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Skillet Japanese Cafe and Bistro Cebu is not your typical Japanese restaurant. This newest food destination emphasizes more on Yoshoku, which is a Japanese take on western cuisine.

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Skillet Japanese Cafe and Bistro Bestsellers

The newest craze in Cebu: Dew Droplet Cake

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The social media has been home to all things trending, and their Japanese Dew Droplet Cake is no exception. From its form, you’ll see that it looks nothing close to a baked “cake.” Au contraire, it’s a teardrop-shaped gelatin-like body in a pool of black sugar syrup sided with soy bean powder.

Its texture may be that of a gelatin, but its taste is slightly varied as it edges closely similar to silken tofu (taho). To eat it, you take a spoonful of it and pair it with the soybean powder and black sugar syrup. It’s a refreshing alternative for ice creams and cold desserts to cap off a meal.

Now here’s the catch: The Dew Droplet Cake can take an unusually long time to make at around 2-3 hours. Reservations are highly encouraged since this is sold at only ten (10) pieces per day.

Now we’ll head on to some of their bestsellers, which you must try!

Spaghetti Crab with Tomato Cream Sauce

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A pasta shredded with crab meat had us pivot our heads toward its direction. Bringing to our table was a unique taste to the palate and certainly not your typical pasta.

Among all the dishes that we tried, this one topped the list. Not many restaurants serve pasta with perfection, and so I hold back when I do try one. However, this Spaghetti Crab was something out of the ordinary. The crab flavor was neither fishy nor overpowering, which makes it an ideal seafood pasta dish to those avid fans.

Rice Gratin with White Sauce

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Their Rice Gratin is a mouthwatering casserole of rice packed with bits of seafood and vegetables, an extra coating of white sauce and cheese close to explosion. A Japanese Rice Gratin, or in the native term, Doria, comprises of these basic ingredients that are loaded and rich with all things worthy of the drool off your chin. Take no caution as this one is worth every calorie, I swear.

Chicken Pot Pie

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Served in a skillet, the Chicken Pot Pie provided an overall hotpot of varied bits and pieces to delve in. It’s covered in crisp pastry that’s loaded underneath with tender vegetables, a rich and creamy gravy soup, and slices of chicken.

I dug in with gusto into layers of undivided goodness that is the stew. Its chicken meat slices are soft, bursting with so many flavors when eaten with a mouthful of the pastry.

Baked Scallop

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Another creamy dish served on our table, this one’s meat is probably inexistent as it oozes with plenty and a variety of cheese. The briny tang of the scallop dish brought about by the varying types of melted cheese filling the entire shell did not disappoint. Offering some twist to the typical Cebuano fare, this baked scallop makes a compelling choice for most diners.

Japanese Stewed Hamburger Steak

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At the peak of our scrumptious meal, this hamburg steak sizzled with demi-glace sauce enticed more appetite from us. I took a fork first and dabbed the special sauce (which, by the way, can be swapped with tomato sauce), amazed at its succulent meat.

Potatoes, carrots, and a broccoli stem surround the beef patty, and a sprinkle of ground malunggay balanced the contrasting taste of the flesh.

Chicken Nanban

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A delicious piece of this Chicken Nanban inheres a chewy softness on the inside, and a crunchiness brought about by the golden-brown skin on the outside. Paired with the tartar sauce, it removes the trace of oiliness and gives a complementary taste with the marriage of tartar and exquisite chicken meat. None like the other, I suppose, this dish was also a definite top pick.

Panna Cotta with Mango Granita

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Dessert came dressed in a half-glass white cream topped with chunks of mango granite. The custard cream glides smoothly on my tongue, its slightly unsweetened flavor blending well with the tanginess of the grated mango.

I usually end my meal with an overly sweet dessert, but this panna cotta was a whole new take I could certainly welcome.

The Ambiance at Skillet Japanese Cafe Cebu

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Upon walking into its entrance, a noticeable flaunt of the modern aesthetic elevates the entire setup. Skillet Japanese Café and Bistro Cebu has breathed into life an artistic blend that harmonizes well with the foods that they serve. This Japanese cafe in Cebu has set the epitome of delicious Yoshoku fares, which is quite a change from its kind here in the city.

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An open show kitchen sits at the inner side of the restaurant, where Chef Masaki Tsuji is admirably hands-on with the cooking. Upstairs, a private room for big groups of diners makes a comfortable spot to hang out with family and friends.

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At the right side where long, cushioned seats are available, a marvelous work of art in the form of a painting captures the eye. Japanese artist Aito Kitazaki personally flew in to do a commissioned painting of this striking wall art.

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The establishment can easily be spotted along Norkis Cyberpark located beside JCentre MallSkillet Japanese Cafe and Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Skillet Japanese Cafe and Bistro Cebu Menu

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Contact + More Info

Contact: +63 32 417 2805

Location: Norkis Cyber Park, AS Fortuna Street, Mandaue City (beside JCenter Mall)

Price Range: P1000 for 2 persons

Opening Hours: 11:30AM – 2PM, 5PM – 10PM

Cuisine/Type: Westernized Japanese

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The Good

Unique Japanese fares compared to other restaurants

The Bad

Can be expensive (but you get what you paid for)

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. Awesome photos! I’ll be in Cebu this June and I swear this will not miss my itinerary. I love the Japanese Dew Droplet Cake! It looks unique and delicious at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It’s a chill resto for me. It’s kinda soothing to the eyes. I love the interior. The food seems to be great and very delicious. Actually, it’s my first time reading about a Japanese Cafe and Bistro in the country. I only see restos or ramen places. 🙂

  3. Grabee everything looks so good! I thought the droplet cake fad has died down already, looks like it’s still being served! Didn’t think it would cost a lot of time to make one, and grabe 10/day lang sineserve nilaaaa. I’m so curious, will it melt? Will it perish agad? LOL XD Apart from the “cake” everything else looked so yummy and good! <3

  4. I keep passing by Norkis Cyberpark but never bothered to see if there were any new restos. This is definitely a different experience from the usual Japanese food and restos we have here in Cebu, maybe I should give it a try.

    The dew drop cake though looks more visually appealing than delicious. I probably would order it for the sake of photos but i can’t say much for its taste.

  5. Why am I reading this at 2AM, not I am craving for Japanese food! I have always been in love with Japanese food and I would really love to try this restaurant.. Too bad it’s in Cebu! I’ve always wanted to try the droplet cake. Well, maybe if I had the chance to travel to Cebu I will definitely go straight to this place. 🙂

  6. These are truly mouthwatering treats. How I wish Cebu is just a few minutes ride from our place to sample those dishes. You also have that eye for beauty and detail. You know what food angle to highlight to tease us and make us crave. Im real hungry right now.

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