It was a Sunday and I figured I'd splurge a little. My sister agreed and we ended up pigging out in The Gustavian.
What is it all about? The Gustavian is old world country cooking right in the heart of Cebu. They mostly serve European food as interpreted by Chefs Robert F. Lilja and Dietmar Dietrich.
What we ordered: We went there right in time for their Lunch Buffet which we tried out. They served Hot and Spicy Pork Baby Back Ribs, Fish Fillet in Tomato Sauce and Basil, and Pan Fried Sole with Capers among other things. They have a selection of salads to choose from. They have macaroni, potato, red beets and green salads. They also have sushis and makis. They also have pasta and some bread. Yum! For dessert, they offered watermelon and pineapple.
Taste: I like how their food taste. It's not oily nor too salty. Not something you would expect from an eat-all-you can. I particularly like their ribs. It's tender and flavorful. There was a kick of spice without knocking you down. Did I mention they also have lechon? The skin was so crispy! You can die happy!
Presentation: Nothing surprising.
Price: A bit expensive. Their buffet is at 490Php plus 10% service charge. Free iced tea. Not bottomless though.
Ambiance: The place makes me think of Old Europe. It is charming and cozy.
Cleanliness: A for Absolutely clean!
I must say, they really know service! The waiters are so accommodating and attentive. They always know what you need. After I'm finished with a plate, they would always take it out so I can have room for the next one. I really did not have to ask. My glass of water was never empty! I like it!
4.5 STARS out of 5
I would have given a 5 if not for their price.
The Gustavian is located at Stall F103, Level 1, Terraces Area Ayala Center Cebu Cebu Business Park, Cebu City Tel. No. 514-1979 / 238-8971