Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Oriental Spice Gourmet

The blog entry for The Oriental Spice Gourmet, with nothing in it but photos, has been sitting in my drafts for four months. It wasn't because The Oriental Spice Gourmet isn't worth announcing to the world. It's the exact opposite, but I didn't (and still don't) have words to describe their food. Except delicious.

The people behind The Oriental Spice Gourmet are Cyril Sia and his wife, Mary Ann, and just two waitstaff. Cyril, a Malaysian who was head chef of Wagamama in London for ten years, does all the cooking. Mary Ann, his Filipino–Chinese wife, is the chief entertainer—she makes sure to talk to every guest in the restaurant. During downtime, a few hours a day, before the lunch and dinner rush hour, this friendly couple is open for a chat, even sharing a bit of their life story with those who care to ask.

Cyril Sia (in white), Mary Ann, and the waitstaff of The Oriental Spice Gourmet

Their modest little restaurant is located on the second floor of a three-storey building, just after MEPZ II and Jollibee. Parking space is just good for four cars. If by the time you visit them, they are nowhere to be found, just inch your way forward if you're driving or take a three–minute walk farther down the street. Their new space—bigger and with more parking space—is currently under construction (they'll be transferring within the year).

The Oriental Spice Gourmet
Maximo V Patalinghug Avenue Jr, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu
(032) 238 4544 / (032) 406 0814
Mondays to Fridays 10AM to 8PM
Deliveries accepted for a minimum order of Php 750

All main dishes are Php150 only!
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I have not tried everything on the menu, but I shall try 'em all one way or another. Relocate to Basak, Lapu-lapu City? (Haha!) Brave the heavy traffic across the old Mactan bridge after work? (I am not that brave.) Suffer for weeks until the next weekday holiday because The Oriental Spice Gourmet is currently open on weekdays only? (Yes, I shall suffer.)

Hey! Today isn't Saturday! It's a holiday (Happy Independence Day, Pilipinas) and a Thursday! Suffer no more! Okaythanksforreadingbye! :D

January 1, 2015 Update:
The Oriental Spice Gourmet has moved to its new home, just a three–minute walk from the old location. They are now open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11AM to 8PM. Dishes have been repriced to Php170–200. Minimum amount for delivery is Php2000.


  1. Oriental Spice Gourmet is easily my favorite restaurant in Cebu. I'd like to go back but on a Wednesday, to try their Chicken Rice.

  2. the roti and rendang definitely top my list. :D and everything for a steal at 150. i just wished they were located somewhere closer to lahug. :D

    1. hear! hear! if only dili sila taga pikas!!