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“Kept Coming Back For More”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mesa

Mesa
Ranked #433 of 699 Restaurants in Cebu City
Cuisines: Filipino, Asian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Sydney, Australia
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328 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Kept Coming Back For More”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

By local standards, this is expensive. But for foreigners, like us from Australia, this was a bargain of a place. Always walked (rolled) out full. This is Filipino cuisine with a modern twist. We got stuck into some great items, such as crispy pata, bagoong rice, fried tilapia, pork sinigang, garlic rice, adobo squid and great condiments to enhance the flavours as well. Make sure you get the coconut juice in its shell, as it's cold and refreshing. So much choice and worth getting adventurous with the menu. Great service given by staff as well. A nice casual dining atmosphere, clean, modern and comfortable.

  • Visited December 2013
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  • English first
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English first
cebu city
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Delicious Foods...Nice Service...”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Before our group took our orders i talked with the supervisor about the different reviews that i have read and she said some of it were true and that was before the new management...thanks for her integrity. And so we said, well that remains to be seen and tasted... and wow all the foods that we ordered were all spectacular both in taste and presentation... with their baby squid in olive oil, fried tilapia, crispy pata and stuffed squid etc... so yummy and the price? yeah it's a bit expensive compared to golden cowrie or hukad... we paid more that P10,000 for the 16 of us.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Dang G
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Manila, Philippines
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82 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Tasty Pork Can't Wait to Get Back”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

I enjoyed the crispy pork boneless pata, and appreciate that this cut is mostly meat, not fat!
Asparagus tips were tender.
All presentations are well done, and reasonably priced.
And if you sit on the veranda in front, you have a nice view of Ayala Terraces, without being bothered by passers-by.
Everything in Ayala closes by 10pm or so.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank JamboME
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent modern filipino food”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Try the BBQ sampler, you won't be disappointed. Also the stir-fried mix veggies was one of the best I've ever had. Great restaurant!

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank kamalaphil
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Makati, Philippines
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109 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Don't bother!”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Having previously dined at Mesa's SM Southmall and Greenbelt 5 branches, we decided to give their Terraces Ayala Center Cebu branch a try on our previous visit to Cebu. And boy were we disappointed!

We should have taken the waiters' uneasiness as a sign of things to come. We ordered rice, kare-kare, grilled fish and mango shake. It took several follow ups before the mango shake arrived, which was bland and watery. My wife and son went to a nearby drugstore to buy some medicine and they were surprised that none of our food has arrived after 30+ minutes.

When the kare-kare finally arrived it was a big disappointment - gooey, starchy mush which was bland as well, nothing the excellent bagoong can save. I asked the waiter how long our grilled fish will take and he advised me that they were having problems with the kitchen since there's not enough cooks who reported for duty.

After several tries to speak with the manager, he finally made it to our table and I did no mince any words expressing how disappointed we were with the food and the service. It's a disgrace to the whole Mesa family if this restaurant will be allowed to continue operating. Long story short, I told the manager I am not paying for anything to which he agreed.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank jojo t
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