'Real' Cebu Spanish Cuisine
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Cebu Spanish Cuisine & Restaurants

Spanish PaellaThe famous Spanish Paella dish

Cebu Spanish Cuisine

Cebu Spanish cuisine is very notable in Filipino dishes. Wide acceptance of Spanish flavors is very true in the sense that climate and geography are somehow common between the two cultures.

Basically, both countries are heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters surrounding them.

The extensive history of Spain and its cultural influences have added much value and flavour of their numerous recipes.

Belonging to a Mediterranean diet, Spanish cuisine is not only very palatable but also considered to have truly health benefits…

So, although a tropical vacation is fun and amazing, you sometimes need to eat ‘properly’ by going to homely restaurants, such as the Spanish restaurants that we’ll be talking about soon.

Calamares Frito

Most of these restaurants are located at the heart of Cebu or Mactan cities.

Now, let us randomly introduce you to some popular Spanish restaurants…

Spanish mealSpanish meal: meat, chips, olives, veggies

Hola Espana

Hola Espana offers one of the excellent and original tastes of Spain’s recipes. It is a deli-restaurant that offers visitors authentic Spanish food, such as hams, sausages (like Salchichas de Zaratan), turrones, and much more; Spanish wines, Sangria and beers, cheese (Cheese of Serrada or Burgos’s Fresh Cheese), olives…

Of course you can have the famous…

• Paella Valenciana
• Chicken al Horno
• Cochinillo Asado (roast suckling pig), and more…

Gambas Al Ajilo is just one of their most-loved dishes by visitors. It is basically a stir-fried shrimps with garlic menu, among other ingredients.

Aside from seafood, you can also find more meaty menu in this restaurant since meat is also popular in Cebu Spanish cuisine, including sheep, lamb, pork, and beef. For example, you can order a 100 grams or more of uncured ham which is best eaten with some wine and cheese.

You can enjoy their 50% discount price on all local beers during Happy Hours: 3:00PM to 6:00PM, 9:00 to 12:00PM.

Now, try this restaurant which can be located in two places…

Hola Banilad:
Telephone: +63.32.345-5175 (TF); +63.32.340-6493 | +63.32.340-6149
Address: Paseo Saturnino Maria Luisa Road, Banilad Cebu City

Hola Mactan:
Telephone: +63.32.340-5381 | +63.32.340-5119
Address: Max Center across Shangri-La Hotel at Punta Engano, Cabesa Tacio, Lapu-Lapu City.

Cochinillo Asado (roasted suckling pig). Most probably, one of the obvious influences from this dish in Filipino culinary is the lechon - a much bigger roasted pig which is a must delicacy in every important event in this culture.

Or, we can also argue that lechon is an original Filipino dish although other cultures do barbecue whole pig and other animals, especially for banquets and other huge gatherings.

(N.B. You should know that Cebu is one of the best and famous lechon experts in the country.)

Of course, there are more Spanish restaurants available on this island…

Ipars Restaurante y Bar de TapasPhoto Courtesy of Ipars Restaurante y Bar de Tapas, Cebu City

Ipar’s Restaurante y Bar de Tapas

Yes, this is a truly Spanish looking place where you can eat authentic and delicious Spanish cuisine. This restaurant emphasizes that they prepare their dishes only with Spanish olive oil and extra virgin olive oils.

Before you begin your dinner, you can have their Tapas as appetizers…

  • Gambas al ajillo, Spanish Chorizo, Croquetas de pollo, boquerones, Tortilla de patata, Pulpo a la gallega, Huevos a la flamenca…
  • Patata con alioli, Magro de cerdo con tomate, Slapicon de mariscos, Setas al ajillo, Calamares…
Fried Octopus dish

Some examples of their tasty food menu include…

  • Ensaladas – Ensalada mixta completa, Ensalada de atun y patata, etc.
  • Sopas – Sopa de ajo, Sopa de mariscos, Sopa Juliana, etc.
  • Paella (rice dishes) – Paella de la casa, Paella, marinera, Paella negra/verduras, etc.
  • Aves (Fowl) – Pollo al ajillo, Pechuga de pollo empanada, Pollo asado al horno, etc.
  • Pescados y Mariscos (fish & shellfish) – Bacalao, Pescado en salsa verde, langosticnos a al plancha, Sepia a al plancha, Pescado rebozado, Pescado empanado, etc.
  • Carnes (beef, pork, lamb) – Lengua estofada, Solomillo a lo probre, filete, Chuleton asado, Pierna asada de cordero, Rabo de toro, Callos a la madrileno, Caldereta, etc.
  • Desserts – Flan al caramelo, Leche frita

Since this is also a bar, you can spend more time enjoying their special beverages and alcohol such as…

  • Cervezas – San Miguel
  • Vino – Los Llanos Vino Blanco, Aves de Presa Blanco, Los Llanos Cabernet, Los Llanos Crianza, Pata Negra “Oro” Cabernet, Don Opas, Pergolas Crianza, etc.

Well, they all sound really delicious and satisfying. You can find Ipar’s through the following…

Address:     157 F. Ramos Street, Cebu City, Philippines, 6000
Telephone: +63 32 410•7727, 255•4727 | +63 917 626•6662
Website:      http://ipars.com.ph/index.html

More Spanish Cuisine & Restaurants

Additional Spanish restaurants are also available if you want to look for more…

Viva Cafe-Bar Tapas
Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Cuisine: Tapas

The Pleasure Principle Resto-Bar
Moalboal, 6000, Cebu, Philippines
Cuisines: Spanish, French, International, Italian

Arano's (Evalucia)
Address: 31 Fairlaine Village. Guadalupe Cebu, City Cebu
Telephone: +63.32.256-1934
Cuisine: Spanish

Abuhan Tres
Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Cuisines: Spanish, Filipino, Desserts

Jazz 'n Bluz
Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Cuisine: Tapas

Cebu Beehive Restaurante
Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Cuisine: Spanish

Patio Isabel
Address: J. Panis Street, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Telephone: (032) 231-6075
Cuisine: Spanish, Filipino

Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines
Cuisine: Tapas

Lloyd's Music Lounge
Moalboal Town, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

Meat dish and toppings

There you are. You may visit those places and call them ahead to set your table and prepare you most preferred menu from among the Cebu Spanish cuisine or restaurants.

If you are searching for more various origins of Cebu restaurants, you may click the link:

Cebu Restaurants. The linked page includes all international as well as Filipinos restaurants available in Cebu City. And, if you are particularly a vegetarian or vegan eater, you may visit the link: Cebu Vegetarian Restaurants.

Enjoy your dinner and drinks. Salud!

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