Cuaderno is a Fil-Mex cafe located in Taft area. To be specific, it is near Hotel Benilde. This is the first installment of our food adventure there!
Located at an area beside the illustrious Hotel Benilde, it has grown a versatile tasteful cuisine sensation that encompasses flavors, cultures and traditions from Filipino and Mexican heritage. Experiencing it first hand was really a great experience!
The owner is Chef Marvin. He is a graduate of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde and also the one who made the menu.
The first time I heard of this is through my hotelier friends. They discovered it while walking around Taft. Luckily, Nicole who is a bibliophile recommended it to me.
I browsed their social accounts before going to the cafe itself. I fell in love with its interiors. From the murals to the table tops, everything is pretty!
The cafe houses a lot of books spanning from various genres and kinds. From novels to scholarly books, you can borrow the books and read it. Just remember to put it back when you’re about to leave.
What I love about the place is that it is homey. It’s a great place to catch up with your long lost pals or just have some me time. Truly, a cozy cafe that could take away your stress while you’re there.
For some, there may have been a lot of cafes lurking in Taft. However, this has been the one that caught my attention for the longest time.
As you may not know, some cafes have writings on their tables as well. But the writings may contain gross things or perverted thoughts. Others just contain hugots or pick up lines. Although it’s written in a not so artsy way.
Truly, it’s a home for bibliophiles and people who simply admires art.
While I had a free time, I visited the café to actually see and experience it for myself. I have been eating bits of Mexican cuisine. Burritos and nachos are my fave from this cuisine.
By visiting Gregory Park, I enjoy eating burritos and nachos.
First food: Mexican Braised Ribs
This is an original recipe by Chef Marvin of Cuaderno. It may sound similar to braised beef or baby back ribs.
The way that it was cooked was so delicious that the meat is not that hard. It’s just right.
What I love about this dish is that the spiciness it has is impeccable! I honestly would say that no words can really describe it. You should really have to taste it!
Afterwards, you get to experience the lusciousness of Filipino and Mexican cuisine.
You can enjoy this for Php 180 (or $ 3.62).
Second Food: Nacho Grande
What do you say to someone who tries to eat your food?
Hey, it’s nacho cheese.
Did you get it? I just hope you did.
What is so interesting about this is that it has super crispy chips! Other than that, its chips are of two vibrant colors that would surely give you some cheery vibes!
The ground meat tastes well along with the cheese. I am not that very much fan of cheese but I seemed to pretty like it with the nachos. I pretty much don’t know about how it is being cooked or made. But what I know is that the chips are really fresh and crisp when served to customers.
Isn’t that amazing? This is really a great appetizer especially if you’ll stay and catch up with your friends.
You can enjoy a serving of their Nacho Grande for Php 140 ($ 2.82).
Third Food: Toastadilla Rolls (Ham and Cheese)
Rolls that have crispy exterior and sumptuous filling.
Eating it reminds me of burritos that may seem hard to eat. Well, depending on where you are buying one from. Some make it so wide that you are puzzled on how to eat it.
This on the other hand is quite easy to eat. One piece could easily fit in my mouth without any hardships. It is accompanied with chips similar to the nachos. Even without the dip, it’s yummy. With the salsa dip, it tastes better!
Just in case you would want to order, it costs Php 129 ($ 2.59).
I would definitely recommend this to you!
- The food served is of original creations by Chef Marvin.
- Price wise, it may be a bit expensive for some. But for me, the price is worth it. You get to taste unique flavors when you dine.
- For the bookworms and bibliophiles, this is a safe haven for you! You can bring your books or borrow from their shelves and read.
- Those who have extra books at home, you may donate it. They have a box in collaboration with a foundation that gives books to places who do not have easy access to it.
- To art enthusiasts out there, you will definitely love this place. It has decorations and murals that will surely lighten up your mood.
Disclaimer: I was invited by the owner to try out their best sellers. All photos and opinion are mine.
So what do you think about Cuaderno?