Tucked in a small street just a few feet away from the main A.S Fortuna road is a hidden gem in Mandaue City. This brunch cafe called “Balai”, probably from the bisaya term “balay” which means home, offers a cozy cafe experience in the heart of a bustling city.
The cafe in itself was really an old home turned into cafe. Their fixtures are rustic and artistic in nature.
Their menu offers a variety of brunch items, mains, salads, pasta dishes, desserts and drinks. For our lunch, we ordered their carbonara, pesto pasta, farooj chicken and chori nugget meal (I honestly forgot the name!).
Their food was delish. I especially loved the Farooj chicken which was a whole roasted chicken with different kinds of spices that gives a burst of flavor in your mouth. I also like the sauces that comes with the order. It just complements the chicken.
The Chori nugget meal was great too. One rice isn’t enough for this meal. It’s chorizo flavor makes you want to crave for more. I love how they even tried to spell their cafe name with the chori nuggets.
The pasta dishes were just okay for me. Not the best but well enough for its generous serving and its price which was less than Php 200.
We didn’t get to order their coffee drinks. Maybe on the next visit 🙂
Balai is so spacious. As you can see they have both indoor and outdoor areas. What’s so perfect is that they kept the trees and it just adds to the relaxing experience that you can get here.
The cafe is also a perfect space for small gatherings with family and friends. They also have private rooms for Php 1500 per hour, consumable. Although I’m not quite sure how many people can fit there.
Overall, I think Balai is worth coming to. Food + Ambiance, its a winner for me. I’d sure be back to try their other menu items and maybe just to relax and tuck myself away from a busy day 🙂
Ciao for now ❤