Fujinoya Bakery | Gourmet Coffee | Bistro
Address: Wilson Street, Lahug Cebu City 6000 (Beside Pino Restaurant)
Operating Hours: 10:00AM – 10:00PM (Soft Opening)
Contact Number: 0915 483 8097
Parking: Yes (Parking lot beside the building)
Free WiFi: Yes
Power Outlets: Wall Outlets
Mode of Payment: Cash
It was in 1950 when Mr. Hideyoshi Goto opened a shop and production facility in a mountain area of Gifuken Japan. The location was a good source of fresh and natural ingredients that gave Fujinoya Cake Shop’s pastries a fresh and natural taste. In 1978, Chef Hideo Goto, the eldest son of the founder, gave Fujinoya an added range by baking western cakes using Japanese techniques, sticking to the Fujiniya tradition of using only the freshest ingredients. In 1999, Takahiro Goto joined the business and contributed in making their cakes available to all parts of Japan through the internet.
Making traditional Japanese cakes for over 50 years and 3 generation of bakers, finally we Filipinos get to taste the Fujinoya dessert favorites here in our very own metro. With entirely the same techniques used in Japan and the tradition of using fresh ingredients, it’s truly a Fujinoya Japanese experience.
Just before heading to the Make Your Own Havaianas 2014 special event, I dropped by to get a quick coffee fix and a fill of sweet treat at the newly opened Fujinoya. Red bricks lining the plant boxes and the wooden oak accents from the outside of the cafe somehow gives me a warm country homey feel. The cafe interiors are elements of brown and oak wood with 2 lanes of brown wood pentagons line the middle ceiling. The wall on the counter is in brick red with the menu written on chalkboards. The baristas’ station is tiled in pure white.
The 2 storey cafe and bistro has al fresco dining areas on both the 1st and second floors, common dining areas on both floors as well, and a function room.
On the Menu
Just right after having a cup of beautiful Caffe Latte and delicious caramel eclair,my cravings kicked in and decided to gorge on a Fujinoya Meat Sauce Burger and Wasabi Burger. Don’t be so quick to judge, I just grazed on half the serving of each and had the other halves for to go. 😉
Don’t you just love a good latte art? From a great latte art, one can sift a select barista from the second-rate. And at Fujinoya, the staff are trained well in the art of preparing coffee including enhancing their creativity in the form of latte art. Fujinoya believes that the skill in making a cup of coffee is important in producing the best brew. And was a bit chirpy with the cup of Caffe Latte I had earlier, with just shots of espresso and milk with no sugar added, it was coffee the way I like it! (Hot Caffe Latte, 120php | Get 50% off on you next refills on hot drinks)
Fujinoya’s President Carlostito Gothong was kind enough to share some coffee knowledge he learned both from being a barista and from him reading articles about coffee from the internet. And you might wonder who makes all the vibrant pastries on display? “Chef Goto stayed here in Cebu for 3 months to train me in baking Fujinoya’s signature desserts. During his stay, he made sure that the ingredients used are at par with the ones used in Japan. The secret ingredients are from Japan. After undergoing an extensive training, today I make all the desserts in Fujinoya Cebu myself,” says the 3rd year entrepreneur student.
The Caramel eclair was just the right amount of sweet to give those happy hormones a boost. A crisp bread with custard on the inside and caramel on top. (85php)
Meat Sauce Burger (220php). Char broiled burger patty, with home made meat sauce, lettuce and tomatoes on a green tea and wheat bun, sided with wasabi french fries. Really juicy and flavorful patty, made even more flavorful and meaty with the meat sauce.
A very interesting mix of hotdog on a bun with wasabi mayo, pickles and shreds of nori. Yum! Wasabi Hotdog priced at 220php.
Gladly I had halves of the burger and hotdog for take out or else i’d be slobbering right now. hahaha. But am even more excited to try the other entrées on the Fujinoya menu soon. Next on my Fujinoya piggin’ out list are Ox Tail stew, Teriyaki Ribs and the Tonkatsu Curry. Care to join me on my next Fujinoya adventure? ^_^
Here’s Fujinoya’s menu as requested by Bea 🙂