Wednesday, August 10, 2016

First Bite: Catabolic Café

It was a few weeks in the making but we finally made it to Maginhawa for an epic food crawl. 

We didn't exactly plan our stops but thanks to looloo and Waze, we managed to find the rainbow cake store, Catabolic Café.
Hello, Catabolic Café!
The store was pretty empty at 2 p.m. with only two tables occupied. 
We quickly placed our orders namely Pares Rice with Crispy Tadyang (PHP350) and Chicken with Waffles (PHP330).
The Pares Rice with Crispy Tadyang was a hit. The rice was flavorful and complemented the slightly sweet and tender beef ribs. I would have liked it better though if the beef was more succulent. 

The chicken with waffles was pretty good as well. It was definitely good for sharing as one order comes with 2 layers of huge soft waffles. The waffles are also topped with strawberry butter. 

The chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. It's great paired with buttered corn. The waffles were soft creating a nice contrast against the crunchy chicken skin. The others hoped it was crispier though like Pancake's. (Tip: Make sure to get some of that strawberry butter and spiced maple syrup for a different burst of flavor.) 
R decided to order a slice of Catabolic's popular cake and we liked it! I was hesitant at first to buy one as it's pretty and I have this thinking that pretty cakes taste meh or worse... too artificial and dry. But this one was moist and had a generous serving of cream cheese per layer. 
And for PHP180, it was a great deal and definitely good for sharing! (Unless if you love sweets like J.)

Overall, it was a nice dining experience. I'd love to order the pares rice with crispy tadyang again and probably the suggested tomato soup as appetizer. 

Catabolic Café is located at 22 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City. 

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

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