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Why You Should Visit Azul Surf When In Cebu

There are three reasons that a tourist in Cebu must visit Azul Surf at Mango Square Mall: good food, amazing music, tremendous love. 












Food 

The food is great at Azul Surf. While Azul has been popularly known for it's tuslob buwa, there is actually more to just that at this hole in the wall place. The menu is a fusion of authentic Cebuano, Korean, Japanese, some Chinese, and Italian cuisine. The menu also has something for just about anyone: vegetarian dishes, seafood offerings, rice meals, spicy food.




Azul Surf Signature Dishes

Azul started the tuslob buwa craze as a mainstream Cebuano street food in it's Gorordo Avenue joint. Aside from tuslob buwa, they also specialize such dishes as Sing-Sing and Surf N'Turf.

Tuslob Buwa

Tuslob buwa used to be just an urban legend to many Cebuanos who only heard of it as a popular pangmasa dish in the coastal barangay of Pasil, along with some notorious reputations. Azul brought this dish to the mainstream Cebuano culture and has since then capitalized on its rising popularity. People come to the restaurant for tuslob buwa. Tuslob buwa by the way is sauteed pig's brain. It is used as a dip for puso or hanging rice. It's pangmasa appeal is due to it's affordability.

Azul Surf restaurant in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Tuslob buwa ingredients ready for cooking

Sing-sing

Sing-sing is an original Azul creation. The name could come from the Cebuano word kasing-kasing which literally means heart in the English language. The main ingredient of the dish is sauteed chicken heart giving it a gummy texture.

Azul Surf restaurant in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Sing-sing

Surf N'Turf

Enjoy meat and seafood at the same time with Surf N'Turf.

Azul Surf restaurant in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Surf N'Turf


Filipino Dishes

Kinupsan

Kinupsan is deep-fried pork fat without the rind. It's somehow similar to chicharon but instead of the pork rind, this one uses pork fat. Dip it in vinegar and let it melt in your mouth.

Pork Sisig

Azul Surf's take on sisig blends well with the Filipino palate as it is somewhat sweet.


Sushihani

Azul Surf also servesa few Japanese-inspired dishes such as sushi, ramen and tempura.

Azul Surf restaurant in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
California maki


Korean

Samgyeopsal

Azul Surf's Samgyeopsal set costs PHP 200 and comes with 2 kinds of kimchi, 2 rice bowls, cabbage, pork belly, and onions. Spicy food lovers will be in for a treat as the kimchi is really hot and spicy! Notice that instead of lettuce, they use cabbage for the meat wrap.



Pizza and Pasta

Pizza

All of Azul Surf's pizza is made with mozarella cheese. The pizza is also aromatic because they flavor their dough with oregano.

Azul Surf restaurant in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Seafood pizza

Pasta

While Azul Surf is not an exclusively Italian restaurant, the pasta is great. Try their pasta carbonara and pesto garlic pizza.

Azul Surf restaurant in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Pesto garlic pasta



Music 

Being a musician, owner Ian Sekong made sure music will be part of the Azul Surf experience. Friday nights are reserved for ukulele performances while tribal and ethnic music dominate the airwaves on Saturdays. We were able to witness a performance by Percs Republic when we were there.




Love

Azul Surf was conceptualized largely based on what the owner loves and is so passionate about: music, surfing, art, cooking, food. They even have an advice for love as seen in the photo below.

Azul Surf restaurant in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Love advice?


Why Azul? Why The Surfing Theme?

The restaurant is named Azul because Ian loves blue. Yellow and blue is Ian's favorite colors. Blue actually dominate the interior design at Azul Surf. Ian is also a frustrated surfer hence the surfing theme. Retired surfboards from Lanuza, Surigao del Sur are part of the interior design.

Azul Surf restaurant in Cebu City Central Visayas Philippines
Retired surfboards from Lanuza


Give them some love, visit Azul Surf at Mango Square Mall along Mango Avenue (General Maxilom Street). It is right beside Club Hype. You may also visit their Facebook page at Azul Surf.

Note: This post is sponsored by Azul Surf.


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