Antipolo, an old city, has always been known for its pilgrim church. Back in the olden ages, Catholic devotees would travel for days to reach Antipolo. The women in their long baroât saya are carried in a hamak or hammock to keep their clothes from being soiled. These travelers would then take the afternoon to relax along the once-pristine Hinulugang Taktak. Those are the two major pastimes they can get out of this city.
Fast forward to the future, the once sleepy town has changed. Over time, it has retained some of its heritage but has also embraced something new to cater to its growing city population. An interesting observation is the flourishing community of coffee shops in the city. Thanks to the coffee culture brought by Starbucks and the like, resident entrepreneurs of Antipolo are bringing coffee right on our doorsteps.
Owned by businessman Felix Marinas, the coffee bar and restaurant offers a dizzying variety of hot and cold coffee and tea beverages, as well as hot rice meals, pastas, sandwiches, and other finger food.
That day, my sister and I had Lechon Kawali (P140), a garlic rice meal with deep-fried pork served with soy vinaigrette, and Beef Tapa (P130), a garlic rice meal with curried beef slices, and an egg served sunny side up. We also had a plate of Beef Salpicao (P150). All these dishes are served with your choice of hot coffee or iced tea.
An advocate of a good breakfast, I find my Lechon Kawali truly filling -- the portions are huge, and the meat is well cooked. Its crunchiness is worth dipping in the pinkish vinaigrette. The Beef Tapa, meanwhile, is delicious according to my sister. Good for two, the Beef Salpicaoâs flavorful with lots of mushrooms on it. For drinks, I had coffee while my sister decided to have a glass of cold red iced tea.
If you like having coffee after meals, I suggest you try their hot Vanilla Nut Latte (P90) and their iced Banana Mocha Granita (P100). These two are my favorite special coffee desserts -- the former has a nutty sweet aftertaste while the latter tastes like banana split. For those who want to have a âkick-in-the-headâ wake-up coffee, a shot of Espresso (P40) or Americano (P55) can do the trick!