Cebu Restaurants

La Nostra Pizzeria Napoletana Cebu

La Nostra Napolentana Pizzeria Cebu

Address: Streetscape Mall Paseo Saturnino Banilad Cebu City 6000, Cebu Philippines

Parking: Yes (Arcade parking)

Mode of payment: Cash

Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 12noon to 2PM | 6PM to 10PM | Closed on Mondays

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If you’ve been wondering how authentic Neapolitan Pizza tastes like, good news because Cebu is home to the only Approved Vera Pizza Napoletana or AVPN Certified pizzeria in the country.


Each La Nostra Pizza has a crust made from a dough made with highly-refined Italian wheat flour, fresh brewer’s yeast, water and salt – kneaded and formed by hand. The dough is topped with raw, pureed tomato, mozzarella cheese from cow’s milk and fresh and all-natural ingredients. Then baked in Volcanic Brick oven with wood fire.

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As the pizza is removed from the oven, an intense smell of baked bread and fresh grassy scent from the basil and oregano envelopes the room. The crust has puffed up with burnt spots on the edges, giving the pizza that slightly smokey flavor. And you would also notice how your hands wouldn’t¬†get all oily when you pick up slices of La Nostra Pizza.

La Nostra Pizza has more sauce than cheese, leaving the middle of the pie a bit wet and soggy and the best way of eating a slice is folding it and take it down one bite at a time. ūüėČ

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Margherita, La Nostra and Nutella Pizzas are my current favorites on the menu!

Margherita Pizza is made with tomato sauce, fior di latte cheese, basil, extra virgin olive oil in Neapolitan crust.

Pizza La Nostra is made with cream sauce, parmesan cheese, fior di latte cheese, ham, butter and basil.

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A dessert pizza, Nutella Pizza is made with Neapolitan crust topped with Nutella and powdered sugar.

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La Nostra¬†Napoletana Pizzeria serves no fuss¬†pizza, made with fresh and quality ingredients. For some of us who are still not that familiar with Neapolitan Pizza,¬†we don’t have to fly to Naples just to get a taste of authentic Neapolitan pizza. Head to La Nostra Napolitana Pizza in Streetscape Mall for the only AVPN Certified¬†Napoletana Pizzeria¬†¬†in the country!

And if your wondering what “La Nostra” means, it translates to “our.” So La Nostra Napoletana Pizzeria” transcribes to “Our Neapolitan Pizzeria.” ūüėČ

Have you dined in at La Nostra Napoletana Pizzeria already?¬†We’d love to hear your review! Drop ’em below.

Luncheonette Cebu

Luncheonette | American Short Order

Address:Robinson’s Cybergate, Don Gil Garcia Street Capitol Site Cebu City 6000, Cebu

Parking: Mall Parking

Operating Hours: 10:00AM – 9:00PM

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As the name suggests, Luncheonette is a casual place for a quick, short lunch. The menu subsumes from breakfast-all-day items and comfort food favorites -from corned beef hash, spam and eggs and pancakes to hot sandwiches, like Reuben and Patty Melt, which basically is the love child of a burger and a grilled cheese, making you question how you went this far in life without it.

Yesterday, I went home so stuffed after sampling¬†some items on the Luncheonette’s menu; ¬†the Luncheonette Burger, Patty Melt, Jake’s Hot Chicken and Loaded Fries were my yesterday’s concluding fare, rolling my snacks and dinner in one meal.

The Luncheonette Burger is 5 1/2 ounce patty made with USDA Angus Chuck & Beef Brisket served on toasted ABC sesame bun with lettuse, tomato, onion, pickles and Luncheonette’s special sauce.¬†Ordered bacon and egg add ons to make it even more delicious! (Price:295PhP + 55PhP Bacon add-on + 25PhP Fried Egg add-on)

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Jake’s Hot Chicken.¬†Chicken brined in buttermilk and Luncheonette’s special blend of spices, served on a toasted ABC bun with creamy coleslaw, blue ranch and very spicy hot rub. (Price:215Php)

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Loaded Fries – three cheeses, fried egg, jalapeno &mustard mayo with your choice of spam, corned beef or bacon. Yum! (Price: 295PhP)

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Founder of Abaca Group Jason Hyatt shares, “This is what I grew up on. Luncheonette’s menu items are everything that can be cooked on a griddle or fryer.” He continues, “It’s slow food cooked fast,” stressing the fact that the service may be speedy , but your food will still be carefully prepared and made only with premium ingredients, staying true to what the Abaca Group brand is about.

Luncheonette intimately accommodates¬†16 guests, with interiors pulled out from a setting¬†of an American diner in¬†the 40’s or 50’s ¬†with its bar stool seating and industrial overhead fluorescent lighting painted in a retro shade of mint green, all configured around an open kitchen where your orders are coming from, fresh and piping hot.


TGI Fridays Cebu’s New Modern Look

TGI Fridays Cebu¬†sports a new contemporary and chic look! The first update since its opening in November 7, 2008, TGI Fridays Cebu patrons surely are delighted with the new style and even charming new customers to try the food outlet’s American fare favorites which they are known for.

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Clean modern lines, modish discs adorning the ceiling and that corner with a cozy U-shaped couch with a striking red tiled wall backdrop accented with small bronze drop lights were among the features I noticed as I walked in.



At the bar area you’ll get to trace TGI Fridays history festooned on the Heritage Wall where framed photographs retell the journey of Alan Stillman, the man who founded the restaurant in the 60’s. Also on the very end of the of the bar is a smoking room! You’ll also notice that the new look is minimalist, giving it a classy modern feel.

