Monthly Archives: March 2017


I have been reviewing restaurants for a number of years now. TripAdvisor ranks me high among their contributors. I use a pseudonym in TripAdvisor although I believe this is not really necessary when I travel abroad. However when I am in the country, it helps to be anonymous when I write about restaurants and hotels. Just recently I was in Cebu and I have these to say about a number of restaurants I visited.

The Cowrie Cove at Mactan Shangri La

Their happy hour is “buy one take one.” And it’s from 5-7 PM. After that they have DJ music.As a Shangrila outlet the bar pulls no stops to offer the best only a Shangrila can offer. So you can order almost anything you want. The appetizers are a bit limiting though. And at P500, their “kinilaw” is a bit too high considering the serving is very small.But with beautiful people around, a nice night view of the shoreline and especially on a moonlit night, allow yourself to chill a bit in this piece of expensive heaven.

The Oriental Spice Gourmet

First, Mary Ann, the wife of the Chef-owner Cyril looks after what you want and need. We were going to be a group of 30 and she went through the menu with us, the host. We discussed the variety as well as the number of dishes as well as how much spice to put in the dishes. Her advise and suggestion was perfect. There was hardly any food left. And we enjoyed the meal at a cost that was one of the most reasonable I had ever paid.

The dishes served were excellent. It was, of course, less spicy than what it would have been, but still the dishes were really good. Topping among the dishes were we was the fish sambal. Make sure you make this as a priority to order. Second is the nasi goreng, or fried rice. This ensures that anyone on a diet will breaking his/her diet. My suggestion to them will be to stick to the authentic taste and “spiciness” of the dishes. My mistake was to ask them to hold back on this “spiciness.” So the curry lacked the kick I was looking for.

The restaurant has no wines. I didn’t ask but maybe one can bring some rieslings to match the Asian dishes. This was the only missing ingredient in what is probably one of the best Asian food restaurant in the country.

If you come to Cebu, go straight to this restaurant as soon as you land, or before you leave. This is a, definitely, a must-visit restaurant in Cebu.

These are only two of the many places I went to in Cebu the last two weeks. More of my reviews to come.

In the meantime, here’s a good read on innovations in restaurants:

Innovation in Restaurant Design

It’s been a long time since I posted anything here…I hope I will have more time to dabble in more interesting things in life.