GRAND OPENING SOON: Chinampa Taqueria in Tagaytay by Eco Hotel

Eco Hotel is excited to announce the opening of its third restaurant venture, Chinampa Taqueria. The green hotel chain has recently been trying its luck in the food industry, with this Mexican restaurant as its latest brainchild. The food outlet is set to open on October 31st, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Cabins by Eco Hotel, Tagaytay.

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Hwangso-Ga: A Korean Buffet Restaurant in Manila

Korean culture has been making a craze in the country especially with television shows/drama (Kdrama) and music (Kpop) for quite a time now. They also invaded the tastebuds of the Filipinos when it comes to Korean delicacies. There is Kimchi, Bulgogi, and of course Samgyeopsal.

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Noypi Lifestyle’s Top 5 Serenitea Drinks

I can’t deny the fact that I’m a huge fan of milk teas. And I guess, almost all Asians love to have a sip of this refreshing drink. You can see milk tea shops almost everywhere, but for me, there can only be a few stores that offer the best milk tea in the country. And one of which is the famous, Serenitea.

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Filling Station Bar Cafe: 1950s Diner in Makati

It was roughly a year ago when a 50’s-inspired diner in Makati city went viral in different social media platforms and blog reviews. I was really curious about the place because of the vintage vibe especially during at night when the neon lights are turned on.

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Cobalabamba: A Taste of Mexico

I can’t deny the fact that Mexican food will always be one of the top choices when it comes to the best food in the world. Just like what CNN posted in an article entitled “Which country has the best food?” Mexico is in the 9th spot. Needless to say, Mexican cuisines are indeed delicious because the taste and aroma of these Central-American food are so distinct.

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Kandle Cafe: Dining in a Peaceful Place

Just located along the street of 113 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City, Kandle Cafe is hidden in a greenery and simple old brick wall that will make you feel at home upon entering the restaurant.

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THE KANDLE CAFE

Kandle Cafe offers different cuisines from appetizers to desserts which will make your gastronomic journey complete. The outlet also shares rustic interiors and good ambiance upon dining– furnitures and decorations are instagram-ready whenever you want to take snaps of yourself and the restaurant.

Unlike other cafes, Kandle Cafe has this peaceful vibe even the outlet is being swarmed by diners especially during weekends. The restaurant also got enough seats for all the guests whether you’re a couple or in a group.

The plants and trees all over the outlet are the ones that are making your time dining in Kandle Cafe more relaxing and refreshing. The greens loosen up your stress from a tiring day of work or other personal concerns.

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There is also a dessert corner that is displayed when you enter the restaurant. This area invites your sweet tooth to order them after a good meal at Kandle Cafe.

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THE KANDLE FOOD

Well of course, this is not just about the setup of the cafe but it’s also about their special cuisines on the menu.

So, we ordered Pomelo and Shrimp Salad (Php 340), Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy (Php 310), Beef Sirloin (Php 270), and Carrot Bar (Php 100).

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Pomelo and Shrimp Salad

All fresh and healthy if you opt to order healthier food in the cafe, likewise, ordering Pomelo and Shrimp Salad is the best diet for all the diners in Kandle Cafe as this recipe gives a perfect tanginess. Obviously, there’s a generous amount of shrimp and greens on the salad. And to add up, the candied walnuts give a different texture to the mix.

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Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta

One of the famous dishes of Kandle Cafe is the Mr. Egoy and Ms Eggy Pasta. Though different from a normal color, the squid-ink pasta is flawlessly mixed with cream sauce and cheese topped with perfectly poached egg. And to give that full blown taste, the pasta is sprinkled with crispy bacon bits.

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Beef Sirloin

Sizzling and hot– that’s how the Beef Sirloin is done in Kandle Cafe. Served in a sizzling plate with grilled veggies, the beef sirloin recipe will surely make you drool for a couple of minutes as its aroma from smoke adds desire to your appetite.

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Carrot Bar

And to cap the meal, a healthy Carrot Bar is ideal for all the customers. This dessert gives you a light taste that is not too sweet and will not make you guilty after dining in Kandle Cafe.

FOOD QUALITY

All food that we’ve ordered are just perfect for our taste, not too salty nor bland, not too sweet as well for the dessert (For me, the recipe for each dish is well-thought of). You can sit and just wait for your food and expect it to be just right for your tastebuds, and yes, it really is. Though the bread in Mr.Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta is a bit tough, the overall experience with Kandle’s food is excellent. I’ll give it a 4/5.

SERVICE QUALITY

Service wise, all the staff from the cashiers to the waiters were all attentive. Since the area is full of trees and plants, we can expect that there are mosquitoes in the restaurant. And when a staff saw us dining outside the outlet, he immediately put an outdoor insect repeller.

On the other hand, food service was just right. We didn’t wait a long time for our orders to be served. And if not mistaken, I passed by the owner of the restaurant and he smiled at us when we entered the cafe.

Lastly, this cafe is pet-friendly! My animal-advocate heart is so happy knowing that this cafe allows pets in the restaurant. So it’s a 5/5 for the service.

FACILITY QUALITY

If there’s one thing that I also appreciate in Kandle Cafe, that is their design. The refreshing feel from the outside going to the interior design makes you want to stay longer in the restaurant.  The peaceful vibes and the homey atmosphere of the cafe are also added points. With these things, it’s a 4/5.

PRICE QUALITY

Price list is just fair as everything I tasted is worth paying for. The food were great, service and facilities too are nice, maybe that’s why I call it a fair pricing. When we dined in Kandle Cafe and tasted their food, we didn’t mind how much we paid or whatnot. As long as we enjoyed their food and the ambiance, then price will just remain a price. It’s more on experiencing the bests of a certain restaurant and its offerings to the customers. So it’s a 3.5/5.

Overall, the hidden gem in Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City is a perfect spot for people who are looking for a good food, nice service, and peaceful place. The feeling of creating memories with the people you love and spending it in Kandle Cafe will make it more special.

Kandle Cafe is open from Monday to Sunday 11:00 am until 11:00 pm. They serve lunch and dinner while you can also order pastries and coffee. For more info and updates about the cafe, you can check their social media pages, facebook and instagram.