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Brique Modern Kitchen Cebu

Brique Modern Kitchen

Address: Salinas Drive Lahug Cebu City

Contact Number: 32-414 1720

Parking: Yes (park at Chika-an Parking Lot)

WiFi: Yes

Operating Hours: Mondays to Fridays -10:00AM – 11:00PM

Saturday and Sunday – 7:00AM -11:00PM

 

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

These few weeks,Cebu has been busy with gastronomic dawnings. From last week’s Coffee Prince’ opening, we were delighted with the crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside Chocolate Waffle and those cute frappes topped with cotton candy. We also have featured recently the new delectable breakfast offerings at Canvas, perfect to jump start any day of the week.

And just  last August 19, a new kitchen has opened in Salinas Drive and I was lucky enough to get first dibs on the restaurant’s offerings before it opened. The modern- industrial chic look of the restaurant may give you an impression that the things on the menu might be lavishly priced but to my surprise, they’re actually not. Price starts at 140php and my favorite Drunken Angus is reasonably priced at just 370php.

The combination of cement, brick, wood and leather reminded me of a modish home in the county, accented with warm lights, it gives out a very homey feel. A great way to just chill with friends and family over dinner and a great place to impress your date or that special someone with a great meal paired with a serving of wine. 🙂

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

 

On the Menu:

Appetizers.

A personal favorite on the list of appetizers at Brique is the Truffled Shoestring Potatoes. Grab a good amount of truffled potatoes, then add some fried basil and  bacon then dip it in the Sriracha mayo, YUM! Truffled Shoestring Potatoes, 250php. Homemade truffle flavored shoestring potatoes with bacon, grated Pecorino and fried basil. Served with sour cream and Sriracha Mayo.

 The Spinach Gorgonzola kinda made me crave for a glass of some fruity wine. Cabarnet Franc or Cabarnet Sauvignon anyone? 😉 Spinach Gorgonzola Dip, 175php. Minced spinach served with creamy Italian blue cheese, gorgonzola. Served with a bowl of cubed bread.

 

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Soups

Had Squash and Carrot and Cream of Broccoli. I love how both are rich and creamy with fine bits of vegetables. Squash and Carrot made of oven roasted squash and carrot pureed with cream. Cream of Broccoli is fresh broccoli pureed with cream. Soups at 140php and 150php respectively.

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Main

Grilled marinated curry chicken legs are tender to the bones. Loved it even more when I drizzled it with the cilantro yogurt. Serving comes with rice or house salad.(260php)

A personal favorite, Drunken Angus is US Angus beef brisket braised in beer and barbecue sauce. Super tender meat that it almost melts in your mouth with an awesome lightly bitter sweet bite to it and feathery barbecue taste. (370php)

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Dessert

Don’t Count Your Calories! And you should definitely not when you order this Halo-halo inspired dessert at Brique. An ube cake with Macapuno and custard cream served with two scoops of ice cream and red beans and corn flakes. (190php)

Can’t decide on what to get? Leche flan or Cheesecake? Get the best of both worlds with Cheesecake Flan! Flan made with cream cheese topped with caramel. (120php)

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With the food being prepared fresh as you order, food may take as much as 15-25 minutes to be served. Servers would be giving the customers a heads up about this, but you know when you are hungry right? Waiting is such a pain! So when you are too hungry and couldn’t able to wait for about 15 minutes for your main to be served, then it might be a bad idea to dine here. Or maybe order an appetizer for a quick fix.

Having all that thoughts on food out of my head made me real hungry! And I did loosen my belt after that Brique dinner. Shhh. haha. Overall, the experience at Brique was good. I fell in love with the truffled shoestring potatoes, the Squash and Carrot soup and the Drunken Angus and probably the things I’ll be going back again and again at Brique. 🙂

All Spice Bistro

Restaurant: All Spice Bistro

Address:  1311 V. Rama Avenue, Guadalupe  Cebu City 6000 (across CnT Lechon Guadalupe)

Operating Hours:    11 am – 12 mn daily
Contact: 0917 707 4569

 

All Spice Bistro

All Spice Bistro

 

Known for being the starting point of home-turned-household-name-restaurants, Guadalupe still has a few secret chow places off its sleeves. Just across CnT Guadalupe, a new bistro by buddies Chef Francis Ed Saberon and Chef Chad Mercado of Las Vegas brought back home some Tex-Mex, Spanish and Italian flavors they eagerly want to share with fellow Filipinos.

