Chik Chow Food Express Buffet is a Chinese-Filipino buffet restaurant located along Mango Avenue with a spacious parking space and is ideal for group gatherings, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t dine there alone. Chik Chow is actually derived from the name of their son Buchik plus the term “chow” which means to eat. This cozy buffet restaurant’s place is actually the Ancestral Home of the Lims wherein they’ve transformed the ground floor into a buffet restaurant.
So much with the introduction about Chik Chow, let me give 3 reasons why you need to dine with your family at Chik Chow:
They serve SPECIALTY dishes.
Most of Chik Chow’s food selections are actually Mr. Lim’s favorite dishes. Some of these dishes include the Chik Chow Rice, Lengua Estofado, and Roast Pork. For the usual buffet restaurants in Cebu, most of the food selections are the fried dishes which Chik Chow didn’t follow.
Unique flavors inspired from the fusion of Japanese and Western cuisine is the stronghold for Skillet Japanese Café and Bistro. Led by their chef, Masaki Tsuji, Skillet has successfully fused not only Japanese and Western Cuisine but also Asian cuisine.
Fortunately, we were invited to try their newly-crafted dessert which we will share shortly. Varied appetizers were served before the main dessert. The appetizers were very succulent and were plated to spice up your appetite. We’ve had their Bangbang Chicken, Sisig Quesadilla, Smoked Salmon, Onion Gratin Soup, and Caprese with Basil Miso Soup.
Started as a hole in the wall restaurant in Guadalupe in 2007, Dong Juan continuously grew and became one of the prominent restaurants in Cebu known for their burgers, pizza and pasta. Dong Juan gives you that homey and family-friendly ambiance.
Dong Juan offers value for money with their consistent dishes that makes you come back for more. But Dong Juan isn’t limited only to what they are known-for, they have Filipino dishes that are a must-try like their Sisig and their Pochero.
Dong Juan’s menu is a fusion of Western and Filipino cuisine that captures the Filipino palate. For starters, Miss Aubrey Borja, the owner, allowed us to try their Mozzarella Sticks and Chili Wings. The Marinara sauce gives of the Mozzarella Sticks give the sticks that playful flavor of the tomatoes. The Chili Wings, on the other hand, is similar to the buffalo wings but with a twist because of the sesame seeds that adds a nutty and crunch to the wings.
Gibbs’ fanatics know that they’ve started at Holy Family Subdivision II in Banilad, Cebu City. A portion of their house was converted to a diner for Gibbs’ Hot Wings. Coy Oliva, the owner, shared that the place was created as a hang-out area for his colleagues since he was already married and being married makes it hard for him to go out. Currently, their first dining place is already their commissary.
Last June, 2015, they officially opened a bigger dining area for their patrons at Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino, Banilad, Cebu City to cater to more people and to allow people to savor their delightful wings! Gibbs’ place at Streetscape has a touch of modern and westernized style.
Reinventing your food to capture your market is what made Sumo Sam one of the leading Japanese restaurant chains in the Philippines. For Sumo Sam Cebu, they did a reinvention of the Japanese Cuisine with the infusion of Western Cuisine, specifically American Cuisine.
If you’re curious how the fusion of American and Japanese Cuisine would taste, then I suggest you visit Sumo Sam at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Terraces. Sumo Sam’s interiors don’t give that “Japanese” feeling inside. Instead, they gave their restaurant a modern touch with Japanese accents thru the paintings that they’ve used as decors.
Sumo Sam’s menu selection is so varied from their sushi to sashimi, ramen to donburi, and tonkatsu to their deep fried dishes. For this visit, we were served with their Victory Float. The Victory Float has assorted Sushi and Sashimi – Dynamite Rolls, Crunchy Tuna Rolls, Las Vegas Rolls. What caught my attention was the Dynamite Rolls! It had the right spiciness which made it stand out from the others.