6-8 Apr 2015
In our 3-day trip to Cebu, we had a great time trying their local food and of course, desserts won’t be missed. Today, I’m sharing our experiences with these 3 local dessert spots that probably are familiar to many Cebuanos.
1. Dessert Factory
Sunny Cebu got Danny really thirsty when we reached Ayala Center. We walked around the mall to see where we could grab some snacks and drinks and just enjoy our afternoon time and then, we spotted this place. Don’t you think the name just sounds too sweet and heavenly? We were invited by the waitress at the nearest table for 2 upon entering.
Looking at the menu, they also serve rice meals. We ordered a glass of iced cappuccino and one of their best seller cakes— Chocolate Extreme. Annoyingly, it took them more than 20 minutes to serve our orders. I also overheard the other table followed-up their orders.
There was no presentation of the cake whatsoever and it tasted ordinary.
The coffee was more like a latte than cappuccino. After finishing our food and drink, we didn’t bother to wait for the bill ’cause it might take them another 20 minutes or so. Instead, we headed straight to the cashier to pay and no tip was given. I think, they can improve on their service to receive nice reviews and get recommendations from their customers.
Address: 2nd floor Ayala Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City
Phone: (032) 233 2351
Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM ; Friday to Saturday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
2. Macaron Tango
When we say macaron, an afternoon tea with the view of Eiffel tower comes in my mind. Unfortunately, at Macaron Tango, the interior doesn’t offer a French kind of ambiance at all.
But, you should have seen my sparkling eyes when I saw the display of colorful and inviting macarons upon entering.
I ordered 2 of their best selling flavors — french and pistachio at Php45 each. Danny ordered a cup of hot tea for Php50. Macarons and tea are always a good pair.
I tasted the french first, it was the best (not perfect) macaron I’ve tasted so far. It melted in my mouth and I could savor the thick ganache filling. As for the pistachio, it got crumbling on my first bite.
After some time, the chef / pastry maker invited us for another round of dessert, but we refused since we were full. So, he offered us a complimentary dessert named Canelé de Bordeaux. In Korea, it is an ill-manner to refuse anything especially food so we just accepted it and took a bite. Actually, I finished just the inside. This dessert is unfamiliar to us, the outside was quite rubbery and the inside was soft and not too sweet.
The next morning, we also had our breakfast at this place.
The sauce had a comparable taste with carbonara according to Danny. I think the taste was worth the money we paid for.
Address: Boulevard (under Jo’s Inato), Osmena Blvd., Capitol, Cebu City 6000
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM
3. Butterbean Desserts & Cafe
I’ve read some nasty reviews about this local dessert shop on the taste of their food and how they provide a bad service. But as tourists in Cebu, we still gave it a try. Stepping inside, the place is too bright for my eyes. We were greeted and entertained by the staff. Since we just had dinner when we came in, we ordered ice cream — a scoop of green tea for me and a DIY ice cream bar for Danny which has the same concept with Magnum cafe. First step is to choose the ice cream flavor, then dip to a choco coating with choices of milk, dark or white, sprinkle 4 different toppings and add choco drizzle. It was fine, nothing special, and a bit sweet.
Address: Escario corner Tojong Street., 6000 Cebu City
Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday : 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM and Friday and Saturday : 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Note: This post is based on our own honest opinion and personal experiences only.
Do you have other recommendations? I’d love to hear from you.