Category Archives: Restaurants

buddies burger cebu

Towering burger at Buddies Burger!

There are always the first time, and I’m always curious to try new things, good things specifically, and eating a towering high burger at Buddies is checked on my list.

My former officemate posted photo of him posing before a towering high burger. After seeing it, gusto gyud nako mo try ani na klase na burger – available at Buddies – Burger, Tacos, Hotdogs, Burritos. Basically, they serve American and Mexican fast foods.

fatcow burger cebu

Fat Cow Burgers

I’m really a burger addict, so everytime I see a new burger restaurant, I make sure I get to taste their burger.

I was with my four other friends , but they don’t like burgers, they’re not burger fans obviously. They just watched me ate alone hahaha. They were craving for a Thai food, I will blog on this later.

Fatcow Burgers and Malts is an American-inspired burger outlet, so expect an expensive priced burger. Good thing, the taste justifies the price.

ministop cebu jungquera

Eating my snacks at Mini Stop

Eating snacks at Mini Stop is one of my favorite thing to do, provided I have enough money because most of their prices are slightly higher than most shops.

I was one of the many Cebuanos excited for Mini Stop to open a shop here in Cebu, and they finally opened not just one, but two shops last October 2012 in Robinson’s Fuente and at Escario Street. These were the first branches outside Luzon.

Ministop is originally a Japanese brand, but locally the company is run by Robinsons Retail Group.

Cebu Lumpia House at City Soho Mall

My first to eat at Lumpia House’s outlet in City Soho Mall, specifically located in the second floor.

The best thing why I enjoyed it because I was with my friends, and with two new beautiful female friends. 😀

Another best reason why. I did not spend a centavo, my friend Meynard who loves to treat his friends paid it all.

We ordered ngohiong, a famous street food delicacy in Cebu. Ngohiong is P8.00 each.
cebu lumpia house

I’m not really a fan of fresh lumpia, but I still ate this. This is P25.00 each.
cebu lumpia house

The Cebu Lumpia House price list.
cebu lumpia house

I’ve just met these two pretty ladies through my friends on the right and another friend (not in photo)
cebu lumpia house

Cebu Lumpia House outlet at the second floor of Soho Mall. There are several food outlet in this floor. This mall is owned by a Gaisano company.
cebu lumpia house

We sat beside the window or glass wall. The road that you see is B. Rodriguez street.
cebu lumpia house

The location map of Cebu Lumpia House or Soho Mall. Soho Mall is located in B. Rodriguez St. You can take the Englis jeeps to get there.

Their main address is at 262 Manalili St. Cebu City. Their landline number is (032) 254 4675

Soda Cafe, a unique and weird tea shop in Cebu City

I had no idea what awaited me inside this tea shop, I didn’t even know that it was a tea shop. I was expecting coffee. Although, they do serve coffee, but I ordered a tea, but a different type of tea, because it got me curious. More of that later.

Then when I got inside, boom! I saw a large pink teddy bear! Plus other pink and red colours.


Look at that unassuming coffee shop, I’m so excited to drink a mug of coffee!
soda cafe cebu city


And…tadaaaa! A big pink teddy bear! I thought I entered a wrong room! Not only that. There are so many girls and children. I saw a few adults, that kind of assured me a bit hehe.
soda cafe cebu city


Since naa naman ko diri and it’s also my first time, I just went straight to the counter and just order that coffee. But I could not find coffee in the menu board. I see shakes and milktea. Blended or cold milktea.
soda cafe cebu city

Pizza, cake and sandwich. Finally I can see coffee, but only two types of coffee. I asked for a hot tea, and they have only two as well, Bloom Rose tea and Bloom Chrysanthem, both for P120. Both names are new to my ears, but I just ordered the Bloom Rose.
soda cafe cebu city

I’m not exactly sure what these others are – milktea or fruit shake?
soda cafe cebu city


Here is the Bloom Rose tea, it’s my first to drink this type of tea, and I didn’t expect to see this. I was expecting the typical tea bag, dangling on the hot water.
soda cafe cebu city


They’re real roses! That tiny cup with the roses inside has holes in the bottom.
soda cafe cebu city


This is the cubicle I chose, I was a bit hesitant to get in. It has feminine colours and female objects on the table. But the other empty cubicles are similar to this one.
soda cafe cebu city

Oh, they’re headbands with a Minnie Mouse ribbon hahaha.
soda cafe cebu city

I just put this one while I’m drinking my hot Bloom Rose tea. What a perfect pair, indeed!
soda cafe cebu city


The biggest pink teddy bear of them all. At the back of it are pillow dolls and bears are ready to gang up on intimidated men.
soda cafe cebu city


If you want to go here alone, prepare at least P200 pesos. If you’re on a date, have P1,000 in your wallet to impress your girl!


