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Best of Cebu 2014: Asian Cuisine at The Crossroads

Hello my loves! I hope you had a lovely Christmas! Or holidays if you’re not celebrating. It has been a good year and I want to feature my favorite Cebu restaurants for 2014.

Chinese cuisine is such a big player in the food scene for Cebu. Filipinos are greatly influenced by the Chinese but recently, Japanese and Korean cuisines as well as other Asian cuisines are becoming popular. Before 2015 rolls on with its new restaurants, it’d be nice to see what you’ve missed the past few years, more especially this 2014!

One of my personal favorite, somewhere I would go to repeatedly and not get sick of, is Cebu Sumibi Yakiniku Tajimaya Charcoal Grill. Phew, that was quite a mouthful! You can find two branches of Tajimaya, one at The Crossroads and one in Mactan Marina Mall.

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Tajimaya has a lot of ala carte food choices but I always opt for the eat all you can buffet which consists of unlimited pre-marinated beef, pork, chicken, sausages, and shrimp for Php 450.00. There are lots of charcoal grill places now around Cebu and I’ve tried most of them and I have to say, Tajimaya serves the best meat quality and taste.

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They serve lettuce with sesame dressing as sides for the eat all you can meat package. Rice and drinks aren’t included but you can always ditch the rice to give more room for meat. I, for one, needs rice to neutralise the protein I want to eat so I do order rice for Php 60.00 and mango juice for about a hundred.

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One of Paul’s first meals in Cebu, and his last as well. We just can’t get enough of Tajimaya.

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P.h.a.t. Pho Vietnamese Kitchen is also a fairly new restaurant at The Crossroads. I have to say that it is a unique restaurant as Vietnamese cuisine is very rare to find around Cebu.

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It’s not a very spacious restaurant and was designed to have quick meals beside the open kitchen. It is always jam packed so Paul and I was very lucky to find one weekday evening with barely any people. I suggest, if you want to try Phat Pho, go on weekdays as they are very busy during Friday nights and the weekend.

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Menu here.

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Pho Bo, classic Vietnamese beef soup with shaved US Angus beef.

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Pho Xao, wok-fried noodles with chicken, prawns, egg oyster sauce and fresh herbs is one of their specialties and

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Chicken Satay, skewered chicken pieces topped with garlic, shallots and peanuts. From my experience in Singapore, this is much fancier than their street food version of this (but then again, this is served in a restaurant) and I like the peanut sauce in Singapore more than the one served in Phat Pho. It still is tasty though and full of flavor with the different spices and the classic satay nuttiness.

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We also had Crispy Egg Rolls, with pork, shrimp and noodles in basic egg/spring roll wrapper.

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Phat Pho’s price range is quite reasonable ranging from Php 175.00 to 400.00.

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Cebu’s The Crossroads is a very good place to visit for foodies. There are more restaurants in this area from Mexican to little breakfast shops to fine dining restaurants and dessert places. Tajimaya and Phat Pho is definitely a must visit if you haven’t still!

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