I was supposed to do a health and beauty post since I avoid posting about the same topics consecutively but I figured I should finally wrap up the Sooo Pinoy Food Trip Series so I can move on to other gustatory pursuits. Our last stop for the day was Cafe Adriatico in Malate, Manila. It was where we were having our dinner.
Although it’s practically an institution here in Metro Manila, I’ve never actually dined at Cafe Adriatico until the Sooo Pinoy Food Trip. The interiors are dimly lit and evoke a quaint Filipino vibe.
We started off with Sinigang na Bangus Belly sa Bayabas (P220, pictured above). For my international readers, Bangus is milkfish while Bayabas is guava in Filipino. I’m really not fond of any form of fish broth but I found the tangy guava flavored soup to be very interesting. I would’ve finished drinking it if there weren’t pieces of fish belly floating around. I don’t like eating fish belly because I find it icky.
Our main course was Lola Ising’s Adobo (P330, pictured above). I initially thought it was chicken because of the stringy texture of the meat but my blogger friends told me it was pork. I liked it though as it was very tasty and fall-off-the-bone tender. They used garlic, soy sauce, and black pepper for the marinade and the sauce. It goes very well with the steamed rice and atchara (Filipino pickled vegetables) that it’s served with.
We were also served Knockout Knuckle (P510, pictured above), which is a large serving of good old Crispy Pata. More pork, haha! It comes loaded with garlic and spices which give it quite a kick. Great for sharing!
For dessert we had Claude’s Dream (P120, pictured above). It’s macapuno (preserved sweetened coconut meat) ice cream with pieces of fresh coconut meat and cubes of pandan jelly. Having had Nathaniel’s Buko Pandan earlier in the day I wasn’t really too thrilled with this, plus it’s sweeter than the former too.
I had a lovely dinner with blogger friends at Cafe Adriatico and overall a wonderful Filipino eating adventure thanks to the Sooo Pinoy Food Trip. I’d like to thank Unilever Food Services for letting me be a part of this truly memorable event. The discoveries I’ve made are priceless. 🙂
1790 M. Adriatico St.,
Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila
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