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Chido Cafe: A Culinary Haven in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. 2023 Review


Brian Kennett

Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Chido Cafe Tagbilaran interior

It's official: Chido Cafe, Tagbilaran is one of ISLIFEARECIPE's Best Bohol Restaurants

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Chido Cafe: Welcome to a hidden gem of Tagbilaran restaurants nestled in the heart of Tagbilaran City, Bohol. I was rummaging around the internet trying to find somewhere near Tagbilaran for lunch, somewhere different, something new. Bingo! I found it on TripAdvisor as #1 of 82 restaurants in Tagbilaran City. Wow, this must be brand new, never heard of it.

It’s just near the Blood Compact. So, made even more perfect as we’re going that way for a trip to Sikatuna Mirror of the World attraction afterward (a blog will be coming to soon). Our bus driver was curb-crawling to find KN Plaza, the address for Chido Cafe.

We enter and it is a WOW. I am in love already. It’s the decor, the cool toons, the view, everything, and we haven’t even looked at the Chido Cafe menu yet. I asked how long have they been here, as they must be super new… FOUR YEARS. Seriously, why have we never seen this place before? We’ve visited the Blood Compact and stayed at Ocean Suites a few times, and never knew this oasis was a 2 minute walk away.

Dear me!!! Chido Cafe is absolutely up there with the food Gods as some of the best I have had in Bohol. Then, add all the rest of the experience in the mix, and yeah this is easily one of the top 5 restaurants in Tagbilaran, believe me!!!

chido cafe tagbilaran city sea view

Chide Cafe pride itself on being a top where to eat in Tagbilaran, by providing an unparalleled dining experience that tantalizes the taste buds and leaves guests craving for more. With its eclectic menu, bohemian ambiance, and breathtaking ocean views, Chido Cafe is the epitome of culinary excellence in Tagbilaran City.

chido cafe bohol scenic view

At Chido Cafe, they believe in pushing the boundaries of taste and imagination. Their menu reflects this philosophy with a unique fusion of curry, Spanish, Mexican, and local Filipino cuisine influences. Each dish is carefully crafted to deliver a harmonious blend of flavours that will transport you to a world of culinary delight. I was all over the place this lunch. 

Stellar Specials and Creative Delights on the Chido Cafe Menu, even the kiddies menu is off-the-charts good...

One of the highlights of Chido Cafe is the menu, in fact, three menus. It really pushes Chido up that league table of Tagbilaran restaurants.

And, all that food is coming from this smallest of small Chido Cafe kitchens

chido cafe bohol kitchen

Let's get into the impeccable food of Chido Cafe that we chowed down on today

As I look at these photos I am posting I am starting to drool again. The food at this little ‘hidden’ Chido Cafe, with a tiny wee kitchen, is fricking brilliant. We’ll be coming back here, that is without a doubt. There is so much more on that menu to devour.

Are we ready for the Chido Cafe food review? As a family, we tried to order high and wide so you get a really good varied view of the three menus on offer. Again, I will call it: the menu is bonkers good. Ready, steady, GO:

chido cafe bohol incredible mango smoothie

Yep, without a doubt, one of the very best Mango Smoothies. Validated by Team Philippines. I had a tug on this, and yeah… sublime. You can taste the blitzed fresh mango, condensed milk, and syrup in every gulp. A stunner!!!

chido cafe tagbilaran free curry popcorn

This is the: ‘Whilst you’re waiting, for free’ – curry popcorn with Calamansi. Chido Cafe can’t even go basic on their popcorn bless them, and I love the place for that. Number 1 it’s free, but then let’s make it curry flavour and add fresh Calamnsi atop for your personal seasoning preference. Yep: INCREDIBLE FREE POPCORN, just to keep the interest levels up – as if it needed it in the first place…

chido cafe bohol mexican street corn

Mexican Street Corn at PHP 175

Oh my. Now we’re getting into it. Hello gorgeous. Well, twins actually as we ordered two of these. Jude Jude and me LOVE Mexican sweetcorn so went hard on this.

Oh my. This is some incredible sweetcorn. The sauce and bitter cheese together with the sweetest of sweetcorn is outrageous. What a cracking starter to the lunch. Seriously amazing.

cafe chido bohol mango pork meatballs

Mango Pork Meatballs with Rice at PHP 200

Wifey can’t resist the Kiddie’s Menu, and the offering of Mango Pork Meatballs. And post the second order of this dish we all agreed as to why. Best meatballs of all time. Super-juicy, seasoned to perfection, and then add that tangy mango sauce. Kaboom!!! This is a wow, move over kids the adults are owning your menu now!!!

chido cafe baja haha fish tacos

Baja HaHa Tacos @ PHP 345

Spiced fish fillet, tri-coloured slaw, fresh chili, cilantro, sour cream, pineapple, mint salsa, whole wheat tortilla taco-stylee.

Three of these were ordered, and within three minutes they were no more. Feedback from the crew was that these were simply delicious, very fresh fish, not oily, sweet, and savoury punches. Brilliant dish, and a name that kept us laughing for ages: Baja HaHa Tacos… BOOMSKI!!!

cafe chido tagbilaran meatball banh mi

Banh Mi Now @ PHP 290

Pork meatballs, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, fresh herbs, aioli, chili jam, and that beautiful baguette – add all that together and you have one stunning meatball Banh Mi.

