A NEW YORK STYLE RESTAURANT | BRIQUE RESTAURANT [PHOTOS]

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- ★★★

Ever since the dawn of Sex and the City, comes the realization of the New York socialites rummaging to famous spots especially to restaurants that are a week long booked. They, one time, rendezvous in these high class places only to find out, in just one blink of an eye, the middle class people follows through. And that’s when these restaurants or café’s can say they’ve made it to the map of New York City.

I love it when there are new spots in the Queen City; it gives me a glimpse of SATC New York: it’s hip, it’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s a delish. And everyone’s there to snuck in and taste the goodness and, without the company’s effort in advertising; everyone’s talking about it.

In this case, there’s a new find in Salinas Dr., Lahug, Cebu named Brique. The restaurant is located just beside Chika-an, and it’s along Pizza Republic.

THE PLACE

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It is a sophisticated restaurant, high end and very, very New York.

Astonishingly, our photos share the resemblance of a graphic Big Apple studio flat so good to the eyes, my picture in front of the very cool wall made it look like somewhere in the USA (great for Instagram *wink).

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The façade of the restaurant is highly modern, and the interior (besides the brick wall) is modern contemporary, an architectural porn for my eyes.

The place is a two storey building capable of a lot of people, yet still, you have to make reservations since they’re always fully booked especially on weekends if you don’t want to wait in queue (Contact Number below).

THE FOOD

My partner and I found Brique in Foursquare and upon checking the food pictures; it gives promising offers that I would surely love to try.

They’re famous for their Drunken Angus that costs P370.00 which surely has a good taste and very soft meat.

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Also, Fish Fillet with Porcini is one of the talks in Foursquare costing about P270.00 that gives you fish de la crème.

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They’re also famous for their Truffled Shoestring Potatoes that costs P250.00 and I have to say, good for four people, so bring your barkada along and have the taste of a Pik-Nik-like deep fried potatoes topped with bacon and fried basil.

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For the drinks, I ordered the Easy Morning Juice that’s oh-so-healthy, and for my partner is the ABC Twist, which perfectly is an Avocado taste and they’re both for P120.00

CONCLUSION + TIP (NOT BUFFET)

I have to say the sophistication of the place is the one to beat. The high class feel of it is really good. But then, unlike other American-style restaurants like Simply J’s and most especially in Café Georg; I have to say, I’m quite disappointed with their famous offers.

The Drunken Angus seems to be so-so, and the Fish Fillet with Porcini is not that good.

Although for a fact, it’s an American-styled restaurant, they have to stay true with the flavours of the West, and I understood that. Only, I can’t get the supreme taste of their offers. It leaves a disgust feel on my gut right after all the food were taken (bidli). I think the offers are not bad; it’s just that we don’t get it.

And we have plans to order the S’more’s but unfortunately, due to the high cost of every offer, ranging from P170.00 to as much as P1,000+: we have to cut our orders right there since our rule is simple:

If the price of two to three food plus the drinks is above P800.00, it’s already expensive. And to be honest, we reached a thousand plus.

Technically, it’s fine… really, really fine to spend that much, if the famous offers are oh-so-good and the serving is justifiable to what you are paying.

Also, we noticed on the other table, a group of six or seven people had their dinner and they came in ten minutes after us, and we finished at almost the same time. And I noticed how small the serving was and I felt dissatisfaction in their faces. So, this place is not for many people who want to have a buffet style. This is much like a la carte.

But if you ask me if the place is still worth another visit… well, yeah it is! They still have lots of food, drinks and pastries to choose from.

SCHEDULE

Mon-Sun: 10:00AM-11:00PM

 

CONTACT (RESERVATION)

Telephone – (032) 414-1720

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RATING – 3 Stars

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A ROYAL CAFÉ | COFFEE PRINCE CAFÉ [PHOTOS]

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-    ★★★★★

I can’t believe there have been totally new and good café’s popping up in the entire Southside nowadays! And the number isn’t stopping anytime sooner. And with this, comes the battle on which who will win with the award of the Best Instagrammed café (and this is inevitable).

And one café that catches my partner and I’s attention is the café we saw in Foursquare and it’s called Coffee Prince.

Located at Osmena Blvd. just across Cebu Doctor’s Hospital and just strictly beside Suarez (makers of rings and all), Coffee Prince is an old house turned café that’s definitely bursting with colors on the façade and have welcoming feel on the inside.

