STK Ta Bai is one of the restaurants I recommend my visiting friends to dine in at during their stay in Cebu. Serving reasonably priced and good tasting sugba, tula and kilaw dishes, it’s a sure-fire resto to satisfy an appetite. Tucked in the Capitol area, the restaurant may be a bit too far for those staying in Mandaue and Lapu-lapu. Plus, with the Mango and Escario’s stifling traffic to consider, it’s utterly located at the end of the rainbow.


I am tuly glad that Paolito’s, a sub brand of STK Ta Bai, opened a branch in SM City Cebu – making it more accessible for those coming from the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-lapu. Plus, parking wouldn’t be a big of a problem.

The interior of Paolito’s mimics the STK ta Bai vibe, with a semblance of a typical Filipino ancestral house. Wooden dining tables and chairs, paintings of Sto. Niño and saints are adorned on the walls, antiques and figures of glorified souls and the Holy Child are also displayed around the restaurant.

My dad and I share the same affinity with this Cebuano eatery’s mix seafood kare-kare, which I also recommend to many of my friends who visit Cebu, who all love and gave this dish a thumbs up as well. A simple dish that’s reminds me so much of my late lola’s cooking – just straight to the point delicious!

But it’s not only the Mix Seafood Kare-kare that’s commendable at Paolito’s. The pancit, calamares, kinilaw, grilled dishes, soups and many others are appetizing too. Food served here are delightfully Filipino (with a Cebuano taste) comfort food, flavors that you’ll soon miss and crave for.

Visit this branch of Paolito’s at the Lower Ground Floor of SM City Cebu. They operate during mall hours – Sundays to Thursdays from 10:00AM to 9:00PM, and 10:00AM to 10:00PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Paolito’s SM City Cebu branch accepts cash and credit card payments.