I <3 Malate Food Crawl Stop No. 2: Cafe Adriatico

And I believe that this is an institution at this area. Not sure if your folks had their dates here but mine did. Haha. I remember chatting with my fellow foodie, and her folks used to date here as well. I guess back in the day, it was one of those go-to date places. And I think that it still is. It has this cozy feel to it that becomes more romantic at night.

Still standing tall, this restaurant will be turning 39 years this November. That’s why it’s become an institution. We were told that there was a fire incident years ago so they renovated this place to make it still look the same. I wouldn’t know it just by the looks of its interiors. In terms of its dishes, they claim to serve standard dishes that restos normally wouldn’t serve anymore. That day, we got to have those, and have a bite as well of their new dishes.

Ensalada Esmeralda

Heavily drizzled with raspberry yogurt dressing, this one had dried cranberries, almond flakes, apples, oranges and greens. Since I like yogurt, I actually liked this one. I liked that slight tangy taste of the dressing. It tasted fresh, and I like the fruit bits there.

Akuw’a (Yemeni Oxtail) (P625)

Our serving portion that day

This dish was quite new to me. It’s an oxtail stew with Hawayij Spice, and has been served since the 1980s. Talk about a lot of history on this dish. I wouldn’t wonder why as the meat itself was just tender. The sauce was a bit sweet but still good on the tongue.

Chicken A La Kiev (P395)

This classic dish truly was delicious. I didn’t get that greasy feel upon bite. One has the option of having this with rice, fries or mashed potatoes. Either way, it’s still good. And the serving is quite huge too.

Prawns Thermidor (P675)

It would be an understatement to say that this was just good. IT WAS GREAT. Haha. It was so delicate and absolutely delicious at the same time. Served with rice pilaf (which was quite flavorful) and baked tomato, they baked this stuffed prawn which had cream, mushrooms and hollandaise sauce. This is definitely my favorite dish at this restaurant. 🙂

Canonigo with Mango Balls (P175)

I couldn’t justify the size in the photos. Trust me when I say that this is one huge slice. We got a third of the size above which for me, was an okay size already. At first glance, it may look sweet but when you slice into that canonigo, the taste was very mild. It just melts in your mouth that chewing is really out of the equation. I like the custard sauce for it gave that mild sweetness to the dessert. Definitely have this with some coffee to balance the overall flavor.

No wonder this is a fave date place. The choices are those romantic dishes that would make a gal swoon. Presentation-wise, the dishes are very on point. In terms of price, yes, the dishes are bordering on being pricey but rest-assured, you’re paying for years of quality dishes. Each dish was carefully prepared for that coupled with the ambiance, it’s worth every peso. 😉

Okay, now on to the last food crawl stop! 🙂

Cafe Adriatico
1790 Adriatico Street,
Remedios Circle, Malate,
Official website:  http://ljcrestaurants.com.ph/cafe-adriatico/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CafeAdriatico/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/cafeadriatico/
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