 

THE INTERIOR

The place is huge, I mean, I love how spacious the inside was. It has a high ceiling which is really good for claustrophobics. And it is unlike other café’s which are so tiny that you’ll be afraid to even move because you’ll crash everything around you.

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I love the feeling that we can freely move around: sit or lie, without the fear of damaging stuffs.

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THE OFFERS

With no halls barred, their offers are the best. They have different food and drinks that are so good for your taste buds. They have been famous for this Luther Burger that incorporates flavor overload.

Luther Burger has burger (of course) with bacon and some leafy vegetables on the side dish, but what makes it a superstar is the Original Glazed Krispy Kreme with it. I got so excited when I read some comments on Foursquare about how they included KK with it since I am a fan of the Original Glazed and I always eat it with the main course I have because I just love how the balance of sweet and salty are mixed on my dish. It’s really heavenly, and you should try it out yourself!

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Also try their Bulgogi Panini that gives you a hint of the Middle East, it taste so good too!

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For their drinks, I recommend the Java Chip Frap (I did it without caffeine) and it taste sooooo good you want some more.

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For their tea, try their Green Tea Latte that doesn’t just give you good taste, but also gives you the health benefit for your body.

 

THE SERVICE

To be honest, Coffee Prince and Café Tiala has the best service, but you’ll feel that the crew in Coffee Prince has much professional experience when it comes to customer service. They know how to cater you with your needs as well as the right responses for questions or appraisals.

For recreation, they sell colorful locks and a pallet which you can write your promises or messages and lock it on a huge heart shaped fence located inside and outside the shop, similar to the locks in Paris, which is very unique for a coffee house too.

Overall, Coffee Prince has the highest standards when it comes to fancy coffee houses in Cebu and the one to beat. A definite no brainer five star.

 

SCHEDULE

9:00AM – 1:00AM

CONTACT

FACEBOOK

 

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TEA O’CLOCK: BUBBLE TEA HOUSE REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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-     ★★

I can’t imagine how many tea houses are opening every quarter this year. The range has completely been overwhelming and I’ve seen this small industry grow. And creating a review for this post won’t be the last since there are lots of tea and coffee houses that are slowly making a name for themselves.

One of the new tea houses in the Queen City is Tea O’clock: Bubble Tea House housed in Vailoces Compound, Damascus Road, Talamban: it is the corner across BBQ Boss.

It is a tiny shop, (seemingly a former house) that is designed with childish, playground-ish or Alice in Wonderland-ish theme. When you see the place outside, it will really captivate you to come and visit.

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Inside is very small but cozy and playful. I love the hanging tea cup decorations on top of the ceiling, and also on the walls plus the warm lighting that really feels like home.

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The problem is that my partner and I were too big and we tend to bump the tables and chairs harshly (thank God no casualties). Anyhow, the walls are also refreshing to see with its huge mural of a grass field with two old people drinking tea on one side.

I love the playfulness of this place.

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And with their offers that range from P80.00 and above, you will get the chance to taste the same offers as with other tea houses, only it’s not that good compared to others.

Yep, I ordered Red Apple with Nata De Coco as sinkers and it taste like C2 Green Tea with Apple, and the Nata was in a small amount. Also with the Matcha green tea that tastes a bit off for us.

I also tried their Pasta Mac and Cheese and it taste ordinary, but anyhow, it’s tolerable.

What pissed my partner off while were in that place was that when he tried to order their Milktea of the Month which was the Cheesecake + Grahams, it was not available… I mean, c’mon, it’s the offer of the month and it’s got no stock? And my partner tried to order other offers and most of it is unavailable as of September.

Plus, the service wasn’t that good. I bet they haven’t had training with customer service because unlike in Café Tiala: it is evident, from entering the café to going out, they were warm and welcoming and really helpful too.

Those were the downside of this café and I would love to see them improve if ever they read my post because I believe this café has great potential.

But still I would describe this place as a place good for Instagram photos. Taking pictures inside is just a pure pleasure.

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Check out Tea O’Clock.

 

SCHEDULE:

Mon-Sat: 11:00-12:00MN

Sun: 11:00-9:00PM

 

CONTACT

Facebook

 

RATINGS: 2 stars

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GO BELGIAN AT BRUSSEL’S CAFÉ BISTRO [PHOTOS]

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Going green has never been easy, and a green home dedicated for the benefit of the environment is such a big thing to do and adding up a little twist, like creating it into a café with this house is one big joy for the entire coffee or tea enthusiast.

Brussel’s Café Bistro is the only Belgian themed Café and is new in town that can be found just along Gaisano Country Mall as well as just across U.C. Banilad.

