Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Santiago Restaurant, a taste of Latin America in Mactan, Cebu

If you have the craving for Latin American food, you do not have to go all the way to the airport to fly abroad. Along the way to Mactan Cebu International Airport, is Santiago restaurant, probably the first Latin American restaurant in Cebu found in Days Hotel, Mactan.



Inside you will find the restaurant staff wearing South American attire serving you food and drinks.  In the background is Latin American music playing to set the mood.

From the food, one can tell the foreign influences in Latin American food.

One example is the Ceviche series which can be compared to the Japanese sashimi.
This fish in the Ceviche dish is immersed in lime with tomatoes, onions and Cilantro giving it an interesting refreshing taste.
Anticucho de Cordero
Another favorite of mine is the Anticucho de Cordero which is made of Lamb rubbed with curry, cardamom, other spices which is char grilled. They have other Anticuchos in the menu which is the counterpart of are barbecued or grilled meat.


They offer several varieties of Arroz rice dishes from various Latin American cuntries like Peru, Brazil and Ecuador.

Vatapa
Vatapa is a Brazilian dish made of shrimp and fish cooked in Ginger Peanut sauce with cashews and coconut milk.
Boronia
If you want to know what's cooking in Ecuador, then sample Boronia, a popular dish from Cartagena, Colombia which has eggplant, sweet paprika and spices.

It is amazing that this restaurant has quite a number of dishes from the said countries.

The dessert has similarities with our own.

The coco flan above just lloks and tastes like leche flan.
Tres Leches
Tres Leches is good news for those with a sweet tooth.

Of course, there is also a variety of wines one can order some of them imported from South American countries.


For that night, it was like I had a trip to the Latin American countries as I tasted their food.

Santiago restaurant promises to be an interesting food trip.

Santiago will have its grand opening in August. It is open to both tourists and Filipinos.

Probably, the only restaurant dedicated to South American cuisine, Cebuanos are given the first opportunity to experience the food adventure to the best of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia and Guyana at an affordable price.

Santiago is found at Days Hotel, Airport Road, Matumbo, Pusok Hills, Mactan Island, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu, Philippines with telephone numbers (032) 495-5381, 495-5383 and 495-5386.



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