Two of these were ordered. One spicy and one non-spicy. Amy devoured hers in the blink of an eye. Great feedback was given, well it is the same meatballs as the kiddie’s menu, and they were sublime, just now in a Banh Mi with loads of other goodies.

chido cafe tagbilaran asian noodles

DanDan Noodles Hidden Dragon at PHP 330

Sesame and Szechuan pepper sauce, egg noodles, Alugbati, crushed peanuts, green onions, and fresh herbs.

I make this noodle dish for Jude Jude from Filipino Pancit Canton packet noodles, but they are so good. Super zesty with lime and vinegar overtones. And that is what these bad-boy noodles offer up. 

Super-savoury minced pork, sour sauce with hot peppercorns, and freshly wilted veggies. I’ll go out on a limb and say, I absolutely loved these. Stunning noodles. Beer food on steroids. I could eat bowl after bowl of this. A must-try in Chido Cafe.

chido cafe bohol breakfast club tacos

The Breakfast Taco Club @ $ PHP 325

Chili scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, homemade Chorizo, red onion, salsa verde, whole wheat tortilla. Talking of must-tries…

OK, this take forever to arrive, in fact, our server even came up to apologise. I thought they had seriously forgotten it or not taken this down in the order. But, wow, so glad it was on the order and that we waited for this.

What an absolutely spanking taco dish this is. Amazing in fact. This is a MUST-TRY when you come to Chido Cafe. It’s like a Mexican brekkie. Crispy fried potatoes, beautiful scrambled eggs, homemade Chorizo to die for, and then topped with that sour and tangy salsa verde. Winner winner: Taco lunch (OK, that doesn’t rhyme, but who cares?). A stunner of a dish that I will likely have, every time I return to Chido Cafe. WOOF!!!

Chido cafe mango and puffed rice sundae

Mango and Puffed Rice Sundae – no idea of the $ sorry

Well hello there you beautiful thing, you. On the specials board was this Sundae offering, and I just had to lean in and get on it. What more could you ask for: ice-cream, fresh mango, toasted coconut, puffed rice, and condensed milk? Ding dong!!!

I mean how good does that marriage of flavours sound? An yeah, they worked so very well. It was such a wonderful dessert. Not so sweet, and really refreshing to the palate, akin to a palate cleanser with sour tones from the mango. What a beauty!!!

chido cafe fudgesicle

Pop Art Gourmet Popsicles at PHP 75

Need I say any more? It’s a fudge flavoured popsicle, AKA FudgeSicle. I love it. They also have: sweet chili mango, peanut, butterscotch, root beer float, and so on.

They also have (subject to availability) alcoholic versions, such as: pina colada, sangria, dark and stormy, mojito and so on. Get in there.

Chido Cafe takes great pride in providing exceptional service that goes above and beyond. They have an attentive staff that ensures you feel welcome from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. They understand the importance of attention to detail, and a great example was a major delay on my Breakfast Club Tacos, but they came and explained, and it was then groovy. I will wait, and I was SO glad I did.

Chido Cafe boasts a super casual open-air setting that complements the relaxed atmosphere of Bohol. As you indulge in the beautiful culinary delights, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the ocean and Panglao, creating a truly enchanting backdrop for your dining experience.

The Chido Cafe menu is a testament to their commitment to providing a wide range of options that cater to diverse palates. Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or a meat lover looking for an unforgettable gastronomic adventure, Chido Cafe is very likely to have something for everyone.

If you’re a meat enthusiast, fear not. Chido Cafe has an array of options that will leave you craving for more. Sink your teeth into the delectable Pyanggang dish, bursting with tantalizing flavours that will transport you to the heart of Bohol. Pair it with the crispy potatoes served with aioli and chili jam or indulge in the succulent Mexican Street corn (WOOF!!!) for a truly satisfying meal.

Chido Cafe is more than just a place to satisfy your culinary desires. It’s an experience that engages all your senses, including your visual palate. As you relish the incredible Filipino food and impeccable service, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the ocean and Panglao. The combination of delectable flavours and breathtaking scenery creates a dining experience that is simply unparalleled: oh yeah, and uber cool toonz wafting around your ears is icing on the cake

chido cafe bohol family photo

We constantly introduce new and exciting dishes that showcase the culinary prowess of our talented chefs. From the moment you step through our doors, you'll be captivated by the aromas of our spicy curry popcorn, served gratis as a delightful appetiser. Be sure to explore our specials menu first, as it often features innovative creations that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

With a plethora of dining options available in Tagbilaran City, you may wonder what sets Chido Cafe apart from the rest. Here are a few reasons why this culinary haven should be floating around the top of your list of must-try Tagbilaran restaurants.

Address: 0676 Venancio P. Inting Avenue, Tagbilaran City, 6300 Bohol

Suffice it to say it is in a really weird location that you can’t really see from the main road. Ask your driver, or tricycle to head to the Blood Compact/Ocean Suites, then walk back about 2 minutes towards Tagbilaran City on the same side of the road, and look for the strange green building with KN Plaza written on it. Walk through that front door to foodie heaven, incredible vibes and views. Photo below.

Phone: +63 927 641 6625

Opening Hours:

Wednesday 10 AM–8:30 PM
Thursday 10 AM–8:30 PM
Friday 10 AM–8:30 PM
Saturday 10 AM–8:30 PM
Sunday 10 AM–8:30 PM
(Philippines Independence Day)
10 AM–8:30 PM
Hours might differ
Tuesday 10 AM–8:30 PM

Literally walk between those two cars as guidance ‘guardrails’, keep going straight, and you’ll be in foodie heaven in the blink of an eye.

cafe chido bohol exterior KN plaza

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