Banawe, QC: beyond the ‘chop-chop’ auto shops and Orthopedic center
Visit Banawe Street in Quezon City and be ready for a new gastronomic treat. Beyond the forever famous Chinatown’s best food and Wah Yuen Chinese restaurants, the strip is now hosting some of the new and familiar names in good eating:
KoCCo. Short for Kitchen of Cakes and Coffee. I love their cake collection that looks expensive, tastes expensive, but is surprisingly easy on the budget. The store is simple and cozy, and its cake display area is a sure conversation piece to all diners. You should try each cake one at a time, especially now that they serve free coffee to your cake for dine-in clients. I personally love their Chocolate Velvet, which is really velvety on the palate, at P510 for a whole cake. It’s obvious that each cake goes through careful preparation full of love and dedication. The attendants are well-versed with their products and they’re good in sales-talk (not that I need much after looking at each cake masterpiece). They also offer breads, meals and to-go coffee and beans. A plus is their free carwash coupon handed to purchases more than Php300.00 (talk about letting them wash you car while you indulge in their products).
Reyes Barbecue. The ultimate inihaw experience. I can’t help but choose this food outlet whenever I go to Trinoma (Landmark foodcourt), Makati (Paseo Center) and now in Banawe (behind Coffee Beanery). True to their word, the barbecue + java rice + peanut sauce combination is truly tough to beat. Their Banawe branch is has a relaxed and ‘pang-family’ ambiance but service is prompt.
Aside from these newly-opened establishments, the strip also has branches for Dencio’s, Yellow Cab, KFC, Razon’s, North Park, Figaro, Ling Nam, McDonalds, Coffee Beanery and Chowking.
I wonder what I’ll have for dinner… 🙂