Jul 25, 2015

Azul Surf, Mango Ave., Cebu: Tuslob buwa redefined & other must-try treats


You don't have to be a zombie to enjoy the taste of brains! Pig brains, that is. Enjoy it as tuslob buwa, an exotic Cebuano delicacy, at Azul Surf!

Tuslob buwa is the colloquial term for a Cebuano street food made of pig brain soup, pork liver, spices and puso (hanging rice). The name is a direct reference to the way it is prepared: dipping (tuslob) a chunk of puso in a sizzling (buwa) frying pan.

Azul, a popular Cebu restaurant chain, is well known for having redefined the tuslob buwa experience. Thanks to Azul, fans and curious foodies no longer have to brave the labyrinthine streets of Pasil, the birth place of tuslob buwa, to get a taste of this iconic treat.

Azul is located in key locations across Metro Cebu. Azul Surf, its latest branch, is conveniently nestled at Mango Square, Mango Avenue, Cebu City. Azul Surf stands out in a sea of bars and restaurants for its surf-themed interiors and upcycled decor. Their specialty is tuslob buwa but they also serve other great gastronomic fares from seafood to samgyeopsal!

A few weeks ago, I was lucky to be invited by Azul Surf to taste their new menu. I knew as soon I arrived that I would have a good time! The place was adorned with retired surfboards and suffused in cool, blue light. I could definitely see myself hanging out here on Friday nights and weekends!

Our experience at Azul Surf was fun. It was an evening well spent eating great food and enjoying the company of fellow foodies and bloggers. We obviously loved and devoured all the food we were served but here are my top favorites and what I'd recommend!

What You Must Try at Azul Surf, Mango Ave., Cebu


Tuslob Buwa, PHP 200 per set (about USD 4.41)

Being Azul's signature dish, tuslob buwa has to be at the top of your list. I'm not gonna lie, the idea of eating pig brains wasn't appealing at first but when I finally tasted Azul Surf's tuslob buwa, I became an instant fan! I won't spoil you with a description, you'll have to try it yourself but I'll only say this: my taste buds were delightfully surprised! Also, the dining experience for tuslob buwa is unique in itself: each table has its own burner and pan so you get to mix and cook the ingredients to your preference!


Surf 'n' Turf, PHP 120 (about USD 2.64)

I've always loved Surf 'n' Turf. It's a delicious combo of two toothsome favorites -- shrimp and meat! Azul Surf puts a tasty twist to this popular continental dish by adding another ingredient that I love, pesto, and the result is a rich explosion of flavors and textures. I'm craving for some as I'm typing this! You know what else is awesome about their Surf 'n' Turf? It's only PHP 120! It can't get any better than this!


Seafood Pizza, PHP 130 (about USD 2.87)

Who can say no to pizza -- especially if it's only PHP 130? Ditch the usual pizza flavor and go for something more adventurous like Azul Surf's Seafood Pizza1 It's deliciously cheesy, flavorful and filling! The crust is thin and crunchy, just the way I like it! All Azul Surf pizzas use mozaralla cheese and cost less than PHP 200! Best of all, they are shareable (between 3-5 persons)!


Pasta Garlic Pesto, PHP 80 (about USD 1.76)

I love pasta and Azul Surf's Pasta Garlic Pesto did not disappoint! Pasta Garlic Pesto is a perfect balance of flavor and creaminess. Garlic has the potential to be overpowering but this time, the flavor was perfectly subtle.


California Maki, PHP 100 (about USD 2.20)

The awesome thing about Azul Surf's menu is that it's a fusion of different cuisines; they serve Japanese food, too! We enjoyed a serving of their California Maki, a yummy rice roll notable for its rich taste. Azul Surf's California Maki is a delicate balance between sweet, salty and tangy.This treat can be a good start off point for newbies to Japanese food.


What I love about Azul Surf
  • Great-tasting and affordable food! (they have dishes below PHP 100! Take a peak at their food and prices by clicking on the menu thumbnails below)
  • Friendly staff
  • Relaxing ambiance, perfect for chilling 
  • Convenient location 
  • Live bands (they host ukulele nights and percussion nights!)


Azul Surf
Open from 10 AM to 6AM (the next day)
Mango Square (in front of Greek Taverna food stall),
Mango Avenue, Cebu City
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