Maayong Hapon! AKITA; A Japan-Nice Restaurant

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 as well as 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! (Happy Eating!)

Akita Japanese Restaurant in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
Akita Japanese Restaurant in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines

All-day Breakfast at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City

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. 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 is located at Unit F 19 at Axis Entertainment Avenue, Vibo Place along N. Escario Street in barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. It opened last January 16, 2016 and now opens from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Below is their contact information:

Telephone Number: (+63 32) 254 9463

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

Facebook Fan Page: Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe

The Menu at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines

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 waitstaff.

Triple-stack Buttermilk Pancake with Maple Butter at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines 

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.


Triple stack buttermilk pancakes at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines
Triple-stack buttermilk pancakes with maple butter at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines

Breakfast Skillet at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines

Priced at PhP 390.00 per serving, the breakfast skillet can feed 2 to 3 persons. It has two sunny side up eggs, French toast, herbed hash browns, three (3) breakfast sausages, wilted spinach, roasted tomatoes, and a few strips of bacon. It is a filling meal for two (2) people. Not one to have if you want a light breakfast meal. 


Breakfast skillet at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines
Breakfast skillet at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines

Other Interesting Items on the Menu at Birdseed Breakfast Club + Cafe in Cebu City, Philippines

Vegans and vegetarians may order from the Go Green section which lists vegetarian pita pizza (PhP 240.00) and double double vegetarian burger (PhP 250.00) as choices. Silog meals are also available for those who wish to enjoy a Filipino breakfast with choices of Spanish chorizo, bacon, salmon, beef tapa (beef jerky), and beef brisket and kimchi as main entrees.

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, Philippines. They also serve just about the same menu as Barbeque Boss. They can actually be mistaken to be part of Barbeque Boss but they are actually not. We tried to dine in their once and 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 in Cebu City, Philippines
Andiana's Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Food was Okay at Andiana's Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

Most of the food wasn't bad at Andiana's Restaurant. We ordered a serving of their dynamite rolls or Jalapeño peppers wrapped in lumpia wrapper and deep fried, a few sticks of pork barbecue, and a serving of calamari. The pork barbecue was delicious and the portions were of good size. But the calamari were but overcooked breaded squid rings we barely ate or even touched it. It was just too gummy to be enjoyed. It looked like this was the work of an amateur chef or one that is just starting to learn his craft.

Calamari and pork barbecue from Andiana's Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Calamari and pork barbecue from Andiana's Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

The dynamite rolls were pretty good although it did not come in the same sizes. Some were longer and some were shorter. This again shows that the one preparing the food was not very well-trained to do it some amateurs can actually do it better.

Dynamite from Andiana's Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines
Dynamite rolls from Andiana's Restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines

There are three (3) reasons why we are never eating at this Andiana's Restaurant ever again. First, it seemed like they did not care much about sanitation in their restaurant and it took some convincing to have their staff clean out the table we were seated at. It was too dusty that I even caught a sneeze. Second, service takes a very long time considering they are a very small restaurant. Third, prices on the menu and the wall posters are not the real prices. We paid much more than what we expected because we were told those were no longer valid. I was too tired to argue, or I just settled because they forgot to place some items on our tab anyway (They did not charge us for several glasses of iced tea and several cups of rice). When I noticed that, I thought to myself it suits them for duping us with the prices. We paid just about the same amount we would have paid if they did not mess up the pricing for us.

You Will Love The Coffee and More at Barako Haus in Cebu City

Coffee shops in Cebu, Philippines are mostly overrated and are usually expensive. I dare say this coming from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines 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 coffee served at Cebu shops that go by the hundreds or just a bit less.

Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines
Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines

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 Osmeña 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, meet up with friends, or just simply hang out.

Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines
The interior at Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines


Barako House in Cebu City, Philippines
Cozy lounge at Barako House in Cebu City, Philippines

Refillable Coffee at Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines

Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines
Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines

Well, technically their coffee is still priced high: PhP 85.00 for a cup caffe Americano using Arabica beans, PhP 75.00 for a cup of caffe Americano using Maharlika coffee or Liberica beans, and PhP 240 for a cup of civet coffee. The good news however, is that they offer refillable coffee alternating between Maharlika or Arabica servings. Their refillable coffee can be refilled thrice after the first serving. If you want milk with your coffee, just pay a PhP 5.00 add-on. With refillable coffee, a cup of coffee at Barako Haus can cost as little as PhP 17.50 per cup. And you can choose to have it served hot or iced.

Maharlika Coffee at Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines

Maharlika coffee uses Liberica coffee beans and is widely known in the Philippines as Kapeng Barako, a staple in Batangas province. The Maharlika coffee at Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines is sourced from Batangas! It has a stronger coffee flavor compared to Arabica coffee.

Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines
Iced coffee at Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines

What Else to Enjoy at Barako House in Cebu City, Philippines

Aside from serving good coffee, Barako Haus also offers all day breakfast meals, pastries and dessert items, pili nuts, pasta, grilled sandwiches, and smoothies. Complimentary breakfast for Mandaue Hotel situated above is served by Barako Haus. Breakfast options are chorizo de Cebu, bacon, tocino, and tapa. All breakfast meals come with your choice of scrambled or sunny side up egg, a cup of coffee, atchara, and a cup of plain rice. Bacon is my personal favorite among their breakfast meals.

Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines
Tocino for breakfast at Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines


Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines
Chorizo de Cebu for breakfast at Barako Haus in Cebu City, Philippines
I love their Oreo cheesecake cookies, the pili nuts with garlic, and the grilled chicken and egg sandwich.