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Another Pride of Cebu City, Philippines - CHOOBI CHOOBI

A unique name for a dining establishment is always something to be curious about.  CHOOBI CHOOBI? What does it mean? Who cares what it really means?  

I Do! 

I activated my research skills and headed on to the world wide web and gathered major facts about them from their official website.  And the number one question in my mind was directly answered by the first paragraph of their "About Us" page.

"Choobi Choobi is a family-oriented casual dining restaurant. Despite its Korean sounding name, Choobi Choobi’s menu courses are mostly Filipino Comfort Food. Choobi Choobi is derived from a Fookien word which means “to enjoy” that’s how our tag line “Lingaw lingaw Kaon!” originated."


What amazes me more is that CHOOBI CHOOBI is a Cebuano's pride!  Having its first branch opened at the Park Mall in Mandaue City, Cebu on 2013; this true-blue "bisdak" restaurant has spread its wings in triumph and successfully branched out across the Visayas region and have even reached as far as Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao and Metro Manila in Luzon.


As a food blogger, I am always on the lookout for what's new in town, food establishments in particular.  But it took me four years after its grand opening in Cebu to discover what's in store for a foodie like me and enjoy a hearty meal from their branch at Robinson's Galleria.  "Better late, than never", as they say.


Let us proceed now to the foods that we ordered.

We tried one dish from their soups, one appetizer, one vegetable and their cream of the crop dish: shrimps! for the main dish.  We also ordered two their best-seller desserts!


Super Soups:
UTAN MONGGOS


Food Details:
Green mongo Soup with pork stock and coconut milk
Food Taste Comment and other Comments: 
Typical utan monggos but with chunks of vegetables
Food Taste Rating:
3.5 of 5
Food Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
4 of 5


Kick Start  (Appetizer):
PATRICK STAR'S BAKED SCALLOPS


Food Details:
Fresh scallops baked with cheese and garlic toppings
Food Taste Comment: 
Delicious but nothing extraordinary
Food Taste Rating:
3.8 of 5
Food Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
4.5 of 5


Tanny's Garden (Vegetable Dishes):
GREEN AND MEAN PINAKBET

Food Details:
Abundance of vegetables and seafoods blended in shrimp paste
Food Taste Comment: 
Sumptuously healthful
Food Taste Rating:
4 of 5
Food Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
5 of 5


Since this restaurant claimed to have grown their own shrimps and further claims to have the freshest and cheapest shrimps in town, and we ordered for their new, best-seller SHRIMP recipe!

Main Dish:
STAN'S BLACK PEPPER SHRIMP, version 2.0


Food Details:
Shrimps cooked in Singaporean style with loads of black pepper!
Food Taste Comment and other Comments: 
Honestly, expectations not met.
 Shrimps were somewhat overcooked as it was too arduous to de-shell it.
(f.y.i. I don't  use my bare hands to peel the shell, hence, I ate less meat)
Food Taste Rating:
2.5 of 5
Food Serving Size vs. Price Rating:

3 of 5


Steamed white rice always completes a Filipino meal!


Shakes:
GREEN MANGO SHAKE

Drink Taste Rating:
3 of 5
Drink Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
2.5 of 5




Desserts:
SPECIAL HALO-HALO


Food Taste Comment and other Comments: 
Honestly, what makes this a special one? 
But you can never go wrong with Ube ice cream on your halo-halo.
Food Taste Rating:
2.5 of 5
Food Serving Size vs. Price Rating:

2.5 of 5


And we did not miss the latest dessert craze from Taiwan, Snow Ice!



Desserts: 
REGULAR MELON SNOW ICE


Food Taste Comment and other Comments: 
Very impressed with both taste and texture
Food Taste Rating:
10 of 5
( I am very generous with my ratings if I am in so much awe with something)
Food Serving Size vs. Price Rating:

8 of 5


My Ratings:
Restaurant Concept = 8 of 10 
(mostly Filipino with some international cuisine twists)
Menu Options = 8 of 10 
Food Serving Size = 7 of 10
Overall Food Taste = 7 of 10
Restaurant Lay-Out and Interior Designing = 7.5 of 10
Size of Restaurant = 7.5 of 10
Restaurant Lighting = 8 of 10 
Ambiance = 7.5 of 10 
Services of Staff = 7.5 of 10 
Money Value = 7.5 of 10
 (because the snow ice mesmerized me)

OVERALL RATING = 75.50% Recommended


This particular branch of CHOOBI CHOOBI is located at Verandah, Second Floor, Robinson's Galleria Cebu City, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City



Do keep coming back for more restaurant reviews from Cebu City.

You can click HERE to check out my previous reviews of dining establishments in the Philippines.



Eat good food every day!

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