Chef Chip Lopez serves delightfully healthy dishes in an unlikely garden spot in Cebu
Chip Lopez calls her private dining restaurant Kairos by the Lazy Chef. But just look around and note the work that went into transforming an old five-storey commercial building’s rooftop into a dreamy garden, and you’ll realize she’s anything but. The semi-alfresco space includes an open-plan kitchen, a long dining table that can seat large groups, a vertical garden growing the herbs she uses, an art room and an open deck with panoramic views of the sprawling city.
Dining at Kairos is not for the lazy either. Perched atop an unmarked, five-storey building along the Manuel Briones Highway (near the intersection of AS Fortuna), it’s a little challenging to find. You’ll also need to climb 120 steps up several flights of stairs and through abandoned floors to get to your destination. But once there, you’ll understand why it’s worth the trek. Considered one of Cebu’s best-kept “non” secrets, plugged-in locals all rave about this beautiful, breezy restaurant that’s literally above the bustle of the city. Chef Chip whips up tasty, inventive, plant-based dishes — such as salads, grain bowls and grilled mains — using herbs and greens harvested from her garden and seasonal items shipped from from Cebu’s organic farms or hand-carried home from a trip. Pre-fixed dinner menus start at P500 per head for a minimum of 10. By reservation only. Book three days to a week in advance.