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Ampersand Cebu Fine Dining Restaurant Food Review - Chasing Bleu

Nestled among the clusters of food and lifestyle shops in Banilad Town Center, Ampersand Cebu stood there in a charming rustic country farm vibe to offer a selection of exquisite food and beverages. This new dining spot in Cebu has three concepts: a restaurant, bar, and deli. With its elegant exterior of old wood and bricks, people are certainly piqued at this fantastic foodie destination.

We went to eat at Ampersand Cebu Restaurant during lunch time, where the restaurant was pretty much quiet without the throng of diners. Inside, you’ll find a bar filled with cute jars and shelves of wines and drinks. A waiter waits behind the countertop.

[blockquote author=”” pull=”center”]… a charming rustic country farm vibe to offer a selection of exquisite food and beverages.[/blockquote]

Our eyes immediately landed on the sign at the center that says, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” My mind had to process its meaning before shrugging off this kind of joke. There are dashing lights hung over the countertop where drunken merrymaking evidently happens. It’s a nice spot to chill if you’re hanging out with just a buddy or two and hope to weave an intimate conversation.

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My guy and I celebrated our 4th anniversary on the day we dined here at Ampersand Cebu. It took a lot of persistence since he was a bit skeptical with the prices we saw online, but he conceded after browsing through the entire restaurant setup.

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We sat on a white cushioned chair with a wooden table between us and a chandelier hovering over our heads, making the atmosphere more romantic. While their chef prepared our orders in their open show kitchen, we talked. We gave assessments about school so far and the upcoming midterm. We marveled at the fact that we’d come this far in our relationship. It wasn’t particularly a cheesy conversation – just one that’s full of anticipation.

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To say the least, I loved the ambiance here. It could be a nice place to spend with a significant other or hang out with long-time buddies or family. The country vibe is everywhere – even the little corner where the desserts are held captive. It’s a not-so-odd mix of rustic and sophistication, which already says something.

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Bestsellers in Ampersand Cebu

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There is a wide array of food in the menu that you can find at Ampersand, so we decided to try some of their bestsellers. Quite honestly, the prices were a bit much for a typical stingy person’s budget. However, since it was a special occasion, we justified the reasons in going there.

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Marnel had the Spicy Chicken Wings, a plateful of buffalo wings dribbled with lemon-garlic siracha. He derived into a conclusion that while it was savory and he wanted to eat another round of it, the serving was not enough to satiate his appetite.

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Mine was, of course, my usual safe order in most restaurants that I go to. The Smoked Baby Back Ribs was a delicious piece of meat filled with tenderness. Paired with the herb vegetable rice and corn, this juicy ribs just melt in your mouth with a burst of flavors.

For their drinks, well, upon a glance at the Ampersand Cebu bar, you can certainly choose from their many selections. A refreshing drink was in order after walking up a distance to arrive here at BTC, so we had their Calamansi Juice. If you’re a fan of extremely sour drinks, then this one is for you. As for us, we were dismayed with our choice, but nonetheless, a minty coolness was compelling enough for us to enjoy it.

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Much of their gastronomic offerings are specialties worth trying, if not for the price unfit for stingy people like me. Nonetheless, there are fantastic choices; your tongue will never go dull. Their menu ranges from soups, salads, appetizers, rustic pizzas, burgers, meat, and chicken.

As for drinks, they have assortments like coffee, soft drinks, fresh juices, beers, signature cocktails, and imported beers. Seeing as their selections could go beyond what you may fancy, there’s no wrong in trying one!