 

Though the red and black theme hints you that it’s a Spanish restaurant, they also have a spread of Tex-Mex and Italian dishes on the menu.

All Spice Bistro

All Spice Bistro

 

Below are a few of our All Spice Bistro favorites.

Tender shrimps in olive oil and garlic, Gamas Ajillo is a classic! <3 (Price: 140php)

All Spice Bistro

All Spice Bistro

 

Seafood Chowder. Fish, shrimp, clams and mussel chowder in a crisp bread bowl. (Price: 140php)

All Spice Bistro

All Spice Bistro

 

Grilled US Angus Beef (Price: 280php). Angus Beef with pesto mashed potatoes!

All Spice Bistro

All Spice Bistro

 

Indeed a great meal to end any hectic day, the team just got to give our readers a little info about the chefs behind All Spice Bistro. Chef Ed, graduated top of his class, was part of the first batch of students at AICA Cebu. Chef Chad is a Fil-Am  has worked in several prestigious kitchens such as Bobby Flay’s restaurant and  took culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu. Awesome meal chefs!

All Spice Bistro Chefs

All Spice Bistro Chefs

 

Text by Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje | Photo by: Edd Buenaviaje

Cadi Shack Diner Cebu

Restaurant: Cadi Shack Diner Cebu

Address: Breslin St. Mabolo Cebu City

Operating Hours: Open everyday from  10AM-9PM

Contact Number: 032- 2313-293 | 032-4199-890

 

Cadi Shack Diner Cebu

Cadi Shack Diner Cebu

 

One of Mabolos’s hidden dining spots, Cadi Shack diner is along Breslin Street and is home of the great tasting 200php Pork Steak! The restaurant’s  cadillac blinds make it hard to miss. Getting inside the restaurant, the first thing you’ll notice is the classic cadillac on display at the other end of the restaurant. Accommodating around 35 customers at a time, the restaurant gives you a cozy intimate feel.

Cadi Shack Diner Cebu

Cadi Shack Diner Cebu

Cadi Shack Diner Cebu

Cadi Shack Diner Cebu

 

Deliciously grilled and served with gravy, Cadi Shack Diner’s Pork Steak is so good! Juicy, well seasoned and a good portion (serves around 2 medium appetite rice eating Filipino diners), priced at only 200php!

Cadi Shack Diner Pork Steak

Cadi Shack Diner Pork Steak

 

We also ordered Apple Chutney Chops (Price 190php). Pork steak with apple sauce and sided with peppered cabbage. ( Not really a fan of this dish )

Cadi Shack Diner's Apple Chutney Chops

Cadi Shack Diner’s Apple Chutney Chops

 

When we experience something that’s a bit off when dining at a restaurant, we do tell the waiters about it politely. It’s good that they know what negative things you have to say so they have to improve on it. But deliver it politely and constructively, and not offensively.

 

An example was when the cucumber drinks we ordered  at Cadi Shack Diner  had a strong (not just a hint, but strong) taste of ginger. We asked the waitress if the drink had ginger on it, and she replied, “it’s only pure cucumber and water.” We told her that the drinks  had a strong taste of ginger. And she just smiled. I think she didn’t know what to answer, so she answered with a smile. Nonetheless, we were able to convey to her that there was something wrong and maybe next time it wouldn’t be like that.

