Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chocolate Eh! at Cafe Adriatico

I don't know what has gotten into my senses yesterday, I was reading the DCF blog of Ms. Lori and smirfed on her Chocolate Eh review, and at the same time reviewing the post I was making for Daddy's Day Celebration, which will be on the 19th of June.  
On LJC's site pictures of their featured food abounds on the homepage and knowing me being a coffee lover and all, was looking for something new in any restos menu concerning their coffee line.  However, I'm also into chocolates, pasta, fusions and more chocolates- cold, hard, soft even hot.
Rainy season fuzz on the kitchen is coming forth and hot soups, packed noodles and chocolate drinks should always be available
on every able pantries.

Talking about chocolates, hot tsokolate  that is, there were  times that I had my hands on this.   My family loves the "tsokolate" bar or cylinders from Bohol, Batangas and some parts of the Visayan Islands, not all were successful though since I might not be conching the chocolate correctly, since I don't have a chocolate smirtle, also known as "batirol."
So I thought why not try the Philippine's own chocolate, done the way our Lola's and Tita's did it in ancient times.   Better yet, look up on the best or authentic Filipino (Spanish) tsokolate on famed or even unknown cafe's or stores.  
For our first stop, Cafe Adriatico.  
The flagship of the LJC Restaurant Group, Café Adriatico serves a full menu of Spanish-Mediterranean dishes and a variety of light options such as salads, sandwiches, omelettes and fondues.
 We headed yesterday at Adriatico street, Malate.   Never did we go here before, and seeing the Malate Circle where upscale restaurants and bars are all over we just got so amazed, seeing how seasons upturned this place up.   Most of LJC restaurants are around, Cafe Havana and Cafe Remedios are just across the intersection.
The place is so reminiscent of the  Cruz's ancestry,  bringing the old world charm dining into today's era, yet still meeting the dining pleasures of every one who walks in the cafe.

The upstair dining hall

Puto at Dinuguan
 Bhogs Said the Dinuguan was one of the best that he had, just the right amount of sourness and saltiness.  Has lots of pork and beef meats, not fats, and of course serious on the meat guts, with no bitter taste on the buds.  One will be coming back for this, that would be a bet!
Mine was Pan De Sal with kesong puti.  Love the bun, so big and tasty.   I wonder if it is "pugon-baked", if so, where could have they ordered this, if they are not the ones who baked this?
Pan de Sal and Kesong Puti 

 I love Cafe Adriatico's Chocolate Eh, see how fudgy and thick the consistency is, no wonder Monte Zuma, the chocolate founder/ inventor, drinks would you believe 50 pitchers of this a day,  for energy, vigor and libido.
I got the information from Heavenly Chocolates' seminar on Chocolate Appreciation 101.  They too serves hot chocolates, chocolates even from  Ecuador, Madagascar, Peru and Davao.  
Perfectly done tsokolate, to ease your troubles away.
Did you know, chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate! - Elaine Sherman, Book of Divine Indulgences
Let me live you with these note, which I saw from someone's t-shirt:

If wearer of this shirt is found vacant, listless, or depressed, ADMINISTER CHOCOLATE IMMEDIATELY.

Café Adriatico Premiere
M. Adriatico Street, Remedios Circle, Malate , Manila
Phone: 738-8220
Seating capacity: 125
Party Venue at Remedios Circle seats 150 persons
Business hours:
Monday – Saturday / 7:00 – 6:00 am
Sunday / 7:00 – 4:00 am


  1. omg, im such a chocoholic too!!! :D

  2. "Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition" I like that! More chocolates! Please.


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