My first dinner in Cebu was in Ibiza Beach Club at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan. I was told we were having tapas and that’s always a good thing.
A short stroll from the hotel lobby to the end of this lighted walkway was Ibiza Beach Club, my favorite place in the entire hotel.
We were given my favorite gluten-free cheese bread called Pao de Queijo. This airy bread is made of cassava flour and Parmesan cheese. Their version wasn’t as light as others I’ve tried but I loved the intense cheese flavors. There was no scrimping of cheese here. I could easily have eaten a dozen but had to stop myself before I got too full to eat dinner. Darn, I forgot to bring a zip baggie.
pao de queijo
The owner of the hotel is Manny Osmeña the same guy behind the line of internationally awarded wines under the label Manny O.
Manny O Agapitos Rosé wine
It looks simple but the chorizo was one of the tastiest I’ve ever eaten. It had the perfect blend of salty and spicy that I really enjoyed. I could easily have eaten all four slices but then my friends would be left with none.
My friend Vivian doesn’t eat lamb but she loved these tender and very flavorful lamb skewers as much as I did. The lamb was so good on it’s own it didn’t even need any of the delicious dipping sauce.
grilled lamb skewers P320
Hands down these churros were the best I’ve ever eaten in the Philippines. Dough seasoned inside and out and fried to a crunch while remaining soft inside. I wish the chocolate dip was darker and richer but my friends liked it as it was. I ate my churros sans dip and it was yummy!!!!
churros con chocolate P380
I tried some of the espresso ice cream and I loved the dark, rich coffee flavor. I wish I had a scoop too. Check out all their lovely ice cream creations here.
Mövenpick espresso croquant ice cream
I would never have expected to find such good tapas in a hotel in Cebu. It was even better than some of the restaurants in Manila. Do yourself a favor and try it when you’re in Cebu.
Ibiza Beach Club menu