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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THIS EUROPEAN SITUATION | HUNA-HUNA CLIFF RESORT [PHOTOS]

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-          ★★★★

The dreading city life requires you to escape from it in order to maintain balance in your life. Ahh, the relaxation you acquire gives you pleasure. Whenever you look online for a place to stay or to escape; there’s always something that holds you back. But this time; try to pursue it, and you’ll be pleased.

And one resort that’ll give you that exact relaxation away from the city is in Huna-Huna Cliff Resort. It is located at Buyo, boundary Carmen/Catmon, Cebu.

Huna-Huna is a Visayan word for thinking, pondering or contemplating. True to its name; Huna-Huna Cliff Resort offers you a peace and serenity for a calm experience.

With its European Villa inspired theme; you could never go wrong to its relaxing feel facing the vast Camotes Sea. This European situation requires your full attention to its nonchalant ambiance convalescing from your city life.

The white walls and marble tiles of the villa are idyllic, hinting Santorinni, Greece.

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The overhead pass is nostalgia of somewhere in France; and the Family house for number of guests makes me remember of an Italian Villa.

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The beaut of the place gives time for yourself to escape and contemplate your life while sitting on the bench looking afar on the effervescent Camotes Sea.

Guest House in Huna Huna

Guest House in Huna Huna

 

GOING THERE

Going to the resort is easy.

All you need to do is to ride a bus bound north at North Bus Terminal, near SM City Cebu. There you will find huge busses; and all you need to find is Ceres Liner. It’s fast, hourly and safe (sometimes, depends on the driver).

When telling the co-operator of the bus (kondoktor) where you’re heading; you can directly say in Huna-Huna, because most of them already know where it is. If not, then tell him at Buy, boundary Carmen/Catmon. The cost will only be P55.00 per person; so it’s not that really expensive.

From the city, you’ll be travelling 1 hour and a half if there’s no traffic. The resort can be found on the right side of the path; and there’s a marquee on the side of the road, if you have a car of your own or the co-operator forgets about you and where you’re heading.

 

TIP: Whenever you reach Carmen, Cebu; call the co-operator’s attention and make him remember where you’re heading. Or better yet, open Google Maps if you’re on 3G, but I doubt it will operate well on the countryside.

 

THE PLACE

Booking ahead is always the best thing to do whenever you want to go to a certain place so that you’ll have a guaranteed stay. And when calling the resort (numbers at the end of the post), they will ask you to pay full at their Banilad, Cebu office.

For me, trying to book a room for the next day was lucky because I was only giving a promise to them that my partner and I will not cancel our reservation. But that was really our plan, so cancellation would be inevitable (hehe), but really, try to book really ahead of time.

The air conditioned rooms are available for P2000.00, good for 2 pax with breakfast, and the check in time is 1:00PM, check out on the next day, same time. (Room rates below)

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They also have a 2 storey guest house, good for family or group of people.

The resort also offer some relaxing spa treatment for the price range of P900.00-P1,500.00.

 

THE ROOM

We stayed in Room 11 of the resort, and that is on the bottom-most part on the cliff near the beach where you could take a dip.

The room is just fabulous. Its clean and our stay there was marvellous. If relax is what you’re looking for, then this is perfect for you.

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The room is small BUT very, very relaxing. You’ll have your own veranda with table and seats; and for us at Room 11, the sea is just beneath us. It really looks luxurious even thinking about it right now makes me want to go back there.

Staying in their room makes me want to stay there forever.

I love their lights which have the control switch on how bright you want it to be; the very functional hot and cold water which for other resorts are not present; and the bed is soft, so as the pillows and the comforter.

The bed is facing the glass door with the sea as our breath taking view. The window on our left side is a perfect instrument for the sunrise to take a peek before we realize it.

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Sometimes you’ll forget to close the glass door and hear the rushing sound of waters outside while you are lying like a king or queen in your very comfortable bed.