The theme is unlike any other café’s we know of downtown because of its unique environmental style façade that literally is green plus the plants that are decorated on the walls outside the café itself.

It’s very thoughtful of the owner to build this kind of home slash café, although I once thought that this place was an office for a business catering to people who wanted to have a green home.

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Anyhow, inside is small but intimate. It’s well lit, perfect for those who want to study for an upcoming dreadful examinations, or just simply someone who wants to bring his or her laptop with a cup of coffee, tea or take a bite onto some sweets or just simply wanted to have some lunch… yes they do offer meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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I see this place as a cozy place to sit and just be silent reading or finishing off some deadlines.

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They offer a variety from Meals which ranges from P100.00-P200.00; Sweets which ranges from P100.00-P300.00; and of course their Coffee or Tea offers which ranges for as low as P80.00-P200.00. I love how their prices are affordable and worth it.

They also have a branch in Unit 7, Paseo Arsenas, Banawa which I haven’t had the chance to visit yet, but hopefully sooner.

Anyhow, they have the same theme, (as per Facebook page) and it’s really comfortable sitting there and give yourself me time while having some waffles.

 

SCHEDULE

Weekdays 10:00 AM-11:00 PM

Weekends 10:00 AM-12:00 MN

 

CONTACT

Facebook

 

RATING – 3 ½ /5 stars

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ANCESTRAL SOPHISTICATION | CIRCA 1900 RESTAURANT REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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- ★★★★★

I’ve always known that the alta of the Queen City can always be seen in restaurant like Canvas in Ayala, Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant or Café Georg which is also a part-time tambayan of the #KatKat’s. But on March 14, 2014: the bar for sophisticated restaurants for these kinds of people has been stepped one notch.

Circa 1900 is a new spot in town to look up to. The restaurant is located at Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City, to be specific, it is the small passageway between Metrobank and Sinangag Station near J.Y. Square. It is a colonial or ancestral house owned by the Castillo family that was bought and restored to become one of the most or (I should say) probably the most elegant restaurant in Cebu, not even the illusion of height and affirmation of being a socialite in Sky lounge  Blue Elephant could top this spot.

The Chef of Canvas Restaurant in Ayala spearheaded the restoration of the colonial house and created a brilliant Modern Filipino Cuisine hot boite that offers piano room indulgence and high class service.

 

SERVICE

Speaking of service, the waiters and waitresses will give you a five star service in their warm presence from welcoming you on the spot, upon taking you to your table, when you order food and when it arrives and most especially when you go home. A waitress even gave us a tour around the house just to show us the function rooms downstairs and their cute little vegetable garden on the backyard which is one of the sources of their ingredients. Isn’t it just sophisticated?

The place is just warm and expensive; you’ll feel like one of the rich people inside having their dinner or whatnots. (Hashtag KatKat)

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FOOD

They have variety of meaty and veggie offers that ranges from P200.00 to P400.00 but mostly just within the range of P200.00-P300.00 and to be honest, it’s just worth it! (MENU BELOW)

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Try their Pork Belly with Apple Fennel Compote that’s really delicious and sumptuous, because it’s a bit salty but with a hint of sweetness coming from the apple ingredient.

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Also, try their Chicken Bringhe that’s made up of chicken, some spices, sauces and the bombshell which is the puto… yes; it was puto that was the superstar of it all. It has different taste but sums up as a complimentary dish.

Unfortunately, we haven’t tried their famous iba shake because it was not available at that time. Bummer.

For dessert, try their Pumpkin Pie which was unfortunately just a slice but was delicious nonetheless.

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OVERALL

The very elegant dinner experience we had is enough for me to be happy. With their great service, food and ambiance; other restaurants should make this one as an inspiration slash competition to give a full customer satisfaction.

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SCHEDULE

Open everyday from 11AM to 12MN

HAPPY HOUR: 3PM-6PM

CONTACT

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Contact Number: (032) 239 6265 or 0923 279 5616

RATINGS – 5/5 STARS

 

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COSPLAY HAVEN | TOMO CAFÉ REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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- ★★

For a long while, cosplay fanatics have raided the scene from television to cinema and showcase their creative talents all over the globe. Japanese people have always been at the top of this kind of league due to the fact that they’ve always pride themselves having the best anime’s of all time; one of it is Dragon Ball Z which I’m also a fan.

Korean coffee houses have dominated the scene in the Queen City of the South, but I’ve recently discovered something new that would incorporate coffee house and cosplay.

