There’s more to Lapu-Lapu City than high-end resorts and historic sites. To this day, it continues to make waves in the culinary industry, thanks to several new establishments that highlight the impressive foods and delicacies of Cebu island.
One such example is the Buko Seaside Bar and Restaurant, a newly opened resto-bar with an impressive outdoor dining setup, situated along the relaxing waters of the Mactan Channel.
Also called Buko Seaside, this quaint fine dining eatery specializes in seafood dishes and original Filipino house specialties. The huge offerings make it ideal for a family lunch or dinner, or for any kind of gathering with colleagues and friends.
AL FRESCO DINING AT BUKO SEASIDE
The restaurant stands by the shore, near the crystal-clear waters of Kontiki Beach. The distance to the beach gives it a relaxing ambiance, while the layout of the restaurant makes for a great outdoor dining experience.
There is a hammock and a swing that make a great backdrop for photos, although they are only for display and not for use.
There are several tables outside if you want to bask in the afternoon sunlight and enjoy some fresh air.
They also have a unique setup inside the restaurant, where instead of sitting on chairs at their tables, customers can squat on comfortable pillows.
BUKO SEASIDE’S MENU
Many of Buko Seaside’s meals are offered in platters for sharing. The exquisite flavors will definitely leave you wanting more.
Their baked scallops make great appetizers. Topped with a lot of cheese and various seasonings, the flavor is simply irresistible. A single order is good for two.
Another popular house specialty is the barbecue set, which consists of chicken, shrimp, pork, and squid, all skewered together with various fruits and grilled vegetables. A large pile of skewers can make for a hefty meal, paired with rice.
The crab platter is also a great specialty for seafood lovers. Several customers have raved about this meal because of the sizable amount of meat.
Their bestseller is the Tomahawk steak, which costs 4,400 Php for one order. The massive pound of meat is perfect for sharing as well.
For beverages, Buko Seaside offers a wide selection of shakes, juices, cocktails, and wines. You can also share a carafe (a pitcher) of Iced Tea, which is served with glasses with an LED Ice Cube.
Most customers at the restaurant are foreigners visiting Lapu-Lapu City, but locals will find a lot to love about this new fine dining establishment.
The Buko Seaside Bar and Restaurant is quite new, adding to the al fresco dining craze that was popularized during the start of the pandemic. It welcomes more customers around town, so make sure to stop by and try their delectable dishes when visiting Maribago.
HOW TO GET THERE
Kontiki Datag, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City
11:00 AM – 12:00 AMIf you wish to commute to Buko Seaside, you can ride a jeepney going to Maribago and get off at the 7-Eleven Convenience Store near JPark Island Resort & Waterpark. You can hail a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you off at Kontiki Beach, where the restaurant is located.