And our veranda is perfect for dinnertime, with the warm, romantic lights plus the stars above us.

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It was just pure lux. C’est la vie.

 

TIP: And you should try to ask if Room 11 is available. *wink

 

THE FOOD

The food is variety there, and mostly it offers Filipino style of cooking. But their breakfast is mixed from Filipino to American to whatever it is in their menu that you’d like to have.

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You’ll only have to order ahead of time because they still have to prepare your food from scratch, so it takes a bit of time to finish and serve it to you.

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The price ranges from P130.00 – P250.00 depending on what MEAL you order. There are also offers that reach P300.00-P500.00; these are specialties.

 

THE BEACH

The beach is just part of the resort with no shoreline that is a little bit rocky on most parts. I did not get the chance to swim because I really did not want to. I just wanted to relax in our room, and in our sophisticated veranda.

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THE USHER-DOG

When we checked in, we were greeted by a huge black dog (I have no idea what breed it was) which I was much afraid of at first due to its size; when we walked down to our room; he was ahead of us following the attendant, and whenever we stopped, the dog looks at us trying to signal something; then we realized he wants to take us to our room. The dog named ‘she-she’ (I think) was really, really sweet. She had our hearts just for a short stay there because of her kindness to visitors.

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HUNA-HUNA CLIFF RESORT

I’m still pondering how relaxed my partner and I were on that resort, and wishing we could just lie there forever… with money magically appear on our table. HAHA

But then, Huna-Huna Cliff Resort is a resort away from hassle.

 

CONTACT

Cellphone: 09173179741/09322242375

FACEBOOK

WEBSITE

 

ROOM RATES

*According to hunahuna.com as of 4/8/2014

Air Conditioned Rooms

Php 2,000

Inclusive Breakfast for 2 (two) persons

Prices are regardless of single or double occupancy

Extra Bed without breakfast Php 500

 

Fan Rooms

Php 1,000 to Php 1,500

Exclusive of breakfast

Prices are regardless of single or double occupancy

Extra Bed without breakfast Php 500

 

*Day use (maximum of 3 hours)

Air Conditioned Rooms

Php 800 (Php 100 each extra hour)

 

Fan Rooms

Php 500 (Php 100 each extra hour)

 

Entrance fee is Php 75 with free use of our cottages. Huna Huna Cliff Resort reserves the right to refuse or discontinue at any time any accommodation to any persons it deems unacceptable under its standard.

 

RATING

Rooms – 5

Food – 3

Service – 3

Facilities – 3

Ambiance – 5

OVERALL – 3.8/5

 

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our veranda in the evening

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Our veranda in the morning

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Our room in the evening

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Sunrise

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ESPANOL AND LECHE FLAN, ANYONE? | IPAR’S RESTAURANT REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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-    ★★★★

How authentic is authentic?

One evening, when my partner and I went to a restaurant that serves “authentic” Spanish cuisine (mixed with Filipino), I was undeniably disappointed. First and foremost, two of the specific cuisines they offer are supposed to be amped up with flavors because Spanish people once hailed towards far Asia to search for spices specifically here in the Philippines, and this should be elementary, but it results to a bland taste, which for me is unrighteous. And second, the price does not compensate the offers.

And then we have Ipar’s: Authentic Spanish Cuisine restaurant at Ramos St., Cebu City, (along the Velez University road) which is also offers “authentic” Spanish cuisine. I have a Hispanic bloodline, so I shall judge… (hehe)

Ipar’s has long been famous for obvious articles boastfully posted on their walls with the owner/chef’s in it. Ipar’s has been praised due to the dishes that is closely or a true replica of a certain dish from Spain, since the chef himself has studied thoroughly on why do Spanish cuisine ticks to millions of people around the globe.

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I applaud the place.

It’s a real Hispanic interior; impressive, from its huge Spanish-restaurant rodeo cloth hanging above the high ceiling to their cooking pans that hung on the walls which gives the exact feel of a Spanish kitchen.

