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Best of Cebu 2014: Perfect for Date Nights

Cebu is not just filled with fun and sand and amazing beaches. At night time, city lights is just as beautiful most especially when you’re on a higher altitude, eating a delicious steak and chilling with wine in your hand.

One of Cebuano’s favorite restaurant this year would be Anzani. It is situated at Nivel Hills, Lahug which gives you a very nice view of the city during dinner. You have to reserve days before to get a table though as it’s usually full.

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Can you see their humongous servings? It would definitely fill you up fast. The price range is of the higher range as well but given the amount they give you, the quality and taste, you’ll then understand.

Behind them is Bellini, where it’d be nice to chill with drinks after the full meal in Anzani. As much as I would like to capture the beauty of the city lights, the camera wouldn’t let me give it justice so I might as well give you the surprise and let you have your moment of awe if you decide to visit.


Although Cebu can get quite busy, there are still places you can have your romantic dinners. Tinder Box is one of them. They have an amazing wine selection as well as a good variety of dishes. Tinder Box can be found just beside The Crossroads.

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They were doing their renovations when we went but they’re done now and it’s immaculate. The place is just full on white with great interiors. It’d be really nice for a date night. Price range for two would be Php 1000.00 – 2000.00.


From restaurants with a view and in the middle of the city light, having your date night in a mall is not impossible. Canvas Bistro Bar Gallery is in Ayala Terraces and definitely not a new place but it’s quite underrated. With their smart casual setting and Modern Australian cuisine, a lovely dinner is sure to have.

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We had mostly squid. And everything was so good.

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They have one of the greatest service I’ve had. It’s not difficult to have friendly servers but it’s really different when it’s someone who knows their cuisine. Australian cuisine is not something you get to see often around Cebu as well. You get to observe them work on your food as they have a semi-open kitchen while you wait for your tasty meal. Their price range is just as reasonable as the ones mentioned above.


We’ve done heights, busy area and malls, now we’ve come to IT Park. It’s a famous area in Cebu where most IT companies have set up their businesses. With BPOs and software development companies, restaurants and little chill shops have also been established around the park. One of Paul’s favorite is Irie Gastropubliko. It’s fairly new but quite famous.

Gastropubs abroad are usually known for their good food and good beer, and I can say it’s the same for Irie (minus the beer). Their price range is higher than most restaurants around IT Park and most people find it annoying that they have service charge on top of their already expensive menu (tipping is not unknown but not a big deal as well in the Filipino culture).

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Bacon Arugula salad for Php 320.00. Arugula, Bacon, Blue Cheese and Pepper-Cranberry Vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was really amazing but if you’re not used to blue cheese, you might be put off with it’s smell. However, the cheese is a fine complement to arugula.

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Angus Steak Kebabs for Php 340.00. You can add another skewer for Php 280.00. The kebab is put on top of buttered rice and is served with a garlic yoghurt dip. There is so much flavor in this dish and the yoghurt dip neutralizes it properly which makes the combination brilliant.

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A favorite by everyone and Paul is a dish called Fat Bastard III for Php 395.00. An overnight marinated, dry-rubbed pork chop, shitake mushroom, french beans with mustard cream sauce. Yum! Sinful but yum!

They serve local and import craft beers ranging from Php 200.00 to 250.00.


That was Paul and I’s favorite places this 2014 that we’d go on again for romantic dates and/or a full-on eat out sesh. Where would you go for your date nights?

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