When I first heard the name Tsoko Nut Batirol, I thought it was some sort of Chocnut-themed cafe. Well, the establishment isn’t related to Chocnut in any way and batirol is what you call the wooden stick used to make the traditional Filipino hot chocolate drink Tsokolate.
Tsoko Nut Batirol in SM Makati is a small open place where they serve real food (as in rice meals), pastries, and caffeinated beverages like coffee and chocolate.
I tried Kape Barako (P85) which came in a shockingly big mug. The aroma was divine. The golden froth you see on top is called crema. I didn’t even ask if the coffee had milk or whatever… I just had it as is since it was never my habit to put additional sweeteners. It’s really good. Thank goodness there isn’t a branch near where I live because I’m cutting down on caffeine. XD
I was told that the perfect complement to Kape Barako was their best-selling Tablea Cake (P95). It’s deliciously rich yet not overly sweet. Kape Barako + Tablea Cake is definitely a match made in heaven.
Then there was Mocha Latte Shake (P102) and Brownie Cheesecake (P58). The Mocha Latte Shake is for people like my hubby who generally do not like hot drinks. Brownie Cheesecake is divine, I like the combination of rich chocolate and creamy cheesecake. 😀
Then there was Tsoko Nut Latte (P79) and Napoleones (P26). Every year, Tsoko Nut Batirol holds a drink-making competition among its staff. Tsoko Nut Latte was the winning drink during one of the years. It’s layered coffee made with peanut butter, caramel, milk, espresso, and then topped with cinnamon. Napoleones is a light and flaky pastry filled with custard.
I was very impressed by the coffee art which mimicked Tsoko Nut Batirol’s logo using powdered cinnamon on top of the Tsoko Nut Latte. The drink itself was a tad too sweet for me… blame it on the caramel + peanut butter.
I’m not that addicted to coffee, in case you’re wondering. I was tasked to do a feature and this was part of it. Needless to say I couldn’t sleep that night even if I didn’t finish the drinks. My favorite hands-down is pair no. 1… Kape Barako + Tablea Cake! 😀
Tsoko Nut Batirol
2/F SM Makati
Ayala Center, Makati City
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