They have an array of canvass posted together with the pans and some Hispanic photographs and artifacts that makes you feel you’re in the right place.

I love how Ipar’s makes you feel like you’re not in the Philippines but in Spain. It’s a true plus point.

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Now to their Food. They have a Spanish menu, which will be awkward if it’s not, that are separated according to their kind, whether it’s Carnes (Pork, Beef, Lambs), Ensaladas (Salads), Aves (Fowl/Chicken) or Pescado Y Mariscos (Fish and Shellfish) … (wow, so proud of me mentioning these Spanish words).

Try their Pechuga en Salsa (Chicken breast in cream sauce topped with sliced mushroom)… should I explain further? Anyway, it’s very tasteful. I love the overpowering saltiness that gives it a wow factor. This will cost you P180.00

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Also their Chuletas de Cerdo al Ajillo which are porkchops sautéed in garlic sauce that costs P200.00. This is very delicious. The garlic sauce is a perfect component in this dish that gives enough flavor for you to savor.

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For some, salads are eaten before the main course, but I really don’t. It could be I eat it after or during. I love for you to try their Ensalada Mixta Completa (Mixed green salad) that has this vinegar-ish flavor that culminates the salad experience. I’ve never tasted like that anywhere (if you do, let me know). This salad cost P120.00

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They have this superstar offer that is ranted all over Foursquare; it costs P70.00 and it’s their Leche Flan. Some say it’s the BEST leche flan in town, and we certainly agree with all of them. It’s very flavorful, and you can’t stop taking a scoop of it until you get none.

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The food in Ipar’s are good and how it stays true to the tagline “Authentic Spanish Cuisine”. My only concern is that because of its too much flavor, you may end up not finishing your food because it can always be too much for the taste, resulting to a feel of disgust it your gut. (BIDLI in Bisaya). Although the price range of the offers is from the lowest, P180.00 which are mostly salads, P200.00-P500.00 which are mostly the main dish, which is quite steep for budget diners out there.

But I’m happy because the other week it was closed due to a reserved party, so you plan ahead and call them before you go there.

Overall, it was a nice dining experience. Check out Ipar’s and tell me what you think.

SCHEDULE

Dinner – 6:00-10:00PM

CONTACT (for reservation)

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032 255-4727 or 032 410-7727

Ipars.com.ph

RATINGS

Place – 4

Service – 3

Pechuga en Salsa – 3

Chuletas de Cerdo al Ajillo – 4

Ensalada Mixta en Completa – 4

Leche Flan – 5

OVERALL – 4

 

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CEBU JEEPNEY ROUTES | HELPFUL ROUTING SYSTEM

Ever wonder how you could navigate your way through the entire cebu? Here’s a very helpful website to know the routes of such jeepneys you ride on.

Just click on this link to go to the website which can help you map out the routes of jeepneys in Cebu.

62B Route

62B Route

 

SINGAPURA IN CEBU | ONE CLAYPOT HOUSE | RESTAURANT REVIEW [PHOTOS]

-          ★★★½

I’ve taken you to Paris, Greece and America, now I’m taking you to Singapura.

Although Singapore is a British colony; their culture and style doesn’t complement with the Britons due to the mixed race community they have there now. But Oriental people, specifically Chinese are the ones dominating.

And there’s no other place to experience the dishes you will eat in Singapore but in this cute little spot called One Claypot House.

CLAYPOT

One Claypot House is NOW located at C. Rosal St., Cebu City, across The Living Christian Church. Although the place is situated quite far from the pedestrian’s eyes; but finding this spot is worth it!

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One Claypot House Panorama

The restaurant is very small, good for 20-22 people, not including their outdoor seating; the interior is decorated with, just like Singapore, mixed culture hangings: with posh British boutique style chandeliers, to Oriental miniature boat-like hanging designs, to 50s American painting and so much more.

