TA-AS Café has two delicious reasons to make me come back. Maybe these two will be your next favorites too.
1. TA-AS BURGER (Php198)
After my first bite of TA-AS Burger, I was transported to a happy place. The patty was juicy, generous, and gave a different kind of flavor because of the herbs used that are not in usual burgers. Chef Chavy Romawak of TA-AS Café told me about the ingredients he used and I was surprised and enlightened that these could be used for patties. Sorry friends, I can’t tell you the secret ingredients.
A couple of bites more of this burger and it was the mozzarella cheese in the patty that greeted my palate with much delight.
The caramelized onions and the homemade garlic mayo perfectly complemented this treat.
Chef Chavy said the burger is made of 60% beef and 40% pork because he loves what pork fat does to grilled patties in terms of flavor.
On the side, I enjoyed the potato chips I dipped in their garlic mayo sauce. This also comes with a glass of iced tea.
TA-AS Burger is the signature burger of TA-AS Café.
2. PATOK NA MANOK (Php188)
If only bones were edible, no trace of Patok na Manok will be left on the plate. It’s that good. The flavors penetrated deep down and I felt like devouring the whole thing. But of course, I had to stop myself from consuming the chicken bones.
The chicken skin was glazed with honey; its meat was so alive with the lemongrass taste. It also had a subtle smoky taste. Chef Chavy said it’s because it was roasted on top of “kiniing” which is Cordillera’s own version of bacon. Cordillera is a region in Northern Philippines.
Patok na Manok comes with rice and pickled vegetables.
There are other food items in the menu you might want to try like the Pica Triangulo for appetizer that’s good for sharing, Yamang-Dagat for pasta-lovers, and Pyesta Pinoy Crepes for dessert.
TA-AS Café’s name is based on its location. Taas is a Filipino word that means up or above. The café is located on the second and third floor of the building.
Its menu plays with different Filipino words and even riddles to describe the food items. It was fun and interesting browsing through the menu. Jotay or Joseph Taylo said six persons deliberated on the menu and had a blast doing it. He’s the restaurant’s event planner and programmer.
The full name of the restaurant is TA-AS Café, its slogan is “Food + Art + Culture,” and its tagline is “Cultivating the Creative Community.” Jotay said food is art and eating is also a form of art. He wants their guests to celebrate the different flavors with every bite in a human and spiritual experience combined. He said artists of different disciplines often go here to dine and enjoy conversations. Bands also play here occasionally.
Address: 1 Masunurin Street (corner Anonas Extension), Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Tel. Nos.: (02) 261-1277 / 0915-3233284
Operating Hours: Tue-Sun 1pm-11:30pm
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