Best Cebu Restaurants 2020: First on the “ENDORSED” list is…

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The search just started for the list of Best Cebu Restaurants for 2020!

As we say hello to 2020 a few days from now. Erik the Hungry Traveller is making another milestone as this travel and food website is heading towards its 4th year.

And yes, even I can’t believe it has been 4 years since Erik James Requina (that’s me by the way) conceptualized Erik the Hungry Traveller.

For the past years Erik the Hungry Traveller has been to countless solo travel adventures, have featured different dining experiences and have stayed in a handful of hotels both locally and internationally.

With the collection of 3 solid years of travel and food experiences comes the recognition and prominence of the brand.

Recognition and Awards for Erik the Hungry Traveller Brand

For the past 3 years of blogging, Erik the Hungry Traveller has consistently been awarded as part of the Top 15 Male Travel Bloggers in the Philippines together with Esquire Magazine and Erwann Heussaff as fellow awardees.

Related Post: Erik the Hungry Traveller Top 15 Philippine Male Blogger

Erik the Hungry Traveller has also been on a 2 year consecutive streak as part of the Top 100 Travel Blogs globally ranking at 97 last 2018 and 67 this 2019.

The brand has also been invited to different restaurants, hotels and branding events both locally and internationally.

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Grand Lapa- a 5 star hotel in Macau welcoming Erik the Hungry Traveller in their hotel.

In a nutshell for 3 years this guy right here –Erik the Hungry Traveller is building a mark in the travel and food blogging niche.

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Building a Quality and Trusted Brand

Thus as the website welcomes its 4th year as a Brand it can now confidently boast its influence in certain topics that relate to travel and food.

Thus it is with great pride, joy and a huge amount of excitement that we launch Erik the Hungry Traveller’s “ENDORSED”.

Endorsed by Erik the Hungry Traveller

Aside from documenting my travel adventures all over the world. I will also feature up and coming artist—wait whut? Kidding!

Okay seriously- I will be ENDORSING Restaurants, Hotels, Must Go to Travel Destinations and Travel and Food Events that you need to visit come 2020.

So What Does it mean when a place/event is Erik the Hungry Traveller ENDORSED?

A logo of Erik the Hungry Traveler ENDORSED only means that it meets the quality and meticulous standards of this food and travel blogger.

And that you would only expect nothing but good service, great food and or great experience from the establishments which are Erik the Hungry Traveller ENDORSED.

The First Erik the Hungry Traveller ENDORSED Restaurant

Best Cebu Restaurants 2020

And to kick start the Endorsed program. We start building the list of Best Cebu Restaurants for 2020

And first on the list is Anton’s Restaurant Cebu.

As we enter 2020 this list is going to expand even more so make sure you visit this blog post every so often to see who else made it on list Cebu Restaurants Endorsed by Erik the Hungry Traveller .

I did a write up about Anton’s Restaurant around April of 2019.

Back then the restaurant was at its soft opening. While on the infant years of the restaurant I already saw its potential to soon be a staple in Cebuano dining experience.

Related: Anton’s Cebuano Chinese Restaurant Food Review

Anton’s Restaurant: Why is it on Erik the Hungry Traveller’s Endorsed list of Best Cebu Restaurants for 2020?

In a nutshell it has all the elements that is needed for a restaurant to thrive in the Cebu- Philippine market and be Endorsed by Erik the Hungry Traveller.

And what are these elements you ask? (Okay even if you didn’t I’m going to tell you anyway)

The Elements that qualifies you to be one of the Best Cebu Restaurants for 2020

  1. Perfect Location- 25 points
  2. Quality Service – 25 points
  3. Trademark- Restaurant Identity – 25 points
  4. Food Integrity – 25 points

If the restaurant rates at 90 points or higher then this establishment will be on Erik the Hungry Traveller’s Endorsed list of Best of Cebu Restaurants for 2020!

Describing my Dining Experience at Anton’s Restaurant Cebu based on the Big 4 Elements

Perfect Location

Definition: You know the feeling that it takes you one hour to get to the place and only 15 minutes to eat your meal? – yeah not a perfect location!