“The renovation had 2 phases and were completed in 40 days. It was planned that way¬†so we can continue to¬†serve¬†our patrons and guests even during the updating,” mentioned Ms. Mitz Carreon General Manager of TGI Fridays Cebu. “Now TGI Fridays has a modern look, showcasing a more relaxed and spacious dining area,” she added.



The Food

TGI Fridays¬†is known to serve a Western fare in¬†big portions, just like how’s it served in the US. A few of my favorites at TGI Fridays are Beef Queso Dip,Caesar Salad and Friday’s Cheeseburger Sliders. ¬†And in the last quarter of 2015, TGI Fridays Cebu will be launching it’s new offering, Fridays Roasted Chicken. Something to look forward to!

Beef Queso Dip. Spicy beef chili queso, topped with pico de gallo and fresh cilantro, served with warm chips.


Caesar Salad. Romaine Lettuce tossed with creamy Caesar dressing, grated Parmesan cheese and crunchy croutons.


Fridays Cheeseburger Sliders. Four char-grilled all beef patties topped with caramelized onions in American cheese, served with seasoned fries, chips and salsa.




It’s always fun dining and good times here at TGI Fridays – the only place where its Friday everyday! Visit TGI Fridays Cebu at Level 1 Mall Building The Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu.


Planet Vegis Cebu

Planet Vegis

Address: E. Osmena St. Corner Julio Diaz St. Guadalupe, Cebu

Contact Number: 254-7544

Mode of Payment: Cash

WiFi: None

Parking Space: Yes

Operating Hours: Open everyday from 10:00AM -2:00PM for lunch  and 5:00PM -9:00PM for dinner.

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Guadalupe were once home to hole-in-the-wall restaurants, Mooon Cafe and Dong Juan Рthe two are now acclaimed and notable Cebuano restaurant brands. Though both diners are no longer operating in E. Osmena St.  where they debuted, new promising joints have been sprouting lately in the same area.

Planet Vegis looks like it’s¬†moving towards the same success. With good food and a niche for healthy dining, many would be intrigued to try their offerings and may find it enjoyable and rewarding to eat a bit healthier. Highly recommended by fellow Cebu Fashion Blogger Naomi Bersales, I have been¬†planning in paying Planet Vegis¬†a visit, and gladly had the time to check the place out¬†with¬†some¬†friends from Davao Bloggers Society who were¬†visiting Cebu last¬†weekend.

Planet Vegis resides at the old Mooon Cafe. The restaurant is adorned with ethnic wooden carvings hanged on the walls and a concentration of frames of famous vegan celebrities glaring across the waiting and dining areas. A beautiful ethnic table cloth centerpiece makes it easier for everyone to take beautiful food shots for instagram. teehee.

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The original plan was to order ala carte but the waiter suggested that we take advantage of the  vegan lunch buffet for just 195PhP. The vegan buffet spread consisted of a salad bar with 2 dressing variety ( honey mustard and balsamic vinaigrette), soup, rice, 3 viands and unlimited iced tea. The waiter also informed us that the buffet is available every Saturday and Sunday lunch from 10AM-2PM and the items on the spread changes depending on the ingredients that are available in their kitchen.

The caldereta was surprisingly good. The “vegan meat” which is made with gluten and tofu interestingly does taste nothing like what I¬†thought vegan food would taste like. The¬†“Vegan meat” has this texture¬†pretty close to¬†a tender pork.

The okoy and the salad bar also had me going back to the buffet table – twice! ūüôā


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Truly enjoyed my first Vegan buffet and would love to be back real soon to try those Vegan Barbecues (as recommended by CFB’s Sophia Sanchez )! ^_^

Have you dined at Planet Vegis already? How was your dining experience? Tell us, we’d love to hear your thoughts! ¬†ūüôā

Barbecue Nights at Circa 1900

Circa 1900 treats Cebu to a delicious barbecue selection,¬†specially prepared for its guests by non other than the restaurant’s chef. ¬†Pick what you¬†fancy for dinner – ¬†US Beef Ribeye, Persian Chicken, Snapper Fillet, Spice Marinated Pork Chops, Ginger Miso Calamari with Coriander Shoyu Prawns. If you are having a hard time choosing, why not¬†have them all in a platter!¬†Each serving¬†comes with Circa Garden Salad and garlic mash or Thai Vegetable Fried Rice.

Circa 1900 Barbecue Nights

Barbecue Menu is available up to August 12, 2015. For reservations call 032-239-6265.

Meet Crimson Mactan’s New Executive Chef

Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan’s new addition to its management team is a very experienced and well travelled man, Joachim Felber; to head the award-winning resort’s culinary department as Executive Chef.

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Joachim joins Crimson’s creative and innovative culinary team taking lead for Saffron Café, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant serving buffet and ala carte from breakfast to dinner and in-betweens, Tempo the Pan-Asian restaurant showcasing seasonal ingredients and produce through the many and frequently evolving Chef specialties; Score Sports Bar where the nightly villa cocktail is held and the banquet and events food and beverage requirement.


Joachim, a Swiss national, has been in the culinary field for more than 37 years and has been in more than 25 properties around the world including Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Chef Joachim worked his way up from being an Apprentice Chef in Switzerland to becoming the Executive Chef of world class properties all over the globe. One of his many achievements is having been part of the pre and opening team of Bulj Al Arab and organized two royal weddings for over 3,000 people.


‚ÄúChef Joachim is a fantastic addition to the Crimson family, given his impressive resume and impeccable record from the many hotels and resorts he has worked for all over the globe, we are excited with what he can do with his team for the resort‚ÄĚ says Crimson‚Äôs Resort Manager Kristofer Quadros.


