This Modern Diner-Inspired Café Deserves a Spot on Your IG Feed
They're a Cebuano fave for their milk tea and chicken.
(SPOT.ph) If you grew up reading Archie comics or watching movies like Grease, then you probably get what we mean when we say that diners get us all nostalgic. Imagine sipping milkshakes with rock n' roll tunes playing in the background, especially if you've got friends (or your special other) in tow! One café in Cebu takes inspiration from diners but reimagines it in a modern light—and with totally IG-worthy results. Yup, we're talking about Sprocketeer Cafe, which should definitely be on your bucket list if you're visiting the area!
Sprocketeer Cafe showcases a cool-meets-retro look, with tiles on the walls and an eye-catching color scheme of white, teal, and orange. There are a number of plants stationed at different corners, and a must-snap neon sign on the wall that says "drink happy thoughts." They've got an eye-catching counter, too, with another neon sign of their name.
Marketing Communications Consultant Gianina Macrohon explains that the name "Sprocketeer" comes from the word "sprocket", from the concept of sprocket hole photography. "[Sprocketeer Cafe] started as a photography[-inspired] milk-tea café, with a small corner selling vintage cameras and films," Macrohon shares in an exchange with SPOT.ph. The shop was founded by art teacher Trinket Arandilla and opened in April 2012. "[It soon] rebranded into a modern diner with more food and drink choices, but still [preserved] some photography-related design accents," adds Macrohon.
Sprocketeer Cafe is best known for their milk tea and chicken options. Their milk-tea range includes the likes of the Classic Assam (P90/tall, P110/grande), Butterscotch (P100/tall, P120/grande), Strawberry (P100/tall, P120/grande), and Earl Grey (P110/tall, P130/grande). As for chicken, you can get them in different flavors—from the Original with Gravy to the sweet-savory Honey Glazed to the umami-filled Salted Egg and more—all of which are available as Poppers (P119), as a Solo plate with rice (P160), or as a Platter with rice (P499).
You can also get all sorts of other casual bites and sips here. Start your meal with the Mozzarella Sticks (P150) or Beef Quesadilla (P175) while sipping on one of their creamy milkshakes, like the French Vanilla (P135/tall, P155/grande) or Oreo Chip (P150/tall, P170/grande). From there you can go for one of their meaty mains, like the Butter-Herbed Porkchop (P195) or Fish Fillet in Parsley Cream (P170), or their pasta or sandwiches, like the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich (P180/à la carte, P260/with fries and iced tea) or the Bacon Pesto Fettupasta (P165). If coffee is your beverage of choice, you can order their Cappuccino (P95/hot, P120/iced tall, P140/iced grande) or Caramel Coffee Frappe (P145/tall, P165/grande).
Sprocketeer Cafe is at Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City. For more information, check out Sprocketeer Cafe's Facebook page.