Anton’s Restaurant Score: 25/ 25

A perfectly located restaurant should be easy to find, accessible to both private and public vehicles and must have adequate parking area.

Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu - the Facade

Anton’s restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu. The hotel is located a few meters away from one of Cebu’s National Historical landmark, the Provincial Capitol of Cebu.

Fun fact: Did you know that the Provincial Capitol was patterned after the US Capitol? Bet you didn’t know that!

Finding the hotel is easy breezy as the hotel is right along the road and definitely stands out from the rest of its neighboring establishments.

There are two ways to access Anton’s restaurant, first is through the hotel elevator of Amethyst Hotel.

While the second option is to take the flight of stairs right outside the hotel and beside a massage parlor.

Quality Service

Definition: “There’s a black fly in your Chardonnay” – Ironic by Alanis Morissette

Anton’s Restaurant Score: 22/25

Good customer service is definitely a keeper for me. Anton’s Restaurant provides quality customer service to all their dining guest.

The restaurant looks and smells clean and the place is not cramped. Unlike some of the staple restaurants where you get to hear the other patron’s conversation.

Best of Cebu Restaurants 2020

The waiting time for your orders is also reasonable. Their standard cooking time is 15-20 minutes and it does arrive on time or even earlier than the allotted time.

And dare you ask, yes I timed my orders from the time the waiter ends his/her spiel to the time the food arrives on the table. (If you want to be a food/traveler blogger this is an absolute must – every detail counts!)

The only area of opportunity I see that is for their servers to have a little extra umph! in their customer service. More energy and more perkiness when dealing with customers.

Perhaps when they become more seasoned they would be more fluid with their actions and can confidently greet guests and recommend dishes.

Trademark- Restaurant Identity

Definition: If you’re a Burger joint you don’t highlight your signature Ramen noodles on the Menu!

Anton’s Restaurant Score: 25/25

Anton’s offers Chinese and Filipino cuisine.  Their dishes are well thought off and are made with ingredients that are authentically Asian. And it goes without saying. Deliciously prepared meals!

Best Cebu Restaurants 2020
Wintermelon Soup – doubled broiled chicken with Red dates, Dried Japanese Scallops and wolf berries served on a wintermelon cauldron.

I got to meet their Head Chef, Chef Jay who has an extensive background in Chinese and Cebuano cuisine. He says he is a pure blooded Cebuano with a Cantonese palate.

with Chef Jay – Head Chef of Anton’s Restaurant and Ms Jessica – General Manager for Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu

The interior of the restaurant also contributes to the Cebuano-Chinese dining experience. A perfect combo for anyone who wishes to try non-commercialized Chinese and Filipino dishes at reasonable prices.

Food Integrity

Definition: “What are you? An Idiot Sandwich”- Gordon Ramsey

Anton’s Restaurant Score: 23/25

No matter how fancy your restaurant claims to be it will never flourish if you do not have QUALITY Food.

With stiff competition in the market Anton’s restaurant definitely stands out with their dishes that are prepared fresh and with utmost finesse.

Fried Wantons and Bacon Wrapped Prawns

Going creative and quirky helps too! I find it appetizing to both the eyes and your stomach.

Kung Pao Chicken – For those who wants a plated meal that comes with rice!

Although I do hope that Anton’s expands their selection of desserts. They have good entrée’s and appetizers but what they need more umph (yes I said umph again) is their dessert selection.

Best Cebu Restaurants 2020
Fried Banana Fritters with Jack fruit slices wrapped ala “Spring roll”

Their coffee selection is really good which would really be nice if it were paired with some glazed doughnuts or moisten cake.

Best of Cebu Restaurants for 2020: Anton’s Restaurant Cebu 95% ENDORSED Score!

Erik the Hungry Traveller’s first ENDORSED Best of Cebu Restaurants for 2020 goes to Anton’s with a Hungry Traveller score of : 95% over a 100!

The dining experience at Anton’s restaurant Cebu has both the heart and soul that would make any diner keep coming back for more.

Some restaurants are overtly luxurious (to the point of having an intimidating vibe) and present complicated meals that it are hard to comprehend and worst difficult to eat.