FOOD

As it is a Singapore inspired restaurant; their offers are mostly Southeast Asian Cuisine which you will love with an affordable price range of P120.00 – P250.00 (one dish has P350.00).

Try their bestseller Lah-Lah-Lah Claypot which is a rice topping style that has pork, sausage, eggs and of course rice in it. The serving is in three, small, medium and large. Their ‘small’ is just enough for one person.

Lah-Lah-Lah Claypot in One Claypot House

Lah-Lah-Lah Claypot in One Claypot House

Also try their Milky Fried Fish Soup which is a healthy and a bit spicy yet cream soup offer. I’m in love with this, although I was not careful enough to chew the chili and burned my taste buds (lol).

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Milky Friend FIsh Soup in One Claypot House

If you’re a fan Bagoong/Hipon(bisaya)/Shrimp Paste; then you’ll fall in love with Binagoongang Pork.

Binagoongang Pork in One Claypot House

Binagoongang Pork in One Claypot House

And when you’re done with your dinner; then the perfect drink to compliment is the Milky Bandung. Although it’s an acquired taste, but you’ll later realize that its bland taste will neutralize the sweet/salty/creamy experience in your food.

Milky Bandung in One Claypot House

Milky Bandung in One Claypot House

There are still a lot to choose from in their menu and I’m pretty sure it’s pleasurable for your taste buds. My partner and I sure enjoyed their offers.

Go and try One Claypot House and experience dining in Singapura.

SCHEDULE:

Monday-Saturday: 10:00AM-10:00PM

Closed on Sundays

CONTACT:

Reservations: 0908 279 1498

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RATINGS:

Location – 3

Ambiance – 3

Food – 4

Service – 4

OVERALL – 3.5

CITY VIEW DELIGHT | MARGARITA FAMILY RESTAURANT | REVIEW [PHOTOS]

-          ★★★★

 

Margarita Family Restaurant

Margarita Family Restaurant

While Lantaw sa Busay gives you the entire Cebu view from afar with amazement; Margarita Family Restaurant gives you the city view.

Located at Robinland Bldg., Tipolo, Mandaue City, across Cebu Doctor’s University; Margarita is one cozy dining experience while enjoying the nearby city view.

 

SETTING

Dining in their spacious balcony is such a cozy spot for lovers. Feel the chill from the city wind OR you could choose the other sea-side view which has the ambiance that of a sea-food restaurant.

You can also have a booze in their bar which you can choose a variety of liquors.

Margarita Family Restaurant

Margarita Family Restaurant

Also, if you’re looking for function halls; Margarita Family Restaurant can give you that. With their spacious function, they can hold parties like Acquaintance Party, Christmas Party or even reception for weddings.

 

FOOD

Have you ever eaten in restaurants like Manila Foodshoppe or Majestic? Well, if you prefer their taste; you may enjoy Margarita’s. The food is delish for an affordable price range of P120.00-P300.00 that is totally worth the money.

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SCHEDULE:

Lunch: 11:00-2:00

Dinner: 6:00-10:00/12:00MN

 

CONTACT:

(032)505 – 8288

505 – 3688

 

RATINGS:

Ambiance – 5

Food – 4

Service – 4

Value for Money – 4

OVERALL – 4

Margarita Family Restaurant

Margarita Family Restaurant

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VINTAGE REDUX | DISTRICT 50 RESTAURANT | REVIEW [PHOTOS]

 

District 50

District 50

-           ★★★★

Entre:

The emergence of crooners Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Judy Garland.

The reign of rock n’ roll with Elvis Presley as the main star.

Jukebox.

Polka dots.

The film stars rose like Elizabeth Taylor.

And Fashion Icons that is still tattooed in our minds, hearts and style up to this date; Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn…

Let’s journey from now to the 50s, and there’s no better place to time travel in that era than in District 50 Restaurant. Housed at 2nd Floor, J. Centre Mall, Bakilid, A.S. Fortuna, Mandaue City; District 50 channels the era where the entre of this article reigns.

