Okay, let’s now get into kiosks — not those big, fast food chains or restaurants that we instinctively think of but the more popular, little ones that we usually see in the malls of Cebu City.
Yes, while a couple of them may have already found their way out of food carts and onto resto-type spots with a few tables and chairs — they still could not be categorized as a full-fledged food store as they still don’t have enough of such franchises instead many still thrives on kiosks that we know of.
And so, we bring you today’s Top 10 Food Kiosks in Cebu City which we categorized as follows: Current Craze, Fast Rising, and Old Favorites.
LEYLAM. Now, who doesn’t like beef? Well most everyone does except, understandably, for those bounded by religious beliefs as well as some vegans out there. And with options for rice, noodles or wrap, Leylam has become the biggest hit in Cebu City as you could have them for either a dreamy snack or a delightful meal.
POTATO CORNER. Fries. And more fries. Guess, it’s more than just those flavorings but it’s simply the love for these delectable slices of deep-fried potatoes that even with just plain salt would do.
HOTDOG ON STICKS. Cheesedog. Bacondog. Save for a real dog, hotdogs have been a favorite practically since time immemorial — that other similar kiosks have sprouted all over town!
PEDRO PEDRICO’S. For pizza fans, this store must be heaven. While they don’t really have as many flavors as those big players, their options for slices and solo packs gives them that edge on affordability.
TURKS. Here’s more meat and all wrapped for you in Turks — where the only disadvantage could in fact be its classy image and therefore its price, yeah, as we are speaking of the general public.
SANTINO’S SUPREME SLICES. Speaking of class and just like Turks, it’s the layout of Santino’s is what makes it classier than other pizza kiosks. Then again, with mainly just four common flavors, the only advantage it has compared to those bigger pizza chains is that it could be bought per slice — while against other kiosks is of course its size.
LUGAW NI BOSSING. Clearly, many just liked the idea of bringing mother’s arroz caldo out of the kitchen and onto the public through Lugaw ni Bossing as we could see in its reception. But while there may be some differences with mom’s delicious home-cooked delicacy, this is the closest that you can get.
CEBU’S ORIGINAL LECHON BELLY. The simple yet not so simple lechon has been the pride of Filipino cuisine. Yet even with its crispy skin, how could we just forget its succulent belly?
MASTER SIOMAI. Another of Cebu’s pride is the siomai — or the dumpling as known by many other than locals is just as tasty as it could be. And probably the only fix here could be its consistency with the sauce.
WAFFLE TIME. Nope, it’s not really tiring to have especially if it’s cheap and still tasty as pancakes but only with a hotdog or some filling inside. Waffles are simply a good choice for those on a budget.
Notice that most of these kiosks are just about in every mall in Cebu City?
Eat-All-You-Can restaurants has been on the rise, guess to counter the more popular ‘unli-rice’ food houses. Yes? Well, both has its pluses.. Yet where would you actually eat?
If only for the cheaper side, ‘unli-rice’ restos would be the clear choice. Still, if for the experience and all then the ‘eat-all-you-can’ would certainly be in the mix.
Now, what would you like — ‘already-cooked’, or the ‘cook-them-yourself’ buffet? Mind you, the latter is more expensive.
Oh, aside from the price, here’s some pros and cons to these.. If you’re to cook them yourselves then you know it’s fresh or newly cooked; and the way you want it done. Otherwise, if all you do is choose ’em cooked food then you may not even have time to digest ’em. Haha!
Right. Cooking takes time, so digestion also has time to do its job, thus, more food intake. However, all you could do here is grill your food, so it’s sort of limited. Our palate needs some kinda sauciness or soup, you know.
And so, you wouldn’t normally enjoy eating an all-grilled food the whole time — unless you’re in a beach, and swimming. So just charge ’em to experience.
Got to be careful though. You could pay P150 per head if you don’t finish the food you got — that you should be ready of when in an ‘eat-all-you-can’ resto. So..
Sometimes our choice of meals could be the same but dining at different restaurants, much more, at different places makes different experiences.
In this case, the affordable Bam-I and Fried Chicken at Mother’s Fried Chicken restaurant.
Still, many times in dining, though the meal’s combination is crucial — understand that the region and the menu has something to do with our overall experience as well.
What would you pair with fried chicken? Mashed potatoes? Beans and carrots? All of ’em plus more. What else? Well, that’s normally the thing in Western meals. But at MFC, aside from rice, you got a choice amongst Bam-I, ‘palabok’ or spaghetti. That’s their packaging. Hmm…
Anyway, while the chicken was okay as in a little juicy — the Bam-I was quite dry. As in dry. No moisture at all that you’d need to drink your lemonade to avoid getting your throat ‘scratched’! Haha!
Oh, why was that? Perhaps I should have just paired my chicken with spaghetti, but that’s too common. So maybe ‘palabok’, at least you know and could really see the sauce on top of the noodles.
Well, compared to other Japanese restaurants or any other restaurant for that matter, Tokyo Tokyo is one of those that offers ‘unlimited rice’. Yup, just like the famous ‘chicken’ resto we have come to love.
Then again, ‘unli-rice’ can’t be the only reason why one should eat in a particular restaurant. Of course, the food, the ambiance.. and the crew, notwithstanding. And so, we tried out one of Tokyo Tokyo’s more popular meal packages — the Sumo with Big Chicken Katsu.
This meal package includes 2 drinks and 2 ‘initial’ rice for just P375..
Our verdict. The Prawn Tempura does not have much difference with regularly fried prawns save for its crispy covering which makes the piece look bigger. On the other hand, the Teriyaki Big Chicken Katsu tastes pretty goodfor a seemingly ‘breaded’ chicken as their sauces don’t really matter much with their kinda bland flavor that doesn’t blend well with the dish. The rice, good — glossy, soft and a bit sticky — just like real Japanese rice that you’ll keep asking for more!
In all though, the food is pretty ‘average’ with the Coleslaw side dish particularly lacking in carrots, among others — and that you’d only want to eat in its SM Seaside City Cebu branch if only for variety.
Hey, their place is sort of tight! And their crew, hmm…
Chicken is served in many restaurants and even a specialty in a number of them from foreign ones to local dine-ins..
But how about Max’s Restaurant? How would you rate ’em?
Well, been to Max just recently and had some Sisig (a Bicolano specialty), Tofu, and the pride of Max’s – its fried chicken.
The verdict? At least for the food..
Personally, the sisig was okay, it’s worth the order, although I would have wanted it a bit more spicy. And the tofu was just right, not overcooked and not kinda raw. On the other hand, the fried chicken has quite evolved through the years..
What used to be pepperish and juicy has become sort of like it’s rival (in terms of chicken not restaurant) in Chooks-to-Go, the surging chicken stand. Soft and saucy.
Now, mind you, saucy and juicy are different. Saucy is a bit sticky with sauce while juicy is like the meat is not well-done. Depending on your preference, you’d naturally go for what your taste buds crave for, and..
It’s juicy for me.
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