10 Places You Should Check out at AyalaMalls’ The Walk & Central Bloc, Cebu IT Park

7 hours, 10 restaurants, 1 very full woman. This was how my Wednesday afternoon- mid evening went as I explored, dare I say “food crawled” my way through the select restaurants located at AyalaMalls’ The Walk & Central Bloc in IT Park.

This Bite Sites activity which was hosted by none other than AyalaMalls was a nice refresher & eye opener for myself and for my fellow friends of the media as we were introduced to new dishes and restaurants and reminded of oldies but goodies.

In this post, I will be sharing the 10 spots which we went to and sharing some important information about each establishment. Of course I will not be reviewing every single thing we ate but I do hope that you can drop by these restos and share your insights in the comment section below!

COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF
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CBTL has been one of my favorite coffee shops for a while now! Their ever changing and growing menu allows me to not just enjoy their coffee but also experiment with their seasonal offerings a lot of which I have shared on the blog or on my Instagram feed.

I also think that of all the coffee shop chains, CBTL’s cakes are to die for. While I’ll admit to not being a huge muffin fan, it certainly fills the spot for a hungry person on the go.

Located at: Central Bloc

CASA VERDE
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Casa Verde is known for a lot of things particularly their ribs, their affordable and delicious steaks, their huge burgers, ice cream cakes and overall, just really great food. I’ve been a fan of their offerings ever since I was in high school and it’s been a frequent go to spot for a lot of social gatherings.

During our stop there, I was introduced to a couple new favorites- the beef burrito and this huge burger! Would you just look at it?!

This huge mound of meat is more than just a novelty- it’s a feast! Each layer of meat (burger patty, steak, chicken finger, pulled pork, bacon) is finely cooked until tender and juicy making it the perfect dish for bonding with people who equally enjoy a good, meaty meal.

Located at: The Walk

MOOON CAFE
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Mooon Cafe, as I would remember it, is one of the oldest Mexican themed semi- fast food restaurants in Cebu. Back when Mexican food wasn’t a thing, it was Mooon that introduced us to quesadillas, fajitas and lots of other Mexican inspired dishes that go perfectly well with their suncooler drinks (best with alcohol. lol). Now, they currently have 3 branches and are an old favorite for anyone who is in need of comfort good in generous servings and at affordable prices.

I’m a sucker for their mozarella fish fillet, fish tacos (not in photo), gambas and am now wishing that I had a go at there fajitas.

Located at: The Walk

JONIE’S SIZZLERS ROAST
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Admittedly, it was my first time to ever try our Jonie’s Sizzler’s Roast but I now laugh at how quickly I sat on their floors for this cute photo op.

I found their pork barbecue to be quite juicy and I liked their sauce but I honestly wished that the piece I had picked up was not too charred. I did really like the theatrics of how they made their dishes sizzle and I think that this spot would be a great option for anyone who wants good food that’s served fast.

Located at: The Walk

 MUSIC ONE KTV
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Music One, while first being a karaoke spot, is not to be underestimated for their food. With lots of variants to choose from, party goers can definitely expect a full, happy stomach with their offerings. I really liked their cheese sticks and wishes that I had gotten more but over all, I like their food as much as I like their impressive karaoke system.

Located at: The Walk

BOY ZUGBA
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Boy Zugba is not only a treat for your stomach, it’s a treat for your eyes and funny bone, as well. With their many one liners and witty menu items, they’ve not only managed to tickle my curiosity they’ve also found a way to add a nice and unique twist to a lot of Filipino dishes.

With certain delicacies like Cab- cab, which I’ve seemed to take for granted, Boy Zugba was able to find a unique way to present this interesting dish to customers and spark interest in it. Honestly, it was the first time I had ever tried it and I was pretty surprised at how something so thin could pack so much flavor!

Other dishes I liked were their humba, pancit and chicken skin. It’s a shame I was pretty full by the time we sat to eat here because I have a feeling I would like a lot of their other dishes, as well.

Located at: Central Bloc

GIBBS’ HOT WINGS
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Gibbs’ is no stranger to the Issaplease space and will always have a special place in my heart (and stomach), having been my very first restaurant sponsor back when issaplease was just a fresh, wide eyed blogger.

My favorites will forever be their Angel wings, potato wedges (not in photo) & mac and cheese that also go great with their signature juice drinks.

I don’t know what else to tell you guys, I really do think Gibbs’ is the best chicken wing spot in Cebu and if you’ve never had it- what are you even doing in life?

Located at: Central Bloc

SACHI AUTHENTIC JAPANESE RAMEN OKONOMIYAKI
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Ok, let me be the first person to tell you that I’m not a fan of ramen for a multitude of reasons and while that hasn’t quite changed over frequent events, I do appreciate that Sachi offers other equally good and authentic Japanese options.

Okonomiyaki & Takoyaki aren’t exactly dishes that I am familiar with but these flavorful dishes certainly hit the right spot for me, despite not really knowing what they were. lol.

Located at: Central Bloc

BIGBY’S
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When I am not raving about Bigby’s Tiki Wacky Chicken Salad (not in photo), I am off enjoying their other dishes that have been inspired from different dishes and cuisines from all over the world. I alway believe in finding out about a new place through their food and it’s always a treat experiencing Bigby’s take on other countries’ dishes.

I was quite eager to have some greens in my system after having gone through soo much meat and their Japanese salad definitely did not disappoint. It had a nice mixture of Japanese flavors, including nori, which I thought was an interesting flavor to have in a salad. It worked for me.

I also really enjoyed their pasta and finger foods like chicken fingers, quesadillas and nachos.

Location: Central Bloc

BANAPPLE
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I had heard about Banapple even before they had landed in Cebu and always thought of the place as a great little nook where you can enjoy everything from dessert, breakfast and even lunch/ dinner.

While they are commonly known for their wonderful desserts, their food offerings are not something to be forgotten and in the months that they’ve been in Cebu, I’ve grown to love their dishes that come in large servings which is great after a late night out.

Just recently, they’ve rolled out a couple Cebu exclusive dishes namely their Savory Longganisa & Mango Toffee cake. I was lucky enough to get an exclusive first taste of these items and I’d have to say, it hits pretty close to home in terms of how we Cebuano’s enjoy our sausages and desserts. It’s a definite must try!

Located at: Central Bloc

Press

AyalaMalls excites this year’s fourth quarter by bringing its newest development, AyalaMalls Central Bloc. This regional mall is a 45,000SQM establishment along Padriga Street, Cebu IT Park. It is a five-storey complex with over 270 establishments for retail, dining and entertainment.

The upcoming mall is your next vibrant hang-out destination where the balance of work and play thrives. It will feature trending & practical retail concepts, refreshing dining outlets, an extensive IT zone, and venues to chill out. With its four cinemas, people working and living in the area won’t go far to catch the latest blockbusters.

For the latest updates, follow @AyalaMallsCentralBloc on Facebook and Instagram, and @CentralBloc on Twitter.

You may also follow (and use the hashtags), #AyalaMalls #CentralBloc #BiteSites for official postings, and photos tagged by the community.

 

What are your favorite restaurants at The Walk/ Central Bloc?

xx,
Issa G.

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