I’ve eaten churrasco twice in my life. The first time was decades ago at Fogo de Chao in Dallas. I wasn’t much of a meat eater then so I was overwhelmed and didn’t quite enjoy it. The second time was a few years back at a restaurant in Rockwell where all the meats were marinated in the same sauce. I definitely didn’t like that at all. So you can imagine my reticence when I was told we were having a churrasco dinner at Movenpick Hotel.
For those who are not familiar with churrasco the Spanish word means grilled meat. A churrascaria is a restaurant where you have waiters walking around with skewers of grilled meat which they slice at your table and transfer directly to your plate.
I tried their special mojito with secret ingredients. It was good but it didn’t have enough mint and didn’t really taste like a typical mojito which I like. It reminded me more of long island iced tea.
Ibiza Beach Club mojito P420
The waiter suggested I try the Ibiza Sour instead. I was hesitant to order anything with the word sour but he guaranteed I will like it. He was right. I LOVED it!!! The drink was made with amaretto liqueur, citrus juices and bitters. I loved the sweetness and flavor of almonds mixed with the sourness from the lemon juice. This is now my new favorite cocktail. I hope I find it in Manila or I need to buy a bottle of amaretto liqueur and mix my own drink.
Instead of the salad bar we asked for a Caesar salad. The grated cheese was real Parmesan cheese. I asked for extra to nibble on.
It was hard not to eat all these cheesy bread.
pao de quiejo
Choose your knife. The green round chip is supposed to be placed on your table. If you put the green side up it tells the waiter to keep coming with the food. If you flip it over and show the red side it means stop serving.
The food was brought out in the order below. Let me say almost everything was cooked with perfect timing. From the beef to the seafood, it was cooked to it’s prime goodness.
I really enjoyed the lamb skewers the night before so I had an inkling they were good with lamb dishes but what I didn’t expect was to eat the best lamb chops I’ve ever eaten in the Philippines. It’s even in my top three lamb dishes ever.
At this point I was already suffering from food coma. The barbecue sauce was typically sweet but surprisingly there wasn’t a touch of sugar in it. The secret sauce contained papaya, banana and pineapple. Natural fruit enzymes tenderized the meat and gave the sauce a natural sweetness. Even though I was so full already I couldn’t resist eating some garlic rice with the yummy ribs.
baby back ribs
It’s hard to believe but we went back for dinner the next night because my friends’ parents wanted to try the churrasco we raved about. This time we just concentrated on multiple servings of rib eye, lobster, lamb chops and squid. I enjoyed my dinner even more with just the dishes I loved most.
Cebuanos, tourists and visitors to Cebu do yourself a favor and try this world class churassco meal in Mövenpick Hotel. I guarantee you will not regret it. It was worth every peso!!!