Café Elysa was one of the go-to places of many Cebuanos who wanted a taste of authentic Cebuano food at a reasonable price. While the place was located somewhere in the downtown area, you can immediately see how popular the place was in its heyday. A good number of cars would park outside despite its limited parking space. After Café Elysa closed down, food-loving Cebuanos searched for the next best thing in the culinary landscape of the Queen City of the South.
It seems the owner of Café Elysa heard the cries of Cebuanos for great-tasting food without breaking the bank. Cocina de la Casa was born out of the passion for dining. Together with some friends, chef and sommelier Stephen Aznar converted an old house along Morales Street into a quaint restaurant offering international cuisine. The notably chic ambience of the place was made through the efforts of Ina Ronquillo Aboitiz and Margette Garcia-Sarmiento.
The menu offerings of Cocina de la Casa include the Oriental Spring Rolls with Sweet and Spicy Sauce, Cream of Salmon Pasta, Chicken Liver Pate with Cointreau on Toast and Indian Style Beef Triangles. Guests may also want to have a piece of the Pork Belly Chicharon with Asian dip or the Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank with Couscous to tickle their palate. A number of heirloom dishes from the mom of Margette have become a part of the menu, including Nena’s Tripeless Callos, the Lomo de Bacalao with Japanese Rice Pork, Sofrito with Garlic Rice and Hocks with Chorizo.
Salad lovers can try the Organic Garden Salad and Prawn and Pomelo Salad of the restaurant. Guests can top off their gastronomic experience with the dessert offerings of Cocina de la Casa. These desserts include the Crema de Mang, Fresh Cream and Mango Cream Cheese Pie.
Cocina de la Casa is located behind Harold’s Hotel along Morales Street, Cebu City. Have you checked out the Cocina de la Casa already? Tell us about your experience on the comments section below.
Lola Pureza's Peanut Browas, a taste of old Cebu.
Available in leading supermarkets and pasalubong shops.