Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sunburst Fried Chicken

As I mentioned in my preceding post, my research led me to focus on the culinary offerings that Cebu has to offer.

In a previous Cebu trip, Pam and I walked a good 15 minutes -- straight from our hotel, downhill and in circles thereafter, thanks to her screwed sense of direction :-P to look for Sunburst, known for its chicken, with its deep-fried skin. We didn't find Sunburst then, so on this trip, I made to sure to visit it this time.

We found Sunburst at Ayala Center. It was well-decorated: well-lit with a contemporary earth-themed interior and plush seats. Everything would have been perfect except for this rather plebeian napkin holder and the many patches in the ceiling.

Prices were not bad: more expensive than Jollibee but cheaper than Max's.

As we were still full from breakfast, we decided to go light on our order. We had sotanghon soup and the basic chicken meal, which includes kamote fries and coleslaw.

In my research, I read that Cebu restaurants generally take longer to serve food. Twenty-five minutes would be the minimum waiting time, and that's just for appetizers. In this case, our soup took 15 minutes and the chicken, about 8 minutes after that. We were only one of three tables in the restaurant. We weren't hungry so we didn't mind.

The soup was good: oily as expected but definitely way better than what you'd find say, in Jollibee.

The chicken too was better than Jollibee's. It was thin-crisp so it's crunchy when you bite it off the chicken but easily melts in your mouth. On the con side, it's also so good that it tasted so unhealthy knowing how much oil is in there. I'd say Max's chicken is still better as that doesn't taste as cholesterol-laden.

Considering the restaurant's interior, service, food and value for money, I'd give Sunburst 3.5 out of 5 stars. No need to go out of your way to try it, but nice enough if ever you come across it.

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