Top six restaurants to get excited about in 2016

We never really run out of places to eat in Cebu, but let’s be real: We’re always looking for an excuse to try something new.

This year sees several exciting additions to the local dining scene. Here are six that we’re looking forward to the most.



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Kayu Kitchen + Bar

KAYU is a shortened word for Kalayo and is relative to words fire and passion. Kayu Kitchen + Bar spearheaded by Chef Izzy Sy serving up the richness of Cebuano food and culture with elements of Napa Valley. The latter having been trained by world-renowned Chef Morimoto influenced his take on modern Californian cuisine. Read more about Chef Izzy Sy on Zee Lifestyle‘s May 2016 issue.

Open Tuesday to Sunday
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 12:00 m.n.
32 Sanson Road, Lahug

website | @kayukitchenbar



Jason Atherton
Jason Atherton

THE PIG & PALM brings us Cebuanos a taste of Spanish flavors and modern tapas style dishes served only with the best Filipino produce. The Pig & Palm is owned by Michelin-star chef Jason Atherton and wife Irha with collaboration among their business partners. Situated in MSY Tower, Cebu Business Park, their relaxed and contemporary atmosphere invites us to savor their pig based plates that are from local farms in Cebu as well as inventive egg based brunch dishes. They also serve up drinks that are blended with traditional fruits and flavors with British style.

Open Tuesday to Sunday
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
MSY Tower, Cebu Business Park

website | 63. 929 481 4668



Trattoria da Gianni

TRATTORIA DA GIANNI which translates to a small Italian restaurant by Gianni, owned by the Guidecelli family, is a homage to their late patriarch Gianni. Tucked in Crossroads, Banilad, this small restaurant is heartwarming, authentic and offers a wide range of Bruschettas (Italian bread with delectable toppings) instead of the usual pizza. With the use of premium toppings and ingredients from Italy this is sure to be a restaurant to be excited about.

Crossroads Mall, Banilad
63. 977 842 2786 | @trattoriadagianni



Cicada Tapas Bar at Casa Dos (Photo by Jean Candice Yu/Life on a Flavored Runway)
Cicada Tapas Bar at Casa Dos (Photo by Jean Candice Yu/Life on a Flavored Runway)

With the success of  Circa 1900 comes a second dining establishment that’s sure to be yet another top Instagrammable spot. CICADA TAPAS AND BAR, the main restaurant, offers casual breakfast, lunch and merienda fusion fare like leg ham omelette with arugula and pulled pork atchara wraps. Adjacent to Cicada is THE NOSHERY, a gelato station and pastry shop to satisfy sweet cravings. All of these impeccable dishes are the masterpieces of Chef Steve Shrimski, best known for his innovative approach on food.

Open 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 m.n.
Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue

6332. 239 6265 | website | @circa1900



Cocina de la Casa
Cocina de la Casa

Comfort food from the kitchen of Cebu’s top hosts Steven Aznar, Margette Sarmiento and Ina Ronquillo. On COCINA DE LA CASA’S menu are callow ala madrilena, and Tita Nena’s famous bacalao and other mouthwatering desserts to name a few. Cocina de la Casa will open at the end of August.

Morales St., Gorordo Avenue



Cebuanos are no strangers to The Anzani Group, with an impressive number of restaurants around town. From the romantic setting of Anzani and Bellini in Nivel Hills to the more casual vibe offered by Dolce Café, Gusto Urban Cafe + Wine Bar and Gusto Mare, and District on 53rd, their dining spots are some of the best in the city. The newest addition to this roster, set to open next month, is ANZANI PRIME which will take diners on an indulgent journey of steak in grades. Anzani Prime will showcase meat in its best element, from grilled, smoked, salted, cured, raw, dry aged, rotation fed… enough sad.

The Tinderbox, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad

by Cloise Mae Abordo and Patty Taboada with Eva Gullas

Carlo Rivera
Carlo Rivera

Carlo Rivera is the Managing Editor of Zee Lifestyle Directory. He loves to eat, and travel more of Cebu. Follow his adventures and morbid #1amthoughts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @carlotherivera

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