Cadi Shack Diner's Cucumber Dink

Cadi Shack Diner’s Cucumber Dink

 

With that said, we will be back at Cadi Shack Diner for more of the awesome 200php Pork Steak and another try of a glass of cucumber drink, maybe it’ll be perfect next time.  ^_^

 

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Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Restaurant: Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Address: 1-K Pacific Square Bldg. F. Cabahug St. Mabolo Cebu City

Type of Dining: Eat All You Can

Operating Hours: Lunch: 11:30AM – 2:30PM (Last order at 2:00PM)

Dinner: 5:30PM-10:30PM (Last Order at 10:00PM)

Telephone Number: 032- 2325897

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Had a weeklong birthday celebration and my last birthday hurrah for 2013 was a dinner with my family. <3  We love Japanese food and decided to have  yakiniku at Wakamatsu. Without making any reservation, we were lucky to got a table for dinner. Yipeee! (well it’s my birthday celebration so God’s been extra kind to me. :P) But seriously, you should make a reservation when you plan to dine here. For dinner, everything on the menu  is on Eat-All-You-Can (except for the drinks which would be charged and just 1 round of dessert for free). And price is just for 580php. But be sure to order just what you can consume or else you would be charged double. 🙂

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Seasoned angus, buttered scallops, squid, maki salad, california maki and chili shrimps would be our top recommendations to order for this restaurant. Chicken was seasoned well too. On top of the awesome food, service is good! <3 This would be one of the restaurants that we would love to visit over and over again. 🙂

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

Wakamatsu Yakiniku

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu

 

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Blogged by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje
Photos by: Doyzkie and Edd Buenaviaje

 

 

 

Chinese New year at Marco Polo

Marco Polo Plaza Chinese New Year 2013!

 

 

Chinese New year at Marco Polo

 

The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animal Signs. They are attractive people who take cries with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time.

 

Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. He can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to. They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner.

 

Water Snakes are influential and insightful. They manage others well and tend to be good for organizations to utilize as staff. They are quite motivated and intellectual, very determined and resolute about success. They will have what they desire, despite the conclusion or outcome they generate because it is worth it to them to not only be recognized for their efforts, but to be rewarded as well. They are affectionate with their families and friends but do not show this side of their personality to colleagues or business partners.

 

Year of the Snake: 1905.1917.1929.1941.1953.1965.1977.1989.2001.2013.2025.2037.

 

YEE SANG TOSSING CEREMONY

 

In celebration of the traditional Chinese New Year, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu hotel brings you the Yee Sang Tossing Ceremony on February 9, 2013 at 7:00PM.

 

A treat for the senses, “Yee Sang”, which is served during the Chinese New Year only and stands for prosperity. In the Cantonese dialect, it is referred to as the “fatt choi发财”. The word “choi” can also be taken to mean “luck.” “Yee Sang” may vary in taste, depending on the ingredients used. A good “Yee Sang” will have a balanced sweet, bitter, salty and spicy taste. These four tastes represent the different experiences one goes through in life.”

 

Witness the traditional Lion and Dragon Dance, firecrackers and coin tossing between 8:00AM to 7:00PM at the Grand Lobby.

 

CULINARY CHINA

08-10 February 

Bring the whole family to Cafe Marco to join the culinary tradition: Culinary China and enjoy the tastiest Chinese dishes at the buffet station on this three-day feast. Culinary China favorites are served at lunch and dinner above the much loved Cafe Marco international buffet.

 

GONG XI FA CAI

For inquiries, you may call (Cebu) +63-32 2531111 or (Manila) +63 2 887 1263.

 

 

GONG XI FA CAI

 

For inquiries, you may call (Cebu) +63-32 2531111 or (Manila) +63 2 887 1263.

 

Saffron Cafe

Restaurant: Saffron Cafe

Address: Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

Food: International , Asian

Contact Number: 63-32 401.9999  63-02 728.0005

Mode of Payment: Cash/ Card
WiFi: Yes

Sitting at luxurious property of Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan, Saffron Cafe, houses one of the best buffets in Cebu! Serving a variety of international and asian dishes, it’s definitely a feast!

