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Señor Kimchi, an Asian-Mexican Fusion in Cebu


Name of Business: Señor Kimchi
Location: Unit F18 Axis Entertainment, Avenue, N. Escario Street, Capitol Site, Cebu City
Type of Food: Asian-Mexican fusion
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Over-all place: industrial interiors
Contact: +63 943 450 2445
Email: SenorKimchi@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Senorkimchi
Instagram: @senorkimchi
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes



L. A. Street food is now here in Cebu City! This restaurant is a fusion of Mexican and Asian cuisine. A flirtatious approach to each diner's palate.  Here's a short history about the restaurant:

The owner, Ms. Kimberley Dacay, who lived in Southern California has been exposed to fusion cuisine and she thought to have enrolled in culinary and brought this phenomenon to Cebu. She worked with different chefs from the West. Voila, she introduced an L. A. Street food-inspired restaurant, now, Señor Kimchi.

Señor Kimchi offers a mixture of flavors not only from Korea and Mexico, but also from Japan, China, and definitely, the Philippines. So expect an Asian-Mexican fusion to play around your palate. 

Let me share with you what I think is a must-try when you visit them in Escario. 

Starter

I tried their pepper bombs. I'm expecting it to be really spicy but it is not. Nothing compares to dynamite rolls (chili espada). It has crabmeat, cream cheese, cilantro and topped with their homemade spicy aioli. 

Pepper Bomb
Price: Php 165 for 6 pcs. 

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My favorite starter is their Kimchi Quesadilla Roll. It's a tortilla rolled with fresh kimchi, monterey jack cheese, rice and choice of meat. Well, I had the Bulgogi beef as my meat! 

Kimchi Quesadilla Roll (Highly Recommended)
Price: Php 245 for the beef bulgogi (6 servings)

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House Specials

Chimichanga is one of the Mexican dishes that I often order whenever I gets to a Mexican restaurant. Their version is something new and I instantly loved it! It is deep fried to perfection filled with rice, beans cheese and a choice of meat. I had chicken this time for the meat. 

Chimichanga (highly recommended)
Price: Php 245

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I made to try their Spicy Pork Belly Kimchi Bowl. It is served with marinated pork belly over rice topped with Kimchi and fresh mango salsa! Olah! Time to make a groove!

Spicy Pork Belly Kimchi Bowl

Price: Php 235

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I also had their Kimchi Fried Rice. It's a stir fried rice with kimchi, red bell pepper, onions topped with fried egg and a choice of meat. Of course, I had the Bulgogi beef again!

Kimchi Fried Rice

Price: Php 255

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The next dish is perfect for those who are in a vegetarian diet. So I ordered their salad bibimbap. It's a bowl of rice with fresh baby spring mix, carrots, jicanna, red beets, topped with fried egg and house special ko-chu-jang sure and choice of meat. Definitely, I went strait again with Bulgogi Beef.

Salad Bibimbap

Price: Php 255

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Drinks

I thought it is best to pair these dishes with a famous Korean beer, Hite! And it should be ice-cold! Ok?

Hite

Price: Php 125

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Here's a friendly advice. Make sure to call them for a reservation especially during dinner time!


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Gibbs' Hot Wings in Cebu


Name of Business: Gibbs's Hot Wings
Location: 2nd Flr., Streetscape Lifestyle Mall, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City
Type of Food: American (chicken)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Modern industrial interiors
Contact: +63 32 349 2103/ +63 922 642 4888
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gibbshotwings
Instagram: @gibbshotwings
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: No



In search for the Best Hot Wings in Cebu? And are you craving for such kick of spiciness? Then, head to Gibbs' Hot Wings!

I literally made to try varieties of their hot wings on the menu with a bunch of food bloggers of Cebu Food Crawl. Good thing, my very sensitive palate to spicy food has overcame that chili night challenge (with the help of an ice cold beer)!

Gibbs' Hot Wings comes in 5 levels: hot, original, insanely hot, 2intense and freakin' hot

Now, let's check what we had.