Tomo Café: A Maid and Butler Cafe is located in Talamban, after  University of San Carlos campus and Family Park and right after the Park Terrace Arcade if you come from the city and it is uniquely good for everyone. The café itself, although it has been clear that it is a Maid and Butler café, is a haven for cosplay fanatics and common anime geeks alike. The café is rich with anime, cartoon and mostly Japanese stuffs that certain kinds of people will fancy.

Tomo Café offers a variety of food and drink services: from pastries, coffees, teas and breakfast foods if you might want to.

Try their bestseller Campfire Mocha which costs P150.00 and taste really good plus the weird smiley on the side of the cup you’re sipping with.

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If you love tea, I’d suggest their Four Red Fruits Tea for P100.00 which you can enjoy sipping hot while on a chilling misty day.

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Also, if you’d like to learn basic Japanese language this place is perfect for you because on the other room of the café: you will see a small classroom loaded with students learning the said language and the best thing about it is it’s for FREE! You’ll only have to go there and ask for the schedule and register.

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Although the place is really, really interesting with its Victorian inspired color and design plus the good service the cutely dressed waitresses provides: the students, cosplayers and geeky people (all of them young) are too noisy for the seemingly cozy place to sit down and have a chit-chat with your friends or just by reading a book. But then, it is obvious that the café’s intentions are for those kinds of people I mentioned. Although I would love if the place would be as silent as possible, but I’d respect their target market; besides, business is business.

Anyway, you should try there and be delighted with everything you see and taste.

 

CONTACT

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SCHEDULE

11:00AM – 2:00AM

RATINGS – 2 Stars

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PIZZA REPUBLIC | REVIEW

 

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-          ★★★★ ½ out of 5 Stars

The name speaks for itself; it is a pizza house that pwned any other pizza houses in the Queen City of the South. Pizza Republic is housed at Salinas Drive, corner La Guardia St., Lahug, Cebu City just along the road of Asiatown I. T. Park going to J. Y. Square or vice versa.

Pizza Republic just opened on the 1st of June 2014, its new and innovative style of serving pizza created a buzz throughout the town and even when it just recently opened; it has been swarmed by numerous people from all walks of life.

This #KatKat infested pizza house is a make-your-own style on a 9 inch thin crust for just only P245.00! I mean, you can put almost EVERYTHING on top of your stylish or sumptuous pizza for just P245.00, of course with the responsibility that you’d get stomach-ache after putting all ingredients… nah just kidding; it’s just so amazing.

For us, we ordered collective ingredients of Salami, Spanish Chorizo, Shublig, Pepperoni, Frankfurter, Hungarian, Italian Garlic, Red Bell Pepper, Pineapple, Mushrooms (all kinds of it), Black Olives and that’s on top of the Red Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese.

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Our pizza choice was perfected with normal and spicy ketchup… it was a delish! And we didn’t have to wait long for our pizza to be served, although I really have no idea what it is on a jam packed hours (mostly dinnertime).

The process of making ours was easy, all you have to do is look up and you’d notice some huge marquees with words to instruct you on how to do it. From the far right of the pizza house there’s the ‘PIZZA ASSEMBLY STARTS HERE’ where you greet the joyful faces of the pizza makers there; then you’d ‘PICK +  MIX’ which you’ll instruct your own pizza maker on what to put on your pizza; and last is the ‘FINAL ASSEMBLY’ which you’ll pay for whatever you ordered.

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They also have some extra offerings like what I ordered which was the Caesar’s Salad. It really brought me joy because on top of the greens are plenty of bacon strips: I loved the fact that it’s plenty because I admire a salad that has a hint of meat with it. It’s really impressive, and no other restaurants serve that much.

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Anyhow, the place is very cozy… it is like a renovated garage with Italian leads all around, great for friends and those pizza hungry people.

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Speaking of Italian: I spoke to two waitresses in their clean and big loo and asked some questions about the place and what I discovered is that Pizza Republic, although very Italian, is owned by a pure Chinese business man. The hot boite is titled Pizza Republic  Pick+Mix by Guiseppe Genco, and I was curious why there’s a ‘by Guiseppe Genco’ if he’s not the owner. They told me that Guiseppe was the owner’s culinary instructor. I have no other source to confirm this, but I’ll let you know.

Anyhow, this place is cozy and their pizza is delicious! Try Pizza Republic for a new must tries in your list!

SCHEDULE:

Opens 11:00AM – 10:00PM (Sunday-Thursday) and 11:00PM (Fridays and Saturdays)

 

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