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New Dish Alert: Kansi at CAFE LAGUNA in Cebu City Philippines

Dining at Cafe Laguna, especially at their SM City Cebu branch has always been, most of the time, the family's unanimous choice for lunch whenever we visit the mall.  This dining experience was part of my 45-day vacation / foodie journey, during the third quarter of 2017, to my home city.  Since I was on "vacation" mode, the best way to rekindle with my favored restaurant was to check out and try what was new on the menu.

And that time, we were fortunate that a new dish was out, and it was promoted right on our table. Hello, KANSI!
As defined / described by Cafe Laguna, KANSI is a Negrense (from the Negros provinces) mildly sour soup of tender beef shanks and langka (jackfruit).
This table, by the glass window with a street view, is our favorite dining spot in the restaurant.  Lucky again that it was vacant when we arrived.


Our choice of refreshments, were as usual, served first:
top: Ripe Mango Shake and Cold Calamansi Juice
bottom: Fresh Buko Juice
Let's see what we have ordered for our hearty family luncheon. 
the  G U L A Y  (Vegetables)

- PINASINGAWANG GULAY  -
A platter of steamed slices of ampalaya, eggplant, okra (lady's finger), green leafy veggies and diced tomatoes.

the PORK
- BINAGOONGANG BABOY -
A bowl of pork chunks flavored with tomatoes, shrimp paste and mini-sized cooked shrimps.

PINASINGAWANG GULAY
Price: 185.00 PHP

Taste Comment and Other Comments:
The freshness of the vegetables, despite steamed, were retained.  I prefer this manner of cooking than having them grilled. And that extra small bowl of "ginamos" was the key to a truly appetizing starter.

Taste Rating:
4.5 of 5
Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
3 of 5
Taste vs. Price Rating:
3 of 5
BINAGOONGANG BABOY
Price: 250.00 PHP

Taste Comment and Other Comments:
Palatable but did not meet my expectations.  I have a benchmark for this dish, see HERE, and sadly, their version did not match up.  
Taste Rating:
3 of 5
Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
3 of 5
Taste vs. Price Rating:
3 of 5
It was lunch time but I ordered one of my favorite dish from their M E R I E N D A set in the menu
 - LUGAW, TOKWA'T BABOY! 


LUGAW, TOKWA'T BABOY
Price: 135.00 PHP

Taste Comment and Other Comments:
Craving satisfied! I ran out of words to describe how much I like eating this set.
This is Highly Recommended!

Taste Rating:
8 of 5
Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
4.5 of 5
Taste vs. Price Rating:
4 of 5

The most anticipated review for the newest dish in the B E E F menu:

KANSI
Price: 320.00 PHP

Taste Comment and Other Comments:
Still amazed with the sour taste despite it was already known ahead.  And it was indeed spicy but just at a tolerable level. The beef was cooked perfectly for easy bites. This is a MUST-TRY dish!

Taste Rating:
4.5 of 5
Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
4 of 5
Taste vs. Price Rating:
4 of 5

STEAMED WHITE RICE is a staple food for a Filipino meal.  Its absence creates an incomplete, unsatiated dining experience.
the M E R I E N D A 

PUTONG PUTI
Price: 4.00 PHP each

Taste Comment and Other Comments:
Love the taste and the size is indeed a perfect bite size.

Taste Rating:
4 of 5
Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
4 of 5
Taste vs. Price Rating:
4.5 of 5
the  P A N G H I M A G A S  (dessert) 


MINI HALO-HALO
Price: 95.00 PHP

Taste Comment and Other Comments:
It was good.  Though I am not a fan of the beans so I shunned away from these or gave them out to my mom or dad.  I have arrived to a conclusion that an ube ice cream is the perfect ice cream flavor to top off any halo-halo preparation.  Rice crispies added interesting texture, and I loved it. f.y.i. I love rice crispies.

Halo-Halo is my mom's all-time favorite and I have great interest also in tasting the version of this famous Pinoy dessert in all other Filipino restaurants else where in the world.

Taste Rating:
3 of 5
Serving Size vs. Price Rating:
3 of 5
Taste vs. Price Rating:
3.5 of 5

My Ratings:
Restaurant Concept (Filipino) = 10 of 10 
Menu Options = 9 of 10 
Food Serving Size = 8 of 10
Overall Food Taste (in this post) = 8 of 10
Restaurant Lay-Out  = 8 of 10
Interior & Exterior Design = 7 of 10
Size of Restaurant = 8 of 10
Cleanliness of Restaurant (as far as what my eyes have seen) = 8 of 10
Restaurant Lighting = 10 of 10 
(ample natural light thru the glass windows and it was lunch time)
Ambiance = 8 of 10 
Services of Staff = 9 of 10 
Money Value = 9 of 10
OVERALL RATING = 85% Recommended

This particular branch of CAFE LAGUNA is located at SM City Cebu
Upper ground, SM Northwing

(+63 32) 236.4132


Photos were taken using iPhone 4S cell phone.


You can also see and read my other reviews of the restaurant on the links below:

Dinner at Cafe Laguna

Merienda at Laguna Garden Cafe

Lunch at Cafe Laguna



Eat good food, every day!

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