Café Adriatico: Getting Old but Never Getting Behind

I was in Malate on a Friday night with my past special someone; we met again after 8 years. Walking along Remedios St. where his house is nested, we both laughed about our past and talked about our present. As we reached a corner restaurant, which sort of had this evocative vibe to it, we both bid goodbye. He went his way while I entered to the restaurant with a dim ambience.

It felt like I was on a time machine when I saw the interiors of the restaurant – wooden floors, wooden chairs and tables, (which I am guessing is made of Narra) lamps, fresh flowers, and French windows greeted me. It was refreshing and kind of melancholic when you take a peep through the window where the old Remedios circle can be viewed.

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Nevertheless, I was full aware that I was at the present because I was with the people I had recently known. The celebration for that particular night was for the 35th year anniversary of The LJC Group (see my post here). We were fed like hungry soldiers who just fought a battle because we were served with a full course meal.

Gambas al Ajillo P 250.00

This shrimp in garlic dish is flavored Catalan (or Mediterranean) style. The way it is seasoned is perfect for me – not too salty which I find delicious.

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Hummus with Pita Bread P168.00

This is another Mediterranean dish and it was my first time to try it. Hummus is an Arabic food spread or dip made from chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil among others. It tasted like a dressing. Also their pita bread was well-baked. It surely was a new experience trying it with black olives.

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Cream of Two Mushrooms P110.00

This one is a combination of buttons and shiitake mushrooms. The soup is scrumptious.

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Pilaf Rice

The serving of rice signals the arrival of the main course. By the way, pilaf is a kind of rice cooked in a seasoned broth.

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Blue Marlin Provencale P425.00

I very seldom get the chance to eat fresh Blue Marlin, and I was glad I tasted one that night. The fish is topped with tomato and caper sauce that lends a tangy taste to it.

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Garlic Pork Leg Espagnole

It is a Spanish style pork leg with fried whole garlic cloves and potatoes on the side. We were told to eat the meat together with the garlic cloves. As for me, the garlic is slightly caramelized. What is entirely intriguing is the green dipping sauce which is called parsley con garlic. As a whole, I’d say that it is pretty much like a high-end crispy pata. Moreover, we were the first set of people who were able to taste this! Yeah, of course I want to brag about it!

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US Tenderloin Steak Solana

This pan-fried steak topped with onions, shiitake mushrooms, buttered zucchini slice – which I barely noticed because it is drowned in peppercorn sauce. The meat is so soft and was well-liked. However, we were almost full and we wanted to have room for desserts so we didn’t finish it.

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Buttered Vegetables

This has broccoli, asparagus and carrots, a perfect dish to condition ourselves for the dessert.Image

Mango Crepe P150.00

It is a flambéed fresh mango topped with chocolate syrup. From the ranfe of one to five, with five being the highest, I’d give this dish a 3.

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After the meal, we were given a book about Larry J. Cruz, the founder of LJC Group, along with a Chocolate Decadence whole cake. The dessert isn’t over for us yet, after all. Since the next day would be my birthday, I made this as my birthday cake, hahaha! Can you say perfect timing? The cake was very moist and the light brown filling reminds me of yema in liquid form. I super love it. It is priced P175.00 per slice but I don’t know how much the whole cake costs.

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Just like Larry J. Cruz, we all get old but the question is, how do we want to be remembered? For Sir LJC, he wants to be remembered by sharing to us his superb choices that will surely be enjoyed by people today and in the future. Happy 35th year The LJC Group!

Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4/5

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Café Adriatico

1790 M. Adriatico St., Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila

732-8220

Mon – Sat: 7 AM to 6 AM; Sun – 7 AM to 4 AM

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The Matchless Desserts of Café Shibuya

Cakes, waffles, and yogurts could answer your sweet cravings, but have you ever craved for bread? Well then if you haven’t, you might want to drop by Café Shibuya’s first branch in UP Town Center which opened last October 14, 2013. This place would definitely make you drool for bread.

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French toast may be very familiar, but (let us admit it) our culture is not really quite a fan of it yet. So, this Filipino-owned company brings us something new to add in our list of must-have dishes–the bread toast.

