Whenever we are tired, all that we want is to have something comforting, something that will give us a sense of relaxation. Well, if you’re looking for a place to chill, then this is where Coffee Empire comes in. The establishment offers an impressive menu that features well-loved local and international dishes. So, if you want to try modern comfort food from different cuisines, pay The Coffee Empire a visit. It recently opened last March 14, 2014, so I was one of the few lucky people who got to try the dishes concocted by Coffee Empire’s Chef AC Agra.
These hand-cut potatoes called Duck Fat Fries (P 195.00), started off our feast with Mr. Cesar, the resident coffee consultant. The dish has duck fat and coffee spice that totally spiced up our night. Meanwhile, the Gambas Al Ajillo (P 375.00) is a garlic confit of tiger prawns with dehydrated prawn heads and dehydrated olives blanketed in its own juice. Well, prawns and shrimp are my favorites, so this truly satisfied me.
If you are looking for a healthy, but hearty dish, then give their Organic Egg Caesar Salad (P215.00) a try. It’s made with bacon rashers and sous vide eggs for your protein needs. Meanwhile, their Tuna Salad Nicoise (P285.00) has tomatoes, tuna, and vinaigrette. What totally made the salad more bountiful were the croquettes on the side. I prefer the latter, but they are both good.
For me, their French Onion Soup P 195.00 is just ordinary, but the Gruyere mozzarella surely delighted me. On the other hand, I’m sure that the Squash Cappuccino Soup (P 150.00) was beyond the expectations of another writer who were with us, because he finished his soup entirely. Yum!
The goodness of this dish lies in the merging of complexity and superfluity. Imagine having gruyere mozzarella, parmesan, and béchamel into one dish. How could it not be so sinful? Well, it is and this is what would welcome your taste buds when you try their creamy Truffled 3-cheese Mac and Cheese (P 305.00). Next, the Cheeseburger Fondue (P 335.00) was a treat as well. The US beef patty is juicy and the melted cheese along with the BLT made a great combination.
For me, the 42-Hour Pork Belly (P370.00) is the star of the menu. It is mildly sweet because it is cooked kakuni-style with cauliflower and pickled onions. We were also given another Japanese treat called Teriyaki Salmon (P 550.00). The fish used here is a Norwegian salmon bathed in teriyaki glaze with vegetables. Meanwhile, the fish is placed on a bed of wasabi mousseline. I’m simply amazed!
The next dish which is begging for hot rice is called Beef Shortribs Caldereta in Red Wine (P 390.00),but we obviously didn’t ask for a plate full of rice anymore because we were already full.
What’s a meal without a dessert? Though we were ready to laze from all the food we ate, we still had to try this Speculous Crunchy Cookie Butter Pancakes (P140.00) smothered with (you guessed it!) Speculous. These pancakes come with butter, maple syrup, and powder. However, I missed giving its crunchy texture a try. Next, we were given their Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee (P 175.00) for which I have nothing but warm compliments to say.
The Crepe (Mango/Orange/Banana-Nutella) is served with liquid nitrogen ice cream priced only at P 125.00. Our last bite for the night gave us a delightful kick.
If you are wondering about the coffee offered by the place, then wait for my next post. The full evaluation of the restaurant will be posted there, too.
The Coffee Empire
74 West Avenue, West Triangle, 1104, Quezon City
6:00 – 22:00