The Harsh Life of a Food Critic

As I was searching for blogs on Google about Kai, I only found hotel reviews for Lex that mentioned Kai’s breakfast buffet in a paragraph or two saying that they loved the offerings focused on American and Filipino cuisine, and also their concerns of its 32-seater capacity.

I thought it was really odd reading nothing about the restaurant’s other menu offerings given that Lex has been in the industry for four years.

Lex has always been one of my favorite hotels because of its strategic location and overall atmosphere most especially during the Sinulog which is held every third week of January in Cebu City.

And now, since I’m tasked to do a hotel review, why not hit two birds with one stone and also write about Kai as well? Let’s get it on.

Kai Restaurant at Best Western Plus Lex Cebu

Author’s Dilemma

Believe it or not, it’s really hard for me to do this. Put yourself in my situation, will you?

I’ve been given full discretion by the management to order anything from the menu. Yes, anything.

And hopefully share my thoughts about each dish and the overall dining experience.

If you’re a regular reader for Out of Town Blog and have read at least one of my restaurant reviews, you’ll know that I am no food critic.

Although I have to confess that I love seafood which is perfect since Kai in Hawaiian means an ocean wave. However, seafood in my dictionary has a different meaning. Because when I ‘see food’, I eat it.

So instead of giving myself a severe headache, I’ve decided to just list everything that went into my stomach and probably pinpoint one or two dishes that may have stood out from the rest.

Hopefully this article can convince you to call in a dinner reservation by dialling +63 32 416 5511 or emailing the management via

So without further ado, here are 17 reasons to check out Kai Restaurant at Best Western Plus Lex Cebu:

Don's Nachos

DON’S NACHOS AT PHP350 – nacho chips, ranchero sauce, chunky salsa, cheese sauce and beef toppings

Blue Lagoon Buffalo Wings

BLUE LAGOON BUFFALO WINGS AT PHP250 – fried chicken wings glazed with bourbon sauce

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

THAI CHICKEN COCONUT SOUP AT PHP200 – chicken cubes in coconut milk, ginger and veggies


SCAMPI AT PHP400 – fettucine pasta sauteed with prawns in tomato and pesto sauce

Rib Eye

U.S. RIB EYE AT PHP1400 – angus beef seasoned with herbs

Western Steak Plus paired with a glass of Shiraz

WESTERN STEAK PLUS AT PHP750 – duo of fillet mignon and prawns sided with aglio olio

THE ACCOMPLICE AT PHP200 PER GLASS – medium-bodied shiraz with ripe red berries, cherry, spice and rounded off with a hint of vanillin oak

Osso Bucco Gremolata

OSSO BUCCO GREMOLATA AT PHP530 – slow braised shanks

Grilled Tangigue with Mango Pineapple Salsa

GRILLED TANGIGUE AT PHP390 – fish steak with buttered veggies and mango pineapple salsa

Mango Crepe Samurai

MANGO CREPE SAMURAI AT PHP230 – mangoes with royal toppings and vanilla ice creamMixed Fruits Sundae


MIXED FRUITS SUNDAE AT PHP230 – ice cream on a bed of mixed fruits in half topped pineapple

Souffle de Chocolat

SOUFFLE DE CHOCOLAT AT PHP160 – baked souffle with chocolate sauce

Tipsy Charmer

TIPSY CHARMER AT PHP180 – cointreau, blue curacao, and orange juice

Strawberry Passion

STRAWBERRY PASSION AT PHP230 – fresh strawberry, yogurt, coconut and mallows

Choco-Banana Smoothie

CHOCO-BANANA SMOOTHIE AT PHP220 – banana, milk, vanilla ice cream and chocolate

Fruit Folly

FRUIT FOLLY AT PHP230 – apple juice, carrot juice and honey

Heineken on tap

IMPORTED BEERS AT PHP180 PER BOTTLE – heineken, corona and stella artois are available at the bar

Can you imagine the intense suffering that I’ve gone through to provide this information for you?

Though I mentioned earlier that I’m no food critic, I would just like to highlight some dishes which left a lasting impression on my palate.

Kai Restaurant at night

Author’s Recommendation

If you’re not vegan, then by all means choose the Western Steak Plus sided with Aglio Olio and pair it with a glass of Shiraz as it is truly a complete satisfying meal in itself.

If you’re going to choose only one dessert, then the Mango Crepe Samurai is definitely worth the wait.

And by the way, I guess I don’t need to remind you that an order of Don’s Nachos is meant to be shared.

The best part of it all? You can choose to eat at the restaurant on the ground floor or at the roof deck, whichever meets your fancy.

Well I guess now you have a better idea on what’s waiting for you when you dine at Kai Restaurant at Best Western Plus Lex Cebu and please, do tell us about your dining experience in the comments section below.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. That Other Petra Guy says:

    Ahhhh this is so devine!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hahaha appreciate it Nyasha!


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