THE OVERLOOKING INDULGENCE | MOUNTAIN VIEW NATURE’S PARK EXPERIENCE [PHOTOS]

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To be direct, Mountain View Nature’s Park in Sitio Garahe, Busay, Cebu City is one of the most famous places you could hear from talks in town because of the overlooking indulgence of the entire Cebu city, and I’ve been here for plenty of times but never experienced the way I did on the Holy Week passed.

 

HOW TO GET THERE?
Same as my blog for Lantaw Native Restaurant, which is just around the corner of the entrance there in Mountain View, if you don’t have a car, you can go there by taxi which you can rent from J.Y. Square, P250.00, or by Habal-Habal (motorcycle) which costs P50.00 per person, or if you have your own car; that’s probably the best.

 

STAY THERE

Because of a family affair, I got there again. To make the story short; my mother and brother rented a stay for one night just for P1,200.00 non-air conditioned room.

The P1,200.00 Cottages

The P1,200.00 Cottages

I have a short knowledge that there was lodging in Mountain View! So bummer of me.

So the clan went there for a hike and ended up gasping for breath because no one expected how difficult it is to reach on top since it was most of their first times.

Back to the room: it was big, enough for my clan of ten (imagine that) but sush, they didn’t know we were that plenty. Though some of my family members brought with them tents and just stayed outside. The room is (as they say) good for four people. The bed is humungous and very good to sleep into.

You can order food in their canteen and have them delivered in your room if you like.

 

TIP: If you’re planning to go there, have your rooms booked ahead of time, especially on weekends and holidays like the Holy Week. And I, most especially, like for you to book on the air-conditioned room, good for P1,500.00 on the overlooking deck part because you can see the city lights from the windows of your room, and there’s no need for you to climb up just to see it.

 

WHAT TO DO?

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You can also enjoy their amenities. They have an Adventure Obstacle that is variety for P150.00. Their trail entails a lot of challenges; from walking on an unstable hanging bridge (but safe) to zip line-ing your way to excitement. This is available 9:00AM to 7:00PM daily.

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You could also experience their very cold swimming pool that’s good for P100.00 on adults and P75.00 for youngsters. It’s very good for kids because the highest is just 4 feet, so no fret.

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You can do camping, as I’ve said a while ago. There are certain places you can do it, but mostly, people build their tents when the dusk hits the horizon.

I’ve seen people grill outside of their rooms too.

You can soul search, or try marathon from the top down to the entrance of the vicinity. (Just kidding, you’ll end up getting killed)

And when nightfall comes, the city lights below will enchant you. It’s very amusing and enthralling yet at the same time very serene. Looking away from the busy city makes you go past through everything you’ve been through and ponder about your life. It’s very nice, I tell you. I’ve been there many times, yet the city lights never fails to amaze me.

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It’s best to see it in their viewing deck which you could also have a booze with your friends. Thank GOD there’s no entrance pay.

 

TOO EXPENSIVE?

Here’s the catch, is all the amenities too expensive or too much? Well for me, there are a lot of transactions to be done in the spot, and the prices are quite revamped from the normal prices in the city, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt that it’s really quite difficult to transport goods from down below up there on the mountain, that serves justice.

Also the crew’s salary hehe.

 

CONTACT

Telephone – (032) 231 5444

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PHOTOS

Another evening shot

Another evening shot

Cebu in the morning.

Cebu in the morning.

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Lantaw sa Busay | Review

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Lantaw is a Visayan word which means to look beyond and that word has been used by a recent superstar restaurant in the same name ‘Lantaw’. Lantaw first became a superstar in their first branch located afar from the vicinity of the city, which is in Cordova, Cebu; yet still captivates hundreds of visitors even when the said branch was and is still a little bit hard to access.

Lantaw is a sister branch of Moon Café, a Mexican style restaurant in Cebu which I also adore so much, and also with Thirsty, a very famous juice/shake stand located everywhere!

Lantaw has been also a talk of the town with its cozy sea-side ambiance and a setting worth chilling. Not until their next branch came: Lantaw sa Busay.

Busay is a barangay (village) in Cebu situated on the mountainous part. Busay is known for the cool breeze and city view setting.

And what could be more perfect than having dinner overlooking the city lights?

GETTING TO LANTAW SA BUSAY

Lantaw is famous for a place that is hard to access YET gives you a perfect setting for pigging experience!

And a GREAT TIP: you go there in the evening.

If you have a car, GREAT! You can just access the Cebu Transcentral Highway and reach Mountain View Park and Lantaw is just along that road and you can have the suitable convenience you can get.

But if you like to travel with a little bit of adventure, there are ways on how to get there.

A week before we got there, My partner and I decided to visit Mountain View Park: a city view overlooking park located at Busay. And also planned on visiting Lantaw sa Busay right after since it’s just within that vicinity.

On getting there without a car, you must take a Habal-habal (motorcycle) just across J. Y. Square, Lahug, Cebu City. You can see plenty of Habal-habal drivers waiting for passengers, and instantly they will ask you, “Mountain View? Or Lantaw?” They quite know why people go to Busay.

A ride is good for two and costs us only P50.00 per person. It is a fifteen minute ride from J. Y. Square to Lantaw itself. And while on the road; you can feel the cool breeze while climbing the mountainous part of Cebu, and also, not to mention a glimpse of the city lights beneath.

You will stop exactly on the entrance of Lantaw sa Busay where you can see a big marquee and some Habal-habal drivers beneath it waiting for guests to ride back to J. Y. Square.

