Restaurant: Isla Sugbo Seafood City Cebu
Address: Ground Floor Grand Convention Center Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Avenue Cebu City
Contact Number: 032-260-8000
Business Hours: Mondays to Sundays: 11:00AM-2:00PM | 6:00PM -10:00PM
Free Wifi: Yes
Parking Space: Yes
Mode of Payment: Cash / Credit Card
With the largest selection of “fresh” and “live” seafood in Cebu, Isla Sugbo Seafood City Restaurant, will soon be a favorite dining spot for many seafood lovers. Just as you step inside the lobby of the newly renovated Cebu Grand Convention, look to your right, and the restaurant’s beautifully wood paneled wall facade would draw you in. With the wooden floors and walls and candle lamps, the restaurant exudes a comfy and warm seaport ambiance. The aqua blue and gray seats and the framed wall paintings add up to the wharf-ish atmosphere. The month old, Isla Sugbu Seafood City accommodates around 300 guests at a time.
At the right side of the restaurant, a spread of live and fresh seafood is on display. The seafood supply is from Cebu and other parts of the Visayas, prepared and complimented with locally grown products that play an integral part in the menu.
My first time at Isla Sugbu Seafood City, I get to try three dishes from the menu: Fried Blue Crabs with Garlic, Sole Fish with Garlic Lemon Butter and the grilled squid in Coco Curry Cream.
Fried Blue Crab with Garlic. The blue crabs’ frying process made the shell softer, making it easier to bite on the claws, and enjoying the tender, fresh meat of the crab. And throw in a pinch of the fried garlic in your mouth for more flavor.
Sole Fish with Garlic Lemon & Butter. Sweet and buttery with hints of lemon and garlic and a crunch on the edges, this dish will surely be loved by many.
Grilled Squid in Coco Curry Cream. When we grill squid, the meat toughens and gets really gummy, but with the bed of coco curry cream, it gives more flavor and moist to the dry squid meat. And the balance of flavor between the coco and curry is really delicious. So far my favorite dish in this restaurant.
And for dessert, Lychee Pana Cotta. Digging in with a spoonful at first, you’d notice the texture is different from a regular italian flan. It’s not smooth and creamy, but a bit coarse. As I scooped my second spoonful, noticed tidbits of lychee and refined sugar.
Overall, I loved the restaurant’s ambiance, service was excellent and food was good! Considering they serve live and fresh seafood, the pricing’s really reasonable. I would definitely consider dining here again. 🙂