More than omelets

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Friday, March 16, 2012

THERE are many things that can be done using an egg. In medieval times, egg white was used as adhesive, some people even using it as cement in construction. In cooking, an omelet is only one of the dishes that can be whipped up; and an omelet itself already has several variations depending on the place and culture. The Iranians have khagine, the Japanese have tamagoyaki, the Spanish have tortilla de patatas, and the list goes on and on…

“There’s still no place that specializes in eggs here,” revealed Chef Dominic Montenegro, owner of new dining destination Omelet Bistro. Located right along the busy stretch of Gen. Maxilom Ave. near the corner of Rahmann St., Cebu City, Omelet Bistro is a small, homey café that serves a fusion of dishes—not only omelets!—from breakfast favorites to rice meals.

For starters, they have three omelet choices in their menu, namely pumpkin and parmesan, tocino and cheese, and tocino and basil. Other breakfast options include crepes, corn fritters, and toast and dips, served with bread Dominic bakes himself.


“I used to work in a breakfast café in Australia,” explained Dominic. “We specialized in eggs; that’s why I’m pretty good with them, then I decided to bring the skill here.” The bistro opened on Jan. 15 of this year.

Omelet Bistro’s main dishes are pork confit with corn, which is slow roasted pork paired with garlic savored kangkong (river spinach) and corn. They also have the plato Cubano, a Latino-style meal consisting of pork and beans in tomato salsa. A bestseller is the Asian pork and rice, with its familiar sweet Asian-style sauce.

“We’re not here to make artwork out of food, but just good food,” Dominic said. Good food at an affordable rate at that. Most of their dishes are priced at less than P100.

“Eventually we’ll be adding more dishes,” the young chef said. “We’ll put in some salads, expand our omelet menu. Then we’ll be adding quiches, frittatas and cocottes.”

The three words he mentioned might sound completely foreign, but with Omelet Bistro around—these egg dishes just might become favorite food treats of Cebuanos soon.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 17, 2012.


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