As part of the new development in the resort‚Äôs operation with Joachim in the team is the revamp of Saffron Caf√©‚Äôs Sunday Brunch. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve seen a good number of locals, especially families coming to the resort on weekends especially Sundays. We want to give them something special to come to at the resort. This is also a great value proposition for those who avail of the day use because they get to enjoy a very large variety of food‚ÄĚ Chef Joachim shares.


The Sunday brunch features different sections including a wide selection of cheese,

For main there are Western stations including Middle Eastern selection, charcuterie, Italian, English and French selections. For the Asian stations there are Japanese, Indian and Filipino sections. Live action stations include the grilling station by the Saffron Lanai area and a lechon carving station.


The dessert area was a smorgasbord of sweet treats with various international specialties. Another great addition to the Sunday Brunch is the beverage bar where you can mix your own drink including bubbly based beverages like mimosa.


“We want the parents and the adults to fully enjoy the brunch thus we have a kiddie area in the restaurant with staff to take care of their need for fun and games. There are face painting activities, art crafts and fun games with other children.


‘N Door F&B Lounge Cebu

‘N Door Lounge

Address: Unit 108 Mango Square Mall, General Maxilom Avenue Cebu City

Operating Hours: 6PM-6AM everyday

Contact Number: 032 416 1023

Free WiFi: Yes

Parking: Mall Parking


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It was 6PM and might be a bit too early for alcohol, but the “beeritas” was extremely tempting and thought it was just the right antidote for the heat spell we are are currently experiencing. These¬†colorful and playful drinks are specially concocted by the newest restaurant and¬†bar in Mango area – ‘N Door Lounge! These delectable beauties will debut during their soft¬†opening tomorrow, May 22, 2015.

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A great drink would even be much awesome paired with some munchies, and gladly found a perfect match for these beeritas! By the way, beeritas is a hybrid drink with your favorite margarita and a serving of¬†beer in one single dose. Clever huh? So talking about a perfect match, ‘N Door Lounge’s Bulgogi Nacho is great with any of the beeritas. Nachos with minced bulgogi, jalape√Īo, tomato, onions with cheese, sour cream and hot sauces.¬†Every bite on the nachos you get to taste the sweet light chili flavors of the Mexican jalape√Īos and sauces with sweet minced Korean¬†bulgogi which was in total harmony. Seriously good with the beeritas!

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And another interesting flavor fusion is ‘N Door ¬†Lounge Kimchi Fries. Everyone’s favorite just got an intriguing twist. It’s French fries topped with minced bulgogi, kimchi, onions, tomato, jalape√Īo with cheesem sour cream and hot sauces. Yum!


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‘N Door Lounge also offer a full meal offering dishes ranging from Korean staples to Filipino favorites.

Jeyuk Bokeum (Spicy Pork)  would fire up your appetite. Made with samgyeopsal, carrots, bell pepper, spring onions, cabbage and secret Korean sauce, this delicious dish would make you want to order more rice.

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Spam Cheese Ramen would be a good meal after a night of good drinking and partying. It’s Korean Ramen with cheese and Spam stripes topped with bean sprouts, spring onion and sesame seeds.


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If you are a fan of our local dishes, Filipino favorites like Lechon Kawali and Sisig are also on the menu!

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With affordable prices and a unique approach to restaurant and bar concept, ‘N Door Lounge¬†would be a great place to chill out¬†anytime of the week.¬†Check ’em out at the ground level of Mango Square Mall. See you there!

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Chop Chop Food Centre Cebu

Chop Chop Food Centre

Address: The Gallery, Juan Luna Street Corner Golan Drive Cebu City

Operating Hours: Every Lunch 11AM-3PM, Dinner 5PM -10PM | Saturdays 11AM -10PM

Parking Space: Arcade Parking

WiFi: None

Contact Number: +6332 2368910


When I travel overseas, the thing I miss the most from my hometown is lechon.  But when I get back to my regular programming, then it starts to sink in РI miss the places I explored, people I met and of course, the food I savored on in that particular country.

I recently had a 10 day trip to¬†Singapore, exploring¬†the country’s different museums.¬†Been to the Lion City¬†countless of times and I love the country¬†for 2 main reasons: ¬†one, it’s less than a 4-hour flight from Cebu, and second, I personally find Singapore¬†refreshing – always innovating and creative.¬†And when in Singapore, I make sure I don’t¬†miss a gastronomic hawker adventure. ¬†Makansutra¬†is probably the most famous tourist stop in sampling a¬†great spread¬†¬†of¬†hawker dishes¬†from the country. Arm yourself with agility though, for you need to find a table yourself for you to be able to dine in at this food strip.

Singaporean cuisine is really interesting. Multifaceted and flavorful from¬†influences¬†of¬†neighboring countries like Malaysia, Indonesia,India and western colonizers –¬†yet¬†surprisingly ¬†maintaining a unique Chinese Singaporean identity.

My recent cravings for the multicultural Singaporean cuisine led me to dine at Chop Chop Food Centre. Offering authentic Singaporean dishes, it felt like I was transported to Singapore during my evening chow.

Okay, the place may look a bit fancy for a hawker place but the food experience is as authentic as it gets. With fresh ingredients (without the use of powder and MSG flavor enhancers ) and some ingredients straight from the Lion City, this is the real deal my friends.




Beef Rendang tops my list of Chop Chops best dishes. Was craving for this the most, since this was the last thing I had before I left Singapore last March. (Well, part of the last¬†meal I had in SG, along with beef green¬†curry and double fried chicken. teehee¬†) Chop Chop Food Centre’s Beef Rendang was a¬†real treat. Imagine tender beef cubes, melting in your mouth with great flavors of sweet coconut milk and spices, and then chewing on it releases even more of the flavors. Aaaahh, soo good! ¬†(Chef Vance, you need to prepare a serving of this on my next visit. :P)


A serving of Laksa would normally suffice as a meal for me, but this time it was just the beginning of a Singaporean feast. The spicy noodle soup is awesome paired with tarik or a glass of Milo Dinosaur. Katong Style Laksa 268PhP.



