March 15, 2009
After dinner in Abaca, we were debating on where to hang out in Cebu on a Friday night. Most of the cafes closed early and we wanted to lounge in a place that is uniquely Cebuano with a good line-up of desserts. We found our answer in Bellini!
Bellini is a chill-out and dessert bar with live acoustic music. It is located in Lahug, overlooking Nivel Hills. It has the same owner as Anzani New Mediterranean restaurant. It is the latest high-end, fine dining establishment in Cebu.
This is the perfect spot in Bellini for a night cap with friends.
The music of the live acoustic band reverberates throughout Bellini, which is shaped in a long fashion, following the edge of the Nivel Hills.
Marco Anzani is attempting to elevate the restaurant experience in Cebu with his New Mediterranean Cuisine. Anzani's claim to fame is that he opened a lot of bars/restaurants for the Shangri-La group. He is now based in Cebu.
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You can reserve the special underground cellar room (see photo with Anzani) or this special black room, especially made for freestyle degustation dining in Anzani Restaurant. The black room has this interesting chandelier made of spoon and forks. It will surely be the talk around the dinner table.
A mezze plate of Mediterranean treats! I'm going back to Cebu to try Anzani. :)
The desserts had flawless presentation, but they failed miserably in impressing us. The panna cotta was too mild and the fresh fruit cooked in sugary syrup was too sweet. It was a disappointment -- but the great view in Nivel Hills compensated for it.
The Anzani Bomb is a poor cousin of Five Cows Flaming Alaska. It is the same dessert except that the Five Cows' version is ignited with flame and served while the lights are closed.
The Anzani Tiramisu was placed in a triangular glass with no stem, which was placed in a bowl of ice, similar to the La Dolce Vita signature drink. The taste was on the safe side and it was not memorable.
I aim to try Anzani's New Mediterranean cuisine next time. Have you tried it?