Cebu City’s Parian area is not blessed with a charming reputation so you wouldn’t really expect a restaurant café to nestle within the territory. However, the owners of Café Elysa de Parian took the challenge and opened a quaint dining facility within the very heart of Parian.
Stephen Aznar, the owner of the restaurant named the place after his mother, Mrs. Ely Sanson Aznar, who is the wife of Mr. Bombi Aznar, a highly esteemed educator, philanthropist and sportsman in Cebu. The newly opened establishment serves comfort food in 1960′s style although the exteriors of the restaurant itself do not exude such an atmosphere. Even when you get inside Café Elysa, the interiors do not fully complement the overall appeal of dining in the era of the Spanish era because of the floor tiles, which appear to be more appropriate with bathrooms.
Café Elysa’s menu is an interesting mix of western and local cuisines. They also have a selection of wines that guests can choose from. For the western cuisines, they serve Italian, Balinese, Spanish, and American. The newest additions to their menu are fettuccine with mushroom and cream pesto, fricassee of chicken breast with tarragon, and creamed dory with anchovy lemon sauce.
Among the local dishes are varied and includes famous Filipino food, humba, pork belly chicharon (which is their version of the famous lechon kawali), dinuguan, bam-i, and ginisang munggo. The restaurant also serves fish kinilaw and fried fish with sweet and sour sauce for those on a stricter diet. A sure winner for those who want a full and delicious meal is the kalderetang kambing, which goes perfectly with steamed plain rice. For dessert, they serve ice cream and several Filipino sweet delicacies, including banana fritters.
Despite its seemingly disparate exteriors and interior designs, Café Elysa is a good place to dine. With approximately Php300 per person, one is sure to get a satisfying meal with the goodness of a home-cooked feast.
Café Elysa is located within the heart of historical Cebu, at 30-a Zamora Street, Parian. It has a parking area exclusively for the restaurant’s customers and is a mere walking distance from the four heritage sites. It is open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., from Tuesdays to Sundays. For reservations, call any of these numbers: (032)414-9265, (032)416-6793, (0921)453-8377, and (0908)872-4980.