Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu City

Some good places to eat in Cebu are hidden from plain sight or are situated in rather peculiar corners. Aside from the fact that they are not easily found and where not many public utility vehicles ply a route, one gets to ask whether it is worth the trouble to even get there. I found myself dining in one of these curiously hidden places in late May 2016. It was an unplanned lunch date with fellow bloggers who were members of the Cebu Blogging Community. With me were Jullian, Jeane Louise, and Carlo.

Acacia Steakhouse

Acacia Steakhouse takes its name from the street where it is located, Acacia Street in Green Valley Subdivision, Capitol Hills, Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines. Chef Justine Co runs the place which opens at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and  6 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Chorizo Sautéed Squid 

I am used to have my squid adobo by itself. But the sautéed squid at Acacia Steakhouse doesn't just have squid in it. The twist is that squid is sautéed with Spanish chorizo. Quite a peculiar proposition but a surprisingly pleasant experience. A serving that is good for 3-4 persons costs PhP 190.


chorizo sauteed squid at Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu City, Philippines
Chorizo sautéed squid at Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu City, Philippines

Braised Beef with Bone Marrow 

Tender braised beef that fell off the bone and served with marrow in bone and a delicious, rich, and thick sauce. A serving for 2-3 persons is sold at PhP 295.


Braised beef with bone marrow at Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu City, Philippines
Braised beef with bone marrow at Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu City, Philippines

USDA Ribeye Steak

The specialty of the house is Ribeye Steak which is 100% U.S.D.A. prime beef. We had ours medium rare. It comes with pan roasted vegetables. This cost us PhP 595.


Ribeye steak at Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu City, Philippines
Ribeye steak at Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu City, Philippines

Contact Information of Acacia Steakhouse in Cebu City, Philippines

Street Address: 
Acacia Street, Green Valley Subdivision, Capitol Hills, Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines

Mobile Number: 0922 805 2957

Facebook Fan Page: Acacia Steakhouse

Hausbrandt Caffe Opens First Philippine Branch in Cebu City

Italian café chain Hausbrandt  Caffe now operates in more than seventy (70) countries worldwide. It has recently opened it's first ever Philippine branch at Cebu City, widely acknowledged as the queen city of the south. Their store is located at the second floor of Arcade 1, Capitol Square along Escario Street in Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines. They open from 8 a.m. until 12 midnight.

Hausbrandt Caffe in Cebu City, Philippines
Hausbrandt Caffe opens in Cebu City, Philippines


I happened to be present when they had their grand opening on a sunny Saturday last 7 May 2016. We learned a bit about the history of Hausbrandt Caffe, about Hausbrandt Caffe's brew your own coffee experience, and what else Hausbrandt Caffe had to offer for Cebuanos.

History of Hausbrandt Caffe

Hermann Hausbrandt was a captain of Austrian Merchant Marine. He provided a solution to one of the long standing problems of coffee which is transport and storage. In 1892, he started a business in Trieste that roasted and sold coffee. At present, Hausbrandt Caffe is able to sell more than 4,000 tons of roasted coffee every year translating to around 600 million cups of espresso.

Brew Your Own Coffee at Hausbrandt Caffe

One of the things that Hausbrandt Caffe wants to highlight is their own unique brew your own coffee experience using the Bialetti Moka pot. More commonly known to Italians as el makinita, this coffee making machine is said to be present in more than 80% of Italian households. Manufactured since the early 1950's, Bialetti has made more than 200 million coffee makers to date. At Hausbrandt, one can use the Bialetti Moka pot to brew four different coffee preparations: Americano, Caffe Latte, Cappuccino, and Moka (espresso).

Bialetti Moka pot at Hausbrandt Caffe in Cebu City, Philippines
Bialetti Moka pot at Hausbrandt Caffe in Cebu City, Philippines

What Else is Available at Hausbrandt

I also tried some pastries at Hausbrandt. I had some black forest cake and mango mousseline.

Black forest cake at Hausbrandt Caffe in Cebu City, Philippines
Black forest cake at Hausbrandt Caffe in Cebu City, Philippines


The black forest cake was priced at PhP 210 while a slice of the mango mousseline was sold at PhP 170. Both are good dessert choices after a good meal.

Mango mousseline at Hausbrandt Caffe in Cebu City, Philippines
A slice of mango mousseline at Hausbrandt Caffe in Cebu City, Philippines

Contact Information of Hausbrandt Caffe in Cebu City, Philippines

Street Address: 2nd Floor, Arcade 1, Capitol Square, Escario Street, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: (032) 233 1341
Website: www.hausbrandteurofoodphil.com
E-mail Address: coffee@hausbrandteurofoodphil.com
Facebook Fan Page: Hausbrandt Philippines

4 Kinds of Cupcakes at Fudge

Fudge is fast becoming a favorite dessert place among Cebuanos. Aside from it's lava cake, another item worth a try at Fudge are the four (4) different of cupcakes that they serve. These are the calamansi cupcake, vanilla cupcake, chocolate cupcake, and the pink velvet cupcake.

Chocolate Cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines

The chocolate cupcake at Fudge is but a chocolate cupcake with white icing. Bittersweet cake with some sweet icing on top. Cost is PhP 50 per piece.

Chocolate cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines
Chocolate Cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines

Calamansi Cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines

With a green, tangy-tasting green frosting, I find this cupcake variation kind of weird for my palate. Sweet cupcake base with a sweet and tangy frosting. This is sold at PhP 50 a piece.

Calamansi cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines
Calamansi cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines

Pink Velvet Cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines 

Aside from the pink candy cane sprinkles on its frosting, the cupcake itself has somewhat of a pink color. This is sold at a higher price than the other cupcakes at PhP 70 each.

pink velvet cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines
Pink velvet cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines

Vanilla Cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines

The vanilla cupcake at Fudge is my personal favorite. The frosting on the vanilla cupcake is a little crispier compared to the frosting on the other cupcake varieties. This also sells at PhP 50 each.

Vanilla cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines
Vanilla cupcake at Fudge in Cebu City, Philippines

Note: On top of the prices at Fudge, there is also a service charge  which amounts to approximately 10% of the bill.

Fudge Branches and Contact Information in Cebu City, Philippines

A. S. Fortuna Street Branch 

Business Address: 888 A. S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 
  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Sundays to Thursdays
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays
Telephone Number: (032) 416 1727
E-mail Address: fudgeresto@gmail.com

Ayala Center Cebu Branch

Business Address: 4th Floor, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu, Philippines
Operating Hours:
  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Sundays to Thursdays
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays