It has been a long year since I last had an experience with some friends just shooting the breeze at Cubao X. I used to refer to it as Cubao Expo, but now I think it's known to many as Cubao X. A few weeks ago I got an SMS invite from a fellow blogger about this seemingly new cafe at the venue. I almost forgot how I missed the place, so even though I was busy conceptualizing and building up my new blog which is all about DIY weddings and design, I just had to say YES.
I got all giddy, not minding how hard it was getting on the MRT late in the afternoon, that I would see my favorite art gallery and shops there. Upon reaching the place, I realized that I didn't bring extra cash, for I know I will get something for my girls and myself, of course. I remembered last time, I went home with a lot of accessories and old children's books.
I came a bit late than the other bloggers, but I know I have to go around the vicinity first and see if The Reading Room and the craft store is still there. Sad to say, The Bead Lady, Heima and some other art galleries were replaced with other businesses.
But it sure was glad to know a new store popped up bringing with them a great selling concept, where you can buy pre-loved branded fashion items, get a glimpse of rare collectibles, play or trade collectible cards and have some great grubs and fine coffee concoctions.
Let's talk about their coffee mixes and food, shall we?
If you have been addicted to fraps, well trying something out of your regular franchised coffee fix can be worth the treat. On that note, you may want to sip in this cold glass of Mocha Frappe. It's a mix of choco and coffee in ice, adorably topped with a milky foam and cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup..
Another much raved for drink from their regular customers is the drink called Kumbaya. Named after the song, everyone who have tried it can easily say it's the drink best described as "the camp fire coffee fix." This is another kitchen testament when one who has the passion in whatever he does, he does it best even when he plays around with ingredients. Victor, the main Barista slash chef slash owner would seriously attest that his kitchen at times would be his laboratory and art room at the same time. This espresso-based drink was mixed with graham crackers, and marshmallows. I only got a sip, though I could not really tell whether bits of smores were dunked in the cup of espresso.
So, till my return, Kumbaya!
The Appraisery boasts not only of their unique coffee blends, yet can be equaled to expensive franchised coffee shops. They prioritize quality coffee beans which are brewed within a certain period and make sure that they don't reuse filtered coffee grains. Victor even asked us if we want to bring home their filtered grounds which can be good as fertilizers or coffee scrubs for the skin. He also showed us how to check if the coffee maker is doing a fine job with how the filtered grains need to look like after it was used.
I'm sure you would love to pair your coffee with something to munch on. Here are some food that you would love to have.
This Seattleite, knows his sandwich too well, and let him give the excuse of being lived and studied in Seatlle for coming up with archaic sandwich ideas. Say for example this Chicken, Avocado, Pesto Triple Decker (P 175). I have been in love with the scent and explicit taste of creamed basil ever since I first had one as a sauce on my pasta. Though pesto was used as a sandwich filling (which I have only seen here) it did give a different spin to the usual grilled chicken sandwich. But wait there's more, there is also guacamole on the sandwich. I thought it would ruin the taste of the pesto, but it didn't I found the sandwich really refreshing and healthy at that.
So, on the previous sandwich was a blend of Mexican-Italian, how about a Japanese take on a your sandwich. Now, can you still say humdrum? These sushi-like sandwich, also called Sushi Sandwich (P 185) is a rolled up sandwich with two kinds of filling, creamed corn with crunchy veggies and avocado, ham.
Oh, let me segue for a bit by introducing their cassava chips, or Namaste, which is served at the side of every sandwiches. Though the Sushi Sandwich plate has something more special with it, the garlic aioli dip, once you dig in, you might want to dip and dip, my blogger friends thought it was so addicting. What fancied me though was the different consistency it has. At first look, it may seem to resemble a white frosting or a merengue. It did have a sweet note to it, but of course it is also savory due to the garlic infusion.
Pull-pork sandwich had become a craze for a time, in some regions in the US. I don't know why it didn't get the same welcoming spirit here in Manila. I can honestly say that I'm not a fan as well, but I find this quite intriguing. It has that Indian spice going on in the sauce atop the pulled pork pieces, with a little spiciness and sourness, plus the fact that the pork meat was slow-cooked to have achieved a tender meat. I did like though.
For a more adventurous take on your sandwich of choice how about having it with slices of grilled eggplants? The Grilled Veggie Panini is for every vegetarian and non-vegetarian diners of The Appraisery. The paninis are spread with a light mayonnaise then filled with grilled eggplants, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions.
If you want something sweet for a sandwich, well, they also have some. We got to try the Sweet Grilled Panini. It's like a toast sandwich with cookie butter spread, mallows and Nutella. To make it even sinfully sweet, a dollop of cream with caramel syrup and MnM's goes with it.
Cubao x is more than a hang-out, it's a place for everyone, a barista, a vintage collector, a book-lover, for the gamer, for the hard-core artists and those who love inventive meals that's worth trying. I used to think about the place as "where you can find Bellini Italian Restaurant," but now it is a lot more than that.
Did I also mention that Jericho Rosales would often hangout here for a coffee and chit-chat? He does get a lot of that when the chatterbox of Appraisery is there. Since Echo, also co-owns the surf shop just in front of the cafe-cum-boutique-cum-gaming station. Shhh! That's our little secret.
1109 Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Phone (02) 921 2682