You’ll never go wrong with Satay! Perfect as an appetizer too. Chicken and Pork Satay 188Php per serving


Sambal Sting Ray’s surprisingly good. ¬†The sweet fresh taste of the sting ray’s meat enhanced by the sambal – a perfect match!¬†Sambal Sting Ray 298PhP.


Chop Chop Food Centre spares its customers the effort of going through the process of cracking the crab shell open to get to the goods. Their version of the famous Singaporean chili crab, dubbed as Chili Crab Meat, is equally as good.  Chili Crab Meat 288PhP.






And want more Sambal? you can have it with your rice too! Sambal Fried Rice 188PhP.






Milo Dinosaur is perfect with anything! And Ice Kachang (118PhP) to end a Singaporean feast was just fitting.



Are you hungry already lah? Get your fill of Singaporean hawker cuisine at Chop Chop Food Centre now!

And did I mention¬†that¬†Chef Vance Borja is also the man behind my favorite noodle house in Cebu? Seriously, ¬†I was so teary eyed and overjoyed meeting THE MR. UNCLE NOODLE!¬†sniff sniff. Though Uncle Noodle doesn’t have a physical store anymore, you can still order through a message on their Uncle Noodle¬†Facebook Page. ūüôā

La Bella Pizza Bistro Cebu

La Bella Pizza Bistro

Branch Address: The Gallery, Juan Luna Avenue, Mabolo Cebu City 6000

Operating Hours: 12noon to 10PM daily

Contact number: 032-4120200

Parking: The Gallery Arcade Parking


Formerly La Bella Napoli, the well loved Italian bistro has been constantly adding more entrees to their menu to entice the Cebuanos (and international guests) even more with authentic Italian dishes. Now La Bella Pizza Bistro, they stay true to their promise of quality and only the best ingredients in every course they serve.

iLuvCebu team recently visited their 35-seater al fresco branch at The Gallery¬†Mabolo and took the liberty of sampling¬†¬†the newest addition to La Bella Pizza Bistro’s carte.

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Enjoyed a glass of Spritz (150php) as I watched the pizza dough being kneaded, topped and baked on the traditional wood fired-brick oven. Spritz is a wine-based cocktail made with wine, Aperol and soda water.  A great aperitif to prepare me for the feast to come.

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And yes, all pizza doughs are made fresh Рmoments after you place your order. All pizzas are then topped with premium ingredients and baked on classic wood fire- brick oven for less than 10 minutes. And for mozzarella addicts, the selection served with fresh mozzarella are must-try pizzas.


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For our appetizer, we had Parmigiana di Melanzane (Price:300php). A lovely combination of baked tomato, mozzarella and fried eggplants that melts sumptuously together in your mouth. Yum!

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And then a serving of pasta to share Рtortelloni alla bolognese (320php). The pasta looks very similar with tortellinis but a bit larger. The fresh handmade ring-shaped pastas are stuffed with mixed meat in Bolognese sauce.

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And oh boy, ¬†the¬†delicious smell of freshly baked pizza as its been taken out of the oven! uuuhrg!¬†¬†(gets you real giddy! ^_^) Principessa had me at mozzarella (and arugula.. tehee)! ¬†Made with tomato, fresh buffalo mozzarella, parma ham and fresh arugula – it’s currently my new favorite pie at La bella Pizza and Bistro!

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“Eel pran-zoh erah de-lee-zee-oh-so, grah-zee da-veh-roh La bella Pizza Bistro.”

Do you love La bella Napoli/ La bella Pizza Bistro too? Tell us your favorites, we’d like to try ’em too! ūüôā

You also can enjoy authentic Italian fare at their other branches at Koa Tree House in Gorordo, Piazza Elisea in Talamban and Karancho in Maribago.

Beqaa Cebu


Address: Design Center Building A.S. Fortuna Banilad Cebu City

Tel. Number: (32)238 5539

Operating Hours: 5:30PM -9:45PM Daily

Parking: Yes (Arcade Parking)

WiFi: None


The very first time I dined at Beqaa, I instantly fell in love and without hesitation, mentally jotted it down on my list of favorite restaurants in Cebu Рsomething my friends and I share in common. The feast of flavors that layers every dish is a real gastronomic delight.


With every dinner getting packed by regulars, I strongly advice you call to reserve a table. The Lebanese diner somehow suffers an urban myth (like most restaurants under the Abaca Group) of being too costly. So we took the liberty of breaking the widely distributed untruth by going on a burping spree dinner for 3 at 400php each.


So here’s ¬†what we¬†came up with. A delicious filling meal without costing you an arm and a leg.

1 order Beqaa Shawarma                        Р525php

1 order of Chicken Tikka Masala          -395php

3 orders of Basmati Rice(95phpx 3)   Р285php

Grand Total:       1,205PhP (402PhP per person)

Beqaa welcomes their guests with treats that prepare them for the feast ahead. We started our meal with free appetizers РMini Falafel and Pomegranate shot.

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Then had the Beqaa Shawarma which¬†was quite filling already, considering I only had 1/3 of it. The photo below is a full serving of Beqaa Shawarma cut into half. You can request to have it cut into 3 equal parts. This might get a bit too spicy for those who aren’t a fan of peppery food so¬†do not forget to¬†inform your server on the level of spiciness upon ordering. ¬† Beqaa shawarma is made with traditional garnish wrapped in homemade saj and ¬†Phoenician fries on the side.



The lean chicken chunks in mildly spicy tomato based curry  with yogurt was awesome with the basmati rice.

