Welcome to Home (Balai)

Welcome Home. Well, that’s a pretty good pun as the name of the cafe is Balai (a bisaya, ilonggo word that translates to “home”). Cebu City has a number of cafes setting up in literally every corner (or village) that’s not the usual “brand” name cafes, each has its own charm and quirky offering.

They offer a pretty good selection of coffee, non-coffe drinks, juices, meals and desserts. Their specialty is the Farooj roasted chicken and it is deelish. Went out with a couple of friends for dinner and we ordered the Farooj Chicken Plate, Pan Roasted Salmon, Mushroom soup, assorted coffee and capped off the night with leche flan and the mango float.

The place is an old house converted into a restaurant-cafe and made more interesting with outdoor and indoor dining spaces, art decoration, murals that make it, well, homey and “relaxed”. And relax we did over good conversation and good food!

Good conversation, good company, good food, good “feels” make it a home-away-from-home

Food – 3.5/5
Portion – 4/5
Price – 3.5/5
Overall 11/5



The opinion expressed in this blog/post are all based on personal preference. We don’t pretend to be experts, we just tell it as it is based on how we love/hate (or anything in between) the food or experience. One more thing, we don’t get paid to make any product/restaurant endorsement – we’re just really opinionated pandas. Just a word of precaution, pictures can look good but it may not translate to actual good food.

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