A Dining Haven In The Middle Of Cebu’s Business District

An eclectic line-up featuring all-day dining, Southern Chinese, Italian steakhouse, Filipino cuisine, and modern Chinese, the first integrated resort outside Luzon sets a new standard in luxury experiences, becoming a destination for food lovers.

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s July 2023 Issue.

The name NUSTAR takes inspiration from the North Star (Polaris), which is the brightest and most visible star in the sky. In the same manner, NUSTAR is becoming an iconic landmark in Cebu not only because of its architecture and standout offerings but because it is becoming a destination for food lovers.

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NUSTAR is situated off the spectacular coast of the southern district of Cebu, and right in the middle of the city’s emerging business and lifestyle district, the South Road Properties. 

Spanning 300,000 square meters, the sprawling resort complex is home to a two-level casino with a mix of gaming tables and machines peppered across 21,000 square meters of floor area, making it the largest and most varied gaming floor in the region.

Fili All Day Dining Sutukil
Fili All-Day Dining Sutukil

Also within the complex is Fili Hotel, the country’s first authentic Filipino five-star hotel. It is the first of three hotel towers that will make up a total of 1,000 deluxe room accommodations. This five-star development elevates and redefines luxury in gaming, entertainment, leisure, retail, and dining in Cebu and the entire southern Philippines.


The hotel has an all-day dining restaurant which has an extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner selection. It features both local and global cuisines while highlighting Filipino regional specialties. 

Fili All Day Dining Seafood Station
Fili All-Day Dining Seafood Station

They have a seafood section with the freshest seafood from the seas of Cebu. Their “sutokil” section is not to be missed! This unique Cebuano section offers “su” for sugba or grilled; “to” for tola or boiled; and “kil” for kilawin – seafood “cooked” (without heat) in the acids of vinegar or citrus juices.

They even have a taho vendor going around for breakfast. It is interesting to note that the Cebuano taho is like the one we all know but with added condensed milk. It actually gave a different twist to the classic taho we all know!


Hakao at Xin Tian Di
Hakao at Xin Tian Di

Guests craving for Southern Chinese food can go to Xin Tian Di. Translating to “New Heaven and Earth,” Xin Tian Di is where southern Chinese and southeast Asian specialties come together in both classic and fusion preparations. Dim sum is normally served only for lunch but it is available in this casual dining restaurant that’s open 24/7! 

Il Primo's US Black Angus Omaha Prime Ribeye
Il Primo’s US Black Angus Omaha Prime Ribeye

Il Primo Steakhouse is Cebu’s first Italian steakhouse. Their premium quality steaks are cooked on a Josper Grill for superior flavor! Diners are also treated to a curated selection of authentic Italian fare, signature beverages, and an extensive wine list. They have excellent homemade pizzas and pastas as well and are open for lunch and dinner.

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Photos courtesy of NUSTAR Resort and Casino.

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