As the beautiful Mactan Island, Cebu, does not have an awful
lot to offer visitors to do and the resorts themselves are quite
well contained with the hotels happy if you never leave their
establishments, we decided to let you know of some of the
different restaurants available to you on the Island.
Mactan Island is an idyllic island and as such you may not want to go
into the city of Cebu, as most people will be in Mactan to get
away from one city or another, for this reason we have
concentrated on the restaurants on Mactan Island itself in a hope
to encourage you to get out just a little and see some of this
Having said that most of the restaurants are in other hotels,
so you may be travelling from one resort to another but at least
you get out, and also get to see some of the island, not to forget
see some of the other resorts. It must be said that a lot of the
resorts do have theme dinners , and special dinners from time to
time but this is constantly changing so you would need to check
Travelling from one resort to another is not a simple as you
may believe, we advise you to call ahead and make a reservation
and also to ask them to inform security that you are coming along
so you will be allowed into the resort in the first place.
We have only selected a handful of restaurants, those that
stand out for one reason or another.
Chinese - Shangri-La - One of
the few Chinese restaurants on Mactan. Open lunch and dinner from
12am-2:30 pm and 6-10:30 pm respectively. Only a la carte is
Italian - Shangri-La - This
Italian restaurant is large and with its open air design and "fun"
Italian style to it is definitely worth a visit. They have an open
fire wood oven, and the chef is Italian. The restaurant is
normally only open in the evenings from 6 to around 10:30 pm.
Prices are not too bad with an appetizer ranging from 350/400
Pesos and a Calzone Pizza 440 Pesos.
Italian - Plantation Bay Resort
- Described to us as the best Italian on Mactan, this indoor
Italian restaurant has an intimate fine dining feel to it. The
prices are good with appetizers around 220/300 Pesos, a
Pasta dish 340 Pesos and a and a bottle of the house wine 690
Pesos. The restaurant is only open in the evening and from 7 - 11
pm and reservations are recommended.
Seafood - Shangri-La - Known as
Cowries this beautiful restaurant is a must when in Cebu no matter
where you are staying. Built out on a cliff overlooking the sea
below Cowries offers you a perfect venue for a romantic fresh
seafood dinner. The set menu is 1,500 Pesos which includes a
variety of choices. The restaurant is open from 6pm - 10pm
and the bar which is adjacent opens from around 10pm - 1am.
Reservations are highly recommended.
Seafood - Plantation Bay Resort
- Called Fiji Restaurant, this small restaurant built out again
over a small cliff overlooking the sea, has a very rustic and
Mediterranean feel to it. They serve a mixture of seafood, and
also some Japanese choices such as sashimi and sushi.
Seafood - Maribago Bluwater -
Regarded by many as the best Seafood restaurant on Mactan. As with
all the other seafood restaurants this one is also built out into
the sea. The menu is relatively limited, with few appetizer
options but the seafood is top notch and well prepared.
General - White Sands - We
strongly recommend you to go along to the White Sands Resort and
enjoy their lunch buffet which at only 299 Pesos is very good
value. The buffet comprises of some Japanese sashimi, sushi and
also some local dishes. The reason we recommend this restaurant is
it is right on the beach and hence one of the few beach side
restaurants we could find. Travelling so far and not eating in a
beach side restaurant would be a terrible shame. Presently only
open for lunch but they may even for dinner which would be great,
but more as we hear of it.
General - Plantation Bay Resort -
Kilmanjaro grabbed our fancy purely because it is built out
into the middle of the lagoon and so looks out of this very
unusual resort. The food served is Asian and International. They
even have netting all around the restaurant so as to keep any
unwanted insects out. This is open 24 hours a day.
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