Keso, a newly opened sandwich shop at The Greenery, Mabolo
Most people eat a sandwich as a snack and don’t usually consider it as a meal. This is true especially for rice-loving Filipinos. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, rice is a staple food which typically accompanies most of the viands we eat. A lot of establishments even offer unlimited rice on their menu.
But going against the grain of this popular Filipino food preference is Keso, a newly opened sandwich shop at The Greenery, Mabolo. From their classic grilled cheese sandwiches, to the heartier, protein-packed options and sweet offerings, their carb of choice here is soft and buttery brioche bread. So rice lovers, be forewarned: there is no rice, much more extra rice, here. Just good, comforting sandwiches that could very well be your next best love.
Customers grab a bite to eat at the second floor of Keso.
As a kid, Chef Munesh Gopaldas would eat grilled cheese sandwiches prepared by his mom or grandmother. This served as inspiration to open up a sandwich shop in Cebu, together with his co-founder Dexter Rama.
While there are restaurants that serve sandwiches in Cebu, more often than not, these are expensive and lean towards the gourmet side. Thus Dexter and Munesh saw the need for a casual but affordable sandwich shop in the city. And so in December 2014, they set out to test their idea in Sugbo Mercado IT Park. To their surprise, they received positive feedback from their customers. This led them to open their own brick-and-mortar store last July 18, 2016.