To many, Azul is synonymous to tuslob buwa, the popular Cebuano street food whose main ingredient is pig's brains. But do you know that there is more to Azul than just tuslob buwa itself? It may come as a surprise to many that Azul actually serves a fusion of Filipino, Asian, and even Italian dishes. One Saturday night in July, I became witness to Azul Surf's menu coming alive. Owned by artist Ian "Yannix" Sekong, Azul Surf wishes food patrons to know that there are a lot more choices outside tuslob buwa.
No one goes to Azul and not try their signature tuslob buwa. So we obliged. Fellow CBC member JL Mainit and Yannix showed us how to best prepare the tuslob buwa.
Pizza and Pasta
Pizza and pasta dishes lend an Italian flavor to the Azul Surf menu. That July night, we had Pasta Carbonara, Pesto Garlic Pasta, and Seafood Pizza. All pizza at Azul Surf is prepared with mozarella cheese. The pasta carbonara is also a delight for cheese lovers. Their homemade garlic toast is also a hit.
Because Azul Surf already had tabletop stoves, Samgyeopsal was an easy addition to the menu, says Yannix, who has a passion for cooking. Instead of the more expensive lettuce, Azul Surf substituted the vegetable wrap with cabbage which turns out to be more crunchy. At a very affordable price of PHP 200 per set, the Samgyeopsal set comes with 2 kinds of kimchi, pork belly, 2 cups of rice, onions, and cabbage. Those who love spicy food will love the kimchi here.
Surf N'Turf is a dish that combines shrimp skewers and pork with basil and comes along with a cup of rice. The shrimp skewers were just lovely!
Sing-sing is an Azul signature dish of sauteed chopped chicken heart. It is cooked like sisig but using chicken heart instead of pig's face.
The sisig at Azul Surf is amazingly Filipino with a sweet blend. It's easy to fall in love with this dish.
Ramen, tempura, and sushi add a Japanese flavor to Azul Surf's menu. We ordered some California Maki and ebi tempura.
What's in a Name: Azul Surf
Curiousity got the best of us so we had to ask why the restaurant was called Azul Surf. Yannix candidly admits that the restaurant was named Azul because along with yellow, blue was his favorite color. And the surf theme was because he himself was a frustrated surfer. In fact, part of the interior design for Azul Surf is a display of retired surfboards from Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, Philippines. Yannix also did the interior design for the place and personally supervised creation of many of the fixtures and furniture.
Jethro Steals the Show
Azul Surf has a wittingly funny crew member that can crack you up. Young Jethro throws a lot of punchlines that could sometimes make patrons think twice about what they heard. Imagine walking with your lover for the first time and he shouts to her a "Welcome Back Ma'am!" even when that is your first time in the joint. Or he warns you that since there are pebbles in the restroom, there could be a beach in there. Just plain hilarious.
Its food + music + love in Azul Surf. Friday nights at Azul Surf is dedicated to ukulele performances while tribal music fill the airwaves on Saturdays. On the night we were there, Percs Republik was performing. They featured a very young girl as part of their act too. That caught people's attention and interest.
Location and Store Hours
Azul Surf is located at the Mango Square Mall just beside Club Hype along Mango Avenue. It isn't hard to miss, just look out for the surf boards displayed on it's walls or the blue lighting fixtures. Azul Surf opens daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.