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STK ta bai! at Paolito's Seafood House
Ranked #29 of 769 Restaurants in Cebu City
Cuisines: Filipino
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: First of all, it's hard NOT to remember the rather longish name. STK stands for the local dialect's term for grilled, sour soup, and pickled, a description of the type of food one can order in the restaurant. The ambience of this seafood house is unique. It's actually an old house with 1930s-1960s memorabilias and antiques. Their POS is even this old cash register. Their phones are the old ones with dials. Then the food. They serve authentic grilled Filipino dishes like the jaws of the tuna fish ("panga" in the local dialect) and innovative creations like curried crabs. Finally, the bill...US$7/head and you head out with a doggy bag! Good ambience, excellent food, and great value for money.
Reviewed December 24, 2012

Overhyped, bad food, and poor service. Was I missing something from all the good reviews? I had sinigang with shrimp. I could make a better one on my own at home. There was no such thing as customer service.

4  Thank jpalexva
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

For me, STK ta bai! served my Sugba-Tuwa-Kilaw cravings with ease. Nice ambiance, albeit creepy at times (old photos and old instruments dot the interior). Perfectly done tuna "panga" is remarkable. There are other restaurants offer better Su-tu-kil, but proximity to City proper and photos of owner with Celebrities/Politicians/and God-knows-who? definitely help its street-cred.
I would surely include this on the itinerary.

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Thank Xmackdab
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Heard so much about this place. For me, "STK" conjures an image of being close to the sea and fresh seafood (think Mactan STK). I was surprised it was just within the city, uptown in fact.

I like the furniture and decor, very interesting. The food? Not so much. One dish had a metallic taste. And the food was cold, probably precooked.

There are other better places for STK.

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Thank catcherintherai
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

STK could be a real destination restaurant in a locale that can certainly use them but really fell short on the culinary front. That people are listing this as a place to visit in Cebu only goes to show how little there is to offer. The tuna jaw was nasty and was all of the chinese influenced dishes were not interesting and largely flavorless. It was also pretty noisy which in itself is not bad and one can entertain oneself with the antiques spread around this turn of the century house, but after a while, i mean like right after the food arrive, I wanted to go home.

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5  Thank karen l
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I live in Manila, but this is better than anything on offer in the capital. In my view, this the best restaurant in the Philippines. Great service. Awesome food. Terrific ambience. Nothing to improve. My only reservation about saying this on tripadvisor is that it might become too popular and too crowded. A must do in Cebu!

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