The Queen City of the South is home to a number of restaurants that have become institutions in the culinary landscape of Cebu. Some of these establishments had humble beginnings and gradually built up their reputation through the food they offer in the market.
One of these restaurants is Café Laguna. Café Laguna started out a small carenderia or eatery located close to a military camp in 1979. During this time, the place was called Mother’s Best and was owned and managed by Mrs. Julita Urbina. She ventured into the catering business and was able to work with some of the top companies in Cebu.
In 1991, Mrs. Urbina decided to renovate the apartment where the eatery was located and expanded it. When the place reopened, it already carried the name Café Laguna. The restaurant offered authentic Filipino dishes with a distinctive taste. The best-sellers of the restaurant were the puto bumbong, dinuguan and fresh lumpia. Word of the good food offered at Café Laguna spread like wildfire and people started to flock into the place.
Café Laguna was the first food category locator at Ayala Center Cebu when it opened in 1994 and by 1999 the company opened the Laguna Garden Café. Aside from the puto bumbong, dinuguan and fresh lumpia, Café Laguna also offers bibingka, chicharon bulaklak, and kare-kare. The restaurant also offers a number of other Filipino dishes such as the pinakbet, bistek, bulalo soup, rellenong manok, and sinigang na baboy, among others.
The distinctive taste of the food offered at Café Laguna is what brings customers back as it evokes a feeling of eating at home with the family. The name of the restaurant has become synonymous to great-tasting food. Café Laguna is the flagship store of the Laguna Group of companies. Aside from the branch in Ayala Center Cebu, Café Laguna also has another branch located at the SM City Cebu and SM Seaside Cebu. Café Laguna also has branches in Dumaguete, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.
From a small ten-table eatery located in a rented apartment, Café Laguna has definitely become one of the best-loved restaurants in the Queen City of the South.
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