I was interested in the restaurant for its location because Cordova is a bit of a drive (even if I am from Mactan). First off, the road to the restaurant is very narrow and it’s difficult to drive at night because there’s not much streetlights and you have all these “trisikads” on the roads which don’t have any lights as well. The restaurant has a parking space though but is just enough for a few cars, otherwise you just park by the roadside.
The restaurant is composed of 2 floating sections, one with roof and the other one is open air. Surely the view is fantastic. I guess this is the only restaurant where you get a view of Cebu City all the way to the south part. We chose to sit at the open air section and it’s a bit dark, maybe some more lights can be added. But it was cool and the air was fresh.
The menu has varied choices and prices are very reasonable and very affordable. They have their own specialties and this included the “bakasi” or eel. We decided to try it too but I didn’t like it much because I was expecting larger eels which would be served in slices, but they were small whole eels and it was like being served with snakes....so i think this dish isn’t for me. The other dishes were okay. I’d have to say food here is just okay and just about right for its price. Unless you love eels, then you can just find Lantaw’s food anywhere else in the city.
My complaint in this restaurant is that if you sit in the open air section, it’s very difficult to call the waiter if you have additional orders, maybe also because it’s a bit dark so they don’t get to see you even if you vigorously wave your hand. The bill and change also take some time to come coz the cashier is all the way at the “roofed” section. Maybe they should add a “sub-cashier/waiter” station in the middle of the open air part of the restaurant so service can be much faster and improved.
In summary, I’d recommend Lantaw for a one-time experience – for its “concept”, affordability and for its beautiful view. It is also a nice and cheaper option to bring non-Cebuano guests for dinner. Otherwise, it’s a far drive and dangerous too at night because of these trisikads and the food isn’t really something unique and special that will be worthy of the long drive. While you are warmly greeted by the staff as you enter the restaurant, food service needs improvement.
(I have been to Lantaw twice already, the first time was just for drinks and cocktails so we decided to come back for a full dinner...so my review on the food is based on my second visit while the review on the service is based on my two visits).
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