4 Desserts from Cebu Worth Traveling for

For so many times I have declared that I'm not a dessert fan, but food-tripping in Cebu kind of makes me think otherwise. The real purpose of my recent Cebu trip was to join the 6th Dancesport sa Sugbu Open Championships, but who could say no to an exquisite gastronomic adventure? Below are four of my new dessert discoveries in the Queen City of the South. How many of these have you tried?

1. Tres Tableas Cake from Tablea Chocolate Café

If you’re a true-blue chocolate lover, a visit to Cebu is not complete without trying out Tablea Chocolate Café (TCC). Showcasing tableas (cacao beans) as the flagship ingredient in almost all of their products, TCC offers a wide array of selections such as cakes, sandwiches, pasta dishes, rice meals, coffee, and other tablea-based drinks and desserts. The first thing that caught my attention upon checking out their display was the Tres Tableas Cake, a sinful cake consisting of three layers of tablea filling. As a fan of dark chocolate, I chose this over the one with the custard filling (Tablea Layer Cake). It was incredibly moist and slicing it with your fork won’t send crumbs flying all over. Pair it up with a strong coffee from their collection, or perhaps a fruit-based drink like the Banana Frio!

Click here for a complete review of Tablea Chocolate Cafe.

Tablea Chocolate Café
Robinsons Cybergate, Don Gil Garcia St
Cebu City, Cebu
(032) 512-1049

2. Bibingka a la Mode from Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant

Who would have thought that something as ordinary as this Christmas delicacy could turn into such a magnificent creation? Unlike the usual bibingka topped with salted egg that you can buy in Manila, Lantaw’s version is a plain, fluffy, spongy cake served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and tablea. I loved the fact that the bibingka was served warm, creating a delightful contrast with the cold ice cream and an overall melt-in-the-mouth goodness. The best way to describe this dish? Simple yet ingenious—very much like Cebu itself.

Click here for a complete review of Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant.
Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
Day-As, Cordova, Mactan, Cebu
(032) 514 2959
Operating Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

3. Binignit from Hukad sa Golden Cowrie

Binignit is Cebu’s version of the ginataang halo-halo, but Hukad sa Golden Cowrie’s rendition is a thousand times better! Same ingredients are used: sago, saging na saba, sweet potato, taro, glutinous rice, coconut milk; however, Hukad’s soup, which hinted of condensed milk, tasted amazingly like ice cream. Best of all, it was incredibly cheap (only PhP49, if I remembered right) and could be shared by four people. It was the perfect way to end a sumptuous lunch in Hukad sa Golden Cowrie, where almost everything was maddeningly delicious!

Click here for a complete review of Hukad sa Golden Cowrie.
Hukad sa Golden Cowrie
The Terraces, Ayala Center, Cebu

4. Lauren’s Lava Cake from Casa Verde

In conversations about Cebu food-tripping, the name Casa Verde almost always invariably springs up—and for a good reason. Despite the hype surrounding this restaurant, Casa Verde really lives up to its standards and fame. One such proof is their Lauren’s Lava Cake, a decadent concoction consisting of a chocolate cake filled with chocolate fudge, and then topped with vanilla ice cream covered in a crunchy chocolate shell. It has all the elements of a dessert meant to tempt and excite: a warm and moist cake, an ice cream topping that’s not cloyingly sweet, and a crunchy covering in case you need a bit of time off biting into the soft lava cake. A delightful ending to a ribs or steak dinner!

Casa Verde
The Walk, A104, Asiatown IT Park, Cebu City
(032) 412 3336
Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Facebook: Casa Verde
Website: Casa Verde

What fabulous new food discoveries have you had this week? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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