DISTRICT 50

The restaurant is located on the far side of J. Centre Mall and it’s decorated with lots of 50s inspired; even a faux jukebox greets you on the restaurant’s entrance. But inside is much sophistication; from its 50s poster collection, to a Herbie ride, modified to become a serving table that gives excitement to customers.

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District 50 Panorama

You can sense a huge American inspiration on its walls, even the black and white tiled floor that screams UHMERICA which I fancy.

I also love the fact that their kitchen is visible to the customers eye who pigs there; so everyone can see how they work.

FOOD

The prices are affordable which ranges from P120.00 to P200.00+ only; yet they don’t give you minimal serving and mediocre taste.

Barbaric Ribs in District 50

Barbaric Ribs in District 50

Try their Barbaric Ribs and savor the good taste of it! Also, if you are a fan of parmesan cheese; try their Parmesan Chicken that tasted like spaghetti yet its chicken! Those are their bestsellers which I am now a fan.

Parmesan Chicken in District 50

Parmesan Chicken in District 50

They also have a wide range of American inspired dishes that you’ll fancy.

The service was fast and their waiters are approachable.

What I only wished for the restaurant was to have their own spot in town; not just situate in the four corners of the mall that makes it generic, but that’s alright, it’s just a mere suggestion of mine.

VERDICT

You should go and try District 50, and like their tagline; come in for a taste, stay for a meal… it’s worth it.

CONTACT:

Reservations – (032) 520 6562

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RATINGS:

Ambiance – 4

Food (Barbaric Ribs and Parmesan Chicken ONLY) – 4

Service – 4

Value for Money – 4

OVERALL – 4

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PIGGING SATISFACTION GUARANTEED |KUYA J RESTAURANT | REVIEW [PHOTOS]

-          ★★★★★

It’s difficult to find restaurants that give you enough serving that can satisfy you for a probable perfect pigging experience. And you can find that perfect spot in the Queen at Kuya J Restaurant.

Housed at N. Escario St., Cebu City, along the road where you can find Golden Peak Hotel, Parklane Hotel and Simply J’s Restaurant; Kuya J is a mixed culture cuisine, but triumphant in Filipino style and taste.

SETTING

Kuya J Restaurant

Kuya J Restaurant

The place is visible to passing vehicle and can be easily spotted because of its street-side location, plus having a huge parking space adds up to customer convenience too that gives encouragement to try their offers.

Inside is warm, yellow-lighted and welcoming; perfect ambiance with minimal decorations (almost none); the place is sophisticatedly well structured and painted also it’s ventilation inside is just enough, in other words the air-condition is not too cold.

Kuya J Restaurant Panorama

Kuya J Restaurant Panorama

They also have outdoor seating for people who want to have natural ambiance .

SERVICE

I love how the service was quick, from getting us a seat to giving the menu, to serving our food and getting our bill. We didn’t experience long and inconvenient waiting time for anything that is serviced there, and it’s impressive.

The management didn’t hold back in employing plenty and it’s good, because not all restaurants invest more on waiters, and I’m impressed with them too because they are not the type that when you call them, they’ll try to ignore you, just like those of the other restaurants downtown which I don’t fancy and irritates me.

FOOD

Heavenly yet Affordable.

Baked Scallops in Kuya J Restaurant

Baked Scallops in Kuya J Restaurant

You have to try to believe me. We ordered only three of their offers; their best-seller Baked Scallops that only costs us P165.00, Grilled Squid in P195.00 and Lechon Kawali Paksiw in P155.00.

Lechon Kawali Paksiw in Kuya J Restaurant

Lechon Kawali Paksiw in Kuya J Restaurant

Their Baked Scallops was above the most delicious in all restaurants I’ve been in the Queen. It even surpassed my ever favorite in Golden Courie. Also, same as with their Lechon Kawali Paksiw, which made me fall in love with the taste. And last is the Grilled Squid that surprised me with the flavor in a good way. The bombardment of flavors wants you not to stop, and not to mention, their unlimited rice which was too late for us to realize it was unlimited (bummer).

