My friend invited me to try Cafe Racer on his birthday along Ouano Avenue at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines because it gave him a "Johnny Rockets kind of vibe" when he first drove by. I thought, the themed restaurant inspired by cafe racers in the United Kingdom would be pricey but I was surprised to see the prices in their menu.
|The Cafe Racer Logo|
The first few things that caught my attention are some vintage cars used to decorate the place and a gas pump by the al fresco dining area. Grilling actually takes place under the hood of a Volkswagen Beetle. The cashier area is in a Volkswagen Kombi Van and I can't help but notice that some oil barrels were designed into couches and stools. Some tools decorate the walls inside the air conditioned dining area. The gas pump-looking stuff that first caught my attention is actually a beer dispenser.
We ordered some kwek-kwek (deep-fried coated quail eggs), squid balls, and pork sisig for appetizers. For dinner I ordered their Baked Baby Back Ribs priced at PHP 160. My friends ordered Burrito at PHP 160, Breaded Pork Chop at PHP 160, Double Burger Steak with Cheese at PHP 180, and some sandwiches. The Burrito was really small though and a disappointment as it tasted more like a vegetable egg roll or vegetable lumpia. The Breaded Pork Chop was a disappointment too. But the Double Burger Steak and the Baked Baby Back Ribs is more than worth the money we paid for. Their Baked Baby Back Ribs is now my top choice for that kind of dish in Cebu.
|Me and my friends at Cafe Racer in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines|
How to Get There
Cafe Racer is along the highway at the North Reclamation Area (Ouano Avenue), a few meters after Vivo Sugbu (formerly Amnezia Superclub and shortly before Jollibee). There are no public jeepneys plying along the route but those who do not drive may flag down a taxicab to take them there.