Saffron Cafe

 

My brother Reymond and I were so impressed with the buffet we forgot to take a shot of the restaurant’s ambiance. We had been going back and forth to the buffet and the dessert rack! Teehee. But don’t fret for we will be back at Saffron Cafe soon and give you a walkthrough on how cozy and ambient Saffron Cafe is, or maybe you can visit Saffron Cafe and see for youself. 😉

Saffron Cafe

And who doesn’t love desserts? Saffron Cafe has a line of great tasting desserts and for froyo lovers you are going to love the froyo station with all you can eat froyo and all you can put toppings!

Desserts

Saffron Cafe’s buffet is open during breakfast, lunch and dinner for 1,200php, 971php and 1,680php respectively. And for those not really into a piggin out mood, Saffron Cafe also serve ala carte.

 

 

Chinese Culinary Treasures at Radisson Blu

Chinese Culinary Treasures at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu

 

Feria at the Radisson Blu turns Chinese from September 13-22 as it showcases Chinese Culinary Treasures

A treasure trove of Chinese culinary promises awaits you at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, from September 14 to 22, 2012.

 

Lyle Lewis, General Manager and Marco Amarone, Executive Chef of Radisson Blu with the hotel's Chinese Culinary Team

For lunch and dinner, Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu mainstay Chinese chefs, Chef “Peter” Yeung Siu Man, dimsum Chef Zeng Zi Liang, and La Mien Chef Li Baojiang, lay out an extensive Chinese feast at Feria restaurant together with two guest chefs, Chef John Wen and Chef Lu Shi Zhou from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Pudong district, Shanghai’s new and emerging financial and commercial hub.

 

Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu's Dimsum Chef Eric Zeng Zi Liang serves with an inviting smile

Revel in the abundance of flavors from your favorite dim sum dishes, feel the difference in the texture of handmade noodles, relish savory carvings and a bevy of roasted items, whet your appetite with hot and cold appetizers, and cap off your feasting with exotic Chinese sweets, then wash it all down with fragrant oolong tea. This lavish buffet is available for lunch or dinner, at PhP1,200 net per person.

This is no ordinary Chinese cuisine parade but instead a luxurious and authentic gastronomic spectacle for the whole of Cebu to enjoy, only at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu.

For reservations, call (032) 402 9900 or email reservations.cebu@radisson.com or visit www.radisson-blu.com/hotel-cebu.

 

Puso Bistro and Bar

Restaurant: Puso Bistro and Bar

Address: Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines

Food: International, Japanese, Asian

Type of Dining: Casual / Buffet

Mode of Payment: Cash/Card

Wifi: Yes

Telephone: +63 32 4025999

 

Text: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje | Photos by: Edd Buenaviaje

 

Puso Bistro and Bar

Being haunted by traffic during the rush hours would be such a pain in the stomach, would you agree? The heavy vehicular build-up does go along with our times for lunch and dinner. So when around Archbishop Reyes Avenue, drop by  this new bistro at the first level of Quest Hotel and you’ll go out with a happy tummy. Situated just across Ayala Center Cebu, Puso Bistro and Bar would be an addition to our Cebu District Park dining list. You can try out their choices of dishes from Asian to International at their buffet or choose from the mouthwatering entrees on the ala carte menu!

Dessert Section and behind it is the Japanese Section - Puso Bistro and Bar

Enjoy a great selection of Asian and International cuisine at Puso Bistro and Bar buffet. And for a limited time,try out their buffet for less than 500bucks! Puso Bistro and Bar also offers function rooms for birthdays, meetings and gatherings.

 

Puso Bistro and Bar

 

Asking the chef for his favorites and recommendations wouldn’t hurt! So when dining in at a new resto or when unsure of what to order, it’s good to ask the chef for his picks. Here are a few picks and favorites from Puso Bistro and Bar’s chef.

Lemon Grass Skewered Prawn

 (iLuvCebu.com Recommends) Puso Bistro and Bar’s Lemon Grass Skewered Prawn. These are grilled succulent prawns served with chili coriander lime sauce.

 

Thai Chicken Curry

Puso Bistro and Bar’s Thai Chicken Curry. Chicken breast with fried eggplant, lime leaf, fish sauce and green curry paste served with steamed rice.

