Three nationalities in one. This Korean-owned restaurant serving Mongolian BBQ (which is actually not a Mongolian cuisine, but was developed in Taiwan) has a Cebuano word as its name: Lipay (which means happy). Malipay kaha ko paghoman nako kaon diri? (Will I be happy after eating here?)
Lipay Mongolian BBQ is an all-you-can-eat make-your-own bowl (or bowls for the big eater) of Mongolian BBQ (meat, vegetables, and rice cooked on a griddle...nothing barbecue-y about this). You can choose what to heap on your bowl from a variety of vegetables, meats (pork, chicken, beef), and sauces. Your bowl doesn't have to overflow, you can make a new one later (it is all-you-can-eat after all). If you are not sure what's a good combination of sauces, you can ask the server to mix up some good stuff for you.
Mix your own sauce or ask help from the server
Cooking the customers' creations on the griddle.
Don't worry, the griddle expert won't mix up the orders. He's systematic.
Here's my unattractive heap
For the price of Php 350 per person, one can already have as many Mongolian BBQ bowls as one can consume, plus a serving of soup, barbecue (chicken, pork, okra), pork belly, gambas, pineapple slices, and a drink (softdrinks or beer). Tip: Go in a group, you'll get more barbecue and other stuff. I am not sure what they will serve or how much they will serve for just one diner.
We were a group of eight and this is what we got (with one bowl of soup each)
Nalipay ba ko pagkaon nako diri? I did not get my money's worth because after one bowl, I was already full! But my sister, my sister who does not eat much, had more bowls than her husband! It's either she hadn't had breakfast or lunch or this really is her kind of food.
Best to eat here if you know your sauce combo or think you can eat three or more bowls of Mongolian BBQ.
Lipay Mongolian BBQ
Bagumbayan II, Maribago, Lapu-lapu City, Mactan, Cebu
(032) 495 7732 / 0917 624 3960 / 0927 847 9947
Lunch 10AM to 2PM
Dinner 430PM to 830PM