Eats New: Contemporary Flavors of Classic Big Mao

It seems like every week there's a new restaurant opening in Cebu. That's why we've come up with our new series called "Eats New" (a playful take on It's New :D).

Although it's fun to try out these new places, sometimes you just want to eat out at an old favorite - like Big Mao. Now, thanks to the re-launch of their new brand and introduction of new dishes, you can have the best of both old and new.

With shades of rustic brown and grey dominating over the signature red we have come to associate with Big Mao, the branch at Ayala Cebu Center looks like a completely new restaurant. But one where you can still enjoy classic favorites like Min Min Prawn Roulade (a personal favorite of ours!)

Min Min Prawn Roulade

Serving their traditional Chinese cuisine since 2003, Creative Cuisine Gourmet Group (which Big Mao is part of along with classic restaurant Chika-an and new Cebu haunts Brique and Ettas) CEO John Alex Dytian shares that "It's the perfect time for change."

Along with the complete revamp of the restaurants interiors and their new logo, Big Mao has added over twenty new dishes on the menu. Our favorites are the Truffled Pork and Mushroom Noodles, Salted Duck Egg Squid, Crystal Shrimps with Broccoli, Honey Spare Ribs, Mixed Seafood Hot Pot with Bean Curd and Crab Meat Foo Yong.

Truffled Pork and Mushroom Noodles

We could smell the truffle already when the dish was brought in!

Salted Duck Egg Squid

Perfect timpla of Salted Duck Egg!

Crystal Shrimps with Broccoli

Name comes from how the shrimps look translucent

Honey Garlic Spare Ribs

So tender and almost boneless!

Mixed Seafood HotPot with Bean Curd

A mix of delicious flavors!

Crab Meat Foo Yong

Delicious mix of egg and crab, so yum!

Of course, their roster of all-time favorites are still available on menu. Our personal favorites aside from the Min Min Prawn Roulade are the Lemon Chicken, Lamon-Lamon with Garlic Overload and of course, the classic Birds Nest Soup.

Lemon Chicken

Crisp tangy classic!

Lamon-lamon with Garlic Overload

Overload of taste!

Birds Nest Soup

Best start to the meal!

We have missed seeing the signature red restaurant in the 2nd floor of Ayala Terraces the past few months, but we were very excited to see the new contemporary look that unveiled last September 15. We love that our "Eats New" this month was a homegrown classic!

Big Mao is located in 2F Ayala Terraces, Cebu and is open from 11AM-10PM daily.

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