Flashback at Bigby’s – 16 years in Business

Last friday (September 19, 2014) CDOPlaces.com was invited to the big party at Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant at their branch at the Ayala Centrio Mall. Celebrating its 16th year in business opening its first branch in Cagayan de Oro with just 30 items on the menu. Henrik Kelly Yu, who along with his wife Joanna Cris Yu and friends Catherine Genabe opened their travel-inspired restaurant in their native Cagayan de Oro when they were just 22 years old.

“Anne and I were both Rotary exchange students, and we always went home with new food discoveries.” shares Henrik and through the years and with more travels, inspiring new dishes they have expanded the menu to 68 items now.


In a timely move, Bigby’s will takes their loyal clientele on another trip, time travel to the beginning. They will be bringing back the old favorites that were taken off the menu for one reason or another because customers across the branches have requested for them. Old favorites like Kimmy’s Chunky Stew, which was introduced as a special on the menu for their first Father’s Day treat in 1999, is back in its original form: rice toppings in a bowl! Their popular grilled chicken with Ceasar dressing sandwich, the Chicken Julius, also makes a triumphant return. Their version of tonkatsu, Tsunami Chops, in another one making a comeback, to the delight of loyal customers.

“We’re also celebrating the items that have never been removed from the menu, and are in fact our strongest items,” says Henrik.


Bigby’s signature Sinuglaw ], a contraction of sinugba and kinilaw in ceviche (kinilaw) mixed with grilled (sinugba) pork, done Cagayan de Oro – style with tabon tabon to turn the vinegar into milky white, and a citrus called biasong is literally a winner at the Kumbira Culinary Show against the champions from Luzon and Visayas.


The new look of their new home reflects their personal journey. “When we started, it was all browns and wood, very neutral. Now, we’ve become more vibrant: adding blues, yellows and reds into our interiors” add Henrik.

As Bigby’s now turns 16 years in business they envision to continue and choose your own adventures in its new space and rediscover your own journeys on a plate.

Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant is located at the ground floor of Ayala Centrio Mall and SM City CDO. You can follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/bigbys or their twitter account @Bigbys.

Author: Mike A.

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