Casket girls. Madame LaLaurie. Anne Rice. Haunted Houses. All-night parties. Mardi Gras.
The mental picture I have of the Big Easy is strange, elusive, otherworldly, one cultivated by vampire literature and obscure historical tidbits. I’ll be the first to admit, however, that apart from the lore, I know next to nothing about New Orleans.
We’ve been told many times that to learn about a place, we need to eat its food. If you’re in Cebu and share my curiosity for New Orleans, Murray’s New Orleans is for you!
Murray’s New Orleans, a cozy restaurant nestled in the new wing of Ayala Mall, Cebu, specializes in creole cuisine particularly ribs, steaks and oysters. Its old world feel – shutter windows, carnival masks, iron moldings and red brick accents – sets it apart from surrounding cafes and watering holes. You can’t miss it.
My dad and I met for lunch at Murray’s New Orleans, Cebu, one Saturday. It was then that I discovered by way of my taste buds the colorful and rich gastronomic culture of the Big Easy.
New Orleans is well-known for being a melting pot of cultures and this diversity extends to its food. Every bite, every sip is a toothsome reminder of the region’s French, Amerindian, West African, Spanish, Portuguese and Caribbean influences.
My dad and I shared and enjoyed the following at Murray’s New Orleans:
Oysters Rockefeller, PHP 295 (about USD 6.21). I loved all the food we had at Murray’s but the oysters were my personal favorite. Every bite was a rich, toothsome explosion of broiled oysters, spinach, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. I couldn’t have enough of it! Oysters Rockefeller is a signature delicacy of New Orleans and one of Murray’s bestsellers so you shouldn’t miss it!
Baby Back Ribs, PHP 595 for half slab (about USD 13.14). The baby back ribs at Murray’s are imported U.S. pork. They are marinated and slow cooked to perfection. Served with mouthwatering gravy and sides, the meat was tender, juicy and oh so good! I could have devoured the half slab all by myself!
Voodobo Rice, PHP 295 (about USD 6.21). The name of this dish was enough to pique my curiosity and indeed this was one interesting concoction! Basically Voodobo Rice is fried rice but much more filling and, perhaps, exotic. It has chicken and pork adobo, garlic mussels, okra, quail eggs, pork cracklings (chicharon) and garlic chips.
Watermelon Fruit Shake, PHP 125 (about USD 2.76). The watermelon fruit shake was huge. My dad and I could have easily shared it but he had no trouble finishing his drink. I had a sip it and it was refreshing, not too sweet and perfect for the hot midday weather.
Fresh Lemonade, PHP 105 (about USD 2.32). Lemonades are one of my go-to, non-alcoholic choice of drink when eating out. This one didn’t disappoint. Murray's fresh lemonade was a lovely balance of sweet, tangy and sour. It perfectly offset the richness of the food.
Murray's New Orleans
4th Level, New Wing, Ayala Center Cebu
Good to know:
- Murray's New Orleans, Cebu, is located near The Social and Bluebeard's Sea Food Island.
- Many of their dishes and drinks come in big portions. Be sure to ask your server which ones can be shared!
- They have happy hour promos and in-store treats! Visit their Facebook for more updates.
What do you imagine when you think of the Big Easy? Have you dined at Murray’s New Orleans?