With the rainy season upon us, it would take a compelling reason to get out of bed (or a warm, dry office) to go look for breakfast fare. That’s exactly what your happyfoodies did, visiting the walled city of Intramuros on a rainy weekday morning maybe not much out of curiosity to ogle at the historic sites but more out of a compulsion to try something beside the usual fastfood variety breakfast.
Lagal[og] said: Tucked along Calle Real in Intramuros, Kuatro Kantos Café is a quiet place to spend an unhurried breakfast. Nevermind that they opted to call this a bar (hence the name which is the slang for gin that comes in a four cornered bottle), it is a rather cozy café in the mornings. It’s a good stopover for people wandering the walled city on a DIY historical walking tour.
Ironwulf said: It’s breakfast and I usually start it with a serving of nice hot chocolate. So I ordered Spanish Tsokolate along with their Grilled Ensaymada with Hamon Serrano. The chocolate is thick and smooth but could be richer. The Grilled Ensaymada has the right fluffiness and texture. The strips of hamon and cheese on top make for the distinct flavor of this ensaymada.
Lagal[og] said: With the inclement weather, ordering a steaming cup of brewed coffee becomes the first order of the day. That goes along with the Pan De Sal Trio, basically three pan de sal pieces with three kinds of filling – Spanish sardines, Quesong Puti (native white cheese) and corned beef. I found the trio just okay. I love Spanish sardines which is why I gravitated to it more than the other two. I’m a bit mystified by the side dish of macaroni salad which appeared to be more voluminous and filling than all three pan de sals combined. I think the best item we ordered was the Sirloin Tapa.
Ironwulf said: So how many variations of Sirloin Tapa can you really do? But the tapa here in Kuatro Kantos does stand out. Its tender meat has that hint of grilled flavor. And it isn’t as dry as other tapas I’ve tasted. Definitely above the ordinary.
744 Calle Real, Intramuros, Metro Manila
Tel. 527.2345 • Open from 8am to 7pm