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And after a¬†hearty dinner, if budget permits, you can order a glass of Pomegranate Mojito (95php) or a serving of dessert (or both). ¬†In our case, we had both (teehee). I absolutely adore Maya Taqueria’s Mojito and Beqaa’s version is just as enticing. And the Creme Brulee with Pistachio seemed¬†to be the¬†perfect feast ender.

Having either would add 100php on each of your tab (if ordering 3 servings of pomegranate mojito or a serving of dessert) or 200php if having both. 500php-600php each is definitely a great deal for a sumptuous big eat banquet, don’t you think?

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Kudos to Chefs Jessa Marie Intong and Marienel Justo for making Beqaa dining always something to look forward to. And super thankful to restaurant supervisor Crisdon John Tagalog for  making the perfect food recommendations every time and always making sure that everything is at its best- from the food to the dining experience.


Do you love Beqaa too? What’re your recommendations? Tell us! ūüôā

Hans Rice Burger Cebu

Hans Rice Burger

Parkmall North Reclamation Area Mandaue City

Operation Hours: 10:00AM – 9:00PM

Parking: Mall Parking

Mode of Payment: Cash

WiFi: None




It’s interesting how¬†I enjoyed my first bite of Rice Burger -contrary to the impression that my mind made when I first saw the outlet a few weeks back.¬†Hans Rice Burger’s menu is categorized into 2: ¬†Korean Menu and Filipino Favorites. I ordered¬†Spam Tuna from the Korean Menu, which happens to be one of the bestsellers.



So what’s the best way to enjoy a Rice Burger? 1st, find a clean flat surface.Then slowly push it using the palm of your hand. Open the wrapper and enjoy eating. You can either use a spork or eat it like a regular burger.






The tuna with sweet mayo and sweet corn kernels ¬†goes so well with the spam and the rice with gim/nori strips. So it’s true! Rice buns with flavorful patties really make¬†a¬†delicious filling meal. <3

Another Spam Tuna please!


Yakski Mactan

Yakski Mactan

Gaisano Saver’s Mart Parking Lot, Basak Lapu-lapu City, Cebu

Contact Number: 505-9488

Operating Hours: (On Soft Opening) 11:00am-2:00pm | 5:30PM -12MN

Parking Space: Yes


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I was really psyched that one of my favorite grill houses has opened a branch just near our place. A few days after their inaugural day, I dropped by to check the chophouse out and had my favorite combo: Chicken breast+Pork Barbecue+ Yakski Spicy and Regular Sauce+Mountain Dew (the next best thing since they don’t serve Sparkle anymore)+ Rice. That Yakski Mactan eat out didn’t turn out so well for me though. The chicken didn’t taste like the one served at their branch in Capitol and the sauces weren’t at par either. And being a big fan of the brand, I am willing to give it a second, or even a third, try before I bid sayonara to this branch for eternity. :p Teehee

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At long last, I was able to get the time and dine again at Yakski Mactan last night. And what makes me even happier is that the branch was able to deliver the Yakski taste that I was looking and longing for. We had our grilled meat well done, hence the very dark outer layer. ūüôā

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Still on their soft opening, I am crossing my fingers that they continue to do well and deliver the same taste and service as the original branch. Can’t wait to be back real soon!

Have you dined in at Yakski Mactan already? Tell us what you think!

Cafe Racer Cebu

Cafe Racer Diner | Car Wash and Detailing

Address: North Reclamation Area Mandaue City Cebu

Contact Number: (032) 511 7798

Operating Hours: 11:00AM -2:00AM Daily

Parking: Yes

Mode of Payment: Cash/ Card

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I bet almost everyone have heard  or even dined at this automobile concept diner in North Reclamation Area. Introducing a new blueprint for a restaurant and executing it well are two good reasons why Cebuanos have embraced the concept with open arms, drawing in automobile enthusiasts, bike aficionados, foodies and well, basically everyone who loves eating to Cafe Racer.

It was a Sinulog weekend and the place was packed as we tried to grab dinner, but luckily we were seated immediately. It’s not hard to decipher why Cafe Racer has been a hit just after a few months from opening. The indoor and the al fresco dining areas are so photogenic, that when a guest posts a photo on any of ¬†his/her social media account, it would entice his/her friends to visit the diner.

Oil drums made into chairs, a Volkswagen Van as a makeshift counter, an automobile tool drawer turned utensil keeper and a vintage motorcycle are a few of the interesting elements you’ll find¬†¬†at the indoor dining area.

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And at the Al fresco area, you’d find a Volswagen Beetle turned into a griller and a gas pump machine that pumps beer by the liter. Pretty cool!


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Yes, the place is pretty but how’s the food? The team tried 4 dishes which our friendly waitress suggested. ¬†She proposed the Baby Back Ribs but did mention that the rib recipe is the same with Mooon (also belonging to Pages Group of restaurants.) The group ordered the Kansi, Osso Buco, ¬†Grilled Porkchop and the Breaded Porkchop. Kansi is served on a sizzling plate with chunks of tender meat and a pre cracked bone so it’s easier to scoop out the bone marrow. Love the creaminess but thought it was a bit salty. The Osso Buco serving came with 3 round slices of beef with a buttery gravy sauce. ¬†The Grilled Porkchop is smothered with sweet barbecue sauce, pretty much the same taste with Mooon’s ¬†Baby Back Rib sauce. It gets a bit dry in the middle though. The Breaded Porkchop would be my favorite among the 4 dishes we ordered. It was seasoned well (even without the gravy) yet not too salty. Taste wise – Cafe Racer does serve good food and we can’t wait to try their other dishes! Maybe next time, we’d try to have our car washed too! ^_^

So have you dined at Cafe Racer? Tell us what you think, we’d love to hear from you!

