Friday, 24 October 2014

Lady Jane Bakeshop

I deal with my problems through the sweetest way possible - cakes! 

Bursting with happiness, a slice of cake is enough to make my taste buds go in frenzy with delight. 

Needless to say, when I learned about this new dessert place I asked some of my friends who share my love for cakes to sample their treats. 

Lady Jane had a distinctly hip vibe written all over the place. A dessert haven to gather friends for a midday treat or after meal sugar indulgence.

Rare Cheesecake or Lemon Cheesecake had that sweet and sour blend in every bite. It was luscious, creamy and definitely refreshing. 

The smooth and velvety Berry Berry Cheesecake melts in your mouth and has a tangy flavor. It is topped with a sweet slice of strawberry fruit.  

Choux cake is like a chewy but soft pastry ball filled with custard cream. It was indeed a delightful and satisfying treat. 

Contact Details:

Lady Jane Bakeshop
Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road
Banilad, Cebu City

Sunday, 19 October 2014

La Busa Italian Restaurant and Bar

I am a frustrated food critic, one who expresses my criticisms straight from my experiences and based on my taste buds. 

This newly opened restaurant is one of those finds while checking new restaurants in a mobile application. 

Mother and son tandem fueled this restaurant's progress even on their early stage. 

Being owners, they want to oversee the operation from the meticulous preparation of the food to the appetizing dishes being served. This is the very reason why the mother cooks the dishes personally. 

The place may be small but it's not overcrowded. The atmosphere is also very nice, good wine list and delightful food not to mention outstanding customer service. 

                                              Complimentary bread with eggplant spread

We sampled their Roasted Pork Belly with Potato and gravy. The roasted pork was succulent and the flavorful gravy goes well with the baby potatoes. 

Their best seller Braciola Di Maiale Pan Seared Pork Chop with Sauté Beans is really a must try. The premium pork was tender and juicy plus the baby potatoes are perfect accompaniment to this dish making it a delicious meal. 

A glass of red wine made the evening enjoyable throughout the dishes. 

And the perfect way to end a sumptuous meal is a glass of cheesecake treat. This creamy dessert topped with bits of cookies and blueberries is sinful and drool-worthy.

Contact Details:

La Busa Italian Restaurant & Bar
Unit 2 Wilson Street, Tsai Hotel
Lahug Cebu City
Mobile No.: 09158790550

Friday, 17 October 2014

Treat Street Cafe

Being a staple of a mall environment, product offerings generate more awareness if you are a mall kiosk. This is what happened to me for Treat Street Café. I was doing my usual stroll with a cousin inside Ayala mall when I chanced upon this café.

Curiosity got the better of me so I decided to check their menus.  What really grabbed my attention was their Spicy Lechon Pie.  This crusty homemade pie is served hot so you better be careful in taking that bite. But what I loved about it is that it was tasty and spicy of course as the name implies. The crust is somewhat crunchy but retains that tender flakiness.

Treat Street Pie, their signature dessert is a melt-in-your-mouth piece of goodness that has a chocolate crusts, gooey filling and topped with puffy whipped cream frosting.

Green Tea Black Sesame Cake was subtly sweet and flavored with green tea powder in equal proportions with a hint of black sesame taste.

Mango Cheesecake for me was more like a custard pie than a cheesecake though it still had that zesty mango flavor.

This is definitely a dessert place worthy to visit.

Contact Details:

Treat Street Café
2/F Ayala Center Cebu
New Expansion Wing (near Delsey)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chop Chop Food Center

It takes a great restaurant concept by connecting the food and beverage offering to entice paying customers and ultimately regular patrons.

The atmosphere factor greatly influences how people choose to dine but mostly the quality of food is what draws the customers to come back along with great service of course.

This seemingly new restaurant envisions a Singaporean hawker type of dining and preparing as well Singaporean and Asian fusion dishes.

Upon entering the restaurant’s premises, you will be welcomed by an ambrosial smell of herbs and spices in the air apart from the overly friendly staffs.

The menu speaks for the restaurant and their name “Chop Chop” literally describes their quick service. 

The Chicken Satay skewers were flavorful. The chicken had a soft, delicate texture and the spicy peanut sauce allowed a hint of sweetness throughout the dish.

But the Sambal Stingray was the bomb. It was grilled and wrapped with banana leaves garnished with onions and chili plus it comes with Sambal sauce that brings out the flavor of the fish.

Did it get my vote? I have no reason not to give it.

Contact Details:

The Gallery, Juan Luna Street Corner Golam Drive Mabolo, Cebu City
Tel. No.: (032) 236 8910

The Pitstop Restaurant

Every foodie’s adventure means one new delicious food tasted. They say to stand out among the rest; novelty is the key to attracting customers.

I accidentally bumped into this restaurant while on my way to work. What lures me really is the idea of a mango pizza. Now that is NOVELTY! 

Owned by Derder Bautista, the restaurant opened its doors to the public last October 8 with a Buy 1 Take 1 Pizza Promo. 

This restaurant seems like an upscale automobile repair shop where a spare tire is converted to a dining table and bicycle tires are used as an ornament to the comfortable wooden chairs.  There are black and yellow hazard warning lines that served as a partition between tables and the walkway.

But don’t get the wrong idea because the restaurant’s atmosphere is sophisticated. They offer customers the best service and the finest food being served. The perfect place to stop in for a bite to eat or for a drink just as their name suggests.

 The specialty of the house is their Mango Pizza which is really an eye candy. It was weirdly delicious because the sweetness of the thin mango slices blend well with the crunchiness of the cashew nuts, spiciness of the green bell pepper, saltiness of the cheese and the creaminess of the white sauce.  Talk about harmony in food.

                                                         chicken adobo mango twist

Notice also their other 2 dining tables which appear to be like a racing game table where it's displaying intersections, curved path, hiking trails and road blocks. It's depicting a playful dining milieu not just for kids but also for the kids at heart.

                                                         fish fillet with mango sauce

                                                           cucumber + mint leaves

The Chicken Adobo Mango Twist was tangy and seemed like slow-simmered. The Fish Fillet was a bit bland and the sauce was too sweet for me but hey we all have our own preferences. I personally love the cucumber + mint leaves juice though, a refreshing concoction of cucumber slices and garnished with mint leaves.

Contact Details:

The Pit Stop Restaurant
Don Jose Avila St., Capitol Site, 6000 Cebu City
(near Bo’s Coffee in front of Cebu Doctor’s Hospital)
Tel. No.: 254-3550
Globe: 09065760473
Sun: 09257779182