The last few weeks have seen me feeling bone-deep exhausted, to the point where I almost wanted to throw in the towel and give up my extracurricular blogging activities. If I had made any rash decisions at the height of that lethargy, it would have been a disaster. I’m glad I’m ultimately not a creature of impulse. Reminding myself of why I started this blog in the first place, I realized the solution to my problems is not giving up but treating myself to a break; and also maybe treating myself to a splurge meal at a place like Wildflour Cafe + Bakery.
Before this, the last time I ate at Wildflour was probably five years ago. Gosh it has been a while hasn’t it? Now they have a ton of branches! We paid a visit to their Salcedo branch, and the ambiance of this restaurant is not that different from what I remember from my last visit years ago. This branch is just a little darker than the BGC branch, but I love the open kitchen view here. The only thing that would’ve made it perfect is if I could watch some bread being made live.
Anyway, I am certain Wildflour doesn’t really need any more publicity from a small-time blogger like myself, but here we are lol.
My brother, who works near Wildflour’s Greenhills branch, has been hyping their coffees to me for a while now. Apparently he buys coffee from Wildflour nearly everyday, and their Vietnamese Latte (Php 150) came highly recommended. (I used my Zomato Gold to get a 2+2!) I asked for it to be iced and less sweet, and I received a delightfully creamy iced latte that allows the bitter notes of the coffee to filter through. Since I don’t tend to like sweet coffee, this was something I thoroughly enjoyed.
The first dish that arrived after the coffee was the Cuban Sandwich (Php 495). I am a big fan of sandwiches that pair meat with something tangy and pickled, so my tastebuds really enjoyed this one. I didn’t think I was going to be fond of the bread because it looks a little , but it holds everything in quite well.
The Kimchi Rice Beef Bowl (Php 590) is not as good as I remember. Back then there were beautiful strips of beef on top of the rice, plus a poached egg. This new version’s kimchi rice is tasty enough but it is not the best Kimchi Fried Rice I’ve ever had. The meat was a bit sparse, but then again you can eat this paired with their Roast Organic Chicken (Php 690). It’s well-cooked and well-seasoned, and then topped with gravy. It’s served atop a bed of potatoes, roasted veggies, and bacon. Frankly, a dish like this is hard to dislike!
The Braised Pork Belly Rice (Php 480) was one of my favorites. The rice was quite tasty, thanks largely to the sauce of the adobo permeating each bit of grain. The pork itself was juicy and soft. Not quite melt in your mouth but good enough. It manages to be somewhat modern but doesn’t deviate from the classic adobo rice taste. On the other hand, since I am a pasta lover, I was rightfully curious about the Malunggay Torchiette (Php 570). Every bite of the penne gives way to a creamy and delicious sauce that has managed to wheedle its way into the center. It’s an explosion of creamy, savory, cheesy textures, made even better by the bits of sausage.
Ordering their Strawberry Cake Slice (Php 255) meant ending the meal with something pretty and sweet, literally. I am a sucker for pretty cake layers like this! While the cake and cream were both fluffy, I found the cake a little too sweet to my liking. I was done after having three bites. I do appreciate the presence of real strawberries though.
It’s not hard to see why Wildflour has always been popular all these years. For the serving size, their menu items are a bit on the expensive side; but I suppose it makes sense if nearly everything they serve is made in-house. That’s gourmet for you. Can you imagine the scope of the daily preparations this restaurant has to make considering they also have a bakery? The fact that they can maintain the same level of quality day in and day out is impressive to me. I’m pretty sure a lot of their patrons recognize that too, considering tons of people come to Wildflour for the good food and the good ambiance even if they do have to shell out a bit more to do so.
Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
Ground Floor, V Corporate Center,
125 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 6AM to 11PM / Sundays 8AM to 4PM
Contact No.: (02) 808 7072
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