Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Three Little Pigs Prequel: Lubu

Once upon a time there were three little pigs. Each of the piggies lived in his own little pigpen and was not aware that there were others of the same kind. Each one was satisfied with his own cool little mud pool and with whatever food was tossed his way (yes, pigs really do eat anything).

Then technology knocked on the pigpen gates. Through the wonderful worldwide web, Pig #3 (Pigstachio) discovered two more pigs. He found Pig #1 (Babe for Food) while searching for food on the web and Pig #2 (Baktin Corporation) while searching for mud pools with a view.

It wasn't until three years later when the chance for all three pigs to meet presented itself in the form of food: Babe for Food invited Pigstachio and Baktin Corporation to have dinner with her and her BFF on another island. The pigs were excited, especially Baktin. He kept asking what to wear. (You can wear a bow tie, Baktin. And don't forget to put gel on your hair.)

Just kidding. The pigs may wear whatever pigs wear. Dinner will be at Lubu, a casual restaurant serving seafood and Filipino cuisine. Lubu is in a commercial complex called Seaport Village in Punta Engaño, just before Mövenpick Hotel.

Seaport Village, Punta Engaño, Mactan, Cebu
0917 610 1866 / (032) 492 7824
Daily 11AM to 10PM

The day came for the pigs to rendezvous. "Baktin meet Babe for Food (BFF) and BFF's BFF. Babe for Food and BFF's BFF, Baktin." Pleasantries were exchanged and stars shined...on Baktin's eyes (haha, somebody got pigstruck).

At the restaurant, the foursome met the owner of Lubu, Mr Stephan Luthi (Luthi + Cebu = Lubu). Menus were studied (Pigstachio studied his menu a bit too long because nothing caught his fancy; everything on it seemed ordinary). Recommendations were given (by Mr Luthi) and orders placed (Pigstachio let the other pigs choose; he will eat anything): kinilaw na tangigue, lechon kawali (Filipino, check), spicy prawns with rum, grilled lobster (seafood, check). Plus, BFF's BFF's choice: sizzling calamari with bacon in garlic oil.(Why this, BFF's BFF? One word: Bacon!)

Kinilaw na tangigue (Php 240) and lechon kawali (Php 280) 

Spicy prawns with rum (Php 340), sizzling calamari with bacon in garlic oil (Php 280), and fried lobster (500g, Php 950)

Well, well, well, this shall teach Pigstachio a lesson: do not judge the food by its simple menu description. Pigstachio was joyfully taken by surprise by the flavorful spicy prawns with rum, the tangy calamari with bacon, and the fried lobsters sitting on a bed of alugbati (Ceylon spinach). Oh, the fried lobsters. Drool. Pigstachio just wishes the food was as friendly to his pocket as it was to his palate.

And how did these simple sounding dishes fare to the other three? They all drooled and squealed happily all the way home. (For a detailed review, read how Babe for Food squealed with delight.)

And that, my friends, was how the pig pack was formed.

The end.

Not! This is just the beginning.


  1. Nice! Thanks for giving the piggies a ride to make this rendezvous possible, Pigstachio! Glad I finally met Baktin, too! :D

    Wish I could write this entertaining and concise. Keep it up! Your stories get fun to read each time!

    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)

    1. Thank YOU for ze invitation, BFF! It was an honor to dine with you!
      Concise...aka short...the lazy man's way! :D

    2. Thank you Justinne for the invite too! Mustachio, no mention of the Big Bad Wolf in this post? :)

      Baktin Corporation

    3. No, Big Bad Wolf was dressed in pig's clothing this time :)

  2. As always, I enjoyed reading your posts. How I wish I could visit this place. It's too far. The food looks so delicious especially the calamari which is a personal favorite. Great!

    1. I recommend the calamari, spicy prawns, and the fried lobster. Give it a try and bring along friends so you can try more dishes. I think the long drive will be worth it.

  3. lobster!!! this must be one of those places tripadvisor reviewers of movenpick have been writing about, along with that mediterranean resto.

    1. That was really good friend lobster. Try this restaurant if you find yourself in Mactan. And also the churrasco in Movenpick.