Did you know that one of the ways to know if bread has been prepared perfectly is by pulling it apart? If the strands are long and malleable, then you know that you have a good one. I assert that Café Shibuya’s bread offerings are well-made.

As I pulled the pre-cut toasts apart, I noticed that the bread inside is also spread with butter. Since they call it a toast, it amused me that the bread is not browned. It’s still as soft as a pillow.

They have baby and regular servings, but the baby serving is enough to make you feel bloated. The prices indicated below are for the baby size.

Honey Toast (P145.00)

This is their signature toast served together with honey syrup and vanilla ice cream. The taste is just okay for me.

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Cheddar Cheese (P175.00)

If you are a cheese lover who likes cheese served with a hint of sweetness, then you would probably enjoy this. I also love cheese, but I prefer it with pizza and burger instead of having it in my dessert. This one is served with vanilla ice cream.

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Nutella (P195.00)

Who doesn’t love Nutella served with vanilla ice cream on top? This is my timeless favorite spread, so I would give this Shibuya toast a high five!

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Tiramisu (P185.00)

I love how complex the taste this toast has. It has Kahlua syrup and cream cheese. The combination is just romantic and emotional (or sexy?) for me. It must be the Kahlua. The coffee ice cream pulls the whole dish together.

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Mango Caramel (P185.00)

If you have prepared the Refrigerated Mango Cake at home, then you already have a good idea how this one tastes like. However, there’s something in this dish, which I cannot figure out, that makes it special.

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Drinks
The other food bloggers and I ordered a representation for each drink category for photo purposes. I must say that their drinks are all delicious.

Iced
Caramel Macchiato (P145.00)

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Frappe
Chocolate Green Tea (P165.00)

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Hot
Matcha Green Tea Latte (P135.00)

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Ghirardelli Chocolate
Below Zero Chocolate Frappe (P155.00)

with whip cream

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No whip cream

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Seeing all these yummy treats would probably still make some people consciousness about their calorie intake, but there’s just no denying that these dishes are worth a try. Forget the stress for a while. After all, sweets are great stress relievers, and what better way to feel great than by trying out these sinful desserts?

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Cafe Shibuya

UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

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Pink Guava Tea House

All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day are fast approaching, but let us not forget to celebrate the Halloween. This annual celebration is often, if not always, accompanied by spooky decorations seen in different establishments such as boutiques, kiosks, and restaurants—Pink Guava is one of those.

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Pink Guava has designed their cafe perfectly for the Halloween. This place is very much accessible as it is strategically located in Quezon Avenue.

Pink Guava specializes in drinks like teas, juices, and coffees. They also offer pasta and pastries.

We first ordered our drinks under the Fruity Juice Bar

Strawberry 75% sugar & Kiwi 75% sugar

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We also ordered drinks listed under the Yakult Flavors category to help us in our digestion. We like the Yakult-based drinks better than the selections from the Fruity Juice Bar.

Strawberry Yakult 75% & Kiwi Apple Yakult 75%

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Of course, we did not forget to order the resto’s specialties which are the guava-based drinks. We decided to try the Guava Lychee with Boba (P120) 75% plus an additional P15 for Boba. Guava Lychee is a refreshing drink as the pulp from the guava fruit is mixed in the drink, and you could feel the tiny bits while drinking. Also, adding Boba in the drink was amazing, because it pops in your mouth. Personally, this is much better compared to the ordinary sago that needs to be chewed.

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Serving size is always an issue for foodies, and it is good to know that Pink Guava offers a single serving that is good for two already!

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We had the Cafe Spaghetti (P150), a serving of al-dente cooked spaghetti in a tomato-based sauce sautéed with mushroom and ground beef, and topped with freshly grated cheese. Next, we had the Bacon Carbonara (P165). The Bacon Carbonara is a creamy plate of spaghetti pasta in a white sauce, and topped with maple bacon beef. Now, this plate reminds me of my high school days when I became addicted to eating bacon in our school cafeteria. Good times.

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The pasta dishes were very filling, yet we still have to kill more time. So, we decided to take pictures and fooled around a little. The place has pirate hats, witch hats, and devil horns lying around. Of course, we were accompanied by the Grim Reaper! We had fun, can’t you tell from the big grins in our faces? J Happy Halloween everyone!

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Pink Guava

1472, Pacific Century Tower, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

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