CEBU CITY – When it comes to food, Cebu is famous for its “sugbahans” that serve an array of grilled meat and seafood. But if you’ve had your fill of barbecue and want to veer away from all that smoke, head towards Abaseria Café and Deli for a much-needed reprieve.

Located near the Cebu Castle Peak Hotel, Abaseria (the name is roughly the Spanish term for sari sari store) looks more like a home that has been converted into a restaurant.

Inside, though, it is more than just a dining place.  There’s a section that serves as a jewelry store and another that sells local delicacies. For those visiting Cebu, it should be a good place to visit if you intend to buy souvenir items.

What visitors would most probably remember is how the place looks like on the inside. It’s as if you’ve stepped into somebody’s home – preferably an art or antique collector – and sat yourself for a home-cooked meal.

Anton of Our Awesome Planet found it similar to Fat Michael’s of Makati because of its homey ambiance.  I’ve been to Fat Michael’s myself and Abaseria looks like a bigger, more airy version of it. The furniture and the other stuff in Abaseria also looks more neatly arranged. Lots of character with a healthy amount of kitsch, as described in the Island Hopper blog.

At P100-P200 peso per dish, dining at Abaseria is cheaper than going to a restaurant in a more crowded area, like Ayala Center. Only, like Fat Michael’s, it could take you a little while to find the place.  Try the house specialties like Adobong Bangus Belly and Humba Filipino.

Abaseria Deli & Café is located at #39-B Pres. Roxas St., Corner Cong Noel St., Villa Aurora, Kasambangan, Cebu City. For inquiries and reservations, call telephone numbers (032) 234-4160, (032) 233-833 or via mobile 0917-328219

(Images taken from Our Awesome Planet)