The day we returned here in Cebu from our Manila trip, dude and I already decided that we’ll eat at Sutukil. The fact that I’ve already went to Sutukil (a seafood restaurant near Capitol) made me think that we’ll be dining at a nice restaurant with fresh and sumptuous seafood dishes in the menu. But, the next thing that happened to our food trip in Lapu-lapu is contrary to what I was expecting.
The Foursquare Search
Since I have no idea where Sutukil is located in Lapu-lapu, I used Foursquare to search for its specific location. I found out that it is located near Mactan Shrine. Note: I had no idea that the one I found in Foursquare is not the restaurant that I was looking.
When we arrived at the place, I was a bit shocked because it was absolutely contrary to what I expected. I was expecting the same Sutukil resto, the one we dined in a few years ago for my friend’s birthday celebration.
The moment we stepped out of the taxi, we were immediately mobbed by men, each of them was convincing us to choose their Sutukil resto. Another man, offered us umbrella to avoid the heat of the sun. I was like – is this a joke? Are we lost? And then the truth just sank in. We were indeed at Sutukil but it is not the resto where I dined in a few years ago. ):
SuTuKil Restaurants in Lapu-lapu
The SuTuKil in Lapu-lapu is a cluster of locally-owned small restaurants that offer the famous Cebu dishes – Su (Sugba), Tu (Tuwa), Kil (Kilaw). I was actually a bit disappointed when we arrived at the actual area. While the the salesmen were busy convincing us to check each of the resto they represented, I can’t help but feel a sense of dread – something inside my head was telling me to leave and look for another place to eat. But, before I can make a decision, my mouth had already spoken. I’ve already told the “salesman” that we will be dining at their resto because it had a second floor and has a view by the beach.
This is how the Sutukil restaurants look like. The unfortunate thing is until now I still can’t recall the name of the resto where we dined in.
Photo Credit: Pierre Marius
I tried to search for some photos online and I got this one. Still, I’m not sure if this is the resto. All I can remember is the cashier area that is decorated by seashells. I only managed to take photos of the inside. See pictures below.
This is how the inside looks like. We were going to the 2nd floor because we were being promised of a good lunch view there.
But it was not what I expected. Though the place is airy and has a good view of the beach, it smells muddy and surrounded by hostile people and children begging for money from the guests. But, all these downsides shouldn’t have mattered if the foods are good and if they are fairly priced.
The Rip Off Menu
Though this story may seem a bit sad but we actually have a very hearty lunch. Part of our laugh trip were the unsuspecting Koreans (who also got ripped off big time – no idea how much they have paid but I’m quite sure the rate is higher than ours). We were also serenaded by a group of in-house “band” who also asked for a payment for their 10-minute show.
Moving on, after having so much fun, criticizing our food and our lunch neighbors, we got the shock of our lives when the bill arrived. The total cost of our lunch is Php1, 500 plus. I can’t recall the exact total cost but that’s the very close estimate. WTF! I can’t believe I’ll be paying this amount over a 3-course menu and a side dish in a local restaurant situated in a shanty place, smelly muddy beach, hostile people all over the area, and worst, a facility that’s only at par with ordinary “Karenderya” (tiny restaurants in street corners). Below are the photos of the foods that we ordered.
This is Mud Crab in Chilli Sauce. We only had four of this because I felt (when I ordered) the price for each crab is super expensive.
Though it tastes good, my friend commented that the sauce is purely made from ketchup. The other two of my companions echoed the same opinion.
There’s really nothing special with this grilled fish. I have no fucking idea why it cost us a lot. This is from the fish that I ordered. The waiter/cook in the counter offered us that they will grill half of the fish and they will make a “tinula” of the other half.
This is the rip off Tinula that they served. The head of the fish is like an omen that foretells our ominous fate. ):
The Kinilaw na Gusu which normally costs Php10 to 30 at local Karenderyas cost us a lot in this food trip. How fucking great is that? Because I get so agitated after looking at the receipt, I forgot to keep it after we exited from that bloody restaurant. The only thing that I can’t forget is the additional payments they asked us for the cooking service – Mad Crab Chilli Sauce Cooking Fee, Fish Tinula Cooking Fee, and Grilled Fish Cooking Fee. Each payment costs at least Php80.00 (that’s a chicken meal in KFC already!!!).
Normally, I really don’t complain about food prices if it is fairly priced. Like those restaurants in IT Park and Ayala Terraces that offer good ambiance, service, and of course a menu that is jam-packed with sumptuous dishes. But, this one I really can’t just let go. The place is awful, the food is so-so, and the pricing is a BIG rip off!!! No wonder we were the only guests (except the Koreans) on that day.
Please, please, please. For your own wallet and palate sake, avoid this Sutukil Restaurants near Mactan Shrine. For affordable yet super delectable seafood dishes you can try AA BBQ and Neo-Neo.