 

 

Mussels in Fragrant Coconut Cream

Puso Bistro and Bar’s Mussels in Fragrant coconut cream. Stewed Australian mussels with green chili, capsicum and white wine.

 

 

Chili Crab

 (iLuvCebu.com Recommends) Puso Bistro and Bar’s Chili Crab. Wok-fried mud crab with chili sauce served with steamed butterfly buns. Imagine a Makansutra Chili Crab but with a thicker and flavorful sauce. ^_^

 

 

A perfect dinner ends with a great dessert, or desserts! ^_^ Here are a few of our favorite desserts at Puso Bistro and Bar.

Tiramisu

Puso Bistro and Bar’s Tiramisu . A deconstructed Italian masterpiece made of sponge cake, coffee, rum sprinkled with cocoa powder; served with a shot of espresso.

 

 

Mud Pie

Puso Bistro and Bar’s Mud Pie. Mouthwatering layers of vanilla and rocky road ice cream over real chocolate sponge crust drizzled with rich fudge syrup and chopped almonds.

 

Mango Float Sandwich

And lastly my personal favorite –Puso Bistro and Bar’sMango Float Sandwich. Caramelized mango cinnamon with sabayon vanilla foam, baileys cream on graham crackers and eggnog.

 

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Highlights Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant: Highlights Bar and Restaurant

Address:  12th floor Harold’s Hotel (Roof Deck)

#146 Gorordo Avenue cor. Rosal Street, Lahug, Cebu City

Type of Dining: Casual Dining

Mode of Payment: Cash/Card

Restaurant Hours: 5PM to 12 Midnight

Telephone Number: (032) 232-8888 loc. 7045 /  (032) 505-7777

WiFi: Yes

Text and Photos by Chai Rico

Like always, indecisive where to eat out, our good friend Ethy suggested to try the newly opened Restuarant at the Harold’s Hotel.

Highlights view deck area

At Hightlights, Dinner is served in a welcoming atmosphere that is good for dining with your special someone or an afterwork relaxation with friends at the bar.  Instead of the air-conditioned dining area, we chose to be served at their view deck area since it has a great view of the city.

During our visit, we were served with their Valentines Degustation Dinner, a 6-course meal that starts with a Cajun seared medium Prawns over Avocado Relish and Tuna Tatake Square with Soy-Lime Vinaigrette and Jicama Salad.  I just loved how the ingredients complimented each taste.

"two-lovers"

The soup was then served. Butternut SquashSoup in Coco Cream and Red Beef Coulis served with Heart Shape Fleuron Biscuit.  It was creamy and a good way to warm us from the cool air outside.

Butternut Squash Soup

The Cold Entree was a Selection of Garden Lettuce with Pomelo and Mandarin Orange Segment Sprinkled with a Feta Cheese Crumble and Passion Fruit Vinaigrette paired with Watermelon Mojito Shooter.  It was citrusy for me however the cheese did cleanse my palate and ready for the Main course.

Cold Entree - Selection of Garden Lettuce

The Main Course was a choice of Oven Baked Honey-Miso Glazed Blue Marlin Fish Fillet with Mango Salsa & Bell Pepper Butter served with Balsamic Roasted Vegetable and Steamed Rice or a Chargrilled Beef Tenderloin Medallion with Shiraz Red Wine Sauce and Mushroom Compote served with Berny Potato and Balsamic Glazed Roasted Vegetables.  I picked the Beef Tenderloin Medallion, the meat was okey but i would refer it if it was a bit more tender.

Chargrilled Beef Tenderloin Medallion

Blue Marlin Fish Fillet

I just love the part where  Desserts are served. A trio of Chocolate Decadence, Grilled Banana and Caramel Bavarios.  For me, the best part of it was the grilled Banana, its sweetness was just enough to tickle my taste buds.

Dessert Trio

And a cup of tea is a great way to finish a wonderful dinner.

Highlights is a good place to take those stress away over dinner or to feel the city breeze with a glass of wine.

Should you plan to dine at Highlights, it would be best to reserve a table first  by calling in to avoid the wait.  It seems that the place is gaining its popularity.