Good food, affordable price

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Friday, July 18, 2014

"TRULY good food at affordable prices, that’s what Filipinos want and that’s what they get at B-Side Café. And if you’re wondering what “B” stands for, the cafe’s general manager Glenn Magus will tell you that B stands for Banilad—and jokingly he adds, that’s for beside the road!"

The cuisine of the cafe, he explains, is international and Filipino. There’s a great deal more Filipino in the menu because, he adds, the target clientele is the average Filipino. For example, there are several cream soups available but there are also the “heritage” soups: tinolang manok (native chicken), or tanguigue or lapu-lapu, and sinigang baboy or pasayan or bangus, and pochero. For appetizers, B-Side has sizzling sisig and chicharon bulaklak along with fish and chips, gambas, spicy chicken wings, calamares and sautéed sausage with fries and egg. The salads are all “foreign,” like Caesar’s salad (for which B-Side makes its own dressing “from scratch”) and the pastas are all Italian: carbonara, Bolognese and shrimp and basil.   

For the main entrees, the big ticket items are filet mignon and pepper steak but the crowd pleasers are B-Side whole fried chicken, lechon kawali, pork humba, sweet and sour pork, kalderetang kambing and crispy pata. For the meats and vegetables B-Side uses, the source are the Michel Lhuillier farms in Carmen and Busay.   


B-Side also has coffees (hot or cold) and sandwiches, and some special offers: Pasta Madness offers, for P70 each: Boscaiola (spaghetti noodle with cream, tomato, and mushroom); Aglio Olio (spaghetti noodle with garlic, olive oil topped with peanuts and a bit spicy); creamy mushroom (penne pasta with mushroom and cream sauce); and penne arrabbiata (vegetarian pasta with tomato and basil sauce). This is good for a light lunch or dinner or a heavy merienda.   

Combo meal for P80 offers a choice of breaded pork chop or buttered chicken or pork humba, or lechon kawali, or grilled pork belly or sisig, all with rice, vegetable and a house specialty, its own brewed iced tea.    Drink all you can for P500: night owls can have their fill of white or/and red wine from the house Michel Lhuillier wines.   

And last, a bucket of beer (very affordable) with a choice of sisig, spicy gizzard, chicharon bulaklak, calamares, spicy chicken wings or French fries to go with the drink.   

Magus says the place opened last December. Located on the Cebu city side of A.S. Fortuna, B-side is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. It accepts take out orders and also does free delivery to the nearby areas (though he charges for the styrofoam container), with Magus himself doing the delivery, for the meantime!

It’s a cozy place, with room for a maximum of 24 people and a covered outdoor patio for 16 and on lazy afternoons it just might be Magus himself who will serve you! It’s that kind of chic but homey and delicious place.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 19, 2014.


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