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Beqaa is a must!

I have completed my list of Top 5 Best Cuisines in the world. The latest to add in that list that includes, Japanese, Italian, French and Thai is Lebanese.

In Cebu, there is one lebanese restaurant that stood above the rest, a kitchen you can recommend even to your finest and most discriminating guests. Beqaa Lebanese Kitchen is another gourmet restaurant from The Abaca Group which brought to Cebu some first-rate restaurants like Abaca in Punta Engano, Lapu-Lapu City and A-Cafe in Crossroads, Banilad. Beqaa is in Design Center, A.S. Fortuna St. (Pine Tree), Banilad, Mandaue City. It serves the freshest and best lebanese and indian cuisine in Cebu.

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My Nth Beqaa experience (but on a budget)

We kick-off the night with a sip of pomegranate shot and mojito. The marriage of the fruity sour pomegranate and Bacardi White is a sensation. The best foreplay for our porkless dinner.

Our appetizer is a mixture of meat and vegetables with hints of yoghurt and cheese. These alone set apart Beqaa from any other middle eastern theme restaurant.

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Cucumber Raita (Labmeh, mint and cumin) P245.00

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Arayes Lahme (meatband cheese filled flatbread) P185.00

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Arnabeet Mekleh (crispy cauliflower, tahini and chili) P265.00

Everyone is ready for the main dish. Armed with our forks, we dig in further with passion.

Kafta (spice minced lamb and beef with onions and parsley) P435.00

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Chicken Tikka Masala (mildly spicy tomato based curry with yoghurt)
Lebanese Garlic Riz (P95.00)

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For dessert we have Mohalabiha (coconut cream, vanilla powder and orange chutney)

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For a group of 3 the whole dinner was just P500.00 per pax. You can never be nearer to Lebanon than this with that budget.

Feel free to follow my orders. It wont disappoint.

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Gerry’s Restaurant & Bar at A.S. Fortuna

Gerry’s Restaurant and Bar opens its 65th store at A.S. Fortuna Mandaue. Located a few steps from home and from Oakridge, their 3rd branch in Cebu is at G U3-4 Lightsite Parc A.S. Fortuna.

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MUST TRY:

Synonymous to Gerry’s are my favorite and personally recommended Inihaw na Pusit, Crispy Pata, Sisig and Chicken Skin. If you haven’t tried these yet, what are you waiting for?

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They also reward loyal customers through their Circle of Friends Loyalty program. Enroll yourself and get instant gifts and freebies for every P1,500.00 food purchase while accumulating points. You may pay your bill with your points.

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Gerry’s is open from 9:00AM – 11:00PM on weekdays while 9:00AM -12:00MN on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. You may call them for reservations at 0922-5243097 or 505-8859.

INSIDER INFORMATION:

Gerry’s will introduce their new brand concepts in Cebu on March 2015 . They will open Yakitori Binchotan, their first branch in the country and their second branch of Ramen Sora, a popular ramen from Sapporo in Japan. Both stores are beside Gerry’s – AS Fortuna.

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Taken by Jars

Several seasonal food treats flood us on facebook and instagram last December. From simple gift items like paper straws and mason jars to cakes and pastries. It was a stiff competition and only the best shall endure. @takenbyjars started just like that. It must be so good that it is able to maintain its ever growing sales. Right now, it has consistently served its loyal customers for two months already.

@takenbyjars offers cheesecakes in 4 classic flavors : blueberry, strawberry, oreo, and black forest in 4, 8, 10 oz.

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They accept orders in their social media accounts, @takenbyjars.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Kushiyaki Chikuzenya Japanese Restaurant

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After several visits to Kushiyaki Chikuzenya Japanese Restaurant, I can definitely say it is Cebu’s best Japanese restaurant.

The first time I had their Tonkotsu Ramen I knew I’ll be coming back for more. The firm noodles in pork bone soup seasoned with fresh milk, miso and other japanese spices are waves of flavors potent to cure your weary soul. (TIP: You can ask for free extra soup. Just be polite.)

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The special assorted seven kinds of sashimi (Jo Sashimi) platter completes the Japanese restaurant experience along with other staple food like sushi and tempura.

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In every Japanese Restaurant cleanliness is a must. The proper handling of the raw ingredients is of utmost importance. Chikuzenya champions that by maintaining an open kitchen, you’ll see your food as it is prepared.

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Located at the food avenue of Mandaue, it is close to home but trips should be planned wisely to avoid coming during heavy down pours, we all know the perennial flooding problem at AS Fortuna, right?

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They seem to be always full every time I visit, most with Japanese patrons probably because of the authentic Japanese experience. Reservation is therefore advised. Their telephone number is 239-8976.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Rico’s Lechon Acacia Branch

Cebuanos are always known to level up their game. Always going global. The famous lechon of the stars is no exception. Cebu’s pride Rico’s lechon in partnership with Pages Group has opened its new full service restaurant at Acacia, just a few meters to the right from another Cebuano hotel chain at Ayala area, Island Stay Hotel.

Designed by the renowned young Cebuano artist, Vito Selma, the place by itself is a celebration of Cebu’s best, from its modern tropical interiors to it’s famous spicy lechon. So nice, you can’t help but take a selfie.

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Rico’s Lechon opens from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. It can accommodate up to 450 dining patrons with at least 20 parking slots.

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For bringing in innovation in Cebu’s lechon and making it a world class experience, it’s 8/10.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Yolk Cafe and Restaurant

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The sun is always rising at Tan Kim Building, 80 Tres Borces Padres Street, Cebu City, Cebu. Wake up from your hunger at Yolk Cafe and Restaurant. They serve all day breakfast meals , from the healthiest to the heartiest. A quick fix to remedy your day’s warfare, including the finding of a parking slot before having that bacon. I was not that lucky as I used to be in parking, all 4 slots at the front of the shop were already occupied.

The menu is simple and straight forward with a very few items but who needs a spread when you are just after for the bacon (sometimes, chorizo too!), right?

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On my first visit I ordered the soft oil-fried Cebu Omellete ( 3 egg omelette with native chorizo and tomatoes) to eliminate my bias with bacon for this review. (One can’t go wrong with bacon.)

The omelette was delicate and mild in flavor. The hints of chorizo did not overpower the egg. It was just the way I like it: slimy but not oily, mild but flavorful, and eggy but meaty.

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Meanwhile, their sunny-side up are served in their standard serving size. Two mildly cooked eggs with runny yolks that pair so well with Yolk’s seasoned rice. The pepper (and maybe a little salt too) on the rice is an excellent and clever innovation. This one is really so good!

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Yolk Cafe and Restaurant also served Ethopian hot and cold coffee but my favorite is their Singaporean chocolate which taste not far from the artisan kind.

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For the love of bacon and other breakfast food, it’s 7/10.

Follow them @YolkCafePh.

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