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La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola

Address: Gourmet Walk of Waterfront Lahug Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 10:30PM Daily

Contact Number:32- 232-6888

Mode of Payment: Cash/ Card

Parking: Hotel Parking (have your ticket validated when paying bill)

WiFi: Yes (Hotel WiFi)

 

Treat yourself to a Mediterranean fling with La Gondola’s expanded menu selection showcasing Mediterranean flavors. La Gondola has been known for serving great Southern European – Mediterranean cuisine like delectable brick-oven baked pizzas and appetizing pastas. Serving mainly Italian, now La Gondola broaden the restaurant’s  Mediterranean zing with North African gusto from the region of Morocco and more southern European zest from Spain and France.

 

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

 

The Mediterranean feast started with a salad and some appetizers. Shaved Vegetable Salad with Herbs and Vinaigrette is refreshingly light with vertical shaves of cucumber with caballero, clitoria, passionfruit and bouganvilla flowers and baby rockets. If youhave been to Bohol Bee Farm, it would resemble more like the BBF’s Flower Salad. 🙂

Shaved Vegetable Salad with Herbs and Vinaigrette. La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

I then moved to the next starter. Hummus, Babaganouj and Tahina with warm Moroccan Bread. We are all familiar with hummus ( mashed chickpeas blended with olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic) But what is a Tahina?  Tahina is sesame seeds combined with chickpeas. So hummus is zesty tangy while Tahina is nutty in flavor. Babaganouj is a levantine dish made from eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil and seasoning.

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

Calamares is believed to have originated in Spain, but some say it’s from Italy. This Southern European comfort food is widely famous around the world and very much loved by Filipinos.  Calamare  (Spain) or Calamari (Italian), however you say it, it’s no argument that this is one of the world’s favorite appetizers.Below is a photo of  La Gondola’s Fried baby Calamari with fresh tomato salsa.

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

Creamy mushroom soup with Parmesan Foam and Truffle Oil. An American classic infused with a Mediterranean favorite, truffle oil.

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola’s Mushroom Risotto with fresh thyme. The hearty Northern Italian dish made with Italian rice cooked with broth into a creamy consistency would take away the gloom in any stormy day.

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

 

La Gondola’s Black Paella with Garlic Lemon Sauce. A Valencian dish made with white rice,  mussels, shrimps, baby squid rings made black with cuttlefish/squid ink. And to subtle the “fishy” taste and to avoid the ink to overpower the other seafood components of the dish, garlic and lemon are added.

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin Steaks with rockets, aged balsamic and roasted potatoes. Yum!

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

And for dessert, Chocolate Coulant ala mode! A popular dessert in France, with a toasted outer layer, then soft cake on the inner layer and oozing gooey chocolate on the inside. Choco Lava as we locally call it. 🙂

La Gondola Cebu

La Gondola Cebu

 

Herbs are used mostly on Southern European Cuisine while spices intricately flavor North African food. But whichever culinary region Mediterranean food belongs too, vegetables is constitutional ingredient in Mediterranean dishes.

Taking advantage of Cebu’s land and sea’s bounty, La Gondola can recreate limitless  healthy and flavorful Mediterranean dishes. With the dishes I have sampled so far, I would say my fondness for Mediterranean food grew even more. Can’t wait to try La Gondola’s other  Mediterranean offerings!

 

Soul Bistro

Restaurant: Soul Bistro

Address: R. Duterte Street Banawa Cebu City

Dining Type: Casual Dining

Food: Mexican, Spanish, American, Filipino, International

Operating Hours: Mon-Saturdays: 11:00am – 11:00pm

Sundays 4:00pm-11:00pm

Phone Number: 032-3601554

Mode of Payment: Cash

 

Coming from Mactan, Banawa is really way way far! My brothers and our friends had been wanting to try this restaurant for quite some time now and finally decided to drive our way to Soul Bistro for dinner. It’s easy to spot for the restaurant is just beside the road. Can’t find parking space so parked at an alley before the restaurant.

Soul Bistro

 

I find Soul Bistro’s logo clean and crisp!  The air-conditioned dining area sits around 18-22 people and around 12-14 guests at the al fresco area. It feels really warm and homey with all the yellow lights. And kudos to the waitresses, who are very friendly and attentive.

Soul Bistro

 

Soul Bistro

 

Basing on the food we ordered, well honestly, unanimously we think it was just okay and there’s no feeling or excitement of uttering “we are going to order this one on our next visit.”  But what is amazing with Soul Bistro’s menu is that they have the “SOUL HEALTHY” choices on the menu, which I can’t wait to try on our next visit. And the Herb Crusted Shrimps sounds interesting as well. Part of our “WHAT TO ORDER NEXT” at Soul Bistro.

