Canvas’ Japanese & Australian Inspired Menu

Restaurant: Canvas

Address: 2nd Level The Terraces Ayala Cebu City

Food: Australian

Type of Dining: Casual

Mode of Payment: Cash/ Card

Tel. No. 4171978

Wifi: Yes

Photos and Review by Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje

Canvas had always been a personal favorite of mine. Entering the restaurant you’d notice the paintings or artworks on the walls from a featured artist (featured artist changes every month). Just a year and 4 months old, Canvas had been attracting not just the locals but tourists as well. I got to join several frequent guests and Canvas fans in a Japanese and Modern Australian six course degustation meal prepared by owner/head chef Steve Shrimski and Japanese guest chef Chef Taka Ishida. It was a night of great food and great company.

I get to be seated in a table with a young businesswomen from Australia and an older gentleman from Manila and his assistant, who by the way flew in to Cebu just for the degustation. What’s common about the four of us? We all love Canvas! Metodo Tradicional 2009 (Spain) was served as our pre-dinner wine.

First served was  the broth. Superior Asian broth with chicken julienne, roast corn kernels, and egg ribbons. It’s tasty and not salty at all.

Poached crabmeat with apple Jelly and “Yuan” Style grilled Mackerel with pickled Paprika was next to be served. The crabmeat was poached just right not loosing its flavor. I love the lightly-smokey tasting mackerel with the lightly sweet pickled paprika.

Gorgonzola Blue Cheese Souffle with Port wine glazed Spanish onion. Halfway the coursed meal, and am almost full! Loved the souffle, gooey and creamy!

Kobushime Style” Lapu-lapu slices infused with Konbu in Sake & Ginger broth. Ginger and sake cancels the overly fishy taste but not killing the natural saltiness of the Lapu-lapu slices.

Meltique Beef Tataki with Ponzu Dressing on scalloped potato tart. The briefly seared beef makes it juicy.

Wheeeew! Am so full but who wouldn’t want a sweet ending! Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake with Frangelico and Hazelnut Mango. Yum!

Canvas, We Love!

When in a mall, it’s hard to find a meal that’s cut above the usual fastfood or casual  meals. You’d be  surprised when you dine at Canvas– located at the 2nd level of The Terraces Ayala. If you love good food, then you’d definitely fall for Canvas!
It was a triple birthday celebration dinner for Sheng, Mark & Nico and I recommended we dine at Canvas! Some are first time diners at the bistro so they were so excited since I have been telling them that food at Canvas is great! We ordered all 6 Canvas creation full meals/main  ( 1 Canvas Creation wasn’t available that night) plus 1 special order!
Five Spice and Lemon Grass Roast Chicken with Garlic Mash at 295php.
I am a big fan of beef dishes and I must say I love this dish! Beef Fillet with blue cheese, red wine jus served in wok-fried Asian greens and sided with mashed potatoes. 345php for the full meal/main. Entree  priced at 220.

Imported Baby Back Ribs in honey and rum sauce served with potato wedges, corn and green salad.
Price: Entree 265php   Main: 395php
Substituting our Grilled Lamb Cutlets, is a special order. Lamb shank served in a bed of  sauteed veggies. Tender and juicy lamb meat with a semi sweet sauce. Ronald and I are a fan! \m/
Mixed Grill – Thai BBQ Chicken, local beef, pork medallion and cream of dory served with potatoes and roasted veggies. Priced at 495php
Also one of my Canvas Fave is the Garlic, Paprika and Thyme rubbed porkchop with Spanish onion, Caramelized apple with Cumin curry battered potato wedges. 275php.
My personal pick for the best Canvas creation -Pork medallions with grain mustard sauce, tiger prawn and pesto fettuccine. Main/ Full order is priced at 365php or without tiger prawn at 285php.
It was such a nice experience for we haven’t seen each other for months and sharing a table with great food, amazing friends and loads of catching up was just perfect! As we all agreed- WE LOVE CANVAS!

(NOTE: All photos above are taken by doyzkie buenaviaje)
We also have to commend the service at Canvas specially to Ms. Christ Cille Gegremosa! Service is very close to a fine dining resto at a casual and laid back ambiance. Keep it up guys!
The barkada with Chef Steve Shrimski of Canvas.