Tonight was spent with friends in Cafe Adriatico at the Gateway Mall, Cubao. Although it does not have the old world appeal of the older branch in Malate, it still has cozy ambiance with its dark, wooden furnishing and baldosa-style tiles. The space is made to look bigger with its steel and glass façade and mirrors on its backwall. Oh, and there is an outdoor area for smoking patrons.
I do go back here for the big helpings of Pinoy comfort food. My favorites being the Pastel de Lengua (stewed Ox tongue) and the Ensaymada with Chocolate Eh (swirly brioche topped with grated Edam cheese and thick hot chocolate drink).
But tonight, our meal consisted of Baboy na Sinigang sa Bayabas (a sour soup made with guavas and pork), Pinaputok na Plapla (Giant tilapia cooked in vinegar with slices of bittergourd and eggplant), Pinakbet (vegetable mix sauteed in shrimp paste), Caldereta (beef stewed in rich tomato sauce) and Kangkong Lechon (swamp cabbage sauteed in blackbeans and oyster sauce and topped with slices of crispy pork belly). There were also orders of Hainanese Chicken Rice and Arroz Caldo with Tokwa't Baboy.
All the dishes were consistent with anything I've previously ordered there, which is why I don't mind going back to this place. The favorites for the night were the Caldereta and the Pinaputok na Plapla,
Pinaputok na Plaplabut I have to say the Hainanese Chicken Rice was the prettiest meal of the night.
Hainanese Chicken Rice