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Fiesta Bay Asian Seafood Restaurant

Fiesta Bay Asian Seafood Restaurant

Address: Punta Engano Lapu-lapu City (Across Movenpick)

Food: Filipino, Asian Fusion, Seafood

Operating Hours: 11:30Am -2:30PM for Lunch and 5:30pm-10:00PM for Dinner daily

Mode of Payment: Cash/ Credit & Debit Cards

Contact Number:  (032) 236-0897 / (032) 405-6006

Parking: Yes

Fiesta Bay Seafood Restaurant Mactan

Fiesta Bay Seafood Restaurant Mactan

We Filipinos love fiestas! It is an occasion where food brings everyone together under one roof. Chef June Fernandez ¬†(one of my favorite culinary visionaries in Cebu) of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa made mention of this new restaurant just along the resort belt and recently paid the restaurant a visit to check out what they have to offer.

Arrived at 5:00PM just before they open their doors at 5:30PM, we were 30 minutes too early for dinner but the friendly staff welcomed us with warm greetings and did accommodate my friends and I nonetheless. If the hospitable servers don’t give you that fiesta feel yet, then the colorful center ceiling at the main dining area and the banderitas would surely do. The warm lights make you feel like you are right at home. Fiesta Bay exudes a genuine Filipino hospitality in a modern and stylish festive scene.

Fiesta Bay

Fiesta Bay

Fiesta Bay

Fiesta Bay

Fiesta Bay

Fiesta Bay

Along the resort belt, it was a surprise that the items here aren’t lavishly priced. Per serving prices are the same as casual dining restaurants in the metro which range from 110php-350php for the mains.

The Bulalo which was brothed for hours gives a natural beefy soup sweetened by the corn ¬†and¬†radiating ¬†layers of flavors from the beef , the vegetables and other ingredients. And you’d dote on the¬†fall- off- the- bone tender beef.¬†¬†Different from other Bulalos I’ve tried, Fiesta Bay’s version is not too salty and less oily, for the excess oil was scooped out during the cooking process. So when your done sipping on your Bulalo soup, you’d not feel like you smooched on a bar of butter.

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Fried grouper in Mango Salsa on fried sotanghon is another interesting dish on the menu. Strips of tender fried filleted grouper in a summery sweet mango with fresh green and red bell peppers salsa that’s just perfect together.

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Fresh lobster in lemon garlic butter sauce! The creamy lobster meat was superb by itself  but the lemon garlic butter made it even more impeccable.


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Singapore Chili Crab. For those who love it sweet and spicy, this would be a great dish to revel on. Fresh crab already precracked when served so you’d not worry to get all messy and instead enjoy the dish.




And the Singaporean Salted Egg Crab is another dish that would definitely make me miss dining at Fiesta Bay! The Salted egg cream gives more flavor to the fresh crab meat. Yum!

TIP: The fried buns are even more delicious when dipped in either the Singaporean Chili Crab Sauce or the Salted Egg Sauce.  <3


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All time favorite Adobo rice! With bits of fried crunchy pork meat, each spoonful of adobo rice is a delight!


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Always leave some room for dessert! Filipino favorites Guinomis and Bukayo Bunuelos to end the feast.

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Drinks? I recommend the refreshing house drink Citrica!

Fiesta bay



Great service, distinctly appetizing dishes, homey festive ambiance (not to mention an awesome song playlist) and with a reasonable priced menu, Fiesta Bay Seafood Restaurant is definitely on my list of favorite restaurants in the metro and I bet will soon be in yours! ūüôā

Can’t wait to be back!


A-One, Conching’s and Cebu Lechon Belly Opens at SM Hypermarket Cebu

Cebu Best Restaurants Now Open at SM Hypermarket Cebu

Cebu Best Restaurants Now Open at SM Hypermarket Cebu


Three of Cebu’s local restaurants have found a new home at SM Hypermarket Cebu. Delectable meals enjoyed by both locals and tourists can now be savored at the spur of your cravings. Hypermarket shopperscan now indulge in traditional styles of Conchings Native Chicken, the enticing barbecue of A-One Tinola ug Sugba and everyone’s favorite spicy lechon belly of Cebu Lechon Belly.

So what makes these restaurants’ best sellers taste soooo good?

Since 1968, Conching’s Native Chicken has been in the BBQ business and because of its unique taste, patrons have come back again and again. “We always use native chicken, that’s half of our secret, the rest is our family’s trade secret,” said Pia Layam, owner of Conching’s Native Chicken.

What started as streetfood selling grilled items at Pier Tres, A-One got recognized for their tinola and sugba dishes. Selling only the freshest catch and grilled to your liking. “The Sea is full of treasures. It’s really a bountiful gift we must cherish,” said Esmeralda Paca, one of the daughters of the late owners.

Giving each customer only the premium part of the roast, Cebu Lechon Belly made it up the lechon ladder and into the hearts of Cebuanos and tourists as well. “It’s hard to compete with with the favorites but what we have introduced is something that people really want. We’re just giving it to them,” said Marlon Gochan, owner of Cebu Lechon Belly.


SM Hypermarket Cebu is now more than just grocery, clothes and home essentials shopping stop but also a dining destination as well. These three restaurant started serving sumptuous meals at SM Hypermarket Cebu North Reclamation Area since December 17, 2014 and  are open daily from 10AM-9PM.


Everything Yummy IT Park Cebu

Everything Yummy Food + Love

Branch Address: EBloc 2 Asiatown I.T. Park Lahug Cebu City

Contact Number: 032-406 5678

Operating Hours: 9:00am -11:00pm everyday

Free WiFi:  Yes

Parking:   Street Parking I.T. Park

Everything Yummy

Everything Yummy

Everything Yummy‘s menu is a list of food the owners love, prepared with passion from a cook’s heart. Everything Yummy is all about good food bringing people closer together.

