Apparently I am not content with our celebratory lunch date for mother’s day yesterday because the restaurant my wife and I chose was far from being impressive. Totally wrong decision! So I made an effort to convince her for us to try Cafe Adriatico in Gateway mall, Araneta Center this afternoon, to compensate for the bad experience we had yesterday. This time, it was a sure winner!
Good thing we dined there to have our late merienda/early dinner on a Monday when it wasn’t packed. We got to enjoy the ambiance and food before we went shopping for our weekly needs to a nearby grocery.
From the wide choices in the menu, to the interiors, to the VERY FRIENDLY and EFFICIENT SERVICE, I highly commend Cafe Adriatico, Gateway! The wait-staff was courteous and attentive; everyone was smiling at us! Nice!
It’s interiors from floor to ceiling is arresting! The tables and chairs are so simple yet very comfortable.
Freebies : fish crackers Fresh mango juice, PhP 75; Iced tea PhP 55.
Gabby had this PAN DE SAL with KESONG PUTI and butter, served with TSOKOLATE E, PhP 135. The pair of pan de sal had its distinct taste, the kesong puti serving was ample, and the cup of hot chocolate with peanut buttery taste was a unique Pinoy alternative to coffee.
Then I was excited to try Cafe Adriatico’s Lola Ising’s ADOBO or Adobo rice as it’s called by Ms. CZVS of her widely-read blog where I discovered that this food place is amazing. But she dines at its original Malate branch. As I’ve stated, the ADOBO here is served at its best. Being the commonest Filipino dish, I guess it’s hard to serve it with a twist or at least to make it spunky but Cafe Adriatico was successful in doing so. Their adobo recipe is a must-try! Spareribs were tenderized and served in a soyed rice with achara as side dish.
LOLA ISING’S ADOBO, PhP 330.
Tina wanted to eat noodles so she ordered pancit canton. It was again served with distinct TSINOY (Chinese-Pinoy/Filipino) taste. While we’re savoring its taste, we wondered what ingredients were used for it to be that delicious. It’s another usual favorite yet it can impose as another gastronomic stimulant.
LOLO’s CANTON BINONDO, PhP 215.
As we know our son’s preference for something sweet, Tina ordered LECHE FLAN for Gabby. When I tasted it myself, the flan didn’t appear to my palate as the usual egg yolk-milk-and-sugar, but it had a twist of having a lemony taste. Sarap!
Leche Flan, PhP 68.
Cafe Adriatico Gateway also serves breakfast as early as 7AM, I’m excited to try it and as well as the other entrees.
G/F Gateway Mall, Araneta Center
*Prices inclusive of 12% VAT but exclusive of 10% service charge.