Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Japanese Coffee Shop Called Cafe Egao

This cafe better live up to its name, Egao 笑顔, which means smiling face.

Cafe Egao is a tiny (can only accommodate less than 20 customers) and homey (gives you a sense of organized chaos when you step inside) coffee shop in Nasipit, Talamban, whose spread isn't limited only to cups of coffee (Php 100-150) but includes soup, salad, pasta, snacks, and desserts (Php 77-100). And then there's the occasional noodles and rice meals.

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While waiting for your cup of coffee, there are knickknacks and thingamajigs to keep your eyes busy. Books and magazines, though most are in Japanese, are also piled on the side for your reading (or skimming) pleasure.

You can also poke around the cafe, look but not touch their coffee corner, or sit still and keep your thumbs busy connecting to their WiFi on your phone or whatever gadget you have on your person.

Or admire Elvis Presley as he silently serenades you while the Japanese owner prepares somebody's food.


By the time you finish exploring all the nooks and crannies of the cafe, the food will have arrived. Six takoyaki balls all sitting in a row, smiling. These tako balls are aptly call Egaoyaki.

Then the hot, fresh off the oven, gratin. Cheesy. Creamy. But not overpowering. This will give a person who doesn't like pasta second thoughts.

And, to cap off the meal, a lovely bowl of anmitsu - a delectable dessert of red beans, fruits, vanilla ice cream, and jelly in syrup.

Cafe Egao indeed lives up to its name.
Here are two happy and smiling customers as proof.
Photo inspired by Whacky Adventures* ;-)

The two happy customers will be back soon...
...with a smile from top to bottom.

Cafe Egao
Buot Compound, Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City
(032) 479 9286 / 0917 321 5042
10AM to 12MN Daily

How Cafe Egao made Mustachio's pocket smile:
Egaoyaki Php 77
An-mitsu Php 77
Gratin Php 77


  1. Hey! Great post! I always pass by this on my way home and never really thought of checking it out but now I'm itching to go there! :D

    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)

    1. Ohoy! Thanks. And to think its just a walking distance from TC. :)

  2. wahahhaha.. nakatawa man sad ta sa inspired pic. ehehehe..

  3. hahahah... lageh... very familiar poses... :P
    lami ang baked penne noh? ^_^

    1. I forgot. All I know is that we were stuffed. :D

  4. murag ga laway jud ko aning baked penne dah! Duol rani sa USCTC campus? you crack me up! love the photos :) Is that you, Mustachio, hiding behind the book?

    1. :D Yup, unahan lang sa USC-TC. Here's a map to help you find your way https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&cid=15414084206189417553&q=Cafe+EGAO+%E7%AC%91%E9%A1%94&iwloc=A&gl=US&hl=en

  5. Thanks for this post. I have now a place to visit in Cebu when I miss eating takoyaki and everything else on their menu except soba or I'll die. ^-^;

    1. Hi adbenturera in japan! Their takoyaki is really good! But why don't you like soba?

    2. I have allergies with buckwheat. Didn't know until I ate soba some time ago and had a breathing difficulty after. I though it was just an asthma attack but the 2nd time I ate it, the same breathing problem occured.

    3. Since you have been in Japan for years, don't take my word for "really good." But it probably is authentic since a Japanese owns the place and does the cooking :D

      Sorry to hear about your allergy :(