Cebu’s pioneering food and wine destination The Tinder Box has relaunched with a modernist design and new offerings.

Aside from an updated menu that carries a wide selection of sumptuous meals, The Tinder Box along Governor M. Cuenco Avenue corner Bauhinia Drive in Kasambangan, Cebu City now also hosts the city’s newest lounge and bar Morals & Malice, Bibendum Wines, and premier steakhouse Anzani Prime.

“The Tinder Box is now Cebu’s newest lifestyle destination and the go-to place for people who love the finer things in life,” said Raymond Aquino, who represented the owners of Tinderbox.

The Tinder Box ribeye steak
Tinder Box ribeye steak.

The newest addition to The Tinder Box space is Anzani Prime, which is the seventh restaurant by the House of Anzani. Located on the second floor, the restaurant carries in the menu a comprehensive steak list with focus on meat in grades.

Tinder Box menu

Ansley B. Mislang, operations manager of The Tinder Box, and head chef Van Ian Machitar presented during Wednesday’s relaunch the restaurant’s best-selling dishes.

The Tinder Box continues to serve their popular pork baby back ribs, salmon, chicken breast, and Angus beef rib-eye plus a wide selection of starters and appetizers, grilled specialties, and desserts, said Mislang.

The Tinder Box, Morals & Malice, Bibendum Wines, and Anzani Prime.
NEW TINDER BOX. Officials representing the new outlets in the renovated The Tinder Box: Morals & Malice, Bibendum Wines, and Anzani Prime.

He said they are open from 7 a.m. to midnight. He also said they are the perfect venue for leisure dining, family gatherings, and even business meetings. The Tinder Box started operating in the 1980s primarily as a smoke shop specializing in imported cigarettes and cigars before becoming a delicatessen and restaurant.

From a dining establishment patterned after a classical French and European service and cuisine, Aquino said The Tinder Box has evolved into a lifestyle destination with a lot more to offer guests.

New offerings

Lounge and bar Morals & Malice, with interiors designed by Cebuano icon Kenneth Cobonpue, serve handcrafted coffee, smoothies, and cocktails that highlight local produce aside from the regular drinks. They are at the second floor of The Tinder Box.

Bibendum Wines, after the success of its new store at Streetscape on Maria Luisa Road, also now has a branch at The Tinder Box.

The Tinder Box salmon.
Salmon fillet with crispy jamon Serrano, brocolli-potato mash, balsamic-pickled onions and white wine sauce.

Quality fine wines from across the globe are now available at the Bibendum Wine Cellars, which offer them by the glass and bottle.

Margaret Taylor, Bibendum Wines proprietor, said they have the biggest selection of quality fine wine. She added that their offerings include French, American, Portuguese, and Italian wines at prices below P500.

Her son, Hans Joerg Eulenhoefer, added that their bestselling wines are Kressmann and Haussmann and Bibendum carries a wide range of bottles under these two brands.


More photos

The Tinder Box
Cold cuts and cheese.


The Tinder Box


The Tinder Box


Raymond Aquino The Tinder Box
Raymond Aquino talks about the newly-renovated The Tinder Box.


Pork baby back ribs
Pork baby back ribs served with grilled corn and Cajun rice.


The Tinder Box chicken
Chicken breast marinated with garlic and herbs

Marlen is the editor of and co-founder of Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media.

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