Touchdown Cebu. Yes! I could hear a voice inside my head shouting, “Let the merriment begin!” Sinulog 2013 here I come! but first where to? I was torn between embarking on a food trip immediately or freshen up at the hotel first. I didn’t expect that I was about to find out the answer to my question from a total stranger. On my way out to the ramp, I overheard someone saying, “Sa Larsian ta kaon bai kay gigutom na ko.” which when translated, roughly means “Let’s eat at Larsian because I am already hungry.” Thank heavens that my foodie radar was on. Seemed like I was in for a little adventure that night. I asked the cab driver where it was located and asked him to take us there.
I did not have the slightest idea what Larsian was or where it was located. I was very eager to find out. When we finally arrived, I immediately knew I was in for a barbecue feast. As we got out of the cab, a distinct yummy smell welcomed us. It turned out that Larsian is a relatively big barbecue center located in Fuente Osmeña. As soon as you enter the center, you will be greeted by a lot of cheerful bbq stall owners inviting you to check out and choose from their wide array of “ihaw-ihaw” or grilled meat, poultry and seafood. By far, it’s the biggest barbecue center that I have ever seen. I was a bit surprised at the sight of it. I couldn’t make up my mind where to dine at first because there were so many options.
We checked out the whole place first before deciding where to order. Larsian is not your typical restaurant. It is a no-fuss food haven for people whose main objective is to eat and enjoy good food at affordable prices. Sounds very nice doesn’t it?
Once you are ready to order you’ll be asked to choose from a wide range of selections which include chicken – petso (breast), pa-a (leg), isaw (intestine), heart and skin; pork – belly, meat, atay (liver), baticulon (gizzard) tocino and chorizo; seafood; a good variety of fresh fishes and fresh and dried squid. Selected stalls also offer siomai, lechon, kinilaw, tinola, sinigang and pochero aside from the aforementioned. They will then cook your order at the common grill area found in the middle of the barbecue center. I was told that it was not always done this way. Larsian has been renovated and this was one of its more notable improvements. They used to grill the bbq in front of the dining area. Frankly, I liked this concept better. It’s tidier, more hygienic and way more organized. After a little chit-chat with the stall in-charge, our order was delivered to our table along with a plate of puso (rice cooked and packed in coconut leaves), native plates, saucers and lemonsito for your sawsawan (dip) and plastic hand wraps in lieu of spoon and fork.
Finally, the time to eat my heart away came and I truly did just that, with much gusto. I enjoyed every minute of my Larsian experience and liked it even more when the bill came. It only totaled to around Php290+ for a slab of grilled liempo, a plate of puso, several sticks of pork bbq, heart, gizzard, liver and chicken skin. What an affordable feast!
Oh, and by the way, thanks to that certain person on the plane for the tip. I would not have discovered Larsian if it weren’t for you. I now have another reason to come back and love Cebu even more.
See you again soon Larsian! Sinulog 2014, maybe? Excited!
Larsian Fuente Osmena, Cebu City (near Chong Hua hospital)