Frank X Dean: Coffee, Chicken, Pizza and SpeakEasy
Fried Chicken, Coffee and Pizza are the things Frank x Dean is known for. But there’s more to this café than meets the eye. Though it opened last July 2014, Frank x Dean is a fairly new place in the BGC Burgos Circle area. Its location is both a blessing and a setback.
A setbackbecause it’s hard to spot since it’s tucked away in a not so busy area of BGC that you need to look up its location first before you can find it. It’s a blessing because if you want a cozy and quiet place to have coffee, breakfast and a somewhere you can do your work outside an office setting, especially in the morning, Frank and Dean is one of the best places in BGC where you can do that.
Frank and Dean got its name from combining the names of two music icons: Frank Sinatra and Martin Dean. The place has two levels; each is very distinct from one another. The first floor has very hipster interiors with industrial touches – which also serves as the main resto-café offering coffee, all-day breakfast, American Southern comfort food and pizza.
I have a thing for places that are hipster-ish; I really don’t know but I may have the hipster vibe in my spirit though I don’t live or dress as such. Either way, I really find the first level as a very cozy place to dine and grab some coffee. Oh, btw, they have free Wi-Fi, just in case you need to check your emails and do some business while you enjoy your coffee and food. The staff are also very helpful, my phone was about to die, and I asked if i can use one of their power sockets. To my surprise, they went out of their way and brought me an extension power cord so that I can charge my phone at the comfort of our table.
Before I tell you guys about the second level, let me first share with you some of the menu entries that I got to try at Frank x Dean when I got invited as a Zomato foodie:
2 Piece Southern Chicken With Waffles
4 Pieces For The Middle
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Frank x Dean's Fresh Basic Brew: cold and hot
Old Fashion Donuts
The breading of the chicken was crunchy; it wasn’t greasy and had the right amount of spiciness to it. The waffles, the gravy, the maple syrup were ok. The pizzas had the right thickness for the crust, with understandable amount of greasiness and very flavorful. Make sure though that you consume them ASAP, they’re best eaten when they’re still hot or warm.
Frank x Dean prides itself with their coffee which is from this brand called Yardstick. We got to try the Fresh Basic Brew in its hot and cold version. Drinking it alone without milk and sugar syrup was too much for me, I love my coffee sweet, so I asked for them flavorings. And the coffee, well at least for me, tasted better. They also served it with their mini fresh old fashioned donuts, which is a promotion I think.
By the way, you can also find some pastries and other sweet things displayed at the bar or you can ask one of the staff of what’s available.
So now, let’s go to the second level of Frank x Dean. It is a different world altogether from what we have seen at the ground floor. The second level is I guess where all the fun happens hahahaha! There’s a bar there and an al fresco area which is usually opens at night time. And there’s this secret lounge called Old Telephone Company.
The red door will lead you to a bunch of vintage telephone booths. Then if you’re lucky you might accidentally lean on and open a door that leads you to this “room” – a Speak Easy looking lounge bar, reminiscent of an old-world one where mafia lords would usually hang out.
It usually opens at night until the wee hours of the morning with a DJ playing music and such. But not everyone can get inside. Yes! All the feels like that of the Prohibition era in the U.S.! You have to have a reservation. Each table cost to some amount of money but it’s consumable. You can also rent the entire Old Telephone Company bar (still the price is consumable) and throw a vintage theme party and drink to your heart’s content and live like a gangster.
I haven’t seen anything like it in Metro Manila, and being a fan of the 1920s were I believe I once lived as a flapper girl, and I was completely blown away and got super excited. But since we visited on lunch time, we were not able to experience its magic. So I vouched to return one of these days when it’s alive. Find myself at the bar, dressed up all fancy and drinking Jameson or Moonshine shots. Meet me there, but please don’t tell anyone… LOL!
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