AKITA: A Japan-Nice Restaurant in Mandaue City, Cebu

We Cebuanos are known for being Otaku or lovers of the Japanese culture. We are avid fans of the undying Manga and Anime series. We even sing songs by Japanese artists and bands. And we do cosplay as Japanese show characters. But even more so, we Cebuanos are true lovers of the Japanese food. Am I right or am I correct?

Itadaki-Masu! That's the customary Nihonggo greeting for diners. It means Happy Eating!

Akita Japanese Restaurant in Mandaue City
Akita Japanese Restaurant

Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe: All Day Breakfast in Cebu

Some people are early birds and wish to have their breakfast or morning meal early. Some are late risers and prefer to have their first meal much later in the day. Some want to combine meals and just have brunch. Yet some just can't have enough of breakfast food and want to have it in every meal. Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe caters to just about anyone of the aforementioned personality profiles with differing meal preferences in Cebu City, Philippines. An all-day breakfast club run by Chef Alyssa Lao, Birdseed traces it's name origins to a slang word used to mean breakfast. 

While the popular quote "the early bird catches the worm" may be a good reference to early risers and the worm as the bird's breakfast, most if not all birds do eat plant seeds as a common meal making the avian kind one of the biggest agents of cross pollination. Birdseed therefore captures more of the all-day breakfast vibe at this place bridging uptown and midtown Cebu City.

Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe is located at Unit F 19 at the Axis Entertainment Avenue, Vibo Place along N. Escario Street in barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. It opened last 16 January 2016. The restaurant is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Below is their contact information:

Telephone Number: +6332 254 9463

E-mail Address: birdseed.cebu@gmail.com

Facebook Fan Page: Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe

The Menu

Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe serves American food, Asian fusion dishes, breakfast items, sandwiches, coffee, and soul food. The menu is actually divided into the following eight (8) sections: 
  1. Soups. Dishes with some broth in it.  
  2. Salads. For those who want it light, organic, or vegetarian.
  3. Pancakes, Waffles, and Toasts.  Common breakfast items from egg-based dough.
  4. Sandwiches. Breads with fillings in between.
  5. Go Green. Anything plant-based.
  6. Mains. Heavier meals and entrees.
  7. Drinks. Beverage section.
  8. Coffee Bar. For coffee lovers.

When we dined in for brunch one lazy day in May 2016, we ordered the triple-stack buttermilk pancakes with maple butter and a breakfast skillet as suggested by the hosts.

Triple-stack Buttermilk Pancake with Maple Butter

A stack of three fluffy pancakes with a generous topping of slowly melting butter. As a side to it, we had a choice of spiced maple syrup, strawberry, or blueberry syrup. We took the spiced maple syrup. The pancakes are not too sweet. Just pour in the maple syrup to your liking to make it sweeter. Filipinos might find this different as they are used to a sweeter taste of not just pancakes but food in general.

Triple-stack buttermilk pancakes at Birdseed Breakfast Club
Triple-stack buttermilk pancakes

Never Again at AnDiana's Restaurant

Andiana's Restaurant is right beside Barbeque Boss at the corner of Pope John Paul II Avenue and F. Cabahug Street in Kasambagan, Cebu City. They also serve just about the same menu as Barbeque Boss. They can actually be mistaken to be part of Barbeque Boss. They are actually not.

We tried to dine in their once. It wasn't the best of our many dining experiences. My brother initially wanted to eat at Barbeque Boss but I persuaded him to try something novel as we have already eaten a lot of times at Barbeque Boss. On hindsight, I should have listened to him. But oh well, let us just charge this one to experience and move on.

Andiana's Restaurant
Andiana's Restaurant

You Will Love The Coffee and More at Barako Haus

Coffee shops in Cebu are mostly overrated and are usually expensive. I dare say this coming from Bacolod City on a recent business trip. Bacolod City has basic native coffee shops that serve brewed native coffee for as low as PhP 10.00 per cup. Now compare that to the ones served at Cebu cafes that go by the hundreds or just a bit less.

Thankfully though, I stumbled upon a coffee shop near the heart of Cebu City where the price is not that bad. I'm referring to Barako Haus at the corner of Juana OsmeƱa Street and Maria Cristina Street, a stone's throw away from the Baseline residences. A dimly lit cafe with furniture in dark brown varnish, Barako Haus is a cool place to have breakfast. Free breakfast for Mandaue Botique Hotel guests are served by Barako Haus. It is also a good place meet up with friends, do some work, or just simply hang out.

Barako Haus
Barako Haus