Because Cebu is such a big city, I did not aim to go very far from our hotel in Banilad just to eat. If there’s anything that Banilad surprised me with, it has plenty of good restaurants and most restaurants we tried were modern, cozy, and always packed. If you don’t want to wait long for a table, better be early for lunch or dinner.
If I had more time, I would definitely explore this neighborhood extensively. I’ve barely scratched the restaurant scene here. And judging from what we’ve tried, Banilad is definitely worth another go.
Breakfast at A Cafe
A Café serves all day breakfast which you can have for lunch or dinner. =) There are other options such as soups and salads as well as sandwiches, burgers and skillets.
Lunch at Phat Pho
We waited a good 30 minutes for our seats. It’s a small Vietnamese restaurant — just a few tables and stools.We were seated at the “bar” where we can see all the action. This resto reminds me so much of Little Bao in Sheung Wan.
Dinner at Maya
Maya is a casual restaurant and tequila lounge or bar. The restaurant design is elegant with dim lighting, tables made of hard wood, and comfortable cushioned seats.
Dessert & Lechon de Cebu
Of course, we cannot leave Cebu without dropping by La Marea and having one of their warm TDF brownie cups.
Meanwhile, at the airport…
So you see, Cebu is not all about lechon. It could very well be. But if you want to break free from the clutches of high cholesterol meals, explore Banilad and try the row of restaurants there.
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