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What / Where I Ate in Cebu City, Philippines: LANTAW NATIVE RESTAURANT

The concept of alfresco dining by the shore in the city is relatively experimental and uncommon.  However, it did click to the public and LANTAW NATIVE RESTAURANT have even branched out to sea waters in the neighboring island of Cebu, Mactan island and have further reached the mountains of Busay, Cebu City.

This particular branch of LANTAW NATIVE RESTAURANT is situated by the bay at the South Road Properties in Cebu City.  The concept, architecture and the details of the interior design of the restaurant screams natively Filipino!

It is expected that all dishes are of Filipino cuisine, so let's jump now to the dishes that we ordered for this warm yet hearty alfresco luncheon we had in this restaurant.

We went for the soft side of the menu, meaning we ordered only for an appetizer and two kinds of vegetable dishes.  My parents love vegetables so much that one kind of veggie recipe is always not enough.  

Our appetizer was the BAKED SCALLOPS.  Taste-wise, the scallops were somehow tasty. But since as of this writing I could no longer remember if the taste was appreciably appetizing, hence, I would conclude that it was just your another average baked scallops.

The two vegetable dishes we ordered are the ones that we ordinarily prepare at the kitchens of our own homes:  PINAKBET and CHOPSUEY.  My comment, aside from the taste which were again not impressive, but still highly acceptable since I love vegetables per se, was that I found the prices to be quite high than its serving size and taste.  Food presentation was utterly Pinoy with the banana leaf and wooden basket tray.

For the refreshments and dessert, we tried on their CORDOVA COOLER BIG and LANTAW HALO-HALO.

Cold beverage with fresh fruits and ice suspended on a glass pitcher never fails to quench our parched throat due to the warm and seemingly uncomfortable conditions we were in at this alfresco and high noon dining experience.  And with a HALO-HALO waiting to conclude our meal , it was a slick idea.  However, their version for this famed Pinoy dessert was  of a middle-of-the-road standard.

My Ratings:
Restaurant Concept = 10 of 10 
(Filipino cuisine / Alfresco dining by the Bay)
Though personally, I strongly dislike alfresco dining but this concept is brilliant as it offers a of one-of-a-kind experience to the metropolis life of the Cebuanos
Menu Options = 8 of 10 
Food Serving Size = 7 of 10
Overall Food Taste = 7.8 of 10
Restaurant Lay-Out and Interior Designing = 8 of 10
Size of Restaurant = 9 of 10
Restaurant Lighting = 10 of 10 
(too much natural daylight was everywhere since it was alfresco dining) 
Ambiance = 7 of 10 
Services of Staff = 6.5 of 10 
(food serving is quite delayed because of the number of diners who came ahead of us)
Money Value = 8 of 10 (mostly for the experience)

OVERALL RATING = 81.3% Recommended

This particular branch of LANTAW NATIVE RESTAURANT is located at
 Il Corso, SRP (South Road Properties), Cebu City

Eat good food, everyday!


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