Anton’s Restaurant Cebu offers both a unique and authentic dining experience. Simple and straight forward meals that I’m sure anyone will enjoy.

Want your Restaurant ENDORSED by Erik the Hungry Traveller? Or got recommended places / events you want an Erik the Hungry Traveller ENDORSED stamp of approval?

Feel free to reach us through [email protected].

We are definitely looking for more worthy restaurants/ hotels/ travel destinations to add to Erik the Hungry Traveller’s Endorsed list!

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Erik James aka Erik the Hungry Traveller is a Human Resource Ninja and at the same time a travel & food blogger. He uses his passion for the arts particularly with painting and photography to add more fun and color to his social media pages. He loves extreme adventures and does not back out on any food challenge. His passion for food and travelling started during his childhood years where he would accompany his parents to business trips around the Philippines. He currently focuses on writing blogs on solo travelling and trying out restaurants that are not your usual run of the mill places. To counter his extreme love for travelling and FOOD he also enjoys swimming and mix martial arts so that he can stay “relatively” fit and healthy. Instagram : instagram.com/erikthehungrytraveller Facebook: facebook.com/erikthehungrytraveller Email: [email protected]

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21 Responses

  1. Erik,
    Great job with the endorsements. I like your logo. This will be a big help to fellow travelers.
    Please check out my new blog at iamnotoldnews.com about my recipe for romance with salmon.
    Please comment if you like and give it the new coveted Erik endorsement.
    Thanks and happy trails.

  2. Love this post, a competition for the best food? And you get to try everything out? Sign me up because this sounds like an absolute dream. All of the dishes look yummers. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  3. Avatar Rosey says:

    That’s awesome that you were correct at the soft open about its best. The watermelon soup looks good.

  4. It’s great to know which restaurants get your stamp of approval! With numerous options, it can seem overwhelming so it’s certainly helpful to have a trusted source for information and recommendations.

  5. Avatar Laura says:

    The food looks so delicious. It’s great you can try different restaurants x

    Laura
    https://www.beautywithlala.com/

  6. Avatar Karen says:

    Planning to visit Cebu next year. Will definitely bookmari this!

  7. Avatar Razena says:

    I like how you break down the endorsement and how the restaurant fulfills all the elements. I have a few friends from Cebu who would be interested in knowing where to go when they go back home for holidays.

  8. Avatar Miljana says:

    Wow, you must have had an amazing experience trying out the food and thinking of the best one!

  9. Avatar Sundeep says:

    Thanks for sharing this I really want to try Filipino dishes. All dishes which you mentioned above looks delicious, I’m going to try it soon

  10. Avatar Nicole Escat says:

    The foods looks awesome..! I love the presentation of the winter melon soup and fried wantons. Yum..!

  11. Avatar GiGi Eats says:

    Loving the review! You really DUG INTO this restaurant – literally and figuratively – haha!

  12. Avatar catherine santiago jose says:

    Nice article and a nice review about Anton’s Restaurant Cebu, will definitely go in their place once we visit Cebu.

  13. Avatar Angela says:

    This looks like a great restaurant and you have certainly done a comprehensive review.

  14. Avatar Mijia Eggers says:

    I love that Kung Pao Chicken! It is so delicious. I can eat much more rice every time when I order that dish!

  15. I’ve been to Cebu once, for a food blogging trip, and there are lots of good restaurants in there. One I remembered is MexiMama, you should try it!

  16. Avatar Adriana says:

    this looks like a wonderful place to stay!! the food looks so delicious

  17. Avatar Jasmine M says:

    The food here looks so good. I know I would have loved to try the fried banana fritters and the Bacon Wrapped Prawns.

  18. Avatar Alyx says:

    Thank you for sharing! I have not gone to Cebu, but it is definitely on my bucket list!

  19. Avatar Joanna says:

    Anton’s restaurant sounds pretty good to me, I would love to go there and try their food. The bacon wrapped prawns look so delicious.

  20. Avatar Mudpiefridays says:

    OMG Can I just say, I can’t help but drool over the picture! Who would not love to taste this!

  21. Avatar Celebrate Woman Today says:

    All the dishes are so mouth watering! I would love to taste all of them!

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