My Reviews

Bench Fix Salon

3.0 Stars
Hair Salon
3

It's my first time getting a haircut at Bench Fix and I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it so I extended a bit before writing this review. Got my haircut exactly three weeks prior to this review.

I am growing my hair so I just asked for a trim, both at the back and my fringe. It's weird when I told the stylist what I wanted, she immediately asked the staff to have my hair blow dried without even cutting anything. It's not like I asked for a 1 inch trim for her to not touch anything. I was actually okay with 2-3 inches gone. Weird.

Then it got to my fringe. I told her which side my part was and she got it wrong. She made it the opposite which let me to decide to just have it straight but not too straight. At first I thought I was having my usual "why did I cut my hair" moment which usually last for almost a week. But this time, it actually extended until two weeks. Now on my third week, I think it's pretty okay since it already grew.

Hmm. I'm still debating whether I will have my haircut again here next time but I'm leaning to the "No" side 128129🏻 well at least not for this branch.

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Gringo

5.0 Stars
Fusion
4

When dining in a group, I’d always recommend Gringo. It has delicious comfort food which is perfect for sharing. Prices are reasonable as well.
 
For our group of 6, we ordered a whole original chicken, half southern spice chicken, crispy catfish and truffle queso quesadillas.
 
WHOLE ORIGINAL CHICKEN with 3 sides Php648
Juicy, flavorful chicken. One whole chicken is good for 4 to 6 people depending on the appetite.
 
HALF SOUTHERN SPICE CHICKEN with 3 sides Php375
An elevated version of their original chicken with Latino flavors. Half size is good for 2 to 3 people. I think I like this better than the original. But I have to visit and try this again just to be sure.

For our sides, we all got one cup of rice each. Some got plain rice, while the others got garlic and Mexican rice.

CRISPY CATFISH SALSA Php365
This one was highly recommended by people. It lived up to its name to being really crispy outside while still preserving its soft and juicy flavors inside. The salsa was perfect in making it a light dish. But personally, it lacked a bit of seasoning.
 
TRUFFLE QUESO QUESADILLAS Php145
Generous truffle infused cheese in a quesadilla. What’s not to love?
 
Overall, I had a great visit again this time. Keep it up Gringo!

128161Tip: I noticed that ordering half chicken with 3 sides can save more compared to ordering a whole chicken with 3 sides. So the next time I come in a group, I'll always order the half size.

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8Cuts Burgers (formerly Burger Bar)

5.0 Stars
Burger

Whenever I crave for burger, 8 cuts always hits the spot. For this visit, I went for something that you can never go wrong with: Classic Cheeseburger and Onion Rings.
 
CHEESEBURGER 1/4lb Php195 11088110881108811088
What I love about 8 cuts is their consistency in delivery really juicy burgers. Meat is always fresh and delicious. However, they could still improve on the flavorful. A little more seasoning would make the world of a difference.
 
ONION RINGS Php70 1108811088110881108811088
Hands down, the best onion rings in town! Could not chose a better way to satisfy my cravings.
 
Remember those daily steals 8 cuts offer? Skip them. Last time I tried, I felt really ripped off. Steal no. 1 is exactly what I ordered: 1/4 cheeseburger, choice of onion rings or skinny fries and a glass of iced tea for Php299. However, the onion rings/fries is barely half of the normal order and the iced tea is nothing unusual. I’m glad I didn’t gave in to the daily steal this time.

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Soban K-Town Grill

5.0 Stars
Korean
4

It’s been forever since my college friends and I met up (even if we all work for the same company 128514). We brainstormed on where to eat and finally ended up at Soban since most of us have never tried it. There were 8 of us and we opted for the group sets which were good for 3 to 4 people each.
 
6-FLAVOR SAMGYUPSAL SET Php1,420
540g grilled pork belly set with all of Soban’s flavors: Original, Fruity, Chili Bean, Doenjang and Wine. Served with a maximum of 4 unlimited rice, soup and side dishes.
 
PREMIUM BBQ COMBO SET Php2,200
180g USDA Choice Premium Marinated Beef, 180g Pork Belly (choice of any 2 flavors), 180g Boneless Fried Chicken, 1 Japchae, 1 Pajeon, 1 Egg Casserole and 1 Half Gimbap. Served with a maximum of 4 unlimited kimchi rice, soup and side dishes.
 
I actually enjoyed all our orders. I could not remember which flavor was the best since there was only one grill and only one of us was cooking. All cooked items were placed on one plate. But everything was good. The only distinctly good was the beef since it was really tender. I’m just glad that it was worth the splurge.
 
Service was great too. Even though we kept asking for refills, our attendant was always smiling and happy to assist us. I liked the ambiance of the place as well. Even though it is a grilling restaurant, it was not overly smoky like the usual ones. Yay for good ventilation.

