Cebu Dining: Ayala Center’s Lemon Grass and Chocolatier

When traveling, I usually want to eat in places that will never be found in Manila. I check out what the destination is known for and look for their specialties. Our problem with Cebu (2010) Day 1, however, was that it can be summed up in one word: haggardness!!!

We didn’t have the energy to look for unique places to eat so after checking into our hotel, we headed straight for Ayala Center Cebu.

Day 1 Dinner – Lemon Grass
We were famished and super tired and were in no condition to think. But we wanted something refreshing, something we have never tried even in Manila. So we went for Lemon Grass, a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant at the Ayala Center Terraces.

Gosh. Everything’s just so green! Even the meat. Literally! (Had to adjust the settings or everything would look yellower than they already were.)

Goi Cuon (PhP156.25). Fresh spring rolls, which are my Vietnamese restaurant staple. The noodles were kind of bigger than what I am used to.

Soun Noung (PhP209.82). Pork ribs. Sinful, but you don’t get to eat in Cebu everyday, ne?

Cone-shaped rice!! Actually…I only found out that this was Jasmine rice after checking the receipt. LOL.

Gai Hor Bai Toey (PhP209.82). Chicken pandan. Quite succulent and the pieces were really big.

Citrus/Herb Lemonade (PhP165.18 for a huge pitcher). I thought this was just regular water with fruit bits, but this was apparently their house lemonade. Love it. I regret that I wasn’t able to finish off the entire pitcher, though.

Lovely. Just lovely. It tasted so refreshing, too!

Interesting piece of art hanging over our table. Heh.

We were actually seated on high chairs, which were very comfy but also very difficult to get out of.

All in all, we were pretty much satisfied with our meal. At first, I thought it was very expensive, but that particular meal was actually good for four people. We had lots of leftovers that night…

Day 2 Merienda – Chocolatier
We had a scheduled meeting with Cebuano multimedia artists but our 1PM appointment was rescheduled to 6PM. Finding ourselves with a bit of spare time (lunch took long, will explain in a future blog entry), we decided to go visit Ayala Center again for snacks.

This time around, we went to Chocolatier. I’ve seen this sweet shop in Greenbelt but I had never gotten around to trying it.

Chocolatier in Ayala Center Cebu seems to be positioned in a favorable location. That was why it beckoned to me.

Pretty seats!! These were really comfy and afforded us a great view of Marriott Hotel, as well as the greens surrounding it.

Shelves of chocolate goodies. Oh, by the way. I am not a chocolate fan, but there’s a brand of chocolate that I really love.

And that particular chocolate was what was used in this fondue. 

Blissful Pleasure (PhP298). It was what this chocolate fondue set was called. The fruits and marshmallows were dipped in melted Lindt. I can feel myself drooling, just thinking about it.

Mango triangles dipped in Lindt dark chocolate then coated with crushed peanuts. Yummy!!

Hopefully, we can eat somewhere else tomorrow, during the culmination of the Sinulog Festival. I don’t like the idea of staying inside malls when we’re in an unfamiliar place, but it seems like all the celebrations are concentrated around Osmeña Circle, which is filled with malls. Anyway, we’ll see.

I will be posting about Cebu’s more popular delicacies (their special lechon being one of them) soon…


  1. The Reluctant Stylista

    January 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I like your shots of Chocolatier better, sumasakit mata ko sa pagkadilaw nung photos! And please describe the food more 😀 Medyo nabitin ako looking at the photos pero yun lang ang description. Hey you should check out Chocolate Fire with Pao and I if you're into fondue, favorite chocolate place namin yun!


  2. skysenshi

    January 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Ako rin, I like the shots of Chocolatier better kasi sobrang green nung loob ng Lemon Grass. Naka-Halogen na yan ha. Tikman mo na lang kasi. Napagod na ako by the time I blogged. Nakakatulog nga ako habang nagsusulat eh. Haha!

  3. Nonoy

    July 19, 2011 at 12:45 am

    So its called Goi Cuon. I've already spent an hour looking for the exact name of this dish at Lemongrass. Now I found it. Thanks a lot for this post. 🙂

  4. ayala center

    June 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Love the food! You’re amazing. This menu is fantastic, It
    sure will help everyone who’s looking for a perfect menu like this. Thank you
    for sharing this recipe.

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