Cebu is now full of Korean cafes and I'm no stranger to them. I've already written about Cafe Tiala and Cafe Noriter and even though I didn't particularly find those experiences exceptional, I somehow found myself hanging out with friends in two more Korean cafes. The cute ambiance they always come with somehow lures you in effectively.
First up, Caffe Dara. Located in Lahug's restaurant filled area, simply enter the corner where Pizza Republic is located and turn left in the next corner, and you'll find this cozy and tiny cafe. Unfortunately, only one car can park in front of the cafe. Otherwise, you'll have to park in the streets a block away.
|Cafe Dara: fried gyoza, spicy noodles, cheese noodles, cookie caramel and choco dara|
We ordered fried gyoza (P150 for 10 pieces) to share and choco dara (P120) and cookie caramel (P160) for our drinks which were good. Then we ordered spicy noodles (P120) and cheese noodles (P150). The cheese noodles appeared to be the exact same noodles except they added a chunk of cheese as you can see in the photo. To be perfectly honest, these tasted like instant Korean noodles with maybe egg added. They probably were as we saw a box of instant noodles around.. so these tasted fine but ordinary. Also, our chopsticks had "Korean Air" engraved on them.. Eerrrmmm.. why..? Lol! Overall, I'd say Cafe Dara was alright.
Next, let's talk about Cafe Talk, located on the Escario road - you can't miss the lighted balcony because of it's attractive architecture. There was enough parking space for maybe 3 cars at the side of the building. I ordered this sort of brownie a la mode which was about the only good thing that we ordered. The brownie tasted like it came from S&R with vanilla ice cream on top so yes, it was yummy. Too expensive for the size but at least it tasted good. Unfortunately, my 3 other friends were incredibly disappointed with their drinks. My boyfriend ordered chocolate macadamia which tasted like water with sugar. :( I also noticed that the people at the tables next to us all left with their food unfinished - like pasta with the plate half full.
Out of all the Korean cafes I've been to though, Cafe Talk is the one with the best ambiance, architecture and interior design - without all those dirty post-its too. Unfortunately, it also had the most disappointing menu. :(
Needless to say, I'm definitely tired of Korean cafes now. Korean restaurants on the other hand, serve really delicious dishes in Cebu so I think I'll stick with those.