Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Food Trip! - Arano's

By publishing this I am risking the only place where people go for clandestine romantic dates. you see, unless you have the patience of a treasure-hunter, this place is primarily a word-of-mouth sort of establishment. and when i say treasure, i am referring to sinfully spanish comida tesoro!

if you do not look closely, you'll miss the sign right beside the door that says "Arano". Incidentally, that also refers to the family name of the señor that greets you with a huge smile and broken cebuano mixed into spanish - not necessarily in that order though.

tonight he had a reproachful look on his grandpappi eyes, full moustache twitching and scolding us for the long while since we last came back. without missing a beat he ushers us in and promptly engages us in a conversation. i suspect half the people here comeback precisely because of this gentleman. that and the fantastic food. saboroso!

click more for saliva-inducing pictures hmmmm....


succulently soft pork-chops delicately spiced and pan-fried in olive oil. the chunky garlic bits give that additional zing. served with mashed potato. my companion wiped off the last bit of garlic and olive oil with a finger.



shrimp in an olive oil tomato sauce, lightly spiced with chili, topped with garlic on spaghetti.

callos - ox tripe simmered until tender and cooked in a tomato based sauce mixed with spanish chorizo. the dish is surprisingly devoid of the usual carrots, potato and chickpeas. mis favorito!

a shot of the interiors displaying an assortment of odd memorabilia. have a look around and find the handsome portrait of a jai-alai player on the wall. that's your host. :)

the menu selection is extensive with some dishes requiring a day in advance to prepare (paella). the paella is a must try as well as the baked stuffed chicken (ham, rice, spices), tapas, callos, lengua etc etc.. and just in case you're wondering about the price, everything we ate cost us less than Php 350 with extra rice on the side. the only expensive items on the menu would be the steaks and beef selection.

the place is open Mondays to Fridays from 6pm to 10pm only - and make a call to reserve just in case.

Arano's

Add: 31 Fairlane Village, Guadalupe Cebu City
Cost: Php 150++/head
Tel: +6332.256.1934
One Dish Must Have: Everything

20 comments:

looser said...

hi! may i use your photos of Aranos for this facebook event i am creating? my high school friends and i plan to try the place.

please email me at jihanneetan@yahoo.com

thank you!:)

Cacho said...

sure thing :) just leave a message to acknowledge the source and all should be fine. enjoy the place, it is an amazing find. and hopefully you'll keep it a secret shhhhh...

baktin said...

I went there last 2/14 and found that the place was jam-packed. It could be just because of the date or that Arano's is not a well-kept secret anymore. :)

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