Everything Yummy was born from home and out of the desire, joy and delight of Christmas gift giving. It was in December 2010 when their  first signature dish, the barbecued ribs, was crafted. They wanted to give something unique, something that can be shared by the family, and something that will be remembered.  And their friends loved the ribs! The next month, they got their first bulk order of what was to become item #1, the barbecued ribs, on the Everything Yummy menu.

The restaurant opened their first store in Piazza Elesia in October 2011  (more about the branch here: and  just recently expanded its reach by opening a branch at Ebloc I.T Park.

Their I.T. Park branch brings their select delectable menu much closer to the heart of the city. A more convenient location to enjoy Everything Yummy’s signature dishes like Barbecued Ribs, Singaporean Pepper Prawns, Spanish Chorizo and some new additions like French Cut Porkchops and Ribeye Steak!




A plate of Basmati Rice topped with tender Chicken Curry. This dish is lightly spicy, just a hint of curry to flavor the tender chicken strips.

Everything Yummy Chicken Curry

Everything Yummy Chicken Curry

Still my favorite on Everything Yummy’s menu, the Lemongrass Chicken. Love how the skin and outer layer is peppery crispy and flavorfully tender on the inside.

Lemongrass Chicken

Lemongrass Chicken


Kudos to the restaurant for being thoughtful enough to always serve the best part of the rib. Their Barbecued Ribs is honey sweet with a lightly smokey flavor and the best part is the tender, fall off the bone meat! Yum!

Everything Yummy Barbecued Ribs

Everything Yummy Barbecued Ribs


And if these two dishes don’t make you drool, then you must be out of your mind. The Rib Eye and French Cut Porkchop are addition to my EY favorites. The Rib Eye is rubbed with herbs and spices, grilled and done to your liking.


A pint of ice cream for sharing is definitely a perfect way to end a great meal! Good thing that Everything Yummy carries select flavors of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream. Try the Salted Caramel, it’s so far the best one I’ve tried.


The feast didn’t end that day for I brought home a box of ribs for my dad and brothers. And very timely for Christmas, The Barbecued Ribs is a great gift for family and friends which comes wrapped and ready to give as presents. The ribs lasts for two weeks when stored in the freezer. Just microwave it or oven heat it and serve. ūüôā 250php and Carmen’s Best Ice Cream Gift Certificates are also available at their branches.


Have you dined at Everything Yummy? Tell us what you think? We’d love to hear from our readers!

Maple Cebu


Address: 1st Level The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu

Mode of Payment: Cash /Card

Parking: Mall Parking


Maple Cebu

Maple Cebu


Maple caters to the capital’s most judicious communities in our country’s capital since its inauguration in 2012. The restaurant purveys to the upper AB market, a quaint yet intimate place in San Antonio Plaza, Mckinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City. ¬†Maple has found its way to the Queen City of the South, serving ¬†elevated American comfort food at The Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu.

Maple dishes are doused with the distinct taste of Maple. Sounds interesting? ūüôā Get your appetites ready for it’s slobbering ¬†time! Let me start with my favorite on the Maple Menu, The Maple Burger!

THE MAPLE BURGER (475php), is a juicy grilled beef patty with American Cheese, lettuce pickles, tomatoes and mapled bacon – sided with onion rings and fries. The juicy patty was made more interesting with the sweet crunch of the mapled bacon.

Maple Cebu

Maple Cebu


BLACKENED CHICKEN (450php), is chicken breast with spicy cajun rub, grilled and served with creamed spinach, bacon and dirty rice. The tender chicken was a bit dry in the middle but is perfect with the creamed spinach.

Maple Cebu

Maple Cebu


THE MALE SALMON CATCH (550php), is fresh salmon fillet, lightly seasoned and then either grilled or pan seared or blackend to your liking, served with Texas vegetables and orzo pasta. And nope, that’s not rice – it’s pasta. ^_^

Maple Cebu

Maple Cebu


Good food, great ambiance and service staff that pays extra attention are the basic criteria we look for an excellent restaurant, and Maple exudes all three. Congratulations Maple for the fourth branch and welcome to Cebu!


Mizu Cebu


Address: Gourmet Walk, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Telephone Number: 232 6888

Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 2:30PM and 6:30PM -10:00PM everyday

Mode of Payment: Cash / Card

Parking: Hotel parking (don’t forget to have your parking ticket validated)


Mizu, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel’s Japanese restaurant, recently added a fun way of dining Japanese style! For those who aren’t familiar with teppanyaki, it is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. Teppan translates to iron plate and yaki means grilled, broiled or pan fried.¬†One thing I love about Teppanyaki dining ¬†is you get to see your food prepared fresh and ¬†then enjoy your meal hot, right from the griddle to your plate.

Teppanyaki at Mizu

Teppanyaki at Mizu


Teppanyaki at Mizu

Teppanyaki at Mizu


Mizu has a great selection of Teppanyaki favorites such as fresh sea scallops, Hambago steak, okonomiyaki, jumbo prawns, fresh salmon and ¬†more. My personal Teppanyaki pick at Waterfront’s premier Japanese restaurant is the melt in my mouth goodness Kobe Beef Teppanyaki! The prawns and the scallops teppanyaki are also on my list. The America’s all time favorite hamburger had gone Japanese with ¬†Mizu’s Hambago steak Teppanyaki. Ground beef patty cooked in the griddle then topped with a special gravy sauce. Yum! ūüôā And dessert is always a perfect way to end a meal, and when having a Teppanyaki feast at Mizu, it’s just right to end the meal with ¬†with Teppanyaki Ice cream! ^_^

Enjoy Teppanyaki goodness starting at 195php+, only at Mizu!

