April 26, 2018

Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Pyramid

I've visited Cebu three times in the past, but for me it was always only just a jump off point to Bohol or Siargao. I would just usually spend a day or day and a half in the Queen City of the South and I was not really able to experience this vibrant city. Cebu is probably the other city state outside of Luzon that is urbanized and equally progressive as Manila.

Although it is a metropolitan area, what I like about Cebu is that destinations where you can enjoy nature is easily within reach. Mountainous areas like in Busay is just a few minutes away from the city, world-class beach resorts in Mactan Island is just an hour away while Bantayan Island, Moalbal (diving site) and Oslob (whale shark watching) are just a few hours away.

So when I had the opportunity to go on a weekend trip to Cebu, even though it was somewhat unplanned and instantaneous I grabbed it in a heartbeat. Getting to travel early on this year excited me, it’s my first trip of the year, yey! Plus this will be the very first time that I'll get to really experience Cebu. 

I flew with fellow blogger and friend, Bettina via AirAsia. I went straight from work to the airport and good thing the flight was on time. Upon arrival at the Mactan International Airport there was no waiting time as we were immediately greeted by a staff of Bai Hotel who ushered us to our car service. We went straight to Bai Hotel, which will be our residence for our first night and met up with the other bloggers at the lobby. 

One of the places in my travel bucket list is France and the main city I want to explore is Paris. I don't know if in my past life I was a belle in Paris during the Renaissance. I love everything about the City of Lights thus making it an ultimate travel destination for me. I would live to someday visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa in person. To walk the garden grounds of the Versailles Palace and marvel at the majestic Notre Dame. I vouched to myself that even if I am already old and rickety, I will make it a point to at least visit Paris once in my lifetime. 

There's a lot of places in the world that erect replicas of the iconic structures that make Paris as Paris. There's that Arc de Triomphe replica in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Boracay (just a decor outside one of the beach side bars in Boracay) and now a restaurant shape and inspired by Louvre in Cebu City. This restaurant blew up the Filipino internet community and made the rounds among blogs and travel pages. 

When I was in Cebu with my fellow bloggers, there was definitely a consensus that we must visit it. The restaurant named The Pyramid is the second most visited French themed bistro in Cebu next to La Vie Parisienne and located inside the complex of Cebu IT Park. A few years ago when I visited Cebu, nothing actually stands in that area, if my memory serves me right. 

It's best to go there by dusk until late at night as this only glass pyramid structure in the Queen City of the South is stunningly lighted in dreamy colors that seems like a magnet beckoning you to come closer and closer. It'll surely stir up some otherworldly feelings inside you and you'll find yourself uncontrollably snapping photos of the outside and inside. After all it has become one of Cebu's Instagram-worthy destinations. 

Tables and seats are available inside and al fresco and the furniture is an eclectic mix of contemporary and industrial. We all can’t get over the concrete slab table that we got to occupy during our quick visit. For some reason, the swirling light fixtures scattered across the walls and ceiling of the resto reminded me of the book "The Little Prince" by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. I don't know if that was the inspiration but I guess so as it also has its French roots. 

As for the food, we only had a quick bites since a feast was waiting for us back at JPark Island Resort that evening (I'll be blogging about our stay at that only 5-star resort in the Philippines very soon). The Pyramid's menu is a mix and fusion of different cuisines but the presence of a variety of wines, cakes and macarons definitely gives an ode to the French cuisine and culture that inspired this restaurant. 
3 Cheese Pizza (Mozzarella. Gorgonzola and Bleu Cheese)

 Green Tea Latte

 Berry Affair (white chocolate sauce, vanilla powder, milk and mixed berry puree)

We tried their 3-Cheese Pizza with honey that you can drizzle on the surface of the pizza. Then we ordered different drinks ranging from tea, coffee and fruit shakes. I can't give out a thorough judgement of the food that Pyramid offers as we were not able to try their other dishes. But from what we had, it was ok. The pizza and the drinks weren't bad and they were not spectacular either. But ambiance wise it is just fair to say that it is 100 percent satisfactory. 

I hope to be able to visit Cebu again and drop by The Pyramid too and try the other stuff that they are offering and hopefully by then I can conclude a verdict about the gastronomic aspect. Still, in my opinion, The Pyramid is worth squeezing in into your itinerary just in case you find yourself in this city.

Garden Bloc, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
Contact No: (032)516 0254 / 09172521367 
Email: thepyramid17@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/thepyramidcebu

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
The Pyramid Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Read more of my Cebu 2018 trip: 
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Bai Hotel, Mandaue City
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Cafe Bai at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Twilight Roofdeck Lounge + Bar at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Marble & Grain Steakhouse at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Oqtagon
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Cebu Original Lechon Belly
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Pyramid
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, Mactan Island
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Abalone at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Olive at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Ching Hai at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Coral Sea Side at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Havana By The Sea at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Temple of Leah

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