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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The butter beer magically disappeared from these cups.by