Located just a few feet away from the main A.S Fortuna Road in Mandaue, Cebu is a hidden gem. Last Friday night, my two office mates recommended this place for its roasted chicken. So, we had our dinner at Balai Cafe Plus. Obviously, its name came from the Visayan term “balay” which means home. At the end of a long day at work, of course, we all can’t wait to go home. However, a quick stay on this place also feels like it. It is one of those places that you won’t expect to be cozy at Friday night. We came there not just to dine, but to relax at the same time.
The place in itself was really an old home which they turned into restaurant/cafe. Their rustic and artistic fixtures are also a plus. The inside promises to be a cozy space.
However, while the sun is shining, you also want to head outside while surrounded by old trees and ferns in their own garden. You can also smell the aroma of roasted chicken.
Dinner at Balai Cafe Plus
Basically, the restaurant offers a variety of food items: from pasta, salads to rice meals. For our dinner at Balai Cafe Plus, we ordered their delicious roasted chicken paired with their signature curry rice. There is something in the roasted chicken which makes it burst with flavors. Aside from it, it comes with their homemade sauces: Sahara, Farooj Special, Spicy Garlic and Garlic. The spiciest is Sahara sauce. Since I don’t like spicy, I preferred the garlic (haha!).
Aside from this signature dish, we also ordered Pita which also comes with four side dips.
If you’re full but feel like grabbing some snacks, they also serve pastries…
What I noticed is that more than the outward appearance and food presentation, what make people lured to this place is the experience, itself. They have the good-tasting foods and the place offers an experience of being at home – your comfort zone. Imagine bringing your good old friends here and talk about anything under the sun. It’s a good bonding experience. For us, it is also a good fun shooting experience (haha).
Completing Dinner at Balai Cafe Plus
The best way to complete our dinner at Balai Cafe Plus is coffee. Here’s a single cup of white espresso for post-dinner session.
Not yet buying the idea of trying from seeing all of the above pictures? Better try them for yourself. The staff are also friendly. Operations run smoothly – no complaints. The next time you will be craving for a sure win chicken for lunch or dinner, head straight to Balai Cafe Plus. They are open from 11 AM to 10 PM daily.
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littlemisadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, M.S. student in Structural Engineering and a fur mom of four-legged babies. She writes about her experiences to inspire and educate.