresa de Avila, the annual festival showcases Talisay’s pride, the inasal.
But aside from the delicious roasted pig, Talisay has a lot more to offer. Each street has its share of eateries and cafés serving comforting and familiar food. From home-cooked meals to homemade desserts, here’s a guide for your next food trip.
Lechon sa Talisay in Larawan Beach
Location: Poblacion, Talisay City,
The most important agenda of your food trip in Talisay is trying the best-tasting lechon. Looking for a place where to eat lechon is never a problem when in Talisay as there are a number of lechon stalls you can find especially in Larawan beach – all freshly roasted and cooked to perfection.
Here you can enjoy your “inasal baboy” (lechon) with other local dishes such as kinilaw, boiled sweet potato with ginamos (fermented small fish), guso (seaweed salad) and grilled seafood by the beach.
You can also find Leslie’s Lechon near the area, one of the featured eateries on Netflix’s Street Food series.
Rex Kandingan sa SRP
Location: South Coastal Road in Cansojong
If you’re into Kalderetang Kanding (goat stew), larang (fish stew) and other typical Filipino home-cooked meals, then Rex Kandingan sa SRP is the perfect place for you. Stewed dishes in big woks will welcome you on your arrival. Though Rex Kandingan sa SRP is a typical eatery – an open-type space with ceiling fans, wooden walls, meals displayed on the food counter – the place is usually jam-packed as it promises nothing but a good Filipino dining experience.
Silogan ni Tiosko
Location: Basalo Building, Dumlog, Talisay
The 25-seat Silogan ni Tiosko is not your usual silogan as it also serves frappes, shakes and coffee to pair with its silog variants like tapsilog, tocinosilog and chorizo silog, to name a few. Its interior will make you want to stay longer as it is cozy and well-designed like a coffee shop.
Batchoyan sa Pooc
Address: Brgy. Pooc, Talisay City
Perfect for this rainy season is a bowl of hot, slightly oily soup of batchoy filled with miki noodles, pork and innards with chopped green onions, toasted garlic and crushed chicharon on top. One can get this for only P35 across Pooc Barangay Hall, beside the public beach’s entrance.
Once you sit on its handcrafted long bench, the vendor will ask if you want “regular” or “special.” The latter has more toppings than the former including boiled egg and crushed chicharon.
Sugar Zone Café and Pastries
Location: Zone 2, #98 Sacred Heart Village, San Isidro, Talisay City
Despite the name, the café offers not only sweet treats but also delectable meals such as its Fat Burger and the Barkada Treat which consists of burger, fried chicken and French fries. Sugar Zone Café and Pastries also takes pride in its milk tea series.
The 80-seat café has an al fresco setup surrounded with plants and decorated with colorful series lights and outdoor garden string lights hanging above its tables made of yellow metal drums. Colorful murals and an artificial cherry blossom tree.
Pink Heaven Bakeshop and Bistro
Location: South Coast Center, Linao
Heaven is real at Pink Heaven Bakeshop and Bistro as this one-stop food shop offers a menu so diverse and innovative: a good mix of American, Asian fusion, Cajun, Filipino and all-day breakfast. You should not miss its strawberry iced tea and matcha malunggay iced tea, best paired with its bestselling pasta with sukang pinakurat. Have a bite of the sans rival, signature chocolate cake and red velvet cupcake for dessert.