Yes, A. and myself have been living mostly on fast food deliveries, canned goods and left overs these past few weeks. I thought I would never get out of this processed food rut.
And today, I got a lip-smacking experience that made me sit-up and write... Kiss the Cook Cafe.
This cozy cafe is situated at 59 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman, QC, across Holy Family School. Friends have been raving about the place since its soft opening last 19 October. A. and I finally got the chance to dine there tonight.
For starters, A. picked the Crabstick Mango Spring Roll with Nouc Mam dip. Once dipped, the mix of the slice of sweet mango, fishy crabstick and the neutral rice paper wrapper is coated in the salty sour goodness of the dip. The dip is the rock star in this wrap and roll experience.
I had the Curried Shrimp salad with grilled pineapple and curried cabbage. I am not a big fan of curry but this unusual mix of familiar tastes was a new experience for my palate as far as salads go.
We asked for the best pork dishes. A. got the Asian Braised Pork Belly and I had the Five-Spice Spareribs (a.k.a. ang pinakamasarap na piniritong baboy sa balat ng lupa). As I am a guiltless pork-lover, nothing makes me happier than soft fried fat melting on my tongue. So, this dish is a declared winner in my book. Augie's braised pork sauce was, thankfully, not overwhelming as some Chinese restaurants tend to make.
We capped our dinner with a dark chocolate gelato and Bailey's dessert, Truffette. If you get off on chocolate, dig deep into this dark dessert and you'll pop a cherry by the time you get your last spoonful. This dessert got me all worked up and I forgot to take a photo. All I have for you is the spent, empty cup of the highlight of my first time at Kiss The Cook Cafe.