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Cebu Food Crawl 2017 Day One

Cebu Food Crawl: Something to make us salivate for the rest of the holidays. We have so many exciting restaurants and food-finds to share with you during the 3rd edition of this Cebu Food Crawl. For Day 1, we had three gastronomic journeys to start with. Each has its own flavor flare, palatable style, and distinctiveness. We had a tummy-filled experience with these mouth-watering dishes as we took time to taste and savor all that we could.

First Stop is at Stan's Tinolahan + Grill

Location:  No. 777 Jasmin St. Capitol Site, 6000 Cebu City
Type of food: Filipino (Tinola and Grill)
Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Over-all Place: Very spacious with ample of seats to accommodate patrons. High ceiling.
Operation time: Monday to Saturday, 11 AM to 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Contact: 0917-722-8877 or (032) 383-1925
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stans-Tinolahan-Grill-113142815896015/

We arrived around lunch time. Just a perfect timing for some hot soups that the restaurant is known for as we thought so. And yes, we were right. Located at the very heart of Cebu city's capitol area. Definitely easy to spot for first timers. The restaurant can be described as a hybrid of that of a fast food chain and a typical karenderia. And so they can be dubbed as an "Urbanderia".

I definitely enjoyed a variety of their dishes from soups to grilled sets of seafoods, chicken and pork.  I highly recommend you to try their Grilled Tuna Panga, their Linarang na Tangigue and Crispy Tuna Buntot (all photos below). The Grilled Pompano is also not to be forgotten. I can taste the freshness of the fish. Of course, their menu will not disappoint you if you prefer chicken or pork. They all got it for you to eat.

Grilled Tuna Panga

Cebu Food Crawl 2017

Cebu Food Crawl 2017 is the 3rd edition of the said food tour exclusively organized by the premier blogging group of Cebu, the Cebu Bloggers Society with project head, Atty. Ethelbert Ouano of http://nindotkaayo.com. Having said that, it will the my third time to participate in this food crawl with fellow bloggers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Here are participating partners and sponsors of our 2017 Cebu Food Crawl:

L' Artisan French and Mediterranean Restaurant in Cebu

Name of Establishment: L'Artisan French Mediterranean Cuisine
Location: 880 Oakridge Business Park, A.S. Fortuna, Mandaue City
Type of Food: French & Mediterranean, sometimes fusion of Filipino Cuisine
Rating: 4 out of 5
Over-all place: Five Star service and place for a "casual" set up
Operation time: closed on Tuesdays, rest of the days, 11 AM to 10 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lartisanoakridge/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lartisanfrench
Zomato: Yes
Contact: +63 32 415 5878 / 09254830244

Cebu Food Blogger: Let me share with you this video to summarize our food escapade in this new found dining place that offers French and Mediterranean dishes and some Pinoy fusion cuisine as well. I got my favorites and you will see that in the video (below).

Here's a little history about this French and Mediterranean haven in the Queen city of the South. I had the luxury of getting to know the owners one day in that one fine sunny afternoon.  The man behind the restaurant is a French guy, chef Jeffrey Broutin who is married to a Cebuana, Herley Herrera-Broutin. The couple met in Dubai years ago when they were busy with their own respective careers. While Chef Jeffrey worked as an executive chef at Meydan Hotel (Dubai), Herley spent her career with Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai as Human Resource officer. The couple married in April 2015. Herley confessed that Jeffrey fell in love with Cebu when he first visited the island and since up to this day, he decided to live in the city. On the same year as well on the 8th of December, they opened their first ever couple project, L' Artisan French Mediterranean CuisineTwo years after, they are still in business operation. 

Cafe Marco's New Lifestyle: Sunday Brunch+

Name of Establishment: Cafe Marco
Location: The Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City
Type of Food: Buffet (International, Asian, Continental, Filipino)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Five Star
Operation time: Brunch, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcopolocebu
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marcopolocebu
Zomato: Yes
Contact: +63 32 253 1111
Email: fb@marcopolocebu.com

I had just a perfect timing to try Cafe Marco's introduction of a new lifestyle, that is the Sunday Brunch Plus (Sunday Brunch+) a day ago with fellow friends from my blogosphere social circle. With this set up, expect it to be a Sunday thing to forever with Cafe Marco. I definitely feasted on the various cuisines, desserts, boozes (with live local acts setting the buffet mood)! I was there devouring food I can and drinking wines and mocktails unlimited and thinking to having a lifetime of sundays spending it at Cafe Marco. It could be an expensive Sunday lifestyle after all. But what is "good" food? I can't bargain that for anything. What do you think?

So how is BRUNCH defined?

Aside from the known fact that brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, Cafe Marco's Sunday Brunch+ starts at 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

How much will you be spending for a brunch?

Nabe-ya is now Open in A.S. Fortuna, Banilad

Name of Business: Nabe-ya Shabu Shabu & Hotpot
Location: AYS Building, 2nd floor of Hamakaze Collagen Chicken soup, A.S. Fortuna, Banilad, Mandaue City 
Type of Food: Authentic Japanese Cuisine
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Contemporary Interiors, 24-seater
Operation time:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nabeyashabushabu/
Instagram: none
Zomato: No
Contact: +63 32 505 4220

I went there during their opening and was one of the first customers to taste their Shabu Shabu and Hotpot dishes. Taste didn't disappoint and it's really authentic Japanese cuisine. Below is my summary experience:

This blog post will be updated with more details. Keep updated!

Tsuki Japanese Dining in Mabolo

Name of Business: Tsuki-Japanese Dining
Location:  Sarrosa Hotel, F. Cabahug St., Kasambagan, Mabolo, Cebu City.
Type of Food: Authentic Japanese Cuisine
Rating: 5 out of 5
Over-all place: Modern Interiors, 30-seater inside, 10-seater outside.
Operation time: Lunch, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM; Dinner, 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Facebook: https://facebook.com/%E6%9C%88-Tsuki-Japanese-Dining-1231813446910070/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tsukicebu/
Zomato: Yes
Contact: +63 32 262 7508

Cebu Food Blogger: How do you know a Japanese restaurant is authentic? One indication would be, the head chef is a full-blood Japanese. No one knows better with the cuisine than themselves, the Japanese. I have spoken to the chef himself, a 40-ish from Osaka, Mr. Kazuo Sato. He is well-experienced in making sushis and sashimis way back when he was still 19 years-old. That's a test of time. He also went to the US for some culinary studies and practice.

Have you ever wondered why they named it Tsuki? According to one of the owners, Mr. Hiroaki Ishi, it translates to "moon" in English.


So let's go the real food story. I'm not a fan of Japanese cuisine myself, but on that day, when I visited Tsuki Japanese Dining, I became a "convert". I'll let you know my favorites! Well, it could be all!