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Cafe Inggo: Food for the senses and for the soul

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 breakfast all day meal

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 breakfast all day meal

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

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.

Cafe Inggo’s Spaghetti Meatsauce pasta

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.

Cafe Inggo’s Ilocos Bagnet

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).

Cafe Inggo’s Chicken Galantina

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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MAGINHAWA STRIP: Maginhawa Street Food festival 2015

 

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Missed going to Maginhawa Street Food Festival last year but I gathered most food stalls ran out of supply early on, traffic parking was terrible – long story short, there were bloopers. Nevertheless, wish I went anyway.

Was not really planning to go this year because I’ve Saturday morning tasks which usually ends after lunch (updates, stats and all). My cousin Ate Fely and I decided to go after 3PM for a quick look and agreed if it was too crowded and if it seems like the trip home might be difficult, then we’d back out. Turns out, the stalls/booths are still stacking up, the traffic flow was bearable because the Quezon City local government had enforcers working with barangay officials and there were even street sweepers to keep the strip clean.

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After scouting a bit of the area (we started at U.P. Village) and watching the Bingo game, we munched on some chicken and squid balls. Would have wanted to munch more ‘goodness-on-sticks’  but its a food festival so paced the eating action.

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A few steps down the strip I saw Sancho’s sign and was bent on trying their famous churros. There was a long line but the turn over was quick and tasting the product, it was worth the wait! The churros was tasty even if you don’t dunk with come chocolate dip. To me that means the batter enough is top quality, the main or base of good churros.

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Baker Panda is a newbie in the sweets/dessert department. We almost just passed by their booth but the packaging struck me as very festive for holiday gifts so backed up to buy. The ‘free taste’ available was apple bars, not much of an apple flavor fan but went for it. Glad I did because literally raved right then and there because it was delicious! The apple flavor was not overbearing, soft and chewy – great to heat and eat ala mode! The pack available then was a combination of brownies and apple bars; they also have lemon bars.

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Gerry’s Jeepney is a must visit at Maginhawa Strip. side from the cool concept, they have delicious and affordable food with very accommodating staff. They have a ‘Puto Bumbong’ at ‘Bibingka’ stall outside this month also for a bit of Filipino Christmas food delight.

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There were a lot of food for the adventurous and sweet tooth also. New (to me) were Lava Nitrogen Ice Cream and Simply Crepes booths.

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There are food hubs which in Maginhawa Strip also that boasts of a diverse fare like StrEAT Food Park and Maginhawa 101 that have foodies rave as must visit and must try.

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Went home with a Baymax balloon which was the popular pick along with Hello Kitty. So, that’s our Maginhawa Food, Music and Fashion Festival quick trip experience. Will definitely go back to experience more of the restaurants in their regular setting.