A day before our Summer Field Trip, I picked-up my older brother, Tan-tan, in Gaisano Mactan, and he told me that he is hungry and wanted to eat “ Shoot To Kill”, for he heard about it from his boss ,who is a Cebuano, but didn’t got the chance to try it during their trips here in Cebu for one reason to another. I tried to hide my smile, and correctly told him that it is SU-TU-KIL, and not shoot to kill…. Yeah right as if I didn’t have the same mistake during my first visit here in Cebu.
Sutukil, is famous here in Cebu and stands for Sugba (grilled),tula (broth) and kilaw (raw fish in vinegar), and is said to have originated in Mactan Island. There are many famous Sutukil restos near the Mactan Shrine, but they mostly cater to local and foreign tourists, and a bit pricey for my taste, considering that we’re off to a grand summer escapade the next day. So I brought him to a restaurant located at the back of SM City Cebu, where for months, I was begging my baby to eat there, but I think she prefers the air-conditioned food court of SM, and eat Marina’s Lechon instead of charred seafood.
At first, my brother was a little hesitant to dine in the restaurant, for it looks like an ordinary carinderia beside a dusty road.. hehehe. But things started to change when he saw huge slabs of blue marlin ( the size of his arm, according to him) grilling away. Their portions are so big, it could feed a small family. He also noticed some foreigners dining, and decided that the food here is probably good. So we took a table and ordered grilled blue marlin, and a bowl of ‘tula’ soup made from a local fish called pad-pad. My kuya enjoyed our fare so much we even asked for an extra serving of rice.
We also got another surprise when we asked for the bill, for not only the food tasted great,was served in large portions, it is surprisingly cheap as well. The grilled blue marlin only cost us 150, soup for 50 pesos, 3 servings of rice for 10 pesos each, and 20 pesos for 2 bottles of coke. He vowed that he would return to this place, and true to his word, we are back at the same table 2 days after, eating the same fare, just an hour after we arrived back from our Bohol adventure.
For affordable Sutukil Restaurants in Cebu, you can also try out the original AA’s BBQ in Mactan Island and their other branches.