Monday, December 17, 2018


Flatlay by @johnbunag

When in Bonifacio High Street with the piggery while walking our bunso Luna (our baby beagle and youngest piglet haha) , my attention is always riveted by the sign Bench Cafe at their apparel store. I remember thinking ' hmm must try'.

Discovering new places to dine in together is a family past time. Our 4 kids have voracious appetites that is why call them "the piggery" (in jest)  collectively. My IG @piggingoutonsundays came to be because of our food adventures and misadventures. We do suck out the marrow of life as much as we can as a family. Kids are growing up fast and pretty soon they will build their own nest (or shall I say sty ? haha) . So making memories with them had been our (handsome hubby and moi) priority in the past few years.

Anyway, back to Bench Cafe. What do you know. Received an invite to attend a Private Media Launch at Greenbelt 3 last week with other foodies.  No need to go to High Street for my first visit.

We were served the following :

Tinapa Cornettes
The smoked tinapa aroma is quite strong and potent which I liked. I loved the complex flavors on this one . I kept popping them babies like there was no tomorrow haha
Pork Bbq Skewer P249
They were the usual pork bbq that we know.

 Bangus Bistek Ala Pobre P289
You can not eat this on its own. It is screaming for bowls of rice haha

Pansit Sisig P179
I am easy. I love pansit to begin with so this was one of the first I digged into when the plate landed on the table. Loved its use of the iconic sisig as garnish in lieu of the usual bits of seafood and pork. I shall order this again.

Sinigang Sa Mansanas
I loved the idea. The broth was  traditionally sour so that when I bit into the slice of granny smith apple, its sweetness married well into the acidity of the  soup. The pork were tender and melt in your mouth. It provided the richness to the clear soup. I have a mind to replicate this at home


Food is familiar and comforting. I can imagine  bringing my  82 year old pa-in-law here and ordering sinigang  and adobo for him.

My top pics are the gising-gising, pansit sisig and tinapa cornettes. The other dishes especially the mains like the bangus ala pobre and adobo are "matakaw sa kanin" which figuratively means  a particular dish makes you want to eat bowls of rice with it.

I found the bangus and adobo a little bit on the salty side on their own. But when paired with the steamed rice,  the saltiness was somehow balanced.

Price is friendly on the pocket.

The whole place in Greenbelt is spacious and cozy.  Although it was  still undergoing some finishing touches here and there last Friday , I already noticed how pleasing to the eye   the color palette of vibrant green, warm wood and white is.

Am I going to bring the piggery here? Most definitely. I am excited to try the other items in the menu especially the desserts, with the family.

BENCH CAFE is located at the 2nd level of Greenbelt 3 where Sentro used to be.

Bench Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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