Ilaputi opened in April 20, 2002 as the first urban-contemporary, air-conditioned karenderya serving home cooked food. It was strategically located right in front of the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus, and offered 12 short-order items on its menu board.
The pioneering menu, which consisted of ten viands and two pasta dishes, boasts of the same quality and quantity from 13 years ago, as Ilaputi eventually evolved into a full-service restaurant at the Cebu I.T. Park. With the addition of appetizers, great plates, tapas, and signature blends and cocktails, Ilaputi has become one of the most popular homegrown restaurants, serving Asian soul food.
Ilaputi’s menu is familiar yet entirely new, simple but full of surprises, with huge portions and unique flavors. Each dish is made from scratch using only the best ingredients in the market, with local sauces and spices creatively combined to make a perfect meal.
Patrons of Ilaputi love going back for The Stroganov and Dragon Chops. Recent additions to the menu include the Southside Ribs (fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs in homemade guava barbecue sauce), Gōng Bǎo Chicken/Shrimp (Szechuan pepper chicken/shrimp stir fry) and Angus Goes Dimsum (Angus beef and shrimps in Angus fat gravy).
Ilaputi is not just good eats, but a culinary adventure that’s definitely unforgettable. But don’t take our word for it. Experience Ilaputi for yourself.
photos by Patty Taboada