Ampersand Restaurant Featured-a sumptuous destination for the hungry travelers

Cebu Republic   July 11, 2015   Dining and Drinking News & Features

Banilad is known as one of the best places to go for leisure, food and just anything to while away time and find something exciting, in Cebu. Banilad is located on the outskirt of Talamban, Cebu City where the Banilad Town Center (BTC) prides itself of its strategic location, away from the hustling and bustling of the city jungle life. And BTC offers an array of differently-themed bars and restaurants in Cebu! One of these restaurants is called “Ampersand” (yes, the symbol “&” on your keypad).

Ampersand Ampersand Restaurant Featured-a sumptuous destination for the hungry travelers Photos by: Oroku Saki Chongbit

Discovering Ampersand: Bar and Deli

In this ever growing part of Banilad, you could find Ampersand Restaurant (at the ground floor of BTC) which offers a variety of cuisine basically unique to any part of the country. One of the finest culinary experts of the 21st century Cebu could be found here!

We (Cebu Republic) came, savored and tasted some of their best cuisines, and these are what we discovered:

  • Roasted Kalabasa soup, an appetizer, could really give you an enormous appetite!
  • A great selection of deli, cheeses and they tastes so good!
  • “Cheese and Cold cuts platter” & “Seared Lemon Zesto squid with Cherry Tomato cucumber and feta cheese” are marvelously and heavenly delicious.
  • Smoked salmon & Mango Pimiento Baguette with Deli Pesto are worth every penny.
  • 48-hour Sous vide Pork chop on sweet potato puree, annatto Jus & cilantro pickled red onion just melted our sanity!

These are only some of the best food among the variety in the menu. The food are really delicious and are presented in a unique way, you could just admire the arrangement the staff made on them. And these made us hungrier!

Ampersand Ampersand food are really delicious and are presented in a unique way Photos by: Oroku Saki Chongbit

Satisfying the palate and the mood in Ampersand

The Ampersand restaurant was just months old and already they have established quite a “feast-full” of followings for all ages. The resto has also a bread station, aside from delis.

They have also what you call “three-in-one” transition, wherein Ampersand transforms itself from a home-style breakfast refuge in the morning to a sumptuous lunch & dinner enclave during the afternoon and evening, respectively. The late-night cocktail adventures hops to a happy-hour, where everybody could be, you’re right: merry and full!

The place is really cozy and romantic, which adds up to your appetite and you eat with serenity and you would not worry of the price of their food because they really offer one of the most affordable in BTC. And what’s more? Their recipes are filled with glorious items not readily found in other restaurants. They have one of the widest selections of deli and cheeses!

The service is really great and the prices are really reasonably fair, with relaxing music and nice atmosphere, the Republic will definitely be going back to this prestigious restaurant.


The The late-night cocktail adventures hops to a happy-hour. Photos by: Oroku Saki Chongbit

Some facts about Ampersand Restaurant

  • Bar- Restaurant- Deli
  • With available parking
  • Payment methods: Visa, Master Card , Cash
  • Services: Reservations, Walk-ins/Dine-ins
  • Good for groups, kids-friendly, with outdoor seating
  • Take-outs are allowed

Ampersand restaurant also caters to different entertainment and events especially during weekends while you dine: please check this out:

  • Acoustics every Friday which starts at 11PM
  • The Craft Takeover “Mixology 101”
  • House DJ’s entertain you every Saturdays
  • Mixed wine and spirits on happy-hours every day
The The Cheese and Cold cuts platter Photos by: Oroku Saki Chongbit

Our judgment

The Cebu Republic Community seldom admired establishments such as this, but we felt guilt as not to give them credit for a job we may perceived as well-done, here it goes ( scores of 1to 5, 5 being the highest):

  • 1 2 3 4 5
    Quality
  • 1 2 3 4 5
    Service
  • 1 2 3 4 5
    Value
  • 1 2 3 4 5
    Ambiance

The 3-in-1 transitions really give the Ampersand restaurant the big advantage. It was truly an amazing experience that you could find a high-rated restaurant that not only gives almost perfect meals but also a nice place to while away the night and never be boring. Kudos!

Smoked Smoked salmon & Mango Pimiento Baguette with Deli Pesto are worth every penny Photos by: Oroku Saki Chongbit

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