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My partner and I were already exhausted climbing up and down and up again on the roads of Mountain View Park and on our way to Lantaw. We did not foresee how steep the roads were but just laughed about it instead.

When we reached Lantaw sa Busay, we were greeted warmly by their staff which holds the guest list.

AND ANOTHER TIP, you HAVE TO make a reservation ahead of the date you are going to especially when it’s on weekends since a lot of people visit the site and same with their first branch. (Telephone Number is at the end of the post)

And since I did a reservation two days before we got there, we were seated at the far end of the place BUT city view.

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I was speechless with how vast and enchanting the flickering lights were. I was in awe with how perfect the place is. The stunning landscape of the city was a paragon for a true lovers view. You can’t help but look outside that gives nostalgia while sometimes, in perfect timing, you could see fireworks explode on the city’s atmosphere.

Their feisty staff greets you always with a smile on their faces, which I’m hoping it will not fade any time sooner.

FOOD

Since we fed our eyes for beauty, we were there for the food, and of course to fill our famined stomachs.

Lantaw offers a variety of Filipino style cooking, from openers, main courses, soups, veggies to desserts. A specific Menu was offered to us and I liked how they have pictures of almost all of their offers, which most restaurants don’t have.

My partner and Ichose a modified version of scallops, since I’m overfed with baked scallops in some restaurants in Cebu. It is called Spicy Scallops. Also, we ordered the undying Sinuglaw (Modified Ceviche) and Tuna Belly for our main course. And lastly Banana Turon for our dessert.

Spicy Scallops

Spicy Scallops

Spicy Scallops costs P148.00 and did surprise me due to its familiar canned good taste which the brand name was Pork n Beans. But surprisingly, I loved it. I loved every bit of the spicy-ness it gives me. Familiar but undoubtedly fun to eat.

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Sinuglaw (Modified Ceviche)

Sinuglaw costs P165.00 failed. In awful failure, I really love Sinuglaw especially in Camotes and in Gerry’s Grill (A famous expensive restaurant in Cebu). My partner and I were too disappointed with it due to its bland taste which counterparts the pure taste of a ceviche! I don’t know how they lacked it with vinegar that gives you that 100% feel of salivation. Nah, it was disappointing. Nevertheless, we ate it.

Tuna Belly

Tuna Belly

Tuna Belly costs P175.00 and was also a bit bland yet you can still feel the taste of real fish. Some Tuna is cooked with too much spices or soy that covers the true flavor of the fish. I liked this one, so is my partner. But the serving was good enough for two people if you have other dishes, but if none, it was a little bit small, but just ENOUGH.

Banana Turon

Banana Turon

The Banana Turon costs P110.00 and was too much disappointing. My partner did not like the taste of the wrapper and how it was blended with chocolate syrup and ice cream. The battling taste was not flattering at all. Gives a little bit of disgust in my gut.

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For our drinks, we ordered a Thirsty treat which was Mango shake. As I’ve written above, Lantaw and Thirsty are sister company, and I can’t explain how I love their Mango shake.

Their Rice costs P30.00 also, but that’s not a bit too worry since the serving is huge, unlike other restaurants.

The waiter told us that their best selling was the Baked Scallops; I wished I ordered that, but anyway, I’ve had enough with the baked scallops in Golden Courie (another Famous restaurant in Cebu), which is also a delish!

FINAL VERDICT

Lantaw sa Busay offers you a totally amazing ambiance and view. With its city overlooking terraces, to it’s cool breeze setting. I commend how they got to that place and redefined pigging experience! I then discovered that where we were seated was on the veranda part of the restaurant, and when I decided to go to the loo, I passed by the main, and it was totally, totally beautiful and cozy.

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The place was perfect, until the food came. Their style in cooking was a bit bland. I noticed how it was flat; yet, some people can appreciate bland taste, but not My partner and I. But a true Filipino would never go bland. Although the situation was like that; I was still full and happy.

I would also like to comment on their inaccessible WIFI. They have two connections there, and none of it was working. We can’t even pass through the password phase. I don’t know, it’s because maybe were in the balcony part of the place? But let’s admit, ‘Ang mabait na kapitbahay, walang password ang WIFI’ (A kind neighbor has no password on their WIFI) and internet is now EVERYTHING (data loads slow at the mountainous part).

Anyway, I totally enjoyed Lantaw sa Cebu, I would definitely go back there and taste their other offers! With the friendly staff to prices; it’s definitely worth it.

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CONTACT LANTAW SA BUSAY for RESERVATIONS:

                TELEPHONE – (032) 511 0379

                CELLOHONE – 0933 950 5323
RATING:

SPICY SCALLOPS – 7

SINUGLAW – 4

TUNA BELLY – 7

BANANA TURON – 5

SERVICE – 8 (because they didn’t give us WIFI and a saucer)

LOCATION – 2 (inaccessible if no car) 7 (if you have a car)

AMBIANCE – 10,000,000,000

VALUE FOR MONEY – 8

 

COSTING (without car):

HABAL-HABAL – P50.00 x 2 = P100.00 x 2(going back) = 200

SPICY SCALLOPS – P148.00

SINUGLAW – P165.00

TUNA BELLY – P175.00

RICE (platter) – P80.00

Rice – P30.00

BANANA TURON – P110.00

MANGO SHAKE – P40.00 x 2 = P80.00

TOTAL FOOD = P868.00

GRAND TOTAL = P1, 068.00

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