Grilled Squid in Kuya J Restaurant

Grilled Squid in Kuya J Restaurant

I’m in love with the fact that it’s affordable, yet the food is oh-so-good. Having the price range of P120.00 to P300.00+, it’s really, really worth the money!

RATINGS:

FOOD – 5

SERVICE (no WIFI) – 4

SETTING – 5

VALUE FOR MONEY – 5

OVERALL – 5

CHEERS!

CHEERS!

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AN AMERICAN SOCIALITE RENDEZVOUS | SIMPLY J’S RESTAURANT | TRICK TO GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE RANT | REVIEW [PHOTOS] [UPDATED]

Simply J's Restaurant

Simply J’s Restaurant

-          ★★★★

-          ★★★★ (2nd Visit on Jan. 1, 2014)

Themed restaurants around the globe, especially here in Cebu, have been a trend for a couple of years because it sounds exciting to experience another country’s food and ambiance. The need to feel part of something different is enticing to people, especially when budget-wise going to Paris, Greece or America is unattainable.

American country houses consist of anything warm and welcoming yet with lux and glamour narrating a socialite family story living in those walls.

An American socialite rendezvous called Simply J’s restaurant, having an American country house experience is located at Escario St., corner Apitong St., Cebu City that will give you the satisfaction of a U.S.A. feel with random delish offers.

GOING THERE

Going there is just easy since Simply J’s restaurant is located within/along the vicinity of Ayala Centre Mall and the tall buildings around. It’s just also along the street where Parklane and Golden Peak hotels are located. Jeepneys come and go there.

The place is just enough to hold plenty of people, but not too much, therefore, you should make a reservation ahead. (Telephone number at the end of the post)

FOOD

They have true affordable offers, since, I’ve ranted about when a price ranges from P250.00 to P300.00; all of the other offers, for my partner and I, are considered EXPENSIVE. And in this restaurant; you can distinguish the affordable from the expensive ones.

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Lasagna in Simply J’s Restaurant

Usually, the affordable ones are those dishes that are not complicated to cook like what I’ve ordered which was Lasagna and Caesar’s Salad, and usually the dishes that hits the P300.00 mark are usually beef and all other American style offers.

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Crispy Pork Belly at Simply J’s Restaurant

But, no need to worry since everything will be worth the pay.

I can really appreciate how expensive the place looks yet how affordable their dishes are; and that’s one of the good ways in saying the quote ‘don’t judge the book by its covers’, since I’ve been to restaurants that looks affordable, but the dishes prices are oh so expensive.

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Caesar’s Salad at Simply J’s Restaurant

But in Simply J’s, everyone can afford.

AMBIANCE and PLACE

The ambiance is PERFECT. The place, as I’ve said, is cozy and looks expensive. It’s a true American Style home with perfect lighting.

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Panorama of the second part of Simply J’s Restaurant

There are three portions of the restaurant (We guessed 3), One in the main entrance that deceivingly looked somewhat Victorian, where the walls are painted white and chandeliers are nonchalantly hanging above the ceiling and some fancy wall accents plus picture frames and not to mention a stairway that my partner guessed, their second floor to the second portion. And the 3rd one on the other side of the room which feels warm due to the yellow lighting that feels more of a dining room rather than an entrance hall.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

(I have a rant about the Trick to Good Customer Service here)

It was all perfect but things got shakey for us when the iced tea of my partner had a huge fly in it and also when the waiter gave us the wrong dessert which we ordered Apple Pie and gave us Brownie Ala Mode.

