Dining With Flair at Ampersand Bar, Restaurant and Deli in Cebu

Enjoying the coolers at the open bar
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Dining With Flair at Ampersand Bar, Restaurant and Deli

Ever passed by a restaurant a gazillion times and not enter it every single time? Heck you don’t even bother to check out the menu for the fear of having to discover that all you can afford is only the extra cup of rice. Well, you probably had that spare ounce of courage one time to just have a quick inside-out zoomed in glance while pretending to walk slow in a robotic and unnatural manner with your body facing forward, neck twisted to the side and being absolutely careful not to gawk for more than thirty seconds or the staff might charge you for drooling.

Ampersand is a three in one destination
Ampersand is a three in one destination

Well, lo and behold and with a stroke of luck, a dash of charm or probably a strange beckoning from the heavens, you get invited for a feast at that particular spot, like hell yeah, literally.

Classic and rustic themed interiors - Ampersand Bar, Restaurant and Deli
Classic and rustic themed interiors – Ampersand Bar, Restaurant and Deli

So you walked in and pretended to look bored and unimpressed, like the majority of cool kids these days, despite your inner consciousness screaming, “Holy mother of everything that is awesome in the world, look at those steam-punk chandeliers, those quirky Victorian-leather chairs and those classic brick walls surrounding the dining area. Can somebody please explain to me why every inch of this place is Pinterest-friendly and worth at least ninety-nine likes on Instagram?” Kroo-kroo, complete and utter silence.

Then this obvious question pops up in your head, why was this smokin-hot restaurant named Ampersand?

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Hello, isn’t it kinda obvious? No, I beg to differ, it is not. Well, let’s brainstorm for a bit. Maybe we’ll find the answer we’re looking for if we used ten percent of our mind’s thinking capability unless you’re Albert. Check out the AND symbol above the number seven on your keyboard. Does that look like a stick figure of you sitting in an Indian position? It probably is. Yet, it bears no relevance to our current predicament whatsoever. We absolutely need Google’s help.

According to one search result, Ampersand is a bar, restaurant and deli in one. Okay, now I get it, bar AND restaurant AND deli. Oh Internet, what would us humans be without you?

The most important question at this point in time is, “Why am I not eating yet?”. Don’t mind my growling stomach, we’re just getting warmed up. Now, without further ado and in alphabetical order, here are a few dishes I was able to try out:

BBQ Pulled Pork & Pineapple in Flat Bread
BBQ Pulled Pork & Pineapple in Flat Bread

BBQ Pulled Pork & Pineapple: Oh pulled pork, why haven’t we met sooner? Never mind it looking like Argentina Extra Long Shreds, this flat bread bad boy will transport you to the Wild West.

Chicken Curry Marinara
Chicken Curry Marinara

Chicken Curry Marinara: Teleport to India successful with this Filipino-friendly curry pasta. Is it just me or are those droplets just adorable?

Chocolate Custard Brazo de Mercedes
Chocolate Custard Brazo de Mercedes

Chocolate Custard Brazo de Mercedes: If eating this were a sin, you can all find me in hell.

Chorizo Risotto Nero (Chorizo, Prawns, Squid, Cuttlefish Ink Risotto & Creamed Spinach)
Chorizo Risotto Nero (Chorizo, Prawns, Squid, Cuttlefish Ink Risotto & Creamed Spinach)

Chorizo Risotto Nero: Don’t forget to smile at your date after eating this risotto.

Crab & Artichoke Arancini (Fried Risotto Balls stuffed with Citruc Carb Filing)
Crab & Artichoke Arancini (Fried Risotto Balls stuffed with Citruc Carb Filing)

Crab & Artichoke Arancini: Definitely the best pair of balls you’ll ever taste in Banilad area.

Gravlax
Gravlax

Gravlax: Such a cool name for a salmon-topped flat bread with a unique yet addictive taste, reminds me of the pokemon named Snorlax which I believe is irrelevant to this article.

Green Tea Yoghurt Cheesecake
Green Tea Yoghurt Cheesecake

Green Tea Yoghurt Cheesecake: Drooling and still questioning if everything on it is indeed edible, you can never go wrong with this type of dessert unless you’re lactose intolerant.

Kinilaw
Kinilaw

Kinilaw: This is not a cake. From this moment forward, this is how I’m gonna make my ceviche.

Leche Flan Trinity
Leche Flan Trinity

Leche Flan Trinity: You can’t help but worship this triple threat of Classic, Almond and Strawberry fluffy goodness.

Roasted Chicken
Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken: Skip this if you wouldn’t want to question your loyalty with Chooks To Go or Sr. Pedro.

Sizzling Balut
Sizzling Balut

Sizzling Balut: Transform an exotic Filipino street food into something inviting and world-class? Say no more.

Slab of Bacon marinated with Ampersand Green Chili BBQ in Spicy Beer Honey Sauce
Slab of Bacon marinated with Ampersand Green Chili BBQ in Spicy Beer Honey Sauce

Slab of Bacon in Ampersand Green Chili BBQ and Spicy Beer Honey Sauce: You had me at bacon.

Slow Braised Lamb Shank served with Rosemary Potatoes
Slow Braised Lamb Shank served with Rosemary Potatoes

Slow Braised Lamb Shank: Not a big fan of lamb yet they were able to convince me to eat it otherwise. On an unrelated note, the crispy potato strips on top remind me of the junkfood Pic-Nic.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs served with Herb Vegetable Rice and Corn
Smoked Baby Back Ribs served with Herb Vegetable Rice and Corn

Smoked Baby Back Ribs: Fall-of-the-bone? Check. Epic presentation? Check. Flavor? Check.

The Duterte (1800 Reposado Tequila, Caramel Syrup, Angustura Bitters)
The Duterte (1800 Reposado Tequila, Caramel Syrup, Angustura Bitters)

The Duterte: I guess the majority of the Filipino voting population would probably drink this.

Truffle Scented Mushroom Cappuccino Soup
Truffle Scented Mushroom Cappuccino Soup

Truffle Scented Mushroom Cappuccino Soup: This may look unappealing but give it a try.

Overall, one thing is for sure, every dish sure tasted as good as it looks. Seriously though, they sure are perfectionists in their food presentation. They all look so good, you can’t help but take pictures until the dishes get cold. Kidding aside, I honestly believe Ampersand is the epitome of familiarity fused with innovation and personality.

Enjoying the coolers at the open bar
Enjoying the coolers at the open bar

So what are you waiting for human? Go to Banilad Town Center in Cebu City right this very moment. Just drop everything and go, excluding your wallet of course. Traffic is bad in these parts so you actually have no choice but to drop in at Ampersand. Yes, BTC has ample parking space but there’s no drop off area for jeepneys. Yes, you can also get groceries there if you’re a multi-tasker. Yes, there’s a gym if you feel guilty after eating. And if you got time, share your experience below in the uninhabited comments section.

More about Ampersand in Banilad Town Center Cebu
Contact: 032-416-1233 | +63-943-498-1744
Website: www.ampersand.com
Email: info@ampersandcebu.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ampersandcebu
Instagram: @ampersand.cebu

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