Kayu Kitchen + Bar By Rockwell


Yesterday, I had a blast post birthday celebration with Maria Elena Sy Chua. The woman behind the famous Sirao Flower Farm Garden-Little Amsterdam. She invited me a lunch to one of the prestigious restaurant in town, Kayu Kitchen+Bar by Rockwell.


I was amazed by the architectural designs inside the bar. Aside from that, it gives me more interests when I knew the story behind the place before it was named Kayu.


The former Aboitiz home is now part of Rockwell’s 32 Sanson development in Cebu and has been transformed into Kayu Kitchen + Bar restaurant.Also, it was the home of Mother Theresa for 3 days during her visit in Cebu way back 1987.

ABOUT KAYU Kitchen+ Bar


From the Cebuano word kalayo, which directly translates to fire or passion, Kayu gives Cebu a hot dining experience that satisfies the five senses, staying true to the blazing passion that is common in Cebuanos as a people. As far as tastes go, Kayu pays tribute to the richness of Cebuano culture while incorporating elements from Californian cuisine, creating unique and succulent flavors that burst on the palate.

About the Chef

A fiery new addition to the culinary landscape, Kayu is also owned and managed by Marisse, together with her husband, Francis, and their son, Chef “Izzy” Sy, who is responsible for the restaurant’s savory offerings. Coming from a Cebuano family of foodies, Chef Izzy pursued his passion for food in the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California. He spent two years at Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s restaurant, Morimoto, where his inclination for reinventing food and flavors was ignited.


The passion for creating sparked within Chef “Izzy” Francis Sy at a young age.With a culinary degree in ICAAC, CIA Greystone, Napa, CA and his work experience with Morimoto & Kitchen Door, Chef Izzy is ready to share his love for cooking to his beloved hometown – Cebu City.

Chef Izzy’s personal picks are the glazed salmon with teriyaki sauce, sushi rice cake, and togarashi, as well as the Kayu skillet of short ribs, which takes three days to cook. Expect these and more at the restaurant, which stands proud in its 1950’s architectural design and accents. With custom-made furniture and striking lighting fixtures, the interiors were designed by Marisse herself, with additional structural design by Ed and Mirella Gallego.


Pork Belly with Watermelon


Bahn- Mi Monte Cristo
Squash Raviolo



Kayu Kitchen + Bar is a perfect fit for 32 Sanson, where the love for family and food is celebrated, bringing to life the distinct Rockwell lifestyle.

For more information, you can check out their website at http://www.Kayu.ph
You can also visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kayukitchenbar/


32 Sanson Road, Lahug, Cebu City

(032) 406 3095

Opening Hours:

Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner: 5:30pm – 10pm

Tapas bar: Fri & Sat 10pm – 1am

Closed on Mondays

Special Thanks to Maria Elena Chua Sy for this sumptuous lunch and to Brian Sy for the great companion








20 comments on “Kayu Kitchen + Bar By Rockwell”

  1. Businesses are flourishing in Cebu! I’ve been observing and I’ve finally came to the conclusion that Cebu is going to be a fine city with all these new businesses. Not to mention they’re proudly local!

    I saw a picture with a coffee station and I will have to try their coffee! I wanna go chill sometime.

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  2. Carlo and I actually ate there already during its first week of opening or something. That was a couple or so months ago. Food’s actually quite decent, albeit a bit pricey. But with the place or compound it’s located at–not really all too surprising. Would still be down to come back there though!

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  3. Woowww food looks super promising. I’m sure they’re delish. The interiors also look posh. It’s a nice thing to know that Mo. Theresa stayed there before. Hope to check that out soon.

    Hello Carlo – let’s have meeting here. Hahahaha

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