Merilla’s Restaurant – Home Cooked Meals in Cebu!

18 Nov

**sorry for the late post. We almost lost the photos – had to recover them. Thanks Mhei and Archie for the photos.

Merilla’s Restaurant
G/F Avon Plaza, Osmeña Blvd.

I was ecstatic when I got my first invite for a new restaurant opening. Of course, it was such an honor to have landed on the list of food bloggers that got invites so I quickly took on the offer of one of the owners of Merilla’s Restaurant, Nkomo Yap.

I called up two of my close friends to accompany me and so we found our way to the Ground Floor of Avon Plaza (beside The Strip on Osmeña Blvd.). When we got there (Mhei, Archie and I), we put everything in motion: we picked out a place to sit and Archie went on snapping pictures. Mhei and I met Nkomo and he explained to us about the restaurant and how it came to be as well as the food they will be serving us.


Merilla is really Nko’s mom. It’s her cooking that inspired her kids (Nkomo and his siblings) to put up a business featuring their Mom’s best recipes and more. They feature Filipino and Mediterranean dishes, but most of the food on their menu were what anyone’s mom would cook at home for dinner, which I think we rarely see nowadays. My friends and I found it hard not to reminisce how simple and authentic life was back when life was slower in Cebu.

Homey Interior Design

The interior design of the place is quite modern, but with a very obvious touch of home. I have to commend the person who did the interiors because the lighting fixtures were really spot on. On the farthest part of the room is a display of artworks made by Nko’s sister. If you pay attention to the little details, you could really see how deeply home-inspired the place was. It took me some time to realize that even the plates they used were reminiscent of how the home life used to be – those glass plates that came in sets with a matching teacup and saucer (have you seen those?).

Now for the food, they served us their specialties: Lamb Steak, Pork Ribs, Rellenong Bangus, Sisig, and Cucumber Salad. We added in an order of their Chicken Sweet Chili Wings. As a bonus, Nko threw in a pitcher of their punch and mango float for dessert. The food was SINCERELY AWESOME.


The ribs reminded me much of Hamonada, while the Lamb steak I bet was their attack on the Mediterranean theme. The Sisig was also their specialty since they are also the guys responsible for Sisig Central on Arlington Pond (near Casa Verde Ramos). I loved their punch because it’s been a really long time since I’ve had the same punch my mom would make when we had parties at home. Lastly, the Mango Float was heavenly.

let’s go to Merilla’s!

I would go to Merilla’s any day especially now that my mom’s quite lazy around the kitchen (don’t tell her :P). I love how they played with the whole theme of home-cooked meals down to the interiors and even the cutlery. Honestly, anybody would love the place, especially families. It’s a great place to bring your parents to for some family bonding (although I am not to sure if they’re open on Sundays).  I know I would.


Lamb Steak, Pork Ribs, Rellenong Bangus – Yum!

FOOD: 9/10 – Their food is already awesome, but I know they can expand the menu. They’re pretty much young still, but they’re off on a good start. They just need to add more to appeal to more age groups and categories. MUST TRY – Pork Ribs and Mango Float. Ow, yeah the Punch too.


WOW!!! Uber Affordable!

VALUE FOR MONEY: 11/10 – Yes, that really is an 11. It’s the best place to score some really good eats for really low price. Every cent you spend on their food is worth it. Their food is very affordable and they even have Budget Meals and Combo Meals to suit your budget.


Combo Meals

SERVICE: 7/10 – I think it’s common for restaurants that have just started their operation to have low quality service. The time of serving was fine, but the other waiter kind of didn’t know what he was doing just yet. He took the dish that was supposed to land on someone’s table and put it on ours. And it took him some time to get over to the table and he was only serving two tables! Oh well, he needed more training.


CLEANLINESS – I think it would be fair to skip this one out. The place was fairly new when we went there. It smelled of paint and generally it was still spotless. So, I think it wouldn’t be fair to judge this part judge yet.

meet the bloggers: Mary Angeli Bas of, Justinne Go of, Mark Monta of and Nkomo Yap, owner of Merilla’s Restaurant


5 Responses to “Merilla’s Restaurant – Home Cooked Meals in Cebu!”

  1. online deals Philippines May 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    wow! a budget friendly resto! it looks nice! and the food really looks tasty. you won’t expect a high quality service and ambiance if you are just paying for a steal. lol

  2. Melody July 24, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    wer is the new location of Merellas restaurant?

    • kategracea September 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

      hi! i think they are still waiting to finalize everything. keep posted through their facebook page though 🙂


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