Last year, I asked my good friend Mister Google what Onze means but unfortunately, there was no exact meaning about the word. But I remembered Maam Sheila telling me before that they named the place Onze because it’s actually their house number. So I figured that it’s actually Once (in Spanish) and was just spelled as Onze to make it sound “saucy”. Note: this is just my own observation.
Onze is owned by fellow Ungo Runner Sheila Apepe Colmenares. Maam Sheila calls herself the Golden Girl Runner. She and her 3 kids helped out in preparing and serving of the food and drinks. Of course, the ever helpful Ate Cerile is always there to wrap things up for you.
Located at 11 Orchid Street, I considered this cozy resto bar my haven. My first visit to Onze was last November when Agz and I had a nice time chatting and drinking beer. We were sitting at the outdoor sofa and just chilling out and we didn’t even notice time had gone so fast.
Onze serves San Miguel Light and Red Horse beers, Tanguy Ice and a few short orders. But now they added a new set meal in their menu: a choice chicken, fish or pork; served with mixed veggies and macaroni salad; a dessert and iced tea. And the price? – just 148 pesos!
On Valentine’s Day, Agatha and had our dinner at Onze. I pre-ordered the set meal (with fish as my choice) and was instantly salivating just seeing the dish. The fish is tender, so juicy and was served with garlic. The mixed veggies complimented the main dish.
main dish with the molten lava
After a few spoonfuls of our well-cooked meal, I quickly munched the dessert. Agz can’t get over the taste of the vanilla ice cream. We had to order some more dessert. We had the Molten Lava and it was indeed a perfect pair for our main dish.
If your weakness is sweets, then the Molten Lava is the perfect must-have at Onze. It is served with Brownies bursting with yummy chocolate syrup topped with vanilla ice cream. Now I call that lip-smacking!
Onze also serves short orders. They call it Kwikies (not the one you’re thinking... you naughty, you!). Their best-selling Lasagna is really a must-try for the first-timers. Other Kwikies include calamares (I once ordered this but paired with rice), chicken sandwich, tuna melt sandwich, fries and kropek.
Calamares and Lasagna
Desserts are as welcoming in Onze. Aside from the Molten Lava, they also serve Peach Cobbler (also topped with vanilla ice cream), Creamy Flan, Chocolate Fondeau and Sylvanas con Crema. If you like going Pinoy, they have this delicious Suman embedded with sliced ripe mango and served with native tsokolate or tablea.
|Ungo Runners during Max's Bday|
Since its opening last October 10, 2010, Onze became a haven for runners like me. Running groups Ungo, TeamTytsBogdo and RH Runners, goes to Onze for some re-hydration especially after a hard day’s run or simply celebrating after a completing a big race.
Last week, Ungo Supremo Max Limpag celebrated his birthday with a night run and everyone headed to Onze for some delectable Lasagna and wine. And last year, Dailymiler friend and serial marathoner Wayne Plymale had a kick of Red Horse at Onze. He also had his first taste of balut there.
L: Katol with the singles last V-Day | R: Max enjoying his birthday at Onze
The homey feeling at Onze makes this a come-on haven for me and Agatha. The place is simply very modest. The food tastes really good and it’s cheap. I would love to make this my own refuge.
It was a gastronomic love affair for me and Agatha last Valentine’s Day. Onze just made it simple yet perfect.
Hmmm.. would love to have the Tuesday Group to go to Onze next week.
*burp* Excuse me! J
11 Orchid St. Capitol Site, Cebu City
In close proximity to STK and Yayoy's Grill
Very near to Hotel Asia and BOs Coffee (near Cebu Doctors Hospital)
Opens from 7:30 pm to 12 MN (open everyday Monday to Sunday)
Usually, last call for food is at 12-12:30MN
FREE WIFI for those who use of it.