Good food, good beats, and a good time – three things that describe the grand opening of the City of Gentle People’s newest and hippest hangout. Café Racer Dumaguete opened its doors last July 28, 2016. It is the second branch, the flagship restaurant being in North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, Cebu. Its jampacked opening night was attended by family, friends, and guests of owner Inaki Yoldi as well as other dining patrons while DJ Arno Van Zanten of Amsterdam delivered the tunes.
Café Racer has both indoor and al fresco dining to accommodate a variety of customers. From the outside, it has that 50’s diner vibe you see in movies. Step inside and you’ll immediately see an old Volkswagen camper van serves as the cashier’s section, tires hanging from the ceiling, oil barrels converted into chairs, car murals on the walls. There are also vintage cars, custom bikes, tools on the walls, tables made out of license plates and car parts – everywhere you look there is always something interesting and Instagram-worthy. They also have a converted gas pump outside which spews out beer. How cool is that?
Any car enthusiast or motorcycle rider (there is no shortage of that in the city) will definitely feel at home here. The ambience at Café Racer truly lives up to its name.
Just a 5-minute drive (or less) from downtown Dumaguete, Café Racer is located right beside Lantaw Native Restaurant on Flores Avenue corner E.J. Blanco Drive. It is situated right where the old El Camino Barefoot Bistro used to be. With its unique façade and a big, lighted signage right outside its doors, you definitely won’t miss it.
Café Racer’s menu has a mix of typical diner food such as burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salad, street appetizers (or pulutan), milk shakes, soda, and local and imported beers. For those who come in for lunch and dinner, they also have steak, fish, chicken, and pork dishes. Grilled selections include pork and chicken barbeque, bacon bombs, chops, hotdogs, and the like.
The Café Racer experience would not be complete without having a glass or two of their draft beer. The gas pumps you see outside have been customized to serve their draft beer, which we think is a pretty cool idea.
Happy and smiling waitresses greet you at the door and show you to your seats. Despite the crowd, the orders were quick and efficient. Walk-ins are welcome since Café Racer has a lot of seating room. But for bigger parties, reservation is advised.
The distinct theme of the place makes it a good pit stop for riders, bikers, and car & motorcycle enthusiasts. But with its ambience and affordable food selections, it will appeal to a wider audience. Café Racer might be the new kid on the block but it has the makings of a premiere bar and restaurant with a chill vibe that will definitely resound in the hearts (and tastebuds!) of the Dumaguetenos. Thanks again to the kind and generous people behind Café Racer for inviting us!
EJ Blanco Drive corner Flores Avenue, Dumaguete, 6200 Negros Oriental
Other Business Details
Hours: Opens 10:45AM – 12:00MN
Phone: (035) 421 1240