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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
GLIMPSES of the Golden Gate bridge, brick walls and seats with wooden slats. This isn’t San Francisco, but this is one Cable Car that has arrived in Cebu.
This is the first Cable Car bar and restaurant outside of Manila and the third in the country, with the first two branches located in Tomas Morato and Pasay Road. The original owners used to live in San Francisco, and decided to go with that theme when they opened the first branch in 1992. The one here in Cebu is not a franchise, but a partnership between the Manila owners and Cebuano proprietors JP Chiongbian, Wayne Congmon, and brothers Blake and Cris Go.
Because it’s a direct partnership, the recipes for the food are exactly as they are in Manila. JP says Cable Car has always been known for its signature Cable Car Rice, and eventually for its sisig rice.
Savory and hearty, Cable Car Rice is stir-fried with chicken adobo bits and topped with a scrambled egg, and is often eaten with Knorr and Tabasco for a little extra kick. It’s best shared with friends, with large servings that are good for three to four people.
Other customer favorites are the Cable Car and Heartbreaker pizzas, tacos, sizzling tapa, sizzling sisig, and calamares; all great as bar chow for a night of drinking, or on their own for a meal. Despite an already extensive list of choices, they are still amping up their menu with more tasty dishes.
The crowds on weekends will clearly indicate that this is a popular place for partying. The Fuoro Loco is the signature flaming drink with a mix of 14 different types of spirits, not one for the timid. The margarita, tequila sunrise and kamikaze are the bestsellers on a full list of cocktails, shots, liquors, spirits and beer.
Speaking of beer, Cable Car is famous for being the official beer pong venue in the Philippines. Other establishments use makeshift tables, but here, the game uses tables custom-made specifically for beer pong. “It’s something that this generation really enjoys,” JP says of the game.
Players can share four bottles of ice cold beer at P275 for every round. Anyone over 21 years of age can play. It’s more than just a game to some:
At the tournaments every Tuesday, players can win P3,000 plus gift certificates (GCs), and on the monthly match, the prize is P6,000 plus GCs.
There’s always something happening here. Wednesday is band night with some of Cebu’s favorite bands like Johnny and the Walkers, Pandora and UK Lily. On Throwback Thursdays, DJ’s play R&B songs from the ‘90s, like TLC, Keith Sweat, and Notorious B.I.G. Riding this Weekend on Fridays and Saturdays features some of Cebu’s DJs “riding” the Cable Car and spinning the latest music: Jom Gonzalez, Karl Chua, Bryan Go and Christian Mozo.
Cable Car Cebu is located on Ma. Luisa Road and is open daily from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. By the end of this month, they will be open for lunch and dinner.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 11, 2013.