Overall, it was a great visit! I can see myself coming back again even if it may seem a bit pricey.

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The Pigpen Restaurant & Bar

4.0 Stars
International
4

“Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: Is it good? Does it give pleasure?” – Anthony Bourdain
 
Pig Pen, I think opened not too long ago. Although the food is great, I don’t think it has been recognized enough since its first branch opened in Nuvali and the second one in Alabang. This one is located in Eton Building right along V.A. Rufino.
 
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Instead of using the normal tortillas, Pig Pen used Indian tortillas for their nachos. It is much more delicate that your usual nacho chips. But I actually prefer this. It’s thin and crispy. The beef and toppings were heavenly. Not sure what the sauce was but I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend their nachos! 128077🏻 This is also available in Pork and Sisig but since the staff recommended beef, that's what we got. And I'm really glad we did!
 
CRISPY PORK AND HOISIN Php350 11088110881108811088
Pig Pen’s classic sisig with a twist. Instead of serving it in a sizzling plate, like how we usually enjoy it, Pig Pen had theirs toasted and wrapped. Its served with a sweet and salty oriental sauce. A+ for creativity and elevating the humble sisg into restaurant quality. However, I found the sisig itself to be a bit bland. The Hoisin sauce made it taste more Chinese than Filipino. But nonetheless, a great effort.
 
PULLED PORK CANNELONI Php290 11088110881108811088
Fresh tubed pasta filled with slow-cooked pulled pork smothered with creamy carbonara sauce. Their carbonara sauce is delicious. I just could not get enough of it. The pulled-pork is very tender and generous. However, it tasted bland. Good thing the sauce was able to save it.
 
Loved the interiors. It’s very cozy and a perfect place for the candle-lit dinner date. It’s a place I would definitely come back to.

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Souv By Cyma

5.0 Stars
Greek
5

It was K’s birthday was last weekend and he loves anything Greek. He’s been trying to get me to go with him to Souv ever since its opening too.
 
Souv is located right beside Hey Handsome and the interiors are beautiful. Its walls are painted white with blue and orange accents. We arrived a little past one in the afternoon and were quite famished. And since I had so little knowledge about Greek food, I let K decide what we’re having. The attendants were very accommodating and knowledgeable about their dishes that he was able to decide quickly.
 
SOLOMOS Php500 S • Php850 L 1108811088110881108811088
To start off, we ordered a plate of pasta. Angel hair pasta with salmon, tomato, feta, parmigiano reggiano, cream, fried basil and crispy salmon skin topped with a squeeze of lime to tie everything together. Oh I loved everything about the dish. It’s not your usual tomato based pasta since it incorporated cream into the sauce plus the tanginess of the lime. The feta gave it an additional umph of Greek flavor and the choice of angel hair pasta made it a light dish. They were generous with the salmon too! Two thumbs up! 128077🏻128077🏻
 
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Order your choice of meat, served with garlic yogurt sauce, pita, juicy tomatoes, pickles and Greek coleslaw.
 
All Chicken Php750
All Pork Php970
All Lamb Php1150
Choice of two Php1050
All three Php950
 
We got the all three platter to sample the different meat choices. All three types of meat were very juicy. No need for knives here. Out of all, I preferred the pork since this was the most flavorful. The lamb was quite disappointing since it was so bland. But overall, I liked the meat platter. I think it’s a really good dish. One order is good for three people.
 
GREEK YOGURT with Baklava and Honey Php150 1108811088110881108811088
Perfect dessert to cap of our lunch. It’s sweet and tangy. It is a light dessert that cleanses the palate after all those savory flavors. The Baklava and Honey gave just the right of sweetness to counteract the natural sour flavor of the yogurt. The only downside of this is its presentation. It was served in a plain white paper cup. Weird.
 
Overall, Souv is a promising restaurant. All the dishes we ordered were superb and anyone who loves Greek will definitely love Souv. I didn't know Greek and I loved it!

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The Pyramid

3.0 Stars
International
7

There’s a Pyramid in Cebu and it’s far from ancient. Ever since its opening, the Pyramid has been fully booked almost every night. On weekends, they do not even accept reservations anymore due to the volume of guests.
 
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Its architecture and interior design are exquisite. During the day, the natural light shines through its triangular, glassed walls. At night, the purple-ish pink light design makes it standout, making it visible even from two blocks away. Its interiors are painted white with brown and black accents. The high ceiling gives it an even more beautiful and elegant vibe. There's no other place like it here in the country.
 
FOOD
I was quite surprised and confused with the menu. It’s quite short but diverse. It’s a mix of Filipino, Italian and American cuisine. There is not a lot to choose from to be honest. I ordered a Kimchi Burger for myself, while my friends got Carbonara and Baby Back Ribs.
 
