Ever heard the word third wave café? It is taking coffee to the artisanal level that promote high-quality coffee by improving every step of the process, from growing coffee plants to brewing it into a cup.
ABOUT CASSALU COFFEE & KITCHEN
It is owned by the couple Loren and Noel, they started this business way back 2007. At first, they only sell their pastries made by Loren to their friends, relatives, and colleagues. When they saw that the people enjoying their delicacies, they started investing in kitchen tools. Cassalu named after their children Cassandra and Lucas, also sounds as “kasalo” which means “a person with whom one shares meals”.
First, let me tour you around the place.
The place is huge and have cute interiors! It is perfect to chill with friends, you can also study here since the ambiance is quiet and peaceful while munching their cakes and sipping their fresh brewed coffee.
Outside the cafe
Inside the cafe
They are also open for special events. They have 2 function rooms. You can also rent the whole place. Just contact them thru their Facebook page.
Now, let’s go to the main event… the FOOD!
First, they offer us their specialty coffee which I found very interesting. Why? Because they get to brew your coffee in front of you. You can also pick your brewing method. Ours were V60 and Kalita Wave.
We got their two best sellers coffee, Brazil Fazenda Paraiso (185 php) and Guatemala Antigua Pastoral (Bourbon) (195 php).
The Brazil Fazenda Paraiso has a natural sweet taste and perfect with their Banoffee Cheesecake.
Look how they brew their specialty coffee. If you can only smell the aroma. Ughhh.
Shot of rich espresso with milk, sugar syrup, and a layer of foamed milk
All-time favorite shoestring fries drizzled with cheese sauce then topped with bacon bits
Crisp lettuce, carrots, crab stick, crispy wonton, diced mangoes, and shredded nori, served with Asian dressing
An extra ordinary twist on a classic Filipino delicacy perfect blending of deep flavor and spiciness
Well-loved crispy and juicy fried chicken served with potato wedges and gravy
Banoffee pie and cheesecake combined into one heavenly cake
Look how they prepare their frozen cheesecake on sticks!
One of their bestseller cakes is their Dozen Flavor Cheesecake which includes different kinds of cheesecakes. They also included some new flavors of cheesecake inspired by Filipino desserts.
They serving not only specialty coffee but also savory meals and freshly-baked cakes and pastries. You have a lot of choices!
OUR TOP PICKS:
- Oriental Salad – My close friends knew that I’m not a fan of salad because I don’t like veggies (sad but true). But hey! This is an exception. I loved its plating and of course the taste! Their Asian dressing is for the win!!! Must try, promise!
- Chef Red’s Kaldereta Pasta – This a good concept! Taking local dishes into pasta! If you love kaldereta, you should try this one! I loved how it was cooked. Even though we ate it cold already, you can taste the spiciness of it and the tender meat.
- Banoffee Cheesecake – Ahhh this one is good also! The cheesecake was smooth and soft which is new to me because the other banoffee cheesecakes that I’ve tried had a rough texture inside.
The price are very reasonable. You can have it solo and for sharing. I found their cheesecake pricey but hey, it’s really good! Also because their pastries are their bestsellers so give it a try!
Kudos to their staff. Upon entering the door, they will immediately assist you. While dining, some staff will asks you if you need anything. They are very responsive to other customers too. So plus point to this!
At first, I thought it’s a small place but I was wrong. Their space is huge. There is indoor and outdoor seating. They have also separate rooms for private events. I loved how they designed the place. Colorful and comfy seats, you can feel the cafe ambiance because of the coffee beans around the area, it has also swing chairs which I loved the most!
If you are from the North area, it’s a sad news because it’s kinda far from our place. Yes, I’m from North too. They are located in South but according to their manager, they will open a branch in SM North EDSA Annex hopefully on the first quarter of 2019. Yay!!!! So excited for this.
But if you want to try their frozen cheesecakes first, head on to their small branch at Bakeology by Cassalu in SM North EDSA.
8:00 AM-11:00 PM, daily
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