Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Mandaue, Cebu City
Nyss - 2/5
Geus - 2/5
Smorgasbord. That is one word to describe Kaona Grill. Although there was no buffet table where you can take whatever you want to eat, the food that they serve is so varied that you forget you are in a Filipino restaurant.
Our food was courtesy of a friend who celebrated his birthday so he ordered the food himself. He chose Grilled Pork Belly, Grilled Squid, and Grilled Blue Marlin. They all tasted ordinary. Even the presentation of the food was quite ordinary. They only had achara/atsara (a local kimchi made of unripe papaya) on the side in all three dishes. Nothing special so not much to talk about.
The Lychee Slush tasted good though. It was the thing that I found good.
The restaurant looks like a Filipino restaurant. They put a banana leaf on top of your plate to add to the native feel. But the tables do not look Filipino at all since they use orange plastic chair. The waiters don't wear Filipino-like shirts but they wear orange bandanas on their heads. I don't know how that can be Filipino. They had a live band that night but unsurprisingly, they did not sing Filipino songs.
The restaurant should stick to the Filipino theme. It would make them more popular to tourists and to Filipinos as well.
The waiters were friendly but the service was not that good. We had to follow up our orders twice and they keep mixing up our orders.
We were seated near a construction site (they're expanding) and we were near this one table where they put their dirty dishes in. For some people, the food won't look appetizing anymore if they notice the dirty dishes on the side so I wish they would change this.
Grilled Pork Belly - 65 pesos
Grilled Blue Marlin - 85 pesos
Grilled Squid - 115 pesos
Softdrinks in Can - 25 pesos
Slush (Blended Ice Juice) - 30 pesos
Nyss - Unless they add different dishes that would make them more unique, I doubt if I am coming back.
Geus - Ideal for barkada treat. With live act and not so expensive food.