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restaurant review

Abaca Baking Company July 17, 2015

Abaca Baking Company (formerly A Cafe)

Rating: star star star star star 5 stars (out of 5)
Food Type: artisan crafted breads, baked goods (from-scratch), classic Western food, brewed coffee, latte, espresso
Location: Abaca Baking Company, Crossroads, Banilad Road, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu

Accessible Price Point Entry
Every once in a while, a very good thing catches my attention. In Cebu, Abaca Baking Company did just that. It's a trendy all-day breakfast cafe in the fashionable Crossroads of Cebu - fresh baked croissants, fresh brewed coffee, friendly staff, and an accessible price point entry. Yes, you can go high-end and spend P400+ on a sandwich, as it caters to Cebu's well-heeled clientele, but for a budget backpacker like me, they also offer an easy way in - P60 brewed coffee with free refills and super-sized pan de sal for a reasonable P10. Yes, for as low as P70, you get Parisian cafe ambience, fast wifi, great food and professional service. That is what sets it apart from your usual high-brow latté brewery.

Setting Standards
The more I try other fashionable cafes, the more I appreciate Abaca Baking Company. Where other cafes give you watered-down P75 coffee, Abaca 's P60 brewed coffee (with refill) gives you full flavor - there's no comparison. Their croissant, pastries, and sandwiches are up to global standards - the kitchen guys know what they're doing. I never got a hint of any cost cutting either. Simply put, you get quality with everything they serve - even the budget entries. That says a lot about their commitment to standards.

Ferragamo Crowd
Breakfast is busy and bustling. You see what is obviously a homogenous gathering of Cebu's Ferragamo crowd. No bad seat either - Cebu's fashionable and beautiful seem to like this place too.

Day-Old Bread
As a last hurrah, they sell day-old bread for a steal! P45/piece bagel sells for P50 for 5! I wish I was on my way home already and I would have gotten it for bagel French Toast the following day. Bang for the buck with value added - you can't beat that.

Ending Thoughts
Everything at this cafe works - they get it! The vibrant energy, stylish decor, the perky and knowledgeable staff, high speed wifi, climate control, clean washroom, affordable price-point entry, deep discount on day-old bread, etc. Flaws? I'm still looking for one :) Don't take my word for it, just stop by.

--- TheLoneRider

(some pictures lifted from their website)

counter display full-flavored coffee goodness artisan sandwiches bacon, avocado, grilled chicken sandwich - Godzilla size
a kid lost in a toy store giggle with Paola! breakfast with RV pan au chocolat...to die for!
Abaca Baking Company

Abaca Baking Company

Location: Crossroads, Banilad Road, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Tel: (032) 262 0969
Hours: Daily 7am to 10pm

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Google Map Cebu City, Philippines

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Suggested Destinations in Cebu

  1. Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
  2. Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  3. Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
  4. Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
  5. Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
  6. Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
  7. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
  8. Barile Waterfalls - Barile
  9. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
  10. Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market



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Reader Comments:

Bernadette Wan PacanaBernadette Wan Pacana
(July 18, 2015) I love ABC!

Aki MercedAki Merced
(July 18, 2015) My favorite when in Cebu! Biscuits and gravy, fast wifi and comfy chairs. I make it my office when I'm there.

July 17, 2015

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