Kobe Beef teppanyaki at Mizu

Kobe Beef teppanyaki at Mizu


Jumbo Prawns Teppanyaki at Mizu

Jumbo Prawns Teppanyaki at Mizu


Hambago Steak Teppanyaki at Mizu

Hambago Steak Teppanyaki at Mizu



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. ūüôā

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen

Brique Modern Kitchen


On the Menu:


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? ūüėȬ†Spinach Gorgonzola Dip, 175php. Minced spinach served with creamy Italian blue cheese, gorgonzola. Served with a bowl of cubed bread.








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.






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)







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)





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. ūüôā

Coffee Prince Cebu

Coffee Prince Cebu

Address: #0246 Capitol Site (Across Cebu Doctor’s Hospital) Cebu City, Cebu Philippines

Operating Hours: Opening August 17, 2014 (Sunday) 9Am-1AM Daily

Free WiFi: Yes

Contact Number: 0917 993 7079

Parking: Drive by Don Gil Garcia Street (Road behind Bo’s Coffee Capitol) and park at Suarez and Sons Compound Parking



Coffee Prince Cebu

Coffee Prince Cebu

Korean Cafes are a big hit in the metro. With the fresh and fun twists, Korean cafe concepts have been a mainstay in Cebu’s ever growing coffee scene.I’ve been to a lot of Korean concept cafes in Cebu, each with their unique vibe and beautiful interiors, but it all boils down to the quality and taste of their coffee beverages, and the food. ¬†Most Korean cafes serve coffee concoctions that are too sweet and with no food choices other than the Korean cafe staple, honey bread.

I was lucky enough to get first dibs on Coffee Prince Cebu and got to try some of the beverages and food on the menu of the soon to open Korean cafe. Coffee Prince Cebu is inspired by the 2007 ¬†Korean hit drama ¬†“Coffee Prince.” ¬† Owners even mentioned that baristas and waiters wear the signature white polo shirt with black vest and black slim pants uniform that main character Go Eun Chan (played by Yoon Eun Hyle) dons ¬†in the series. Lots of ¬†cute stuffed toys shipped from Korea are ready to be stationed at the coffee shop the soonest the interior is done. I was also told that each cubicle will be lined up with lights that changes color and bead curtains are adorned along the cubicles. The ¬†exterior walls are painted blue with beautiful sunflowers. Sunflowers are famous in Korea. The flower even has its own festival called “Taebaek Sunflower Festival,” happening every August in Guwau Village where a wide array of colorful wildflowers and endless fields of sunflowers are in full bloom. ¬†I know you are imagining how the the cafe would resemble and excited to see on how exactly the cafe would look like when done, but don’t you worry, will soon post photos of the interiors once they are finished. ūüôā

Now, ¬†some thoughts on the beverages and food I tried when I dropped by the Coffee Prince training kitchen. It was a very humid afternoon and what a perfect timing because I’ll be sampling three of the house’s best cold blends. (1) Matcha Frappe (2) Java Chip Frappe (3) Strawberry Smoothie.

The Matcha Green Tea has a well balanced green tea taste and sweetness. Topped with a cloud of cotton candy, it adds a level of sweetness to the drink. The Java Chip Frappe has a swirl of chocolate syrup and chocolate chips and with the right amount of sweetness, I can still taste the hint of coffee in the mix. Lastly, a refreshing strawberry smoothie with real strawberries. All drinks can be topped with either whipped cream or cotton candy, your choice! ūüôā

Coffee Prince Cebu's Matcha Frappe

Coffee Prince Cebu’s Matcha Frappe

Coffee Prince Cebu's Java Chip Frappe

Coffee Prince Cebu’s Java Chip Frappe

Coffee Prince Cebu's Strawberry Smoothie

Coffee Prince Cebu’s Strawberry Smoothie


The mouthwatering Coffee Prince Cebu’s Luther Burger! A quarter pound of seasoned juicy burger patty with bacon and cheese on a Krispy Kreme Glazed doughnut, sided with French fries. Yum!

Coffee Prince Cebu's Luther Burger

Coffee Prince Cebu’s Luther Burger

Bulgogi Panini. Korean sweet  bulgogi meat in a bed of mozzarella cheese, garlic and red bell peppers on grilled bread.

Coffee Prince Cebu's Bulgogi Panini

Coffee Prince Cebu’s Bulgogi Panini

And Chocolate waffle! With the size almost as big as my face, this can be shared by 2-3 persons. The awesomely chocolate waffle is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Topped with whipped cream, 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream, drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrup and Oreo cookies, Coffee Prince’s Choco Waffle is a real treat! It would be more perfect though if the waffle is a bit more buttery, but nonetheless it’s one good tasting waffle!

Coffee Prince Cebu's Chocolate Waffle

Coffee Prince Cebu’s Chocolate Waffle

Coffee Prince Cebu will open its doors to the general public on August 17, 2014 (Sunday). Drop by and ¬†check the place out, they’ll be open daily from 9am -1pm.

And don’t forget to bring your better half, your family and barkada to Coffee Prince Cebu and pledge, seal and lock your love with these ¬†love locks.

Coffee Prince Cebu

Coffee Prince Cebu

And as a treat to our readers, iLuvCebu and Coffee Prince are giving 10 lucky winners the opportunity to check  the place out before everyone else does. Winners will get an invite with a plus one to the pre-opening event on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 5pm-8pm. Winners will get a drink of their choice and a sweet treat! Contest starts today until 12am of August 15, 2014. List of winners will be posted on this page at 9AM on August 15, 2014. To qualify, just follow the instructions below:

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