Hubby and I wanted to eat at the newly opened Ramen Nagi at Robinsons Magnolia one rainy weekday. Alas it was closed for a presscon. So we went around the mall to look for another place to have lunch at.
At the topmost floor we found Isla Cafe. It’s situated right in the middle of an open space along a corridor.
The waitresses were in traditional Filipino garb, hair pulled back into a tight bun and accented with a small tiara. They would even do a little curtsy before taking your order.
We ordered Pancit Binondo (P155, pictured above) for sharing. It’s kinda like pancit canton except that it was served with longganisa, pork (kind of like lechon kawali), and assorted veggies. It came with a big chewy cheesy puto served on the side. Tasty, albeit I’m not a fan of pancit canton and so it was just okay.
Hubby and I each ordered Beef Pares (P225, pictured above). We were hungry and we wanted a complete meal and we got it — a cup of delicious garlic rice, piping hot soup (beef nilaga), and more beef stewed to tenderness in this thick brown sweet sauce.
The beef stew reminded me of Chinese-style adobo because it was so sweet. Not bad though, I thought it went well with the comforting soup and garlic rice. The serving portion is kind of small though.
For dessert, we had Puto Ube Halaya (P25, pictured above). There are other flavors like Tsokolate, Pandan, etc.
I split it in half because I wanted to see just how much ube halaya (purple yam paste) was inside. It had a bit at the center. The puto (rice cake) itself is moist and chewy… quite good, except that all the puto are served chilled (even the one beside out Pancit Binondo). I was expecting them to be warmed. Their puto is good even when served at refrigerator temperatures lol.
Hubby ordered Sapin Sapin Bahaghari (P50, pictured above). Slightly sticky, chewy, and not overly sweet, it was quite good.
Our simple lunch at Isla Cafe summed up to P700+. We found the food to be okay. They served our orders quickly but took a lot of time in bringing us the bill when we asked for it. They have a lot of uniquely flavored puto and I’d like to go back some time to buy some to take home. We were surprised that it was a full house on a weekday when we ate there.
Isla Cafe by XO 46
4th Level Robinsons Magnolia,
Aurora Blvd. cor. Dona Hemady St., Quezon City
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