Thanks to my dear friend Roz Roy we had this best experience at Cafe ELYSA last week.
Located in the very historical part of Cebu is a fabulous gem you must not miss when in Cebu.
After our champagne toast we started right in with the delicous appetizers, starting with the Spring Rolls with black mushrooms and a delighful lemongrass dipping sauce every bite was a pallette thriller. Along side we tried the local ceviche and the Baby Stuffed squid with the mouth watering ginger sauce. This dish was like something I have never tried was so wonderful and just melted in your mouth yummy!
At that point it was time to sample some of the main courses. The shrimp rice was a perfect start as we tried the "Humba" which is braised pork hocks with black beans and Star Anise which took my breath away, was so tender and flavorful! We also tried the Crispy Milk Fish with anchovies that was prepared perfectly.
Now it was time to take a break and get a little tour of the fantastic artwork from Cafe owner Steve Aznar, as he explained in his tour he took the love of local cooking from his Mom and incoorporated with his living in New York many years and traveling trying out recipes that brought him back home to open up this local gem serving up local comfort food with a twist.
Wonderful ambiance serving local families and out-of-town tourists brings an eclectic mix to this great resturant and now time to try dessert!
Fresh mango with a delightful sticky rice from Mandaue was a delight, then came the fresh baby pineapple and banana flambe with a touch of almonds and raisins and a butter-rum sauce served over home made vanilla ice cream! Oh delight delight...the evening was grande the Cebuano artwork so pleasing to the "eye pallette" the wonderful jazz infusion music was pleasing to the "ear pallette" all in all I give this evening a night to remember and will definitely make this a stop each time I revisit Cebu.
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