Soda Cafe is located in Raintree Mall in General Maxilom (Mango Avenue)
Their Facebook page:
Contact number:  0922 864 7999

Eating Lunch at Handuraw Pizza

Although, Handuraw is known for its delicious pizza, I didn’t eat one. I ordered a Chicken Cacciatore because I was curious by the name. I like to taste foods especially if it has a not-so-familiar name.
handuraw cebu mango square

I chose Green Mango Shake to pair with my tasty chicken meal. The reddish sauce is tomato, one of the reasons why I also ordered it. Tomatoes are good for the skin, making me look younger. 😀
handuraw cebu mango square

You maybe wondering about what the word Handuraw means. So I quote on how the owners define it:

Handuraw is pronounced as han-doo-rau and was coined by the family’s matriarch Becky Pestaño Smith as a result of looking for an old Cebuano word that would embody vision, and creativity. It is the Cebuano word for “the power to imagine.”

This Haduraw outlet is located in the ground floor of Mango Square Mall in General Maxilom (formerly Mango Avenue).
handuraw cebu mango square

The beverage price list of Handuraw Pizza. The green mango shake is P78.00
handuraw cebu mango square

The rice meal price list. Chicken cacciatore is P128.00
handuraw cebu mango square

So if you haven’t tried it here, prepare maybe 200 pesos for one.

Handuraw also do deliveries. Just contact them for more inquiries.
G/F Mango Square cor Juana Osmeña St. and Gen. Maxilom Ave., Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines
Open Daily from 10AM to 12MN.
Branch Amenities: Beer Below Zero, Live Local Acoustic Music, WiFi, Function Area
Tel. No. (032) 410 7491 / (0920) 958 1627

Yes, they have a website!

Pier One Bar and Grill Cebu

Pier One Grill Mandaue Cebu

This is a September 2010 photo of Pier One Bar and Grill Mandaue Branch I misplaced somewhere.

This Pier One branch is located specifically in Park Mall. I have not tried this branch, but I did twice in Bonifacio High in Taguig City, Metro Manila.

When you plan of eating here, be sure to prepare 300 pesos for one person.

Pier One’s address and contact number:
168 Ouano Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue
Cebu, Philippines

(+63 32) 422-8686

Dong Juan

Dong Juan is a restaurant that offers affordable but very lami mostly Filipino dish.

The photo below is their Guadalupe branch.

Dong Juan Guadalupe

This is their business hours, but I only got this from their Facebook page.

Mon: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wed: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

For more information and orders you can call them with this number: (032) 256-1796.

Breakfast at Apurado

I had to try out Apurado. I don’t usually eat at malls because of the prices. I had to do it, so I can have something to write about in this blog. Haha.

Apurado is located at Robinson’s, in the Jones Avenue side.

Apurado Cebu City
Apurado is just beside the Midtown / Robinson’s parking entrance.

Apurado Cebu City
This is their menu.

Apurado Cebu City
Barbecue pork and chicken.

Apurado Cebu City
I ate paliya and fried bangus. This is just below P50, cheaper than the combo meal which is P59.

Lola Eats in Guadalupe

I ate past lunch, probably around 1:30pm. I decided to try this carenderia or could be categorized as low end restaurant.

Lola Eats Guadalupe Cebu City
Lola Eats Food House is located in M. Velez St. in Guadalupe. Getting here is easy, just ride a Banawa or Guadalupe bound jeepney.

Telephone number: (032) 254-8431, (032) 344 0387.

Lola Eats Guadalupe Cebu City
The dining area. I like it, not too cramp, not too spacious either. The chairs are of good quality.

Lola Eats Guadalupe Cebu City
Grilled chicken wings.

Lola Eats Guadalupe Cebu City
Lots of food to choose from.

Lola Eats Guadalupe Cebu City

This is just below 60 pesos. Two barbecues, one banana, one bottled water and one cup rice. The soup is free.

What’s my  verdict? I only ate barbecue, but the taste was just okay.