Friday, July 26, 2013

2Story Delight

Formerly Noriter, now 2 Story Kitchen, this coffee bar and restaurant seems to be unrelenting when it comes to persisting to survive and succeed.

A few months ago, while driving along Sta. Catalina St., I noticed that AVON office was already closed, however, its adjacent space looked like there were construction works going on. It was interesting because the once plain concrete walls of the building are now accentuated with wooden elements.


Just last week, I had the chance to pass by the area again and this time, it looked like the construction was complete. I shrugged the fact that just across it, Noriter, once flocked by customers, was already closed. It was disappointing but we were getting used to shops opening then calling it quits a year or two after.

I, my sister, and my nephew decided to walk into the new shop and something struck me too familiar, too quickly. She couldn't be a twin, so I asked, "Weren't you the cashier of Noriter?" which she answered, "Yes". It was also then that I realized that the old location was shut because the owner had other plans for the building. I tried seeking for information about the re-branding but she knew too little about it. She did, however, share that the owner of the restaurant is Korean and is also the person behind the artistic interior design. You can't help but notice the owners fondness of collecting artifacts from very old posters and drawings to interesting toys. All play the part of adding to the warm but playful ambiance. The mint green color kind of pulls the childish mood in you.

When we were about to order, the cashier cut our thoughts by offering that we go up to the 2nd floor to find a spot and then decide what items to buy. We understood her insistence to usher us upstairs because the store indeed had something more to showcase. Colorful string curtains hung to hide the cozy wooden cubicles which served as students and friends' effective hangout. Some cubes have tables in the center equipped with a buzzer to get waitresses' attention when making an order. Beyond the 2nd story enclosure, is a veranda designed for smoking customers. We didn't stay long upstairs because our 1 year old companion loiters just about everywhere, including the stairs.

 Food was surprisingly good too. I couldn't get over their avocado shake that was not only affordable but done with the right sweetness and consistency. My sister ordered a winter melon shake and we shared the vegetarian pizza (P170) and American style burger (P155) which came with a handful of french fries. I think I may have gobbled the food too fast that I regret not having taken a picture of it before it completely disappeared from the plate.

Is it worth a repeat? Definitely!

2 Story Kitchen
Sta. Catalina Street, 6200 Dumaguete City

Cafe Noriter (Cebu)
One Acacia Unit 10&11,
Arch Bishop Reyes Ave
6000 Cebu City

Opens Everyday: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Phone    0927 364 7138

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  1. Looks like a nice and cozy place! Is this in Dumaguete?

  2. Ey, yeah it is. I think it is barely 2 months old in its new location.

    1. Nice! Adtoon ni nako! Wahahah murag unsa ka duol :D

    2. Hahahaha... that's not going to be difficult for you mustachio.. You are mustachio, mucho dinero.. :D (hihi.. i like that!)

  3. Had your nephew, JD, really "decided to walk into the new shop"? Or was it just you and Tata and JD could not do anything about it? Haha...But really? Wala nay Noriter?

    1. Hahahaha.. maldito.. but I can answer that with a "Yes" kay he can already walk at that time. In fact, we decided to eat at "1st story" (lol) coz we feared he'd walk his way to the stairs and fall.. :P
      But, to satisfy you curious mind, "Nah" I carried him while I and my sis walked in.

    2. By the way, why did you delete your former comment? Gi-encourage pa ra ba tikaw didto to continue blogging. :(

    3. Oh and Noriter? Nope.. they closed that shop and opened this better version of it. I learned from them the other day that the owner has a Noriter shop in Malate.. and his bestfriend is opening one in Cebu. I have seen the site here but it is currently under construction.

  4. Hahaha...kato ako gidelete same ra sa, murag dugay-dugay na cguro ko la kauli..:( Nus-a sa pud ta manglaag and asa dapit?


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