I haven’t experience dining at Travel Cafe Philippines yet but I’ve been hearing praises about this travel inspired pinoy restaurant. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend in the opening of Bratpack Greenbelt 5. Aside from the newly opened uber huge Bratpack store in Greenbelt 5, I think one of the highlight of the event was its delightful set of meals served by Travel Cafe Philippines.
Travel Cafe Philippines was a pet project of The Philippine Department of Tourism together with Makati Skyline, Inc. as Food and Beverage Consultants. TCP aims to showcase food that is reflective of traditional Filipino cuisine. The restaurant has been known for its authentic pinoy dishes such as crispy squid, crispy ukoy, kinilaw, Pandesal Sandwiches, Lumpia and everyone’s favorite Halo Halo.
Saranggani Smoked Fish Linguini – This pasta dish uses locally inspired sauces such as fresh local tomatoes with Saranggani Smoked Fish with garlic and olive oil.
If Turkey has Pita, Pinoys have Pandesal which is pretty much an all day bread that can be matched with any dish and is perfectly capable of making a good sandwich for snacks and light breakfast. I missed my childhood days where I was put in charge of buying Pan De Sal every morning, waking up and walking more than one kilometer with a brown paper bag full of hot Pandesal really reminds me of my childhood in Quezon province.
Turon with Mango Puree Sauce – Turon is a typical pinoy snack, also known as Filipino banana and jackfruit spring roll. It resembles Banana spring rolls but a Pinoy Turon is much sweeter and more flavorful. Turon is made of Banana and ripe jackfruit wrapped in a spring roll wrapper, dipped in brown sugar, then deep fried.
Mango Iced Tea – I’m used to having lemon flavored iced tea each time I eat out but after tasting the Travel Cafe’s Mango iced tea, It changed my idea of a perfect iced tea. Just a tip, you can easily make your own Mango iced tea by mixing your favorite powdered ice tea and a Mango puree.
Suman Taal – Suman is a popular sweet rice cake made from sticky rice, wrapped in a banana leaf then boiled till cooked. Suman Taal is usually served with “Pakaskas” toppings, Pakaskas is more like a Muscovado sugar that you can sprinkle on top of Suman to add flavor and sweetness.
The first Travel Cafe Philippines branch was opened last 2006 in Tokyo, Japan offering several Philippine dishes. Aside from the good food, you can also book your hotel and travel packages in the restaurant with the help of a full time travel concierge that provides personalized travel advice and consultation based on your needs and requirements. Travel + Cafe = Perfect 🙂