[blockquote author=”” pull=”center”]There are fantastic choices; your tongue will never go dull.[/blockquote]
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At the end of our lengthy lunch, I pondered how many pounds I’d gained since a year ago when I was just starting out this food blog. Perhaps, ten kilos wouldn’t be an overestimation, but regardless of that, no regrets! They say it wasn’t true love if neither of you got fat – well, I am a testimony of that. LOL 😉

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Ampersand Cebu Restaurant Menu

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Contact + More Info

Contact: +63 32 348 0575

Webpage: Ampersand Cebu

Location: Banilad Town Center, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Cebu

Price Range: P1500 for 2 persons

Opening Hours: 10AM–2PM, 6PM–12AM

Cuisine/Type: American

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  • Food (Taste, Presentation, Varieties)
  • Service (Attentiveness, Friendliness, WiFi)
  • Ambiance (Comfort, Space, Interior)
  • Price (Value, Affordability)
The Good

Beautiful ambiance; romantic

The Bad

Staffs were inattentive

Mimi Gonzales


Mimi is a food and travel enthusiast who wishes to explore and experience more things in life. She blogs about food, travel, and fancy things that are noteworthy.

  1. Everything in this place is lovely. I love the rustic vibe, too! This is perfect for a beautiful weekend lunch or dinner with the family! The food also look mouth-watering. I sure would love to sample all these dishes you featured. I am sure every guest here will have a might-fine dining experience!

  2. Wow! I love restaurants with rustic vibes! The food also looks quite good. Im going to Cebu in June with a few friends, might check this place out if I’m ever in the area ☺

  3. I was eyeing this restaurant out as well. Thank you for the quick and honest review about the place. It looks cozy enough for a small and intimate group. I guess if the restaurant is located in BTC, I would exactly expect a not-so-friendly price range but we always get what we paid for. 🙂

  4. Ooh la la! The place looks gorgeous! Hehehe. I’m glad your man agreed to go here to celebrate your fourth as I’m sure it was worth it. I love their play on “Ampersand” too! 🙂 Hahaha that statement at the end of the post had my insides crying! I guess it’s true. You love together and get fat together, haha. My guy surfs so that isn’t possible for him, but he spoils me SO much. Hahaha!

  5. This is a gorgeous a thorough review, I also loved your photographs!

    I think the one thing that is important in restaurants, is the ambiance. You can have great food, great drinks.. but the cherry on the top is how the place makes you feel! Keep up the amazing work! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

  6. What a lovely restaurant with a lovely interior! It’s just sad that the staff was inattentive. Well, maybe they were still new and adjusting. However, the meals look delicious. I just wish that something like this would be available elsewhere also, like Manila! Hahaha!

  7. It’s my first time to hear about this. Well, it’s been a year since the last time I visited banilad so I guess, I haven’t spent enough time that much at the area. Anyhow, this place looks interesting. I also like their entree available on their menu. quite pricey nga lang. 🙂

  8. Your posts had never failed to make me hungry! Not only did you do such an amazing job of taking pictures of the food, you’ve also described them in a way that would make everyone taste them in their mouths. Amazing post! Also I like how you incorporated your ratings in your posts. Always good to see how you rate the place. 🙂

  9. Years ago, I would travel to Cebu once or twice a month because of work. And I would like to question myself and others who tour me again and again — why didnt we visit this diner. The place is so warm and inviting. Spending time and eating here after a tiring work would surely make those trips more memorable. Anyway, past is past. I hope I be able to visit Cebu again and I will definitely go here.

  10. First Happy Anniversary, very romantic indeed ang dating ng resto and love the interior design, as always taga Cebu ko, but krn pko kadungog sa resto, shame on me, but definitely this would be a good place and will land on my list

  11. I love the vibe of this place It seems like a very comfy ambiance. From the walls down to the furnitures, everything is nice! I always enjoy places especially restos with nice interiors, makes me enjoy the food and drinks more..

  12. Wow! What a wonderful place to celebrate anniversary! definitely memorable!
    Wishing you both many more years of togetherness.

  13. Wow, I haven’t visited your blog for quite some time now. Loving the new look! 💖 Anyway, saw this on your tweet last night but decided not to click the link bc of your warning. And you were right. Not a great idea when you’re hungry. Haha!

    xx, The Diary Queen

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