Lynn and I just had lunch but when I saw Nueve Cafe‘s sign, I immediately knew that I needed to check them out despite being full as hell. It’s not often that you come across a restaurant that serves something truly different like, you know, crocodile meat. Nueve Cafe’s first branch is in the Wilcon Builder’s Depot in Alabang, and the one we visited is on the ground floor of Wilcon City Center along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. The crocodile meat is sourced from Tanay, Rizal.
While Nueve Cafe offers a variety of croc meals – from sandwiches to sisig – I decided to go for their Dundee Burger as it was the cheapest (Php90) and I really didn’t want to splurge on something I know absolutely nothing about.
Still, I have to admit that I haven’t been this excited about burger in a long time. What’s it gonna be like? Will I like it? Will I just puke it out? Who’s on top of the food chain now, crocodile?!
My order then came. I took my first bite. Then… chicken. Crocodile meat tastes like chicken. Only slightly blander. Which is quite good, actually, as I knew for certain that I wasn’t going to spew out anything afterwards.
Overall, the Dundee Burger is fairly good in my opinion. Very Filipino; the patty’s slathered with ketchup and mayonnaise and the burger has slices of cucumbers in it instead of pickles. But, ultimately, it’s nothing to write home about. Well, come to think of it, you did eat crocodile meat. Just focus on that.
We found the concept of serving crocodile-based dishes interesting, if a bit bold, since many people might shy away from eating crocodile. Fortunately, Nueve Cafe offers a whole lot more non-crocodile options and some tasty-looking desserts for the less adventurous.
We’ve noticed a steady decline in “beefiness” in McDonald’s burger patties, especially in the Quarter Pounder and the Big Mac, over the years and it is one of the reasons why Lynn and I don’t munch in McDonald’s as much these days. Well, that and the fact that there are now a ton of better burger joints around. Still, we come back from time to time probably just because we grew up eating McDonald’s and want to give it a chance to redeem itself, hoping things have improved. So, when we found out about the Big N’ Tasty, we decided to give it a try.
The Big N’ Tasty is McDonald’s answer to BK’s Whopper. To me, though, it’s like the love child of the Big Mac and the Quarter Pounder:
Yup, those two did some freaky things in the kitchen alright and that slice of tomato is really just their last-ditch effort to try to cover up the fruit of their unholy union. The patty tastes like that of the Quarter Pounder of old and the toppings taste exactly like that of the Big Mac. It’s not really a bad thing as there’s finally a clear option if you can’t decide whether you want a Quarter Pounder or a Big Mac; you get the best of both worlds!
While the Big N’ Tasty isn’t really a huge deviation from the established McDonald’s menu, it’s still a pretty welcome addition. Hey, at least there’s something new to choose in their menu. This is as good as it gets for fast food burgers.
I will be the first to say that there’s really nothing special about the pasta salad I made. It just contained a load of lettuce, arugula, a mixture of farfalle and whole wheat penne, tomatoes, olive oil, cheese, and blue cheese dressing. Pretty good stuff, and I look forward to trying out different pasta salad recipes soon.
The toast that accompanied the salad was inspired by the French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Portuguese Girl Cooks.
I sliced up a few pieces of whole wheat baguette and dabbed on some butter. I then cut up a small red onion, heated butter in a pan, tossed the onion in, then liberally doused it with red wine and beef broth. After cooking, I spooned the onion onto the bread and topped it with gruyere. The whole thing was toasted in the oven toaster for a few minutes, and out came some really pretty tasty toast.
Tj and I ate at Enchanted Farm Cafe last week right before watching The Avengers. We’ve been seeing it for a while, but it took us some time to make our way to the restaurant. It’s located in the new building housing the Human Nature flagship store. We liked what we saw inside: nice, cozy, and clean.
The shelves you’ll see on the right side upon entering the restaurant features a number of products for sale, including journals by Jacinto and Lirio. The shelves on the counter contain some fresh herbs and Café de Sug Sulu Coffee for sale as well. Further in, you’ll also see more information about Gawad Kalinga and their livelihood projects.
Not having eaten duck before, Tj wanted to have duck flakes for lunch, but the dish wasn’t available that day, so he went with two pieces of Hamlet pork patties with rice (P150). The pork is organic, and quite tasty too. I figured it would be nice if Enchanted Farm Cafe would make brown rice or red rice an option in the future.
I went with the Enchanted Burger (P150), which contained 80% veggies and 20% Hamlet pork.
I found it yummy and interesting as well. The burger tasted meaty enough to make me wonder why bits of the patty were green until I realized, “Oh yeah! Veggies.” What my burger lacked? Cheese. According to this picture, it should come with a hefty hunk of white cheese. I ordered some Enchantea for my drink, which tasted wonderfully of lemongrass.
We really liked how the place made an effort to be eco-friendly. The plastic utensils appeared to be the type that was made from corn, and the glass for the iced tea look like former Lady’s Choice mayonnaise bottles. We’re certainly looking forward to Enchanted Farm Cafe having a more expanded menu in the future.
Enchanted Farm Cafe
Address: Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines