Restaurant: Haven Cafe at West 35
Address: KM 35 Transcentral Hiway, Gaas Balamban 6041 Cebu Philippines
Telephone Number: 032-520-2633 / 032-541-3262 / 0933-9953245
Mode of Payment: Cash
Food: American/ Italian / Filipino
Operating Hours: Monday- Thursday : 8AM – 8PM
Friday – Sunday: 8:00AM -9PM
When I get so stressed out, I got 3 places in mind to go and unwind- the beach, the mountain or ice cream/FroYo parlor. And gladly all 3 are just a few minute drive from anywhere in Cebu City. 4PM, with good friends Nickolai and Remz, we drove up the mountain of Balamban to have dinner. The drive particularly reminded me of a bus ride to Genting (Malaysia) with my brother Edd and backpacking friends Geof and Ken 4 years ago, where the fog literally covered the street and all we can see is the yellow line separating the lanes. This is not normal by the way, the habagat caused a decrease in temperature, making it way colder, hence too much fog.
The extremely foggy condition took us an hour to get to West 35, which normally is a 30- 45 minute drive from Lahug Cebu. West 35 is an Eco Mountain retreat where you can enjoy a great view of Balamban Mointains, have your kids play around the playground, ride the zipline, trek to Gaas Waterfalls or enjoy a good lunch or dinner at Haven Cafe.
Due to the bad weather that day, Haven Cafe closes at 6PM and gladly, we made it just in time. I was starving so I ordered for myself one of Haven Cafe’s specialty dish “Grilled Boneless Chicken” and hawaiian pizza for the 3 of us to share. The food took around 25-30 minutes to prepare so we had time to look around and chill at the viewing deck.
Haven Cafe is a great cozy place to chill even the weather was a bit gloomy, it was a good place to talk and catch up with friends. And check out the view from my restroom photo, that’s how foggy it was that time. And since the Balamban mountains wasn’t visible from the viewing deck, we opted to take a photo of ourselves instead. hahaha. And yes it was pretty cold and you’d see how pale we were on the photo. 😛
Haven Cafe is so off the beaten path that you just can’t help but expect the food to be superb. So as I mentioned earlier, I had the “Grilled Boneless Chicken” which as per the waitress is one of their specialty dishes and the Hawaiian Pizza for us to share.
Grilled Boneless Chicken, 210php. 2 chicken breast fillet with creamy pesto sauce, 210php. The chicken fillet , I think it was missing a dash of pepper or marinade to make the meat tastier. The chicken tasted like it was defrosted, rubbed with salt and then grilled. The creamy pesto sauce gave a bit of light to the grilled chicken though.
Hawaiian Pizza, 325php. Sliced ham, pineapple chunks, mozzarella cheese, pomodoro, olive oil and onions. It could’ve been perfect if the crust was crispier.
Haven Cafe has 2 specialty drinks, Westy Minty Lemonade and Cucumber Quencher, both at 155php a pitcher/55php a glass. We ordered the Westy-Minty Lemonade for it was highly recommended by our waitress. Lemonade flavored juice with ginger extract and mint leaves. Refreshing!
Well, the food didn’t meet my expectations, but it was an awesome experience nonetheless. I have to commend the friendly waitresses for a wonderful service. I’ll be back real soon to try some of the other food offerings and next time, I’ll be there on a sunny day. 🙂 See you again real soon Haven Cafe!