Gabby’s Bistro

Name of Establishment: Florentina Homes and Gabby’s Bistro

Location: Rovira Rd, Bantayan, Dumaguete City

Types of Food: Oriental Bistro

Over-all place: Housed-style bistro

Ratings (1-5): 5

Last February, I went home to celebrate my birthday with hand-picked friends and direct relatives. It’s been a long while that I haven’t returned back to my little own city haven, Dumaguete city.

When I left the small city to have my luck in Cebu for a decent job, there aren’t new restaurants or dining place. People of Dumaguete might be frugal that time. Surprisingly, friends referred me to a chic and stylish food place and that is Gabby’s Bistro! Owned by the young Chef Gabby del Prado.

The good thing in Gabby's is that they have wifi access all over the place! So you could bring your lappies or ipod and just spend the time with its palatable food.

The interiors:

The “feel at home” concept is what best describes the bistro. It’s like a family house turned into a restaurant that opens it doors to their guests.

Each corners of the place are personally conceptualized and you can obviously notice it through the designs of their doors, cabinets, windows, tables, couches, chairs, curtains and even their ceiling fans!

I like their comfort room, it’s really a place that you can relax and feel the private comfort. A friend took shots of it. Judge the way it was designed.

The Staff:

Very friendly and accommodating to your request. Dumaguete is known to be the city of Gentle People. Their reception area is classy.

The food:

As a birthday treat to my close pals in the city, I made sure they get what they are craving for at the bistro.

* Kabobs- a stick of handmade pork meat brochettes, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper with dipping sauce.

* Mongolian Beef - a bowl of sautéed Mongolian-styled beef with bean sprouts.

* Oriental Shrimp- a line of flavorful shrimps with its special chilly dipping sauce and served with some side bean sprouts.

* Gabby’s salad- with garlic bread, lettuce, tomatoes, sesame seeds, olive oil and other tasty ingredients mixed to it.

*Pork barbecue- Gabby’s bistro’s own style pork barbecue.

Desserts and Drinks:

Fruit Crepe Ala Mode

Betty Boop

Oreo Milk Shake

Photo takes:

Side trip and camwhoring shots with my friends.

Big Mao

Name of Establishment: Cebu Big Mao Bistro
Location: 2nd Level, the Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu
Types of Food: Chinese Bistro
Over-all place: Spacious (can accommodate 80-130 persons)
Ratings (1-5): 4
Contact: (032) 415.8998
Branches: Crossroads Mall, Banilad Cebu City Cebu, 63.32.231-8380/ (SM City Cebu) 63.32.412-1900
Other reviews: reviewstream

In 2003, two brothers, John and Derek Dytian with Chinese decency from Cebu, put up a Chinese Bistro now known as BIG MAO. The brothers want to feature the twist between the modern theme to the classic touch conveyed by the existing Chinese restaurants.

TUA MAO is a Chinese word that means Big Person. Literally, one of the owners, Derek is a big person. That’s how the Cebu Chinese Bistro, BIG MAO got its business name.
Bistros are small restaurants that serve moderately priced meals that are slow-cooked for their patrons.

The Bistro meals:

* Honey Soy Fried Chicken – whole chicken that is fried and glazed with honey. One of their best-sellers. Price: P230

*Quail Egg and Mushroom Siomai- rich in flavor and it’s made the Chinese style. Price: P45 (3 pcs)

* Mango Shake is priced at P60 and their Bottomless Iced Tea is priced at P96

The Chinese Bistro, Big Mao is good for group dining. They have rectangular tables instead of the known round tables in Chinese restaurants. You can bring your friends for some Chinese cuisine treats. It’s very affordable and the place is conducive for eating.
I’ve tried their SM branch as well and the ambience is also good. You can have your own private time amidst the space.

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wall art

inside Big Mao
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