Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Love at First Bite: The Coffee Shop

It has been a while since my last road trip with R. We’ve been busy with work and other activities that we were not able to keep up with our monthly short getaways. But since our Deal Grocer voucher for The Plaza Hotel will expire soon, we decided to head up North and spend the weekend there. But before heading to Bataan, we decided to spend one day in Subic to enjoy the beach. But Mother Nature refused to cooperate and we ended up pigging out instead. And there is no better place to feast but the famous taco shop, The Coffee Shop, Home of Jumbo Tacos. 
Hello, The Coffee Shop!

This restaurant doubles as a hotel with its rooftop room accommodations at friendly prices. But let me focus on the food, especially its jumbo tacos. 
Since this place has been raved by so many foodies and some even claim that this place offers the best tacos in the country, I just have to try it! I went with Taco with Sour Cream (PHP130) while R went with Hard Shell Taco (PHP95). We also got Double Cheeseburger with Fries (PHP185) simply because R wanted fries. For drinks, we ordered Frozen Iced Tea (PHP85) and Chocolate Shake (PHP130).
While waiting, I took a few snapshots and noticed that they charge PHP30 for using their electrical outlets and that they also do not provide straws for non-frozen beverages. 

Service was quick and our drinks were served in less than 5 minutes. 
My frozen iced tea was refreshing. It had the right amount of sweetness and had a delightful lemon flavor. (It was so good that we ordered another glass right after finishing one.) R’s drink tasted like chocolate ice candy. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t that good as well. And for PHP130, I don’t think it was value for money. 
Our tacos were served next and we were overwhelmed by the size. They were not kidding when they said jumbo. It was really huge! It would be at least 9 inches long. 
And the taste did not disappoint. I didn’t really expect much given its price but one bite made me believe that there are still some restaurants that offer ridiculously yummy dishes at pocket friendly prices. 
The taco shells and lettuce were crispy creating a sharp contrast against the juicy and flavorful ground meat, cheese and tomato chunks. The sour cream didn’t do much as the meat was seasoned really well. I regret not getting taco without the dip. I would have saved PHP35 if I did.

The cheeseburger which came with double patty and a generous serving of fat fries. I appreciate that they put the lettuce and tomato on the side as some diners do not like their greens.
It was pretty good too and reminded me of homemade burgers, prepared with love. The patty was juicy and perfectly grilled. It was just a bit hard to munch on the burger as the bun was very thick. (Note: We ate our fresh from the fridge leftover burger after a couple of hours and it still tasted awesome!)
Overall, it was a great lunch! I would love to visit this place again when I’m around the area. 
The Coffee Shop is located at 2 Rizal Street corner National Highway, Barretto, Olongapo. 

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