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Brunchin’ out

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Brunchin’ out

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Café Marco (Contributed Foto)

LET’S face it. If there was a chance to stay in bed half of the day, one would take it. Thankfully, when the urge to eat breakfast at a later time comes, there are spots in Cebu that cater to those cravings, hence, brunch. Here are just some of the many brunch spots in the city:

Sunday Brunch+ at Café Marco

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It’s brunch and so much more. At Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Café Marco, the brunch experience is taken up a notch and not just because of its buffet favorites like roast beef or smoked meats at the carving station, the hotel’s specialty items like pizzas fresh out the oven; its Bloody Mary DIY station, or its cornucopia of international cuisines with the option to indulge in a glass (or two) of bubblies like Mimosas. More than that, there’s a string of activities designed to make the day more memorable like face painting or balloon twisting for the kids; and live music entertainment and a complementary five-minute massage for the adults. Truly a Sunday lifestyle.

Bicester Cafe

Mahogany Arcade, Pope John Paul II Ave., Kasambagan, Mabolo, Cebu City
Monday to Saturday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Rapidly becoming one of the go-to restaurants, Bicester is a latest addition to Cebu City’s growing list of brunch spots in the city, and not just for brunch but also for coffee, cocktails and pastries (as seen in the neon sign in the cafe). It’s inspired by Bicester Village, a shopping district in Oxford. Enjoy its all-day brunch specialties paired with specialty grade coffee. Some of its items on the menu include the tapa rice, chicken and waffle, banana pancakes and many more.

The Pig & Palm’s special weekend brunch

MSY Tower, Pescadores Road, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pig & Palm is prized for its Spanish tapas menu, putting the spotlight on pork dishes with unique cocktails and bar snacks offered at the adjoining bar. On weekends, it serves brunch.

Found at the center of the metropolis, it still retains a tranquil and light kind of vibe making it one of the city’s picturesque and top spots to brunch. After all, the idea of brunching is to hang back, relax and savor the joys of getting eggs benedict at a later time of the day (which they have as well, of course). Check out its bestsellers like avocado toast, salmon fishcakes and confit pork belly to name a few.

Luncheonette by the Abaca Group

Robinsons Cybergate
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Comfort food-friendly, that is what one can expect from Luncheonette with its no-nonsense menu in a casual place setting for those quick and short lunches—and brunches. Enjoy its breakfast-all-day food items from its pancakes, corned beef hash, spam and eggs to its sandwiches like tuna melt, Jake’s original the reuben and patty melt, deemed to be the love child of a burger and a grilled cheese sandwich.

Abaca Baking Company by the Abaca Group

Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu IT Park, Paseo Arcenas, Robinsons Cybergate

Branches of Abaca Baking Company can be seen in different parts of the city and to that, a thank you is in order. If the smell of its freshly-baked pastries wafting through the air doesn’t make one’s tummy growl, there’s also its bestselling breakfast dishes that can be enjoyed anytime of the day, as well as must try ones like the ham and country sausage breakfast sandwiches, delectable waffles to name a few. Made-to-order salad bowls and freshly made sugar-free smoothies and juices are also available.

Balai Brunch by Cafeplus

No. 1 Floremer Subdivision, A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City, Cebu
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. until 12 m.n.

This is one brunch spot in Cebu that introduces to the locals the brunch culture of Australia, the inspiration of the place. It’s got an indoor and outdoor dining area bearing a cozy atmosphere—much like a home as it is aptly named. It’s like a garden in the city perfect for brunch dates. Check out its brunch choices including its pancake and toast choices, Balai burger, Balai plate, and new items like salmon toasties with poached egg paired with its coffee-based drinks, smoothies, juices and teas.

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on September 10, 2017.

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