Bench Cafe: Filipino food comfort now in Robinson’s Place Manila
Bench Cafe is now in Robinson’s Place Manila. People in the North can enjoy the Filipino favorites with its fusion of Filipino food. Making “classy Filipino classic.”
It’s undeniable that they have one of the nicest ambiance here in its location. That is why its perfect location for lunch or dinner specially if with some friends or family.
We were served by some Street Food Platter (Php149) to begin the gastronomic feast.
These fishballs, kikiam, squidballs were cooked perfectly. I just wanted them to make the sauce more creamy with a touch of sweetness and spiciness. The sauce made us miss the ones we had on the streets.
Tinapa Cones (Php129)- The creamy Tinapa mousse inside the crispy wanton cone topped with some salted egg and tomatoes. The saltiness of the creamy mousse is just right. One cone is not enough.
Pinoy Caprese (Php149) – That’s sliced watermelon topped with Kesong Puti and Lettuce.
Tortang Talong (Php190) – it has some ground pork inside this rolled eggplant.
Spicy Braised Beef – It was perfectly braised. The beef is tender to perfection. I don’t find it spicy at all. Maybe you can ask them to make it more spicy if you’re up for it.
Beef Lengua Pastel – I was surprised by how it looked. The flaky crust complimented the tender Lengua and creamy sauce inside it.
Salted Egg Chicken (Php239) – this is available in BENCH/TO which also includes rice and vegetable of the day. Chicken and Salted Egg were perfect match.
BENCH/TO Lechon Kawali
Sinigang sa Mangga at Guyabano Belly – instead of using the usual sampaloc, they used Green Mangoes and Guyabano. It probably lacked the sourness that we used to, but for me, it still tasted great.
Crispy Pata (Php620) – they sure know how to make a classic dish memorable.
Bagnet Kare Kare BENCH | TO (Php339) – Love the peanut sauce. The one I would highly suggest. Bagnet were tasty and crispy.
Dancing Fish Escabeche (Php350) – I really love the presentation of this dish as well as how it tasted. The sauce were on point. Sweet and Sour.
Make sure to order some coolers. I ordered Chocolate Tablea cold. It tasted really amazing. The bitterness of the Tablea blended well with some Milo powder on it.
Ube Halo Halo
Mais Con Jielo
It’s still an experience having some comfort Filipino food. It’s even more special having cooked and presented classy.