Let me start off by saying that I’m not really into sports bars because I’m a girly girl. LOL! Seriously, I don’t usually go to sports bars, as if there are a lot here in Cebu. I would feel out of place with all the men and their balls, I mean sports. The first sports bar that I went to was in Manila years ago and I could tell that it was really not for me. It was a bar filled with testosterone and mediocre food which was ridiculously expensive. Plus, they did not serve Red Horse. What a travesty! (Char!)
So last year, I heard of a new resto with a sports bar concept called First 5. I was initially interested to check out the place after checking out their menu which is by the way expertly created by the main man, Chef Chuck Tampus. Their extensive menu is not the usual sports bar food and just by looking at their menu would make you say, Lezgo!
Here’s their menu which I got from their Facebook page:
They have a huge selection of dishes which can surely satisfy any one who has discriminating taste. I have personally tried more than half of their dishes and I still want to try the remaining food items from the menu.
A few weeks ago, my husband AA and his mistress, Mark went to First 5 for a midweek de-stress/pig-out session. I was actually craving for their Pig’s Ears for weeks and it may sound disgusting for some people but hear me out; if you are looking for a great appetizer or even main dish, then you will never go wrong with the ears. Pun intended.
So, let me give you a bit of disclaimer first. I suck at taking pictures and I don’t really spend a lot of time taking proper pictures because helllloooo!!!! the food is calling my name. Anyway, here’s their famous Pig’s Ears
I can’t get enough of this dish and I even asked Chef Chuck how it was made and what kind of sorcery they use in the sauce and breading. He told me that they have created their house rub which makes love to your palate and leaves you satisfied. And the Pig’s Ears are just their appetizer!
First 5 also has other appetizers which are basically main dishes for me and my companions since we really do not need appetizers with the kind of appetite that we have. The main dishes for me are what makes First 5 not just an ordinary sports bar. Chef Chuck and his team always makes sure that their guests would enjoy the dishes and make First 5 as their go-to place not just for drinks but definitely for the food.
I have been to First 5 more than a couple of times and I already have my favorites. I will gladly share my list of favorites but don’t expect me to share the dishes in real life. For starters, aside from the Pig’s Ears; I absolutely love the Chicken Shots with First 5’s unique take on the sauces/dips.
We just have tried their Shawarma and it was one of the best Shawarmas I have tasted. Do you remember the first Shawarma that you tasted with no frills and just all the goodness of the beef and that tangy sauce? Yup! That’s the exact flavor that you will experience when you order their Shawarma. Chef Chuck wanted to bring back the old and yet luxurious taste of the classic Shawarma and for just 165 pesos, you will get 2 huge pieces.
And for the main event
Chicken and Slaw Sandwich
First Five Cheese Pizza
All Meat Pasta
There are still a lot more dishes that I want to try out so I’m probably gonna schedule another date night this week. Oh by the way, for the sporty guys and gals; First 5 holds sport events so just check out their Facebook page to get updates.
You see, the point that I’m trying to make out of this post is that not all sports bars are alike. Many people think that sports bars are all about alcohol, the usual bar food and sports shows. But with First 5, you get to experience a whole new level of “bar food” with personal touches from Chef Chuck.
So if you want to get drunk, get updated on your favorite sports or just hang-out with friends; then First 5 Sports Lounge & Cafe will not disappoint. Plus, you get to have a taste of their mouthwatering dishes that will make you come back for more.
First 5 Sports Lounge & Cafe is located at 2nd Floor, Bonifacio District, F. Cabahug Street, Kasambagan Cebu City.
Thank you for reading my blog! Go out and treat yourself!