For an appetizer:

Gibbs' Mozza Sticks
Mozzarella cheese sticks that are golden fried. It's actually hot and gooey inside with a very special dipping sauce.

Price: Php 115


Gibbs' Potato Wedges
There's nothing extraordinary with their potato wedges. But I'm good that they served it as a siding dish.

Price: Php 75


Now for the entrees:

Gibbs' Spag n' Meatballs
This is their special spaghetti with deep fried meatballs in tomato sauce, topped with lots of grated CHEESE!

Price: Php 105

Gibbs' Bacon n' Mushroom Carbonara
If you're on a pasta trip, you can have their carbonara. Best if you could eat it right after it is served to you as pastas like this carbonara is best devoured when it's warmly fresh.

Price: Php 145

Gibbs' Hot Wings HOT level

Just to flirt my tastebuds for some deep spicy session, I started to try their Level 1 hot wings. Of course, it's tolerable. I could even eat this full serving.

Price: Php 175

Gibbs' Freakin' Hot Wings (highly recommended)

This is their Level 5 hot wings! And look at those bits of chili in its full glory! I certainly made to have a bite on it. It's really spicy to the highest level! But I can still enjoy the flavor amidst the striking kick of chili. Worth a try!

Price: Php 205

Gibbs' Angel Wings

Another variety of their hot wings with cream, garlic, filled cheese and parmesan cheese.

Price: Php 205

Gibbs' Spicy Honey Garlic Wings (highly recommended)
Wings glazed to perfection with their special honey sauce and garlic bits to play around your palate. I would recommend you order this too! One of my faves!

Price: Php 195

Wasabi Hot Wings
The thought of "wasabi" is already spicy! And yes, they have their wings double cooked with their own wasabi sauce. They garnish it with Japanese nori.

Price: Php 195

House Blend Juice
This one is a life-saver! And it really tasted good! You need to drink a lot when dealing with hot wings!

Price: Php 125 per pitcher


Whatcha gonna do with this dessert?

Spicy Stracciatella (highly recommended)

Even having their dessert has to be chili! This is a new product introduced when we visited them. And it didn't disappoint! I enjoyed this cup of spicy stracciatella.


Here's a peep at their dining area:




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Coffee Prince, A Korean-themed Cafe in Cebu City


Name of Business: Coffee Prince
Location: Osmeña Boulevard,Capitol Site, Cebu
Type of Food: Korean-themed Cafe
Rating: 4 out of 5
Over-all place: chic & fab interiors, very "Korean", perfect for friendly dates
Contact: +63 32 416 2081/ +63 32 254 5989
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coffeeprincecebu
Instagram: @coffeeprince032
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes



As one of the 'royal cafes' here in the Queen city of the South, Coffee Prince has been a place to lavish on tasty Korean snacks and other hearty meals to fill your hungry tummies and be 'treated' like a royalty! With its very shabby chic interiors, warm lighting and full of pastel decors, it gives you a very homy experience whether you are on a date with a special someone, or on a frenzy hang out with friends or on a silent time to study with your school buddies. A 'must-try' cafe in town when you visit Cebu city!

On the 2nd day of our Cebu Food Crawl tour, I managed to join other food explorers in Coffee Prince. Though, I've been to the place several times, I'm surprised with their new delish treats. Actually, a fusion of something Mexican/Italian with Korean cuisine.

Drum roll please! And here's what they served the gang or at least to me:



Java Chip Frappe

In my case, I started a drink with the usual frappe, Java Chip. It's nothing close to Starbuck's but it's a good drink for a lazy afternoon sip, Coffee Prince style!


Choco Waffles

Who said choco waffles are just for breakfast? You can have it as an afternoon snack! I find it a good pair with my Java Chip frappe. And yes, it's yummy! I am a 'chocoholic'.

Bulgogi Nachos (highly recommended)

This is a fusion of Mexican-Korean that I'm talking about. After indulging myself with choco-flavored delights, it's time to hit on something flavorful like these nachos! A bunch of crunch and their Bulgogi is superb!


