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Dumaguete Eats: Food crawling in the University town

A quaint city which impresses guests with laid back environs and a buffet of food places, Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental is a treat for those wanting a quiet yet still sight-filled and gastronomic vacation.

Walking along Hibbard Avenue near Silliman University.
Walking along Hibbard Avenue near Silliman University.

The plan was to take a break from the usual seafood and grilled meat, so, we sampled the snack parlors of this university city. After a long bus ride from Cebu, the first stop was supposedly Sans Rival, however, several visitors were in queue so we decided against it and walked a few meters along the boulevard to find some food. Then, we tried Hoy Lugaw choosing it for its unique use of kitchen utensils as seats and lamps. But, the food wasn’t impressive.

ISDABES! Sorry but we're not into grill that time. Best in word play though.
ISDABES! Sorry but we’re not into grill that time. Best in word play though.

Reading through some blogs, we were led to Neva’s Pizza, Pasta, Atbp. located a little more than a kilometer from Silliman along Hibbard Avenue. The main magnet of Neva’s is its really cheap yet delicious menu. Bargain price! Most of its food are priced at less than a hundred pesos. The place is small and cramped but you wouldn’t mind it as its menu is friendly to your tongue and wallet.

NEVA. You Neva be poor here. Food bargain!
NEVA’S PIZZA. You’ll Neva be poor here. Food bargain!

The next day, after a quick tour of Lake Balanan, the next target was Mel’s Cafe (complete  name: From the Kitchen of Mel’s Cafe) near Rizal Boulevard. I have seen the cafe’s exterior a number of times when I visited Dumaguete City, however, the signage wasn’t that appealing to merit going in.

MEL'S CAFE. Time for a new signage (please).
MEL’S CAFE. Time for a new signage (please).

But, looks can be deceiving, its interiors, apparently, is quite the opposite of the facade. Artsy and lively, the cafe’s design more than compensates its outside. Their menu offers a lot of choices at reasonable prices. Tried their butter beer, pancakes, and sandwich.


My favorites is the chocolate-draped pancake.



Had a good serving of sandwich, too.IMG_2870


The butter beer magically disappeared from these cups.

A taste of Harry Potter world.
A taste of Harry Potter world.
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Lunch at Yugo Yakiniku

Yugo Yakiniku Smokeless GrillLuck made me win Yugo Yakiniku‘s Facebook promo as its 500th Liker. “There’s no such thing as free lunch” was temporarily forgotten when they awarded me with a free lunch buffet at their restaurant at Crown 7 Building along Juan Luna Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City.

Yugo Yakiniku serves a buffet with a great selection of Chinese, Korean and Japanese dishes. First impression frightened me a bit as I only saw a few familiar Chinese dishes and mostly raw, marinated meat. After a good introduction from their helpful crew, I got the hang of their on-the-table grill and their food selection. Eating oriental is quite novel as my only experience with such kind of food is eating pansit canton, siomai sa Tisa, siopao, and some of the noodles of Chowking.

Raw, marinated meat of chicken, fish, pork and beef will greet you in one of their bars.

The food is amazing. Their buffet will surely fill your stomach. Volumes of food in one sitting will tend to overwhelm you with the taste of spices and salt so it is recommended to make your eating slow. Else, you’ll pay double the amount.

Yugo’s on-the-table-grill. You’ll see some smoke but you are never swamped with the smell of grill from other tables.
Chomp on food in batches or you might end up desperate to finish platefuls.
Aside from the oriental cuisine, Yugo also serves desserts.

Regular rate for their eat all you can buffet is Php 350 during lunch and Php 470 for dinner. An addition of Php 65 for unlimited drink.

Yugo’s clean ambience.



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