Simply J's Restaurant

Brownie Ala Mode in Simply J’s Restaurant

One thing I’ve learned about good customer service as my partner told me, he said, ‘The trick to good customer service is turning a bad experience to a good one’. And he was right when he said it. What he meant was that they could’ve given us the Brownie Ala Mode as a complementary instead…

Simply J's Restaurant

Apple Pie with Ice Cream at Simply J’s Restaurant

But they managed to exchange the said drink/dessert which was quick.

 (You should read the rant after)

IN TOTALITY

The place is perfect, the food is perfect, price is good and a little bit careful on customer service then everything will be perfect!

CONTACT (for reservations)

505-8315

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RATINGS

Lasagna – 9

Caesar’s Salad – 10 (very fresh)

Crispy Pork Belly – 9

Ambiance – 10

Service – 8

Value for money – 8

UPDATE (1/21/14)

We got to take our second shot at Simply J’s on a Sinulog time because it’s not crowded.

Hawaiian Pork Chop

Hawaiian Pork Chop

Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

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BUCKET SHRIMPS RESTAURANT |HOW TO GET THERE| MENU | AND THE BAD EXPERIENCE | REVIEW [PHOTOS]

Bucket Shrimps Cebu

Bucket Shrimps Cebu

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New restaurants are booming lately in the Queen City of the South, Cebu. And quality is being battled out for customers to remember and have their great pigging experience being checked on their bucket lists.

One has been creating a buzz lately and it’s called Bucket Shrimps. An outdoor seating restaurant; Bucket Shrimps is located at Gov. A. Climaco (ORCHIDS) Street, Jones, Cebu City, near Capitol and has been operating in just one or two months; probably in September 2013.

Across the restaurant is also the famous S.T.K. Ta Bai! (Sugba, Tuwa, Kilaw) restaurant which is also a famous seafood restaurant.

The location is quite inaccessible to commuters and so if you have car, it would probably be the best way to reach Bucket Shrimps. Another way is by cab. And since Bucket Shrimps isn’t yet that popular in the ears of the many; I suggest telling the cab driver to take you to S.T.K. Ta Bai! And if you go there by the Jeepney; I suggest taking the Osmena Blvd. road and stop by at Coco Mall, just beside the Cebu Doctors Hospital, then walk across to the BDO bank, walk straight until you reach the third alley on the right; that’ll be Gov. A. Climaco Street or just simply ORCHIDS Street.

TIP: you have to make a reservation in order for you to garner a seat when you come because Bucket Shrimps has been a buzz lately, and people deluge there constantly every day. Telephone number by the end of this post.

I already made a reservation in the restaurant five days before we got there, and the best thing about it was that it was a text reservation, so just in case the person in charge of writing the details down; the confirmation would be verified by the text. AND that’s what exactly happened to us.

The owner, which spoke in an American accent English language (nosebleed, shet), greeted and asked for our reservation.

Unfortunately, our reservation was not written down in the list which pissed me off a bit, because I have to show the text message where I typed down the details of my reservation which I had to follow-up the confirmation since I did not receive one.

But, I let it pass, because I have no plans in ruining my birthday eve that night. And so we waited… and waited… and waited for about 30 minutes. The place was just small, yet packed with people, and I wondered why everyone took a long time to stay there; but I just didn’t mind it, even when my stomach is screaming of famine.

The place was small, and not well ventilated, they have small fans that can’t suffice the warm feel.

Bucket Shrimps Cebu

Bucket Shrimps Cebu

I checked in in my Foursquare account just when there was a seat available for us. And then we started to order in their tiny menu having only five offers.

MENU (in Bucket of…):

Boiled Shrimp(in Cajun Sauce or Gata) … P250.00

Soft Shell Thai Shrimp … P250.00

Chicken Wings (6 pcs) … P150.00

Liempo Loco … P130.00

Crazy Pusit … P120.00

My partner and I ordered the bucket of Boiled Shrimp in ‘Gata’ (Coconut Milk) since their bestselling Boiled Shrimp in Cajun Sauce was not available because it has been outsold before we came there. And it pissed me off. How could they not assume and anticipate the number of customers coming on that day, especially it was on a Sunday and created a contingency plan to cater all customers, most especially on their ‘bestselling’???

