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.