Chef Call

By Kariopes

My friend and I have been planning on a get together with some of our group friends. It’s been a couple of months since we last saw each other. So today, when we had some time on our hands, we decided to pay our baby chef a visit at where she worked after classes.

We were missing two today, and there were only the three of us plus the one we are to visit at work. She works at The Bungalow Cafe as a cold pastry chef. She handle milkshake, ice cream and vegan smoothie orders. She was expecting us, so as soon as we walked in the door of the restaurant, she was the one who greeted us, kiss on the cheeks and hugs included. She  accompanied us to the seat, and took our orders with some recommendations on the bestseller food items. It was actually my second time at the restaurant, and I decided to choose a different food fare.

According to my friend, the Bungalow is owned by three partners. They are known for their doughnuts and pastries. They started out somewhere in Las Pinas and eventually made their cafe branch in Molito, Alabang Muntinlupa. The two times I’ve been there, I noticed that the place is packed full. Yes, the seating is not that many, but still.

Anyhow, here is a rundown of the food I’ve already had the chance to taste at the Bungalow Café.

For starters they always offer freshly baked pandesal with their house coco jam. The bread is soft and with the coco jam, it is just plain delicious.

I have also tried their Chrispy Grain Bowl, which is a salad. It is made of mixed greens, quinoa, orzo, couscous, red rice, white rice, black rice, cherry tomato, candied nuts, cucumber, boiled eggs, smoked bacon, pulled chicken and homemade ricotta. I just copied this from their menu because I cannot remember all the more than 12 ingredients plus the-first-time-I-have-ever-heard-of-ingredients. But don’t be fooled, this dish is an explosion of flavors and textures. I really liked it.

Next is the Adobo Rice. It consists of pulled pork and chicken, garlic-mushroom fried rice, mango salsa and fried egg. This according to my friend is one of the bestsellers. It was passable and the adobo flavor was a bit subtle.

The Pineapple Glazed Belly on the other hand was quite tasty. I liked the sweet soy-pineapple glaze, with the garlic-mushroom fried rice and scrambled eggs at the very bottom. It was a pretty good. But my friend said it was too fatty and not that many meat in it. So I guess it is not for all.

Then there is the Mushroom and Cheese Omelette, which is composed of sauteed mushrooms, ricotta cheese, orange cheddar, side salad and fried potatoes. I don’t mind ordering this every now and then. We tried this on our first visit and I can’t remember if it came with bread. Nonetheless, I think, it should.   

I have also tried their Herb Chicken Sandwich, made of potato bread, guacamole, pulled chicken, basil aioli, tomato jam and arugula. The serving I think was a bit small, but all in all it was a good sandwich. The combination of flavors was just right.

Another bestseller was the Egg Benedict. I love the bread with the hollandaise sauce, ham and poached eggs at the top. It also came with fried potatoes on the side. This one I think was really good, a winner in my taste buds.

For desserts and drinks. I’ve tried their Watermelon Lemonade, which was a refreshing drink. Tropical Glow and Strawberry Banana Vegan Smoothies on the other hand was huge. It is definitely for sharing. A good choice in this hot weather, just the right cooling dessert order. Not to forget their doughnuts, we tried their raspberry, macapuno and I think the creme doughnuts. They were ok, but I still have my favorite doughnut place. Lastly, our friend chef gave us a complimentary ube-macapuno cake. It is soft and not that sweet, which we liked. 

All in all, our experience with the staff and place itself was very good. The ambience, from their table set-ups to their food plating was nice and acceptable. As I looked around their clientele looked more on the working class end, which answers for their priciness. There was enough parking space, and we never had to pay since one of my friends is a senior citizen, which means free parking! I just need to show her id. The Bungalow Cafe is I think a place where you can eat without hurry. I for one don’t mind going back to try some more of their food fares, especially when time permits me to spend time with good friends.

The Bungalow Cafe is located at Molito Lifestyle Center Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

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