On our last night in Cebu, we decided to eat out instead of going through the hassles of prepping, cooking and then cleaning the mess after by having the traditional “send off” dinner at home. So we headed off to Shaka. A Polynesian-themed restaurant nestled as a unique contrasts to a bustling business district of Cebu’s IT Park.
As soon as we stepped in, it was as if we were transported to another world. The lamp or block candle-lighted pathways, the carved totem poles, those kinda antique-looking surf boards, the plot of white sand, the sand castle, a giant pineapple, the sprawl of green grass and colorful umbrella shades, the coastal and colorful decors and furniture pieces, the staff’s uniform and their “Aloha, welcome to Shaka” greeting as well as the live band entertainment transform the whole place into an American tropical state! The setting is so nicely done that you wanna slip into your bikinis and scream for Piñacoladas!
The staff were polite and attentive. Well, not really and not their fault. The place Ive heard is almost always packed and we, a huge crowd of 20, just walked in without reservations. However, our needs were met at a reasonable time (we psyched ourselves to stretch our patience). Their menu offers a variety of uniquely named dishes with artsy presentation. Not all of them but there were a few I found to be interesting like the Spam Ramen Burger and the Spam Musubi. Im not even sure whether those were Hawaiian cuisine (what do they have exactly?) or just Filipino dish with a twist. The food tastes? Passed. Nothing wow but not disgusting either. The price fits right on the budget and alcoholic drinks are not expensive. I’ve learned they have a “happy hour” but we arrived past that. Thus, we knocked down 2 bottles of vodka while enjoying the food, the music and the amazing company of dearest family and friends before heading back to Dubai.
Except for my stupid stomach ache which was running for days, it was merry and full! Thats how our night ended. How could it not be? At Shaka, it’s a perfect summer vibes all year round! Less the beach, of course.