Friday, January 26, 2018

BENCH CAFE : The Glamorous Pinoy Turo-turo Version

Two days before the opening day, we were able to take a sneak peek of the controversial "glamorized turo-turo" as Eric Dee said. Such a brilliant idea to bring in food inside a clothing line establishment.

Honestly, what's the after effect of doing your shopping? Of course, you get hungry! Better yet, what about having some meal first before doing your shopping? This act of innovation is something!

The BENCH Café is situated inside Bench Flagship Store in Bonifacio High Street. Now offering sumptuous Filipino dishes that will surely give you comfort while dining in. 
Now, let me share with you the our BENCH CAFE EXPERIENCE

We started with the healthy choice of salad. Mr. Ang is a suha lover. This salad was served with prawn and pomelo with coriander and calamansi dressing.


We have three choices of soup. Our young foodie picked her favorite Tinola while mommy foodie got her all-time favorite Monggo! Good thing, my uric acid stat is just fine. The mung bean soup goes with pork, prawn and smokedfish finished with Malunggay chicharon, it's divine!

If there's bento with Japanese restos, here we have BENCH/TO meals. Everything is served with side dishes that you will love. The atsara is good, plus the salsa. Also including two ulam (viands). Yes, a complete rice meal! Whatelse can you ask for?

The main dish of  Mr. Ang's choice was the  US Angus Short Ribs Bistek. It goes with inihaw na pusit on the side, spicy ginatang sigarillas or gising gising with Bench salsa, atsara and Ifugao rice.

The Bongamusal is your BONGGANG ALMUSAL! This is good for sharing. You have almost everything from the Silog menu. It has a slice of spam, tocino, daing na bangus, longganisa at U.S. beef tapa. All you need to do is order an extra rice or two if you'll share it. You may also upgrade your rice to Talangka rice, Dilis rice, Bagoong rice Garlic rice or Ifugao rice. It's your call!
If in case you came in not wanting for rice meal, you may also have their Panini version of silog. All Panini is served with egg and camote chips. While all Silog is served with garlic rice, crispy egg, roasted tomato and atsara.
I got my personal favorite. The Sisig Lettuce Cup! With this video I'll show you how to do it... how to eat the sisig with a twist. Almost the same as  Korean style of eating grilled meat wrapped with lettuce. The sisig is given sinful, but the lettuce can give a balance to this. By the way, the utak aioli can even make the sisig creamier. Wondering what the bubble on top was? No, it's not Joy soap, it's the calamsi foam.
Just don't mind how I look with this video, was not able make myself colorful...kidding aside. Just came in with eyebrows because "kilay is Life."


The first drink from the left is the Mindanao Hot Chocolate, our young foodie's personal choice. Since we're eating Filipino food that moment, I decided to go for Sago't Gulaman, the one from the right side on top.
They also have the special beverage called Pandan Latik. See the one with pandan leaf from the handle. Yes, it's a coffee but some kind of extra-ordinary. The aroma was so good as well as its taste. Like each sip can bring me joy. The coffee was just right! Mixture of Robusta and Arabica coffee, if I am not mistaken. It's a perfect mix!
The FLAN B is another sinful agent. However, I was proven wrong. The so smooth texture and its creaminess made me take like three spoons, it's not that really sweet...yet Mr. Ang has to stop me. Chef Carlo Miguel shared to us that he got it from his grandma's recipe and just did some modification. Well, he did a great job!
Now, the UBE Halo-halo, our Pinoy Bingsu is a mus-try too! Ube Bingsu with macapuno, garbanzos, caramelized banana, leche flan, nata de coco and coconut ice cream. Abi, our young foodie need no help to finish a cup of this.

Such a cozy place to spend a relaxing meal with family and friends. High ceilings, gold hanging lights and pastel color of the walls is just cold to the eyes. The plants wall décor on the stairways was so lovely too. 

The ANG Foodie Family
It's another Dae to Remember for TAFF!
Thank you so much KTG for the invite!
With local flavors as its core, Bench Café updates your favorite dishes by fusing Filipino with Filipino, bringing in traditions from all over the islands to create a bold character that is undeniably distinct. Through food, we tell stories of the past, present, and the future by making local traditions accessible to more Filipinos and Filipinos at heart. 
2nd Floor Bench Flagship Store
9th Avenue corner Lane O.
 Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig, Metro Manila
Operating Hours
11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon-Fri)
11:00am – 11:00pm (Sat-Sun)
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