It has been an eventful day – no, wait, scratch that. It has been an eventful week, so to say. With deadlines to beat and expectations to meet, all we wanted to do is lounge on cozy, comfy chairs with some coffee to sip and some food to munch on.
As much as we look forward to going to bed at night because of the reason that when we wake up, we get coffee; why wait until morning when we can get coffee any time of the day? Thank the heavens there’s this serene and homey cafe in Banawe that’s the perfect nook for coffee lovers like us – the Drip Café.
Ironically enough to say, to start the end of our tiring week, we first had the Chicken Apple and Walnut Salad (Php 200). With crispy green veggies, strips of chicken, chunks of sweet, juicy apple, and some tomatoes; it was absolutely a palate-cleansing bowl of a healthy starter.
Onto carbs for our much needed energy in life, we had one of Drip Café’s All Day Breakfast Meals, the Classic Tapa Garlic Rice (Php 245). This meal is like an array of sunshine; with tummy-filling garlic fried rice; sweet, salty, tangy flavor combo of the tapa itself; some crunchy veggies on the side; and a bright sunny side up egg; we felt like it’s already a new day for us.
If we haven’t mentioned yet or you have forgotten, we’re in a café, so don’t be surprised because this next one is finally a cup of hot coffee; the Café Latte (Php 130). Presented with an artsy yummy foam on top, it is as if a hug in a mug that warms not only our restless bodies, but our worked up minds as well.
The next dish we had was another of their All Day Breakfast Meals, the Longganisa Garlic Rice (Php 190). This one comes with a bowl of rice, topped with a vibrant sunny side up egg, three pieces of flavorful longganisa, sprinkled with garlic flakes, and a vinegar on the side – the perfect sour sauce for the dish.
Another mug of yummy goodness is their Hot Chocolate (Php 130). It’s a not-so-sweet foamy chocolate drink topped with roasted marshmallows that almost melt in our mouths, and drizzled with more chocolate syrup. This one is definitely a favorite of ours!
As everyone is probably just looking for the right balance in their lives, here’s a balance of veggies and carbs to eat: Spinach and Basil Pesto (Php 240). This one is another satisfying bowl, enough to last our stay here; it was topped with bits of spinach, basil, and some cheese that added more to the taste. It also comes with two slices of garlic bread that goes really well with the pasta.
If you just want something you can easily grab and munch on, we recommend the Roast Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Php 200). It’s such an ooey, gooey goodness that comes with tender roast beef, sandwiched between two crunchy grilled bread that we definitely enjoyed. This one is also served with crispy, thin chips and a dip.
The Tomato Basil Soup (Php 140) is perfect for you if you’re one to look for a hearty bowl of a healthy, tasty soup. Take time and pleasure in digging in as this one is of course served hot, and comes with two slices of bread which you can dip into the soup or eat as is.
As we can’t stop having some rice, we tried one of Drip Café’s Rice Meals; the Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy (Php 250). This one of course comes with a cup of garlic rice, a side salad, a forkful of crunchy pork chunks, and mushroom gravy as a dip.
As we already had some of Drip Café’s hot drinks, we also gave their cold ones a try. Drip Cafe’s Mango Iced Tea (Php 120) is a splendid cool, refreshing drink that gives you that push you need in life.
And of course, our experience in Drip Café won’t be complete if we didn’t get to have some of their desserts. First on our list is their Ube Chiffon Cake (Php 150). It’s soft, light texture and sweet taste, with creamy frosting is such a delicious treat for the draining week we had.
“My granddaddy always said, “If you have a problem you can’t solve, it helps to get out of your head: Pie, it’s good.”” That’s what Agent K from Men in Black 3 said. Guess what? He was right. Drip Café’s Calamansi Pie (Php 170) is the solution for our troubles. With it’s sweet, tangy taste, and yummy creamy frosting, it definitely helped with our worries, because as Agent K further said, “Pie don’t work unless you let it.”. We embraced that concept and it did work.
Following this is the lively Red Velvet Cake (Php 170). It’s so moist, fluffy, and has just the right taste of sweetness that we want in our cake. To top it all off, it has a strawberry jam that adds a pang of tangy flavor in every bite.
For matcha lovers out there, you better read more as this next one is especially for you. Drip Café’s Matcha Mint Frappe (Php 160) is such a special concoction that gives off the perfect balance of bitterness and a bit of sweetness that is boosted by a cooling sensation from the mint.
As a bonus, we had the Banana Split Pop Frappé. This one is new and is not even released yet so we’re ecstatic we had first dibs on this, and that we get to share it with you! It surely is a dessert in a glass as this one is undeniably a sweet drink, drizzled with chocolate syrup, that would probably give you sugar rush. It’s topped with caramel popcorn, two chocolate biscuit sticks, and a round salty biscuit to balance the flavor out.
Drip Café is a two-story establishment not only perfect for barkada catch up, family gatherings, office-related meetings; but also individuals looking for a quiet, serene place they can study in, work in, or just do their own thing in.
It’s like a home away from home; and most of the food are conceptualized by a celebrity chef, Chef Tatum, in the hopes to comfort people and complement the new interiors and the relaxed, friendly ambiance of the place that says hi to every new hopeful day with the natural light being welcomed by huge windows which make the place more bright.
Be brave enough to face new, humble beginnings with Drip Café, as you lounge and dine with them at 86 Maria Clara St., Banawe, Quezon City, Metro Manila.