Memorable food experience at a gastropub in Cebu

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It was an unforgettable experience as dish after dish, we were treated with good memorable, comfort food at Irie Gastropubliko
It was an unforgettable experience as dish after dish, we were treated with good memorable, comfort food at Irie Gastropubliko

It was like entering a church, except that the ‘sacred’ space was full of chattering, beer guzzling yuppies and busy waiters as the dark, brooding interiors of Irie Gastropubliko was lit not with wavering lights of candles but well appointed lighting and parabolic like lamps eerily hanging from the ceiling.

There were no saintly images but illuminated bottles of beer and alcohol at the bar counter while we were comfortably ensconced at a window side table. Gastropubs offer more than the usual beer and alcohol. It’s a dining destination in itself and with that in mind, I was expecting more from Irie.

I can’t help with admiring the dark interior. It was different from what you typically see in Cebu, tastefully done. It has ample space to go around without bumping into another chair or table. Or if you want a semblance of privacy, the plush and comfortable seats around a table at the inner part provides you that. And then, there’s the parabolic-like lamp, that always catches your attention.

Classic Angus handcrafted burger is, heaven: it tastes like steak in a bun!
Classic Angus handcrafted burger is, heaven: it tastes like steak in a bun!

It was like eating steak in a bun. I can taste its beefy goodness as I was downing the Classic Angus handcrafted burger. No, I don’t want to share this one nor can you pry it off from my hand. Stripped of fluff that plagues so many so called gourmet burgers that rely more on the varied tastes of its toppings, this one was simple and unassuming.

The onion rings gives crunch while the slices of gherkins provide a soury-sweet flavor while the cheese provides the salty taste. But its the angus patty that gives this burger real soul. Done medium rare, it was pure beefy joy that I can’t help but savor every bite.

I love burgers. I love Irie’s classic Angus handcrafted burger. The flavor and taste stays with you. It haunts you even if you’re already out in the world or far from the confines of its dark and brooding interior. Just as what I have experienced with the pizza burger of Marco Polo.

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A (huge) slab of porkchop, Fat Bastard is oozing with the goodness of bacon grease (!)
A (huge) slab of porkchop, Fat Bastard is oozing with the goodness of bacon grease (!)

Makabungog!!! That’s how I describe the Fat Bastard! It’s a Cebuano term of a gush, a superlative that describes something more than a wow, because this dish is one. Not for the health conscious but one who loves good food. The description is just apt (see the caption above) and it will give you a hint of what to expect.

Gochu Wings is korean fried chicken style served with kimchi
Gochu Wings is korean fried chicken style served with kimchi

Korean style fried chicken has been around and this is Irie’s version. Double fried, special sauce and a siding of kimchi. Great tasting for this kind of dish that gives you a kick!

Eli's Cheesecake, a 'deconstructed' New York cheesecake is one of the best I've tasted
Eli’s Cheesecake, a ‘deconstructed’ New York cheesecake is one of the best I’ve tasted

Eli’s cheesecake is heaven. For the curious, it’s actually a New York cheesecake with the crust/base separated, thus, deconstructed. But what I do love about this one is the velvety texture of the cheese cake. It sensually plays with your tongue, wickedly teases it that it becomes another memorable food experience. Something that will make you look forward to again in another visit.

Dark but hip interiors make this a visual treat
Dark but hip interiors make this a visual treat

Should you eat at Irie? Is that even a question? The food is great, memorable at a price that is surprisingly affordable. And whenever a friend from Manila asks me where to dine, I always say, check out Irie in IT Park.

Irie Gastropubliko
G/F Skyrise 4 Building, W Geonzon St
Cebu City, 6000
https://www.facebook.com/Irie.Gastropubliko

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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