Well, my partner and I dropped it and continue ordering another offer. I was in argument with myself whether to choose Liempo Loco or that Chicken Wings and chose the latter instead because Liempo tastes are not that different from other restaurants since it’s just being roasted and all, and I was expecting that their Chicken Wings have different flavor that will surprise me! (Just like in Ryan Pizzerelli’s Chicken Wings)

And then we waited for our order to come… and waited… and waited. Until my partner and I ran out of comic thoughts and opened our Facebook instead. We even have chatted in the comment box. Then a commotion happened outside the restaurant that created a buzz. And then we keep waiting.

I checked my last Foursquare post and see how many minutes we have waited and shockingly, we waited 42 minutes already. WOW.

I can’t explain how famined we were already.

What also pissed me off were their grumpy waiters. They don’t smile; they don’t feel accommodating and welcoming. I hate the fact when I call them; you can see them almost look at you, but don’t proceed on looking to ignore you and walk away instead.

And I’m not done in saying we’re still waiting for the food to arrive.

I wondered how they have cooked their five dish offers and took too long to do it? It’s only FIVE dishes, and most of it is in shrimp servings. Well, my partner and I gave them the benefit of the doubt that it maybe is cooked so well, which will give us orgasms while eating.

And an hour or so later, the food came… that’s AN HOUR. The Boiled Shrimp in gata was in a metal bucket as well as the Chicken Wings and our Rice. They don’t have plate, only paper which was cool, and they also have plastic gloves which is exciting in not using any utensils.

So we started eating… in disappointment.

The shrimp sauce was colored yellow, and it tasted familiar. my partner and I had to figure out what it was and Google answered: it was a Chicken Curry sauce. It was OK, but the superstar shrimp was bland. We were expecting for it to be juicy and flavorful; but it did not give us any orgasmic feel like we have expected, since we waited for an hour!

Boiled Shrimp in Gata, Bucket Shrimps Cebu

Boiled Shrimp in Gata, Bucket Shrimps Cebu

The shrimp offer is good for two people.

And next was the six pieces Chicken Wings. The taste was oh-so-ordinary; I can even cook it myself. And they smothered… NO, not smothered, gave only drops of Heinz Ketchup on it. I thought about the P150.00 price and how it was not worth it.

Chicken Wings, Bucket Shrimps Cebu

Chicken Wings, Bucket Shrimps Cebu

The experience was oh-so-disappointing and annoying. Even getting the check-out bill was a pain in the ass for we waited again for them to give the check and the change. And while waiting; the pipe beside our table even broke and splattered water on the ground, luckily it did not create a fountain, which will totally piss me off.

I also heard a complaint from other table in their Vodka and how it had no taste: so I’m inferring how bad the service in the restaurant was.

I wonder how disappointing the experience it was in Bucket Shrimps and was it because by chance, we were unlucky? Or was the service has always been like that? By looking at the customers around us; they also have waited a long time for their order and it sucks to see their famined faces. Overall it was not worth the money.

Also, they don’t have WIFI (I’ll rant about this every single place I’m going).

In totality, it was a very bad experience in Bucket Shrimps and I would not totally go back there. I would if they have proper indoor restaurant that is well lit and ventilated, have warm waiters that will welcome us in their renovated restaurant, list their reservations properly and serve great food in right contingency planning to serve customers in their wants… ESPECIALY ON THEIR BESTSELLER, gaaah!

CONTACT NUMBER: 0933-199-2521

SCHEDULE:

Lunch: 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Dinner: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

RATINGS:

Boiled Shrimp in Gata – 2

Chicken Wings – 1

Ambiance – 2

Service (including no WIFI) – 1

Value for Money – 2