Caffé Avenida: Bringing Back the Past – Brewing the Present

First out in this café premises in Lanang near Insular Village was Jose Rafael Fine Coffee, after that Tazza di Bonta and now, Caffé Avenida.  The first two establishments were among my favorites, and now the new owners are some of my former classmates, Yangyang, Lala, Ivy, Dada, Cristina. Of course, I got very curious when I learned about it. Are they able to keep up the high standards from their predecessors?

Most of my college classmates and I were able to have our first mini-reunion for 2016 there some weeks ago and my favorite chicken salpicao and quesadilla are surprisingly still on the menu. The link to the past is well taken care of and I felt immediately at home.

Hot tea, Chicken Salpicao, Quesadilla

 

I ordered their lemonade while chatting with Yangyang who was on duty. The cold traditional drink was surprisingly refreshing with no taste of chemical powder, and another classmate Vanessa joined me.

 

We talked and laughed for some time while munching some carrot cake in a jar and enjoying Caffé Avenida´s caffé latte.  After a while, two other former classmates arrived, Jay and Ecing, who reminisced the old days on the coffee shop’s cozy sofa.

Feeling at home while talking about Jay’s celebrity status (facepalm! haha)

 

Eventually, from just four of us, the numbers increased…

From left: Dada, Jay, me, Cheng, Melai, Ecing, Van, Kristeen, Yangyang, Lala, Tina, Ivy, and Bren

 

We had a nice chat, an open forum, and a lot of jokes. However, it would have been better if the whole class attended the meet-up. Anyway, the best consolations for the others’ absence were the treats and well-blended drinks. I expected the offering to be a little hodgepodge of commercialized taste, but I was pleasantly surprised for it was tasting excellently home-made. I prefer home-cooked-tasting-meals because I believe that is how true chefs express love for their work, using the finest ingredients.

 

Here are just some of the dishes and drinks:

Creamy Carbonara, Bacon Cheese Bombs, Non-pork Palabok

 

Cheesy Salami Toastillas, Herbed Chicken and Yangyang´s experimental dish (TRIVIA: ask her for its name haha)
Cheesy Salami Toastillas, Herbed Chicken and Yangyang´s experimental dish (TRIVIA: ask her for its name haha)

 

Caffe Avenida Cupcakes, Paris Cupcakes, Oreo Cheesecake, Chocolate Moist Cake Single
Caffe Avenida Cupcakes, Paris Cupcakes, Oreo Cheesecake, Chocolate Moist Cake Single

 

Teas and Frappuccinos…
Teas and Frappuccinos…

 

Caffé Avenida is a place with a lot to offer whether you want to contemplate the past or concentrate on the present in pleasant surroundings while having access to free WIFI and an array of delights.

 

 

 

 

2 Replies to “Caffé Avenida: Bringing Back the Past – Brewing the Present”

  1. It’s sometimes nice to get together party like this kind of place.. that would feel homely and free to do what we want as home like..
    Nice place and thanks for sharing.

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