By force of circumstance, Iloilo has become one of my frequented places outside Cebu. Joined student congresses there back in college, faculty meetings / trainings when I was an instructor in the state university, and project presentations / field work for my present job.
However, the several visits to Iloilo City were pretty brief so food tasting were just limited to talaba, biscocho, and butterscotch. My Iloilo heritage tours were just quick visits to get photo clicks of old mansions and churches. (Photos were taken December, 2013.)
Scoured Trip Advisor for reviews of Cebu City’s best restaurants for a despedida (farewell) dinner for a friend who is about to leave for the US. The positive reviews pointed us to Cafe de Geneve which serves, according to their Facebook page, “healthy, homemade Swiss and international cuisine, wine, cocktails and more.”
For a group that is not well-acquainted with European dish, we had to rely to the recommendations of the cafe’s friendly staff. We ended up trying out their three (3) main dishes: Moroccan meatballs, Zurich chicken, and beef bourguignon. The food tasted well and quite different to taste buds accustomed with Filipino dish –as expected.
After the dish, time to dish out some bills. The cafe is not wallet-friendly for those scrimping on money. Belatedly, realized that the reviews which asked for larger servings where implicitly complaining of the price per serving. Price per meal usually starts at P300.00.
Prices aside, Cafe de Geneve is worth the visit especially for those who wish to enjoy an intimate ambiance and European food experience in Cebu.