Monday, 14 December 2015

Wildflour Café + Bakery

Wildflour Café + Bakery
125 L. P. Leviste Street,
Salcedo Village
Makati City
Manila, Philippines

This place is mins walk from Fraser Place where we stayed. It looked busy. So we decided to give it a whirl.

I've tried a few foreign cuisines (like Thai and Japanese) here that rated highly (like top 50), and had been disappointing. Not that I'm surprise. Like most SE Asian countries, this isn't a migrant nation, so expect locals cook those foreign cuisines.

But American food is an exception with the Pinoy's exceptional love for the American (exceptionalism food and culture) In any case, this is just one delicious example.

 The Place 
Cosy, casual dining setup. As usual, you get the typical friendly Pinoy hospitality. It's well staffed, and so the service is good and food come reasonably promptly.

 The Food 
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California Burger: 8.5 / 10.
The filling are quite tasty. I hope they would give us bigger buns to prevent the content from falling out (if our buns are too small, we would fall off our chairs, too. Same principle). In any case, there's more meat than buns (I'm talking about the burger here).

The potato chips (fries if you're Yanks) seemed to be cooked by 2 different persons. Half are crunchy and have perfect shapes, and the other half are soft and soggy, and look like mutant chips (I hope they didn't re-fry old chips. Probably just bad potatoes). As a general rule, fried things get soft quickly in Manila (humid weather and without setting air-cond on high). So wolf it down before they go soft on you (I'm talking about eating here).

California burger, Wildflour, Makati, Philippines

Squid Ink Pappardelle: 7.5 / 10
Most squid ink pasta I tried in Korean restaurants before tend to cook the whole thing in squid ink gravy, which leaves your teeth looking like beautifully ebony. On the other hand, this chef cook the squid ink with the pasta separately and sparingly. The prawns weren't frozen well, leaving the flesh spongy.

California burger, Wildflour, Makati, Philippines

Overall Score: 8 / 10
Overall not too shabby experience. I wouldn't mind go back there again. The overall standard seems good, and there're a few more items on the menu I wouldn't mind trying. They forgot to serve us the free bread, which I'm told is quite good. Free thing usually taste better. Maybe next time.

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