Craving for some CHEAP Japanese food here in Cebu? I suggest you try JoEd’s Lutong Hapon in Mabolo.
I first read about this small eatery on Carla’s blog which was also what an office colleague also mentioned in random. I was able to check a thread of this store in a local forum on how you can really find value for your money because of how affordable the prices are.
I’m not a big fan of Japanese cuisine but I like to try out different food places when they’re new; most especially when they’re cheap. So during our lunch break, my officemates and I headed to Juan Luna Extension from Asiatown IT Park.
When we got there, we were lucky enough to find some seats available as the place was packed with other customers.
I talked to the owners, Joan and Edgar (Hence, the name of the mini restaurant) and they said that they’ve been operating for over a year already. They’ve been very busy as the couple are hands-on in their business venture.
Please be advised that the food takes time to prepare because aside from the number of customers versus the number of staff, they will only cook when an order has been placed. “Japanese food requires patience.” Edgar said. This is good since it’s guaranteed fresh. So when you drop by this Japanese eatery, please be warned that you should have some extra time for the food to be served.
Besides, there were other customers waiting and I understood that there were only a few staff available.
I asked them why the relatively cheap price and they explained that they were able to cut down on costs as it is their house that they’re using. They converted it to an eatery which means they don’t have to pay anything for space rent.
Despite the price range, one can’t put this small place down. Just like Cebu’s High Blood Station, people driving high-end cars flock to this dining shop in order to taste what the restaurant can offer. Parking space is a challenge so better leave your wheels behind; else you want to take the risk.
So how’s the food? I’m pretty lame when describing the taste. I can’t really distinguish between the types but I have a couple of colleagues who are fans of Japanese cuisine and they gave the thumbs up sign when I asked them about it.
I saw how tired Joan and Edgar were from all the food preparations. But it’s nice how they work hard to cater to every customer’s order. The couple said they hardly get enough sleep considering the number of customers who drop by especially during peak hours.
Directions to JoEd’s Lutong Hapon Carenderia:
Open Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 2am
Sunday 6pm to 2am
Check out their Facebook account here: facebook.com/joedslutonghapon
Telephone Number: (032) 413-8343
UPDATE: JoEd’s Lutong Hapon has moved to a newer location near Sacred Heart School for Girls in Capitol.
New address is below:
Don Jose Avila St., Capitol Site, Cebu City
Tip: Beside Sacred Heart School: Hijas de Jesus
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