Bulgogi Panini

This one is not Mexican but it's more on Italian because it's Panini! And they served it with french fries.  The beefy-flavor on their panini is strong that I didn't actually like it. *smiles*

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Since the place is called Coffee Prince, I thought, maybe I have to find a prince charming? And I certainly, did! Candidly! Here's Mr. Prince Charming of the day:

The lost prince, FOUND!

The prince at Coffee Prince

So going out prince-hunting? Check out Coffee Prince! He might be there again... studying... munching some Bulgogi Nachos.

Thanks to my accomplice, Alem of ukayukaydiva.com. Just to give justice for posing too,  here's my dedicated hash tag for you #themoreputolthemoresosyal


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Ocean Garden as Cebu's Premier Seafood Restaurant


Name of Business: Ocean Garden Restaurant
Location: A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue, City, Cebu (near Nonki)
Type of Food: Seafoods (ala carte)
Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Over-all place: newly renovated to accommodate a no. of diners
Contact: +63 32 238 4474 or +63 922 864 5610
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oceangarden1
Instagram: @oceangardenrestaurant
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes

One of the must-visit seafood "oasis" during our Cebu Food Crawl is Cebu's premier seafood restaurant, Ocean Garden. And they didn't disappoint us! Our gastronomic dinner experience was as deep as the ocean, filled tummies!

To say I'm overly content with my seafoods craving that night is an understatement. The restaurant gave us not just palatable and picture-perfect dishes but finger-licking cuisine of the sea! And of course, a humble take-home specialty treats (that's a secret).

Let me share these scrumptious seafood edibles that would surely ignite your food jealousy. Let's check what this ocean garden has to offer.

Shrimp Tempura
With their special sauce, it will make a difference at one bite!


Calamares

Every seafood restaurant will serve this. But Ocean Garden has their own signature creamy dipping sauce that goes along well with it.


Spanish-style Bangus

I don't like milkfish or "bangus" at all but this one changed my view on the fish. It became my instant favorite. Their secret family recipe must have done something magical for me to like it! Hmmmm...

Baked Scallops
Another staple to try. Definitely, cheesy but I prefer more cheese on it! It's just me!

Chili Crab
One thing I hate about eating crabs is that it's messy! But this one is finger-licking good! A nice kind of mess. I don't care wobbling the crab claws with my bare hands.

Chopsuey with scallops

For those on a vegetable diet, smile! This mixed vegetables dish is for you.

Chicken Teriyaki
Allergic to seafoods? Don't fret! They also offer a palatable chicken plate as an option.

Pork Barbecue 
And another option for Pork!

Cinnamon Pudding

I had this specialty dessert and boy, this is another diversion from a seafoods galore tripping.


Soursop (Guyabano) shake
According to health experts, soursop/guyabano is a good anti-cancer fruit! Expect this drink as a staple at Ocean Garden. Something to look forward to.


Blogger duties, taking snapshots of our food!

Yes, before we devour everything, taking a photo of the food is mandatory! Bloggers be like!



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Garden Cafe's Mango Mania

Name of Business: Garden Cafe, Cebu City Marriott Hotel
Location: GF, Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Cardinal Rosales Ave, Cebu City
Type of Food: Buffet (International)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: High class dining fit for a 4-star hotel in the city.
Contact: +63 32 411 5800
Website: http://www.marriotcebu.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cebumarriott/
Instagram: @cebumarriott
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes

BAE, read about Cebu Food Crawl (just click).

We had a very hearty lunch that day with Ipar's and Cebu City Marriott Hotel thru its Garden Cafe hosted an afternoon delight buffet for us dubbed as "Mango Mania" featuring various intricate fruity treats using mango as the main ingredient. What a good time to lavish on both green and sweet ripe mangoes from tarts, to salads, to macaroons, to shakes. A symphony of mango delights been prepared for us.

Here are some snapshots #wheninCebuMarriott

Pinoy "puto maya" topped with sesame seeds and slices of ripe mango on the side

It's traditional Pinoy delicacy (puto maya) given with a posh touch with the sesame seeds. Of course, the always perfect pair is a sweet ripe mango to savor it!


