From breakfast to dinner dates: A taste of ‘Bistro’ in Cebu

FEAST. A visual feast in Denny’s with sausages and roasted seasoned chicken.
FEAST. A visual feast in Denny’s with sausages and roasted seasoned chicken.

Cebuanos embrace family-style servings as a way to bond over a sumptuous meal, with each dish offering a taste of home and a warm feeling of togetherness. In the country, the concept of “salo-salo” can be done anywhere as long as there is a table and a platter of good food to enjoy with those closest to our hearts.

That said, The Bistro Group has mastered this art by offering a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere that helps showcase its top-notch services and delicious comfort food. Check out its different restaurants in Cebu that provide guests more dining options and choices—from burgers, pasta, pizzas, all-time breakfast to dim sum and noodles.

Italianni’s

You don’t have to go to Italy to experience its flavors in every bite. This American-Italian restaurant will bring about a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more. Its Cebu branch serves all your favorite dishes from appetizers, salads and pastas, to pizzas, mains and desserts.

Other best-sellers include its Spinach Artichoke, Sicilian Salad, Spaghetti Meatballs, Spaghetti Vongole, Quattro Stagioni, Chicken Italianni’s Salmon Oreganato and Tartufo for dessert.

Also in the menu are these new, highly recommended fare: Grilled Pear Salad (mixed greens, grilled pears and a honey mustard dressing), Braised Beef Osso Bucco Platter (braised low and slow in tomato and mirepoix until fork tender); Braised Beef Osso Bucco Spaghetti; Halibut Al Cartoccio (oven-roasted with potatoes bell pepper, zucchini, olives, capers, eggplant and seafood broth) and Blueberry Mango Cheesecake classic New York Cheesecake topped with blueberry and mango puree). Italianni’s is located in Ayala Center Cebu.

Watami

This brand has truly mastered the art of capturing the essence of the country’s culinary traditions. Watami doesn’t need flashy gimmicks or grandiose twists to impress its customers; just its unwavering commitment to authenticity will do.

Classic Watami dishes include its take on ramen, tempura, premium sushi, sashimi, Teishoku dishes (Katsudon Set, Teriyaki Salmon Set) and aburi, among others. With authentic Japanese fare and signature beverages, Watami sure hits the spot when it comes to Japanese dining amid the great ambiance. Watami Grill and Sushi Bar is located at Ayala Center Cebu.

Denny’s

Is there anything more comforting than the sight of warm, golden waffles on a plate and the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air? For over 60 years, Denny’s has been a beloved institution in the USA, serving up classic American diner and since March 2018, Cebuanos have been fortunate enough to experience the same hospitality and delicious food that has made Denny’s a favorite across the United States.

From breakfast to late-night meals (24 hours in some branches), the food is always comforting and hearty. Take a look at some of these dishes: All-American Slam, Mom’s Spaghetti, South Carolina Fried Chicken, Grilled Pork Belly, Breakfast Feasts, Pancakes and Waffles. It also serves some well-loved Filipino dishes along with a mug of refillable fresh hot coffee. Denny’s is located at Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

TGIFridays

In a world where culinary fads come and go, this American-style restaurant is one thing that reminds you of feel-good weekends.

At TGIFridays, the spirit of Friday lives on with every meal, drink and interaction. Indulge in American-style food, sip on legendary drinks, and be treated to genuine personalized service. The rockstar bartenders serve up drinks with a side of entertainment. It’s no wonder they say, “It’s always Friday at TGIFridays!”

Try its Fridays Signature Ribs: Fall-off-the-bone pork ribs smothered in original Fridays whiskey glaze and served with corn and crispy fries—they are a delight to eat.

Also, order servings of all-time favorites such as fried mozzarella, nachos, burgers, pizzas and more. Enjoy these with your choice of drink: Premium cocktails, bottomless mojitos, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. TGIFridays is located at Ayala Center Cebu and Robinsons Galleria.

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