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“Excellent food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Canvas Bistro Bar Gallery

Canvas Bistro Bar Gallery
2nd level, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, | Ayala Center, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
63-32-4171978
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Ranked #4 of 409 Restaurants in Cebu City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Canvas Bistro Bar Gallery offers casual bistro dining with modern industrial look, serving Australian Cafe style food, using traditional Western cooking techniques infusing the flavours of the East, while maximizing the use of local produce for sustainable practice. Bar serves a limited but good selection of Australian wines, cocktails and non alcoholic tonics. Private dining available for 25.
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I've been a lot of times at Canvas. The chef is an australian guy that really seems to care about cooking good food. They serve the best caesar salad in cebu city. They also have a very good imported steack from AU and a descent wine list, with a good merlot for 700 php. Service is excellent. This is the only retaurant in Cebu that constantly serves all the starters together, as well as the main dishes! (Often in other places you'd have your starter served when thepeople with you would wait for theirs). The waiters really know their jobs and it needs to be said. The decor is also nice and cozy. I'd change the chairs though, they are not very confortable.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manila, Philippines
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“For the price, the quality and flavors of the food, this bistro is top value.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

After our last meeting that day, our group searched for a restaurant for dinner at The Terrace section of the Ayala Center. The menu was displayed outside the bistro, and we were curious to try the crocodile, and the ostrich dishes. It's an aussie bistro, owned and operated by a real Australian chef.

I wasn't impressed with the interior. The grey, minimalist, industrial decor made it a bit gloomy. It could use a better redesign.

We ordered Aussie Beef and Onion Pie, Ostrich Steak, Crocodile in Jambalaya Rissotto, different salads, the soup of the day; among many others. For desert, we all ordered the Sticky Date and Toffee Pudding (see the photo). Every dish was beyond all our expectations. None of us expected every order to be so good. It was the first time, any of us tasted crocodile (tastes like chicken), and first for most of us to taste ostrich (just like regular steaks). We didn't need much condiment. Every dish was flavorful. Our unanimous favorite was the desert. We expected a really heavy, moist, cloyingly sweet christmas fruit cake; but wasn't. And we were attracted by its presentation. True to the name of the bistro, it looked very much like an abstarct painting.

The service was prompt. The prices were surprisingly affordable. And we all hope to return, and sample more of the dishes on the menu some day.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cebu City, Philippines
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“Food and Service - Superb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I am a self proclaimed workaholic, therefore, whenever im on my rest day i make sure that i eat my heart out at the best food joints here in the metro. It was a saturday night when me and my girls decided to have our monthly get together and ofcourse our indecisiveness when into play. It took us over an hour and a half to decide where to eat, we visited a much more cheaper restaurant however they were packed with people. I then suggested to try out Canvas Bistro Bar Gallery since they've never been there. There has not been a lot of changes since my last visit, either way the bistro was still nicely lighted with chic interiors.Its ambiance was fantastic , it was slightly fancy but not too intimidating. We then ordered their appetizer that was in a big platter with a variety of finger foods to choose from ,tried out their pasta and their desserts. They have huge serving, good for sharing- so you actually get what you paid for. Another thing that i love was that their head chef did actually welcome us and asked for some feedback, with great food and service i was so happy to give out such wonderful compliments. We were all a happy camper that night.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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160 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Fast beat background music | Bistro with western platters”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The decor is original. The staff are well trained. The platters are well prepared. The price is a bit higher than others in its range. Portions are smaller too.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

We dine out a lot. By far the only restaurant that offers best service at Ayala Terraces. All praises to our waiter Michael for recommending good meal and anticipating our needs. We would've given 5 for food but our pork chop wasn't cooked well enough.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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