Buku Buku Kafe: they have Southeast Asian food, books, and arts



People who love good food, books, arts, and music will enjoy Buku Buku Kafe. They have hefty food servings good to share with family and friends which makes this place a great hangout. There are lots of books to read, there’s an acoustic guitar available which you can use while waiting for your orders.

There are things for sale, too, such as posters, notebooks, souvenirs, and more which are all done by local artists. I love the idea that they support local entrepreneurs.

Buku Buku means ‘many books’ which is evident when you walk into this restaurant. I like the idea that it was made as an accent which is perfect for its name. I just thought it could use a bit of cleaning.

Second floor is more spacious where they sometimes have their invited acoustic band play music for everyone.

For the food, they have fusion of Asian flavors but mostly Southeast Asian with big servings. Which makes it great for groups.

Nachos Sisig (Php379) – corn nachos, spicy pork sisig, egg salsa, garlic, cream aioli
You don’t need calamansi for this as it includes together with its sauce.  The Sisig is crispy as well as the nachos and it tastes really good, too. It’s so good I remember I had too much of this.

Lord Green (Php179) – roasted malunggay cheese dip, kamote chips, roasted baguette
This may look like a simple appetizer, but this is really one of the best they have here.  The dip is enough for me to say that I’d definitely come back here for some.

Vegan Curry and Roti (Php325) – assorted spices, potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, roti bread

Malunggay Pesto and Salmon (Php299) – salmon cuts, homemade malunggay pesto, linguine
That’s one al dente pasta and the malunggay pesto was healthy and creamy, too. Its malunggay was well balanced with the pesto. Such a nice twist to the usual pasta, now they made it healthier.

Laksa (Php325) –  fist balls, boiled egg, spices, galangal, rice noodles, shrimp

The noodles were firm.  The sauce was thick and creamy.  It was spicy but I was still able to taste all the flavors in it. There were lots of toppings in here as well.  This is one of the best Laksa I’ve tasted. It was really delicious.

Three-Way Sisig (Php399) – spicy pork sisig, tuna sisig, tofu sisig, fried egg, sambal rice
I love this dish and is recommended as everyone will truly enjoy it. The pork sisig was crispy and tender, while the tofu was crisp and soft.  Tuna does not have that fishy taste at all.

I want to experience this place with an acoustic band playing while munching on these delicious food. That’s another reason to go back. On the other hand, there’s another branch in SM Dasma near me which I could check out, too.

I definitely enjoyed each dishes and I can say that they have one fine Southeast Asian food which you will enjoy.

I’ve created a short video of my recent visit as well:

Address:  Food Street, Upper Ground Floor, SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Almanza, Las Piñas

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