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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


THAT QUAINT, little restaurant which Cebuanos have learned to love through all these years has decided to “move out.” But still, it draws the same amount of adoration—or even more.

“We’ve had suggestions from people actually to make the place bigger,” Oakridge Business Park store operations manager George Mascardo states during a conversation. Business is good and more and more people are hearing about the restaurant. But if you’re from around town and you’ve known the brand ever since the old days, expanding may not be the best thing to do.

Needless to say, the management pays tribute to the original brand concept that 10 Dove Street has created and developed for more than a decade. The hangout formerly located within Sto. Nino Village in Banilad, Cebu City (the restaurant aptly named after its address) was popular for its homey interiors, delicious soups and sandwiches, and exquisite cakes. Now, the brand is located at Oakridge Business Park, A.S Fortuna, Banilad, Mandaue City.

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The new address, according to George, still stays true to the original concept. Things like simplicity and good taste, were some of the things that made 10 Dove Street one of this city’s best-kept secrets then. The secret’s out now, and fortunately for its fans, not much has changed.

There isn’t much hoopla going at the new location which is fantastic. The tunes played over the restaurant’s speakers are carefully selected; sticking to calm and melodic instrumentals that help people engage in more pleasant conversations, rather than steal the spotlight. The menu is still pretty similar to the one offered in the old spot, and features the same tasteful treats that will have patrons coming back for more.

Here at 10 Dove, the dining concept is pretty simple. When a customer takes a seat, he is offered two types of “sets” to choose from on the menu. First on the list is the “10 Dove Street Experience.” This offers a customer to choose a soup, salad, sandwich and dessert. There is a list provided on the menu under per item, which will further train those with a mild case (or not-so-mild) case of indecisiveness to be swifter when it comes to a good bite. Talk about a gastronomic adventure, indeed.

This mix and match concept is easily one of the reasons that rescues this place from the pitfalls of restaurants falling into a routine. With about eight soups, 15 salads, 18 sandwiches and four to six choices of cakes for dessert, imagine what are the odds of having the same set twice in a month? (That is if a customer resists the temptation to order the same favorites over and over, which could be very hard to do.)

Second on the list would be the “Kitchen Favorites.” Customers would have to choose a soup, an entree and a dessert. Like the extensive list of soups and desserts, 11 entrees are listed on the menu as well. There should be something for just about everyone wanting to try out something new at 10 Dove Street.

But is there’s one thing that singles out this place from the rest of the competition? “Of course, the cakes,” George reiterates as well, one of the stuff that make 10 Dove Street a star as well.

Just as the place hints at comfort and style without going over the top, the flavors of its food stays within the borderline of delicious and delicious. That’s right. Generally speaking, sans the subjectivity of different palates, the flavors of the food here at 10 Dove are not difficult to adore. But despite this sumptuous praise, the experience of dining in such a place is something special, and is not so easily found in today’s dining trends. What is this exactly? An ambience that exudes the qualities of dining at home, rather than grabbing a quick bite in some commercial arcade.

At its new place, parking is not a problem, accessibility is better and a few more tables are added to seat little more customers (the former address had six tables; now it has 10. (Due to the limited number of seats, reservations are highly encouraged.)

Moving out of the old location may scare a few fans into thinking that the brand may have lost a little bit of its whimsy characteristics and hole-in-the-wall appeal. But that said, the trade off is just fine. The magic is still pretty much there, and the new 10 Dove retains most, if not, all of it. This new showing might have even added a few more tricks up its sleeve. 10 Dove Street is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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