Prawn with Spicy Green Mango

The piquant taste of the prawn clashed with the zesty lip-smacking flavors of the spicy green mangoes. You should try this!


Mango-flavored Macaroons topped with a thin-sliced green mango and sweet butter cream

Definitely a burst of the opposites! The taste is just subtle to the palate. Will definitely take you to pick for a second or maybe a third munch of these macaroons.


Spice Chicken with Mango

They had me on this! Bits of thin chicken cuts. I thought of this as a salad in a glass with the spicy mangoes to play with my tastebuds.


Mango Tarts
Who doesn't love tarts? And these are mango tarts! The fresh mango topping is gelatinous.


Mango Sago
Well, nothing fancy when I had it. Just a normal mango sago. My least favorite. Didn't set my expectation though.


Brewing teas using a siphon
Would you like to try brewing your teas using the siphon method? They introduced this (method) and boy, I love it! And they have various options for you to try.




I haven't tried this. Maybe next time when I visit Garden Cafe.


The "queen" with their friendly staff
Twinning beauties. A "selfie" with one of the very approachable and accommodating staff of Cebu City Marriott. Who's the fairest of us? Be careful with your answer, this is my food blog! Lelz... Talk about #ExcellentService at #CebuMarriott


There you go guys! I hope I brought you to salivate to the tune of Mango Tango!


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Cebu Spanish Restaurant: IPAR'S


Name of Business: Ipar's Restaurante Y Bar De Tapas
Location: 157 F. Ramos St., Cebu City
Type of Food: Authentic Spanish Cuisine
Rating: 4 out of 5
Over-all place: Definitely, the interior theme is very Spanish and could accommodate a no. of people.
Contact: +63 32 410 7727
Website: http://www.ipars.com.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IparsCebu/
Instagram: @iparsrestaurantecebu
Zomato: Yes
WIFI: Yes


Ipar's Restaurante Y Bar De Tapas or simply IPAR's is a restaurant that introduces authentic Spanish Cuisine. It's the first stop of our Cebu Food Crawl activity with my fellow food bloggers. We were there during lunch time (a perfect gateway to fill our hungry tummies).

Authentic Spanish restaurant in Cebu: Ipar's 


In history, the Philippines has been under Spain for more than 300 years. It is obvious that our Filipino or Cebuano dishes have been influenced by the tasty Spanish approach and what more could you ask if we have a genuine Spanish restaurant in the city?

Let me feature what we have lavished that day through the pics (below):

Of course, the Paella De La Casa or Seafood Paella is the star!
Price: Php 950
Servings: 4 to 6 persons


Spanish Chorizo
Price: Php 200
Servings: 2 persons


Calamares
Price: Php 200
Servings: 1 person


Croquetas de pollo

Price: Php 120
Servings: 3 persons


Tortilla de patata

Price: Php 300 (whole), Php 150 (half)
Servings: 6 to 8 persons


My failed attempt to get a flat lay capture... LOL


Flan Al Caramelo (highly recommended)

This is their version of Leche flan! I've said it before, it's one of my favorite dessert! Better than my mom's (peace, mama)

Price: Php 70
Servings: 1 person

Cafe Bombon 

This is espresso afloat over condensed milk. You have to stir it to get a good mix of coffee and sweet milk. Perfect for an after-dessert flair. 



Kalimotxo Drink, pronounced kalimocho (highly recommended)

This is a mix of cola (Coke) and Red wine ... with a shove of lemon. I would suggest to get this drink when ordering Seafood paella. A perfect pair for that dish. Served on the rocks! 


Let me give you a tour of their interiors:

Get the "feel" as if you're dining in Spain


Their long table made of wood from the owner's farm





Door of the Male CR

Door of the Female CR

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We are just doing our so-called, Blogger duties! :) Time to update our social media accounts!

Food bloggers be like!

The "queen" sitting at their side-counter.


Delicioso! Muy Bien, Ipar's!


Restaurant Trivia:

*The name of the restaurant comes from the name of the owner/Chef, Mr. Ipar O. Miranda



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