Go Back in Time: 1878 Restaurant

Late­ly, I’ve been on the look out for any­thing new and inter­est­ing — odd news, new haunts, obscure beach­es. I found this by chance, a new hole-in-the-wall restau­rant in Car­car with a catchy name, 1878. I’m not even sure how I stum­bled upon this restau­rant (must be Face­book?) but I made a men­tal note that the next time I find myself in the south of Cebu, I will vis­it this place.

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the old house with a green gate

I got the chance when my fam­i­ly went to Badi­an. On our way back to the city, I decid­ed that we should have lunch in 1878. I used Waze (not very reli­able) to find the place, and we got lost for a bit. The locals were very help­ful though. When in doubt, always ask the locals. The turn of the cen­tu­ry house, a lot of foliage — yay, we’ve arrived! We were fam­ished!

1878 Restau­rant was a fusion of old and new — old house, old fur­nish­ings, with touch­es of Tay­lor Swift waft­ing through the walls, and good old-fash­ioned Chi­nese cui­sine.  Most of the inte­ri­ors were either recy­cled and Philip­pine-made or both! For instance, some chairs were made of tires, and old Capiz win­dows. The place gave off a homey, nos­tal­gic vibe. No, I didn’t see any ghosts walk­ing through the walls.

The food was served fast, maybe they could tell from our mur­der­ous faces that we were hun­gry? We had bird’s nest soup first (not in the pics). It was served pip­ing­ly hot! It is a pet peeve of mine when soup is served luke­warm or cold. Not com­pa­ra­ble to Majestic’s, but it was good. I usu­al­ly gauge a Chi­nese resto by it’s bird’s nest soup, but that’s just me. If it’s bad, every­thing goes down­hill from there. My only “com­plain” though was it didn’t have quail eggs, it had ham bits instead. Over­all, the food didn’t dis­ap­point.

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the menu

Good food, rea­son­ably priced, gen­er­ous serv­ings, prompt ser­vice, would I come back? Total­ly! Now, where is this place exact­ly?

1878 Restau­rant
San Jose St., Pobla­cion 1
Car­car City, Cebu
Tel. num­bers — (032) 487 7145

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