When my friend Joseph and I went to Cebu, we had most of our meals at Casa Verde, a very good friend's homegrown restaurant that gave us a gastronomic feast of ribs, steaks, salads, pasta, cold desserts and its own drink blends. The gluttony went on for five days, and we're giving you the dish on some of our favorites.
Casa Verde is insanely popular for Brian's Ribs (168PhP), baked pork ribs with sweet and tangy piquet sauce, a side of vegetables and a choice of harvest rice or mashed potatoes. I couldn't believe an order was meant for one person! The servings are huge.
It was love at first bite. The meat was so soft that we didn't need a knife, and the rich sauce had a delicious zing to it. The buttery mashed potatoes and harvest rice were also very tasty and complemented the ribs well.
photo credit: Joseph Interior
Surf & Turf (220PhP), charbroiled USDA round steak drizzled with balsamic glaze, was very juicy. I especially liked the sauce, which was sweet and a little spicy but not overpowering. The steak was served with a skewer of shrimp and harvest rice. Since I'm allergic to seafood, Joseph filled me in on how he found the shrimp, which he said was tender and so good that he didn't notice he finished it already!
I also tried Penne Primavera (100PhP), penne pasta chockfull of roasted veggies tossed in marinara sauce, which is perfect for vegetarian pasta lovers! You can also opt to add grilled chicken (45PhP). I'm a veggie monster and I love tomato sauce, so this is definitely a dish I can have everyday.
One of their most sinful desserts is Death by Chocolate (86PhP), chocolate and rocky road ice cream mixed with chocolate bar bits on a bed of chocolate cookies and dipped in rich chocolate sauce. Ooh la la. 'Nuff said!
The restaurant's very own Panama Orange and Raspberry Iced Tea (30 PhPfor a glass and 75PhP for a pitcher) were both sweet and refreshing. Don't mind the shot glasses--they're actually served in tall ones. This photo was taken when we were doing sample shots.
These are only a few highlights of our sumptuous sampling of their menu. We seriously had Casa Verde withdrawal when we went back to Manila! Can't wait for our next Cebu trip for more!
Casa Verde Branches:
The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu (032) 233-8885
69 Lim Tian Teng Street, Cebu City (032) 253-6472
A104, Asiatown IT Park, Lahug (032) 412-3336