Kimchi Burger Php245 11088110881108811088
I love kimchi and I love burger. But I never thought of combining these two together. Surprisingly, the flavors blended really well with the help of their sauce. The burger itself was seasoned well and juicy. The size was just right too. I’d come back just for this again next time.
 
Carbonara Php240 110881108811088
Tasted pretty normal to me. It was too milky and more on the bland size.
 
Baby Back Ribs Php250 + Extra rice Php30 1108811088
Skip this. Casa Verde’s is way better and cheaper.
 
Other dishes offered include the usual pizzas (i.e. Margharita, Hawaiian, 3 Cheese, Vegetarian), simple pasta dishes (i.e. Bolognese, Aglio, Genovese), Chicken Wings, Sisig, Panseared Salmon, Crispy Pata and Pork Chop.

They also serve several alcoholic drinks but since no one was willing to drink during the day, we passed on it.

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Oh my. Really bad service. I can never seem to call the attention of the servers and my order took longer to arrive compared to my friends’. They failed pretty bad on this aspect.
 
Overall, the restaurant has many rooms for improvement. If the service continues to be this bad and the food is not even that great, this may as well be a museum instead of a restaurant. But since it is still on its “soft opening”, I think it still has a pretty good chance of redeeming itself.

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Cafe Georg

5.0 Stars
Coffee
4

My friend’s cousin who lives here in Cebu insisted that we can’t leave without trying Café Georg. She wasn’t kidding. Food was amazing! Not to mention the incredibly long line during peak hours. We actually made a reservation but somehow we still ended up waiting for 15 minutes before being seated.

I was S T A R V I N G that I almost ordered two whole servings for myself but I managed to calm down. Their menu is quite extensive that I had a hard time deciding. Good thing the server made a few recommendations. On to the food ---->
 
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2pcs breaded chicken breast with cream spinach sauce on a bed of garlic parmesan spaghetti. This is the real deal. I swear. I loved the healthy cream spinach sauce and the cheesy boneless fried chicken on top. It sounds so simple but executed very well. Two thumbs up! 128077🏻128077🏻
 
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Pork chops were seared to a perfect medium well. No need for a steak knife as the table knife would suffice. The juicy and succulent meat was elevated further with its garlic herb butter sauce. Another simple dish very well delivered.
 
I’d say the food is reasonably price. Each order is only good for one person. The place and ambiance actually reminds me a bit of Mama Lou. A nice sit down dinner with family and friends. A definite must-try when visiting Cebu!
 
P.S. Hooray to no service charge!

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Gong Cha

4.0 Stars
Tea

Believe it or not, it's my first time to try Gong Cha. I got the Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly in M for Php90. The serving for Peal Jelly was generous. As far as the Milk Tea goes, it's pretty good. Above average.

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The Padgett Place

4.0 Stars
Hotel
9

For my two-month fieldwork in Cebu, I had the pleasure of staying at the Padgett Place Condominium. We lived in a one-bedroom unit which is good for four people. There’s one bed in the bedroom and one sofa bed in the living room. It was well furnished with TV, A/C, wifi, phone, stove, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, etc. The cabinets are adequate and the place is clean.
 
The bed is very comfortable to sleep in and the sofa bed is not bad too. I liked how the bathroom is spacious. Shampoo and soap are provided but since I was going to stay for a few months, I opted to supply my own necessities since I’m not used to the ones provided. Also, they don’t replenish the shampoo, tissues or dish washing soap, etc. once the initial provided items are used up unless you check out then check in again. The only thing I found displeasing is that the heater is not consistent. It’s a bit broken but still manageable.
 
The caretaker, Ms. Sherissa, was very accommodating to our requests and concerns. She comes by to clean the unit once a week, which includes a change of used towels. The rate is Php40,000 per month for this unit but I’m not sure about the daily/weekly rate. Definitely a bit pricy if you’re going to live here for a long while considering the rate is already good for a two bedroom condominium some place else. But it was a good stay and definitely cheaper than staying at a hotel. We were able to save a bit on food as well since the place had a kitchen and fridge.
 
Amenities and general features of the condominium include a swimming pool and fitness center. Beside the fitness center is an executive lounge - perfect place to work on a weekend. It's clean, air conditioned and has wifi access. The condominium is well maintained and guarded with its reception area, guards and CCTVs. There are 3 elevators, 2 for passengers and 1 service elevator, all of which are fast and effective. There’s also an efficient garbage management. There’s a garbage room every floor which is open every 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm.
 
The area is near accessible areas. The nearest mall is less than a kilometer away. It’s also near Cebu IT Park where most of the good restaurants are and night life is. Barely two kilometers away. The airport, on the hand, can be quite far. Approximately an hour away. My cab fare reached Php200 one way from the airport to Padgett on a Sunday lunch. Overall, I think Padgett Place is a great accommodation if you want to skip hotels and such, you can save a bit too 128077🏻

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