NL Cafe

>> Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I received an e-mail from Mr. Florentino Baliad, owner of NL Cafe. He wrote,

"We as the proprietor of NL Cafe would like to inform the public to know that we have changed address as from April 2010. NL Cafe is now located at 2nd street, Reclamation Area, Cebu Port Center (opposite SM, back of Sungold). Thank you once again."

Best Balbacua Ever

Just when you thought that Camp Lapu-Lapu in Lahug is not worth visiting, you better think again.

Not so long ago, every time we have visitors from other cities, we fill their stomachs with lechon and balbacua. The weird thing is, my father always went out of his way to buy the balbacua. Balbacua is a dish that is served anywhere. But the taste of the balbacua that he always buy is like no other.

After years of sleepless nights thinking about the best balbacua ever made, I finally asked him where to find it. Then I started my search and found NL Cafe and then I knew why my dad travels all the way from Talisay to Lahug just for the balbacua.

NL Cafe is a simple place where you can eat with your friends and family. Not too lavish in style, but they make up for their food. From their kinilaw to their pochero, it is made purely with science. But the superstar in the line up is their balbacua. Their balbacua dominates every aspect of the meal.

Balbacua is like kare-kare minus the peanut butter and vegetables. It may be a relative to kare-kare but balbacua is stronger and you don't need bagoong just to make it taste better. The strong taste of the meat, the spices in its soup and the little pinch of the ginger gives me thrills. It may look dull but like the autobots, it is more than meets the eye. NL Cafe's balbacua is so soft and tender, it make pillows feel like cement. The wonder of it is that, how can a thing get so soft without breaking the meat into pieces? It is served as a whole meat and when you take a piece of it, the meat would gently slide down from the bone. Watching the meat slide is like watching Eva Longoria's strap slide down to her shoulders. Orgasmic, yes.

NL Cafe

Even celebrities from Manila visited NL Cafe because of the food they serve. It gives you the feeling of eating at a simple eatery with food that is served at par with the best restaurants in town. You know, we celebrities like the fact that we are at a simple place, being a simple person.

For 120Php per serving, their balbacua is all worth the sweat.

Now I know what Camp Lapu-Lapu and its soldiers are guarding. The best balbacua ever.

. Prices range from 60Php to 210Php. Servings are good for 2 stomachs.


mod January 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

thanks for this Jason. We've been looking everywhere to get find the best balbacua ever. Tilawan pa ni namo.. murag lami jud. :)
i'll give out some reviews after my exprience ha.. :)

jason,  January 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

you are most welcome hehehe :)

don't worry, this balbacua won't fail you.

Andy February 8, 2010 at 4:09 AM  

aguuuy..naglaway na sab ko dah..nakasulay ka ba ug kalderetang kabayo? Turo ay gidala ko sa pardo, duol sa changge. naka-anha pud ka? kung maka chance ka post, apila nya image sa ilang luto-an kay unique kaysa kalabanan nga eatery kay low tech pa man..hehe =)

Anonymous,  November 14, 2014 at 4:24 AM  


Anonymous,  November 29, 2014 at 9:32 PM  

@andy. Didto mo nangaon sa ilang mane kabayoan. hehehehe. gmingaw ko didto da, gmingaw kos isla. I love u cebu.

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