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 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








  1. Another beanery to add to my list and would love to visit it when I get the chance. I love how you includes the background of the restaurant which would grant us an idea. The food must be prepared with so much love by chef by simply gazing to your photographs.

  2. 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

  3. Now I starving. :/
    I wonder how pork belly with watermelon tastes like? Is it yummy?
    Bdw, it took me for a while the meaning of “Kayu” until you defined it. Hahaha!

  4. The food looks promising. The interior has a similarity with The Suite Room which is my favorite. I’ll check out this place soon!

  5. Ooooh! Looks like the food there’s good! I heard it’s expensive there though. Carlo! Let’s have a meeting here na! Ahahaha

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Belated Happy Birthday Nhagz! That pork belly with watermelon looks so appetizing! I’ll surely visit Kayu soon!

  9. I had no idea. This place is like only a few blocks from my house. Will definitely visit this soon.

  10. This post really made me hungry. I heard good reviews that the good is good here and few said its so-so for the price. Well, we dont have the same tastebuds. But Id love to check this place one of these days.

  11. We (Ramzy and I) ate their before and it was pretty good. Pricey but really good. I also love talking to the chef. @Rea We can have a meeting here but it should be paid by Jullian (and his big bonus).

  12. OMG The pork belly is the most mouth watering of all. But I’m quite sure the rest of his offerings are just as delicious. Yummm!

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