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    Seafood Restaurant Sans the Seafood

    Just outside Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino (Waterfront Lahug) and the first thing you see when entering the hote's premises, is a so called seafood restaurant The Port.

    Tutubi ate there with his officemates on their first night and boy, it's another frustrating experience. His friends made reservations at 8pm to eat there well aware that the place is really popular place for hotel guests and casino gamers, but when they arrived at 8pm, there were many other people queued waiting for their turn to find a vacant seat. Seems the place is really popular due to the P299 eat-all-you can with Chinese guests (probably Taiwanese) standing guard at the door even if it there's slight drizzle.

    It took about 30 minutes of waiting time for Tutubi's group to be finally seated and the buffet is not what's really advertised- there are only a few seafood choices on the menu-- contrary to the name seafood restaurant. The menu includes lechon (roast pig suckling), dinuguan (pork blood stew), pancit (pinoy style noodle), dilis (anchovies), lumpia (spring rolls) amongst other usual choices but the taste of the dishes were rather bland and ordinary and can be shamed my most jollijeeps in Makati.


    Tutubi's first plate inside the ambiance that feels like you're inside a ship.

    Rating: deserves no second chance. There are better places to eat in Lahug unless you're trapped in the middle of a typhoon. They should consider removing the seafood word in their name for it's misleading. If you can, visit Sutukil in Mactan near the Lapu-lapu monument.

    Coming Up: Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant, CnT Lenchon and Neo-neo :P

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:22 PM,

    13 Comments:

    At Jul 17, 2008, 9:20:00 AM, Blogger JayAshKal said...

    Yeah, I've been to this "resto". Sounds like it hasn't improved.

    Much better is the resto by the sea at Shangrila Mactan. Loved the mango (I think everything is with mango when mango season is on!) desserts!

     
    At Jul 17, 2008, 3:41:00 PM, Blogger Vlado&Toni said...

    what a shame to offer a seafood restaurant and yet no seafood or rather very few of them on the buffet. oh well you are right no point in coming back!

     
    At Jul 17, 2008, 4:40:00 PM, Blogger R-yo said...

    I think I ate there before, as in years ago. I guess it still had a lot of seafoods then. Baka naman dahil ke Mr. Sulpicio. :-)

     
    At Jul 17, 2008, 10:18:00 PM, Anonymous estan said...

    there are many many more food spots in cebu compared to a few years ago. even me who comes home from time to time, is amazed at the many restos sprouting all over. But nothing beats home cooked meals whenever I'm back.

     
    At Jul 17, 2008, 11:11:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    jayashkal, ithink i've been there too at that resto but don't remember :P

    vlado and toni, yeah, not much seafood there :(

    r-yo, not due to sulpicio. mv princess of the stars is still afloat at that time :P

    estan, lots of them really.hope to be back again there soon.intend to visit ormoc via cebu rather than tacloban :P

     
    At Jul 18, 2008, 7:43:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    it's a pity that some establishment do that. false advertising.

     
    At Jul 18, 2008, 2:33:00 PM, Blogger Lawstude said...

    have you been to su-tu-kil restos in cebu? the meals there are definitely tastier.

     
    At Jul 18, 2008, 6:46:00 PM, Blogger watson said...

    Oh, I have tried sutukil before in Mactan! Huge servings!

     
    At Jul 18, 2008, 7:30:00 PM, Anonymous freeze said...

    tutubi, ey you came by cebu! that ain't such a popular place for the locals and for P299 in a 4-star hotel, one should not expect lots of seafood.

    For seafood, you're better off in sutukil or chinese restaurants. :D

     
    At Jul 18, 2008, 10:50:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    photo cache, yep. not my choice actually, but my officemates. can't leave the hotel due to the rain that night

    lawstude, yes. been there near lapu-lapu shrine the second time i was in cebu

    watsons, yeah.love that place

    freeze, i know of it but can't leave the hotel that night due to the storm. i wanted to try other places...I think i'll be back in Cebu again soon :P

     
    At Jul 21, 2008, 8:00:00 PM, Blogger BW said...

    looks like a rip off. Some restaurants are like that. Due to their great location and attendance, they tend to slack up on their offering.

    Same here, it would be my last visit to the place too :(

     
    At Aug 1, 2008, 3:54:00 AM, Blogger Achilles said...

    Like some American tourist will say
    Where the hell is the beef?

     
    At Aug 3, 2008, 4:33:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Mmm, looks like a pretty nice plate.

     

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