First Time Chef Kitchen and Bar: A New Favorite

Cebuanos are a pretty hard bunch to please. From concert artists to political ideologies, we are tough, inquisitive, and straight-faced. If Cebuanos come to you and stay after a truly moving opening statement, then you can heave a sigh of relief. Thank the heavens and rejoice for you are liked. Getting their approval, however, is no easy feat. If you’re great, you will get applauded and lauded. But if you aren’t, they can be pretty vocal and “loud” in expressing their dissatisfaction and disapproval. Like an uncomfortably quiet concert hall after a particularly bad song number, for example.

When it comes to food, the same rules apply. The best food items and restaurants easily get virtual thumbs ups on social media. Those that don’t fare too well don’t even get a chance to own an active hashtag. But if you serve really good food, expect the Cebuanos to be waiting outside your door begging you to take their money.

Name: First Time Chef – Kitchen & Bar
Location: 1/F Maroo Arcade, Mandaue City
Operation: 10 am to 10 pm
Payment: Cash
Type: Diner/Fast Casual
Food: Lunch, Dinner, Desserts
Standard Rate: Php 69 – Php 240 
Dress Code: na
Serving Time: 10-15 minutes
Wait Service: Yes – Counter
Seating Type: For 2, For 4, Small Group
Alfresco: Yes
Delivery: No
Washroom: Yes – Shared
Wi-Fi: Yes
Smoking: Yes
Parking: Yes – Ample

First Time Chef Kitchen and Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In Cebu, one of the few food places that keep getting all the social media buzz these days is the First Time Chef Kitchen & Bar. Located in Maroo Arcade in Mandaue City, First Time Chef is a small, cozy restaurant that serves awesome batchoy, great-tasting chicken wings, amazing crazy shakes, and a whole lot more. Occupying a relatively small space in the complex, the restaurant only has around a dozen tables and can accommodate only around a few dozen hungry customers. Despite the tiny space, however, customers come in droves every day to give the restaurant’s best-sellers a try.

If you’re wondering how busy the place can get, let me just say that the place can get pretty stuffed even before the clock hits 12 noon.

Yep, that hot. Just like these amazing chicken wings!

First Time Chef is offering Unlimited Wings and Rice + Bottomless Iced Tea for only PhP 240. Without iced tea, you can get the whole deal for only PhP 199!


First Time Chef‘s Unlimited Chicken Wings come in 5 different flavors: Garlic Parmesan, Spicy, BBQ, Teriyaki, and Mango Racha.

First Time Chef also serves the Noynoy’s Batchoy for only PhP 79.

And let’s not forget the crowd favorite: First Time Chef’s Crazy Shakes!

Nutella Lover, PhP 220
Dark Chocolate, PhP 180
Hazelnut Craze, PhP 220
Vanilla Classic, PhP 180
Mocha Latte, PhP 180
Caramel Pretzel, PhP 220


First Time Chef’s Strawberry Crumble is a personal favorite!

If you’re looking for a new favorite, don’t miss First Time Chef Kitchen and Bar. Give them a visit and try their other amazing best-sellers like the Pesto Herbed Porkchop and the First Time Ribs.


Maroo Arcade, Mandaue City
0915 520 6319

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