After Sunday mass last August 13, Ate Fely (my cousin) and I chanced upon Cafe Inggo located within Sto. Domingo Church’s compound (right where a coffee shop used to be). It was a welcome sight since it was already past lunch time so we didn’t have to go far for sustenance.
The monochromatic color scheme and minimalist interiors plus classical music is very inviting (they had not installed the stained glass art of religious images on the fan windows yet on our first visit; this post is a combination of three visits). There are framed photos of the La Naval, old churches, and of St. Dominic or Sto. Domingo hence the cafe’s name ‘Inggo,’ on the walls. A bust relief of ‘Inggo’ also sits atop a wall seemingly watching over the place.
We sat on the corner where the image of The La Naval was placed. You can click on each photo below to see more of the interiors and decors to get a feel of the cafe’s ambiance. Here’s my Instagram link also which has a short video of the place: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYVCIwvnDpu/?taken-by=urmajestysire
Since we ate a very light breakfast to catch Sunday mass, we opted to have choices from their all-day breakfast favorites. I ordered the Pampanga Pork Tocino and Ate Fely ordered the Batac Longganisa. Each All-Day Breakfast Favorites meal is served with garlic rice, two eggs of choice, relish and coffee.
Cafe Inggo’s Pampanga Pork Tocino (Php200.00) – their tocino is flavored just right, fork-tender and generous in serving. Paired with warm garlic rice, eggs and relish made of tomatoes & onions and its breakfast that I would like to have even for dinner!
Cafe Inggo’s Batac Longganisa (Php200.00) – had a bite of their longganisa and its really delicious! Authentic Batac longganisa for breakfast or any time of the day right in the heart of Quezon City.
We met Chef Mabel Martinez who said they are still on their soft opening and due to launch formally on Sept. 08 in time for Mama Mary’s birthday. She told us that their ingredients are freshly and locally sourced from different parts of the country. Different food items are also available for take out like guyabano juice concentrate, banana bread, cookies and other pastries which always sell out fast. They will eventually add more on the menu such as grilled food and drinks such as frappes added Chef Mabel. But what got us more excited is their year-round puto bumbong and bibingka also set to launch on Sept.08.
As I said, this post is a compilation of three visits so here’s the 2nd visit.
Two days later was the feast of The Assumption of Mama Mary so Ate Fely and I dropped by Sto. Domingo Church first and planned to go to Assumption Church in Malate. But after two to three attempts, we couldn’t get a Grab ride. We thought maybe it was already late afternoon and decided to cancel going to Malate. We initially wanted to hoard este, buy banana bread, cookies and crinkles again but decided to have early dinner at Cafe Inggo. We ordered their ‘Sinigang na Bagnet’ and Spaghetti Meatsauce pasta.
Cafe Inggo’s Sinigang na Bagnet (Php280.00; good for 2 pax) – their version consists of melt-in-your-mouth pork ‘bagnet’ or pork belly with fresh vegetables in a rich tamarind sauce. I highly recommend this dish and do take your time, savor it with a cup (or two) of steamed rice.
Spaghetti Meatsauce (Php150.00) – who doesn’t like pasta right? Their version has generous meat chunks, al dente pasta coated with balanced tomato sauce flavor served topped with parmesan cheese with toasted bread on the side. Its great as a snack and a surefire hit with kids too.
Now on the third trip, after Sunday mass last Sept. 03, we tried their Ilocos Bagnet and Chicken Galantina.
Ilocos Bagnet – their version is crispy fried pork belly with a side of bagoong or shrimp paste with minced tomato and onion. Though fried, their bagnet is not oily and every bite is crispy-licious! Pairing it with shrimp paste is a good call because it enhances the flavor of the meat. Their shrimp paste is not salty, more like a combination of chunky tomato salsa and bagoong. Another dish I highly recommend to experience with a cup of steamed rice (or two).
Chicken Galantina – their version is served as sliced stuffed chicken in a creamy white sauce. The chicken slices are fork tender and packed with ingredients. I like their sauce which is a flavorful combination of cream, butter and mushrooms. Also best with a cup of steamed rice (or two).
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For snacks, sweet endings and take outs, here’s what they have:
Brewed Coffee – in my experience, there are only a handful of coffee shops in the metro nowadays which serves really good cups of brewed coffee and Cafe Inggo is on that list. They serve freshly brewed, aroma-rich, full blend (not watered down) cups of coffee with a side of biscotti. Suffice it to say that trooping there even if just for their brewed coffee is well-worth the trip. They also serve espresso, americano, macchiato, latte, capuccino and soon, frappes.
Puto Bumbong – as stated above, they aim to serve puto bumbong and bibingka all-year-round. At our recent visit, they were already testing their puto bumbong and bibingka corner. We were given puto bumbong servings to taste and the other table, bibingka. They had the consistency and flavor down pat plus I like it that they did not overdo topping it with the shredded coconut, sugar and toasted sesame seeds. Again, they will also debut this on their formal opening on Sept. 08.
We tried their Banana Bread, big cookies and crinkles for take out and we now know why it sells out soon as it is available. Will definitely try out their brownies and Nutella cups soon. You can click on each photo below to see the items up close.
So that’s it for my Cafe Inggo review and will add posts soon as I try more of their dishes. Do drop by with your family and friends after church or have some quiet ‘me’ time at Cafe Inggo located inside Sto. Domingo Church compound along Quezon Avenue.