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Friday, August 30, 2013
Good music, good food—perfect tandem.
How sad it was for Cebu’s local music scene when The Outpost Restobar in Lahug, Cebu City, declared a curtain call in September last year. It’s no exaggeration but fans, musicians in particular, lamented over the supposed death of a homegrown hot spot for gigs and art. Everybody moved on until three months later.
Drama’s over with the all-new The Outpost Restobar, stocked and loaded with live bands and food. The Outpost is not a lone house for things rock and art but it also operates as a restaurant. It’s a restaurant which accommodates artists and shows. It’s been eight months since the relaunch. What’s up with The Outpost?
“We’re for the public but we want to underline our purpose of telling everyone that we serve not just good music but good food at the same time mostly for dinner. I guess many are still unaware all these years that we are an eating place to begin with, which kind of explains our come back,” said The Outpost managing partner Kaloy Uypuanco.
The restobar started in 2006 and after it was reopened under new management in December, Uypuanco joined the team in June.
Foodies, rejoice! A formal food tasting is coming up. Uypuanco announced that The Outpost will be reinvented as a diner and grill home next month. Its music theme will
be retained and scheduled performances are already happening nightly.
Uypuanco said The Outpost Ribs, a jumbo piece of pork ribs, will kick off a series of new items on the table.
The restaurant now serves Uypuanco’s specialty—the sweetened pork barbeque back to back with the homey chicken inato, bangus, pork belly and spice-stuffed squid.
Next are old options with a little twist. They have calamares in a cymbal plate and drumstick stand (ain’t it cool?); home-style fried chicken in palochina (pine) wooden ware; squid balls and the smoky sizzling buffalo. A diner can smile with satisfaction and wipe off hunger from his face.
Meals in a bowl, anyone? They’re not ordinary bowls, though. But don’t worry, they’re legit and hygienic. How about hot and spicy larang and rice topped with sumptuous beef stroganoff and chorizo with egg in used electric meter covers of the Visayas Electric Company? Genius!
Meanwhile, chorizo, panga, tangigue and tuna belly are still listed among The Outpost best sellers while pizzas, nachos, burgers with matching beer and other liquors complete the happy hour.
“We’d like to be known as a breezy-easy destination of food and music in town.
Everyone’s invited to eat and chill to their heart’s content,” Uypuanco said.
The Outpost Restobar still sits in its old nook in Veterans’ Drive and is open daily from six in the evening ‘til two in the early dawn.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2013.