 

Baby Back Ribs with Barcelona Rice (290php). Tenderloin Tips in Mushroom Gravy (169php). Chicken Cordon Bleu with Cream Sauce (149php).  Lengua in Brown Wine Sauce (239php). Grilled Pork Belly with Balsamic Dip (149php). Grilled beef belly with dipping sauce (159php).

Soul Bistro Babu Back Ribs with Barcelona Rice

 

Tenderloin Tips in Mushroom Gravy - Soul Bistro

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu with cream Sauce

 

Lengua in Brown Wine Sauce

 

Grilled Pork Belly with Balsamic Dip

 

Grilled beef belly with dipping sauce

 

Reviewing the menu, there are a lot of interesting food at Soul Bistro! On our next visit, we would definitely be trying out the herb crusted shimps, Herb and anchovy pork chop, baked eggplant parmesan, Swedish meatballs stroganoff and the Soul burger!

 

Until our next piggin out sessions guys!

 

 

 

Sabores de Espana

To officially open the food festival; The slicing of the Jamon Serrano with H.E. Spanish Ambassador Jorfe Domecq, guest chef Gema Luisa Pido, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu resident manager Julie Najar & executive chef Luke Gagnon.

Hola Cebuanos and Turistas! Sabores de Espana, one of Marco Polo’s much anticipated culinary journeys is back! With the hotel’s resident creative team of chefs, Ms. Gema Luisa Pido, Cebu’s foremost authority in Spanish culinary tradition brings the journey to us. On buffet is an array of delicious authentic selection of Spanish cuisine. Favorites are lengua estofada, croquettas, gambas and paella with peppers and chorizo, olives, pates and traditional local delicacies.

El Viento al-fresco area specially set-up for the event.

To add up to the excitement of the fiesta, a diner is entitled to a raffle coupon and a chance to win a trip to Boracay Island inclusive of accommodation! Lunch Buffet is priced at P999 net and Dinner Buffet at P1222 net.

H.E. Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq, Amparito Lhuiller, Honorary Consul of Spain Jaime Picornell & wife Cecilia.

The Spanish food festival will run from July 8 to 17 at Cafe Marco, Lunch and Dinner. For inquiries and reservations call (032) 253-1111 or log in to www.marcopoloplazacebu.com.


Ipar’s Spanish Restuarant

Restaurant: Ipar’s
Food:  Authentic Spanish
Address: 157 F. Ramos Street, Cebu City, Cebu 6000
Telephone number: (032) 410-7727

Mode of Payment: Cash/Card

Uncomplicated and straight to the point, that’s how I would describe the flavorful Spanish dishes served at Ipar’s! Sunstar Editor and foodie Sir Jigz Arquiza invited me to join him for dinner with RCTV’s Alexis Yap featuring of course Chef Ipar Miranda‘s bestsellers.
It was a scheduled dinner at 7pm but I was 15 minutes late battling off traffic in Mango Avenue on a weekend. It was drizzling and as I parked my car and got off, the guard was already holding an umbrella making sure I don’t get wet! Pretty cool huh? hehe. For a few seconds I felt like a prince.
As I stepped in the restaurant, I noticed the interiors and decors are very homey and very hacienda-like, very much similar to the Spanish soaps we used to love during the early 2000’s! We started the dinner with a few “Tapas” or appetizers in english!
The first “tapa” served was the “Croquettas de Pollo” or Chicken Croquettes which I loved. Crunchy breaded chicken crust fried to golden brown with cheese on the inside! 80php per serving. Serves around 1-2 persons.
The Spanish Chorizo was then served. Sweet with a bit spicy smokey flavor. Priced at 180php. Serves 1-2persons.
Gambas Al Ajillo. Shrimps sauteed in garlic. Very simple yet very appetizing. Priced at 180php. Serves 1-2 persons.
Now for the main course! 🙂
“Chuletas de Cerdo Al Ajillo” was the first entree served. Porkchops sauteed in garlic topped with mushroom. Tender and juicy porkchops with the right hint of garlic! Priced at 180php. Serves 1 person.
One of Ipar’s house specialty is “Pollo Asado Al Horno”. One whole roast chicken served juicy and tender. Take note that when you order this, it’ll take an hour and a half so better call Ipar’s ahead if you’re ordering this one. Priced at 480php. Serves 3-4 people.
Spanish favorite Paella was also served! Chef Ipar made “Paella De La Casa” which was a combination of seafood, meat and rice. Serves 4-6. Priced at 850php.
Chef Ipar Miranda preparing “Chuletas de Cerdo Al Ajillo”
NOTE: PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF 12% TAX BUT EXCLUSIVE OF 5% SERVICE CHARGE!
Thanks to Sir Jigz Arquiza, Alexis Yap and Chef Ipar Miranda!