I was in Carcar City with friends recently to shop for espadrilles to give away for Christmas. It was almost 11am when we got there and after an hour of shopping, I was ready for some grub. I asked one of the shopkeepers where we can find a nice restaurant for lunch, to my utter disappointment I was directed to the local Jollibee. She may have seen the look on my face as she hastily suggested Mang Inasal as an alternative.
It turned out, we didn’t have to look far. When my friend came back from a visit to the loo, he said there was a grill at the opposite end of the shoe stalls. The Acacia Grill. Now that sounds more like it.
The place was al fresco with heavy wooden furniture. There were a few old and sturdy acacia trees by the roadside but the restaurant was surrounded by young, shady talisay trees. They serve familiar native dishes while the price, although slightly higher than normal, seemed fair enough considering there were very few options around. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest, I am giving them a 3.o for pricing.
There were just a few diners when we got there.
I was surprised when the food was served in less than 8 minutes. The fact that the grilled fish and kinilaw were fresh was another pleasant surprise considering how far away the place was and how I imagined the low customer turn out. As I later saw, the place filled up in trickles. It would seem to me that most of the diners were out-of-towners, those visiting Carcar or those coming from or going to the southern parts of Cebu. No locals here.
The waiters who wore the requisite short-sleeved barongs were attentive.
I am giving the place a 3.0 for service.
The mixed vegetable was a puzzle to me. It was a pile of diced carrots, chayote, cauliflower, string beans and potatoes sauteed with squid and pork. It wasn’t chinese chopsuey, it also wasn’t the native utan or dinuldog. It had a thin film of grease all over it. This grease was also evident with the noodle soup. But they both tasted good.
Overall, together with the fresh fish and the juicy native style fried chicken, I am giving taste another 3.0
This place is definitely the place to go if you are all too familiar with the Carcar lechon, Jollibee or Mang Inasal. Where else?