Food Trip! - Arano's
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.
Add: 31 Fairlane Village, Guadalupe Cebu City
Cost: Php 150++/head
One Dish Must Have: Everything