Most of the time when I try out a new café, I would order myself a cup of espresso. Usually I would use the drink as my basis if the café serves good coffee or not. I must admit that I didn't like the espresso here, there wasn't much aroma plus there was barely any crema on top. Flavor wise, it left a sour and strong acidic taste. I felt that the coffee beans are too darkly roasted to be drank as an espresso with nothing on it.
|Espresso - Php100|
After being disappointed with the espresso, I had the urge to order another cup. This time around, it was an ordinary cup of plain Long Black. It was love at first sip, the coffee was so good! Strong, bold, full bodied that had earthy and caramely notes, perfect as it is. I asked the barista if they used the same beans for the espresso and other coffee concoctions and he said yes. The beans was called Wooloomooloo.
|Long Black - Php120|
The famous off of the menu coffee concoction that people order is the Gibraltar. It consists of two shot of ristretto and topped with milk. I prefer my coffee black but if a cup of this is place in front of me, I'd gladly drink this. Even with milk, the super creamy concoction taste of strong aromatic black coffee.
|Gibraltar - Php130|
The Café Mocha is also a must order. I'm a big fan of anything mocha and I pretty much liked this. More on the chocolatey side that has subtle hints of coffee.
|Cafe Mocha - Php160|
While we were sipping our cups of coffee, the store's manager came to our table to ask how we liked the cafe's coffee. We told him we loved it and he proceeded to introduce us to the two master baristas who were on duty, Paul and Andy. We had a blast chatting with them, we were sharing stories about the different varieties and brands of coffee we've tried. Its so much fun when you get to chat with people who knows their coffee.
|Master Barista Paul and Andy|
Paul suggested that we try out the single origin Ethiopian beans that the store carries. Even if we already had 4 cups, we said yes and to bring it on. The beans were lightly roasted and was to be brewed using the Chemex.
|Single Origin Ethiopian Coffee Beans|
|Using the Chemex|
The Ethiopian coffee looks pale in color and it smelled and tasted herby fruity. It was like drinking a cup of tea, this reminded me of the excellent cup of Ethiopian coffee that we had in Craft Coffee. After trying this out, it made me appreciate the complexities of coffee more.
|Single Origin Ethiopian Coffee - Php150|
We didn't get to try out the dishes on the menu but we did try some snacks and de. The Bucky's Chunky Blond Brownie looked good but I felt that it was way past its shelf life. The brownie was already tough and dry.
|Bucky's Blond Brownie|
The Calamansi pie was a treat. Dense yet creamy and the play of the sweet and citrus sour flavors was spot on. I forgot to ask where they got this from, I'll definitely ask on the next visit.
|Calamansi Pie - Php190|
There was a small stainless heated food keeper on the counter. In it was little pieces of what looked like pastries. I asked what was inside and they told me it was Mushroom with Gruyere and Truffle Oil Bocaditos. Out of curiosity I got a piece to try it out. I took a bite and went blank for a couple of seconds, it was to die for!!! The pastry was so flaky and the tender shitake mushroom with gruyere filling smells of truffle oil. I quickly stood up and went directly to the counter to get more but unfortunately they ran out. What's more disappointing is that the mushroom bocaditos were also sold out on my 2nd visit.
|Mushroom with Gruyere and Truffle Oil Bocaditos - Php65 / piece|
Funny thing was the next day while looking for a place to dine in SM Megamall, something caught my eye and there it was Baked by Anita kiosk. The kiosk sells different baked goodies but of course I was there for the bocaditos. They had frozen bocaditos as well as already baked ones. I got to try out the Chicken variety and Baby Spinach filling but still my favorite was the Mushroom with Gruyere and Truffle Oil.
Baked by Anita
Address: 5th Floor SM Megamall Fashion Hall
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BakedbyAnita
I am so glad that Toby's Estate decided to put up shop in Manila because as of the moment they are one of the, if not the best place to have a great cup of coffee. PERIOD. I'm pretty sure that fellow coffee lovers who've tried it here will agree with me.
Address: 125 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel.No.: 403 1752