Tsoko.nut Batirol is one of those local cafes that wants to continue the tradition of serving good old chocolate drinks made from local cacao beans prepared the old school way. Dating back to the Spanish Colonial era, when the colonizers brought an exotic Central American drink called xocolatl to our country and encouraged our local farmers to plant and grow cacao trees. Back then, tsokolate ah was a status symbol for wealthy Spaniards and Filipinos.
The locals, with their ingenuity for always owning and creating their own version, created a watered-down version called the tsokolate ah which is lighter variant of the drink and means they can produce and share more. The original one is very thick and rich and can only be afforded by the well-off.
Besides serving the traditional chocolate drink and other chocolate and coffee-based drinks, Tsoko.Nut Batirol also prides itself with its line of cakes, pastries, breads and other dishes like rice meals and pastas. My fellow bloggers and I decided to get some of those drinks and cakes instead, like for snack only because we’re just waiting for another foodie meet up to start and we’re going to eat a couple of dishes actually. We all just need coffee to perk us up.
Kape Tisoy – the clever name that actually translates to Café Americano. It is a style of coffee prepared by brewing espresso with added hot water, giving it a similar strength to, but different flavor from drip coffee. It is plain straight coffee with which you can add creamer, milk or sugar.
Salted Kape Karamel – this was my order, I always drink cold coffee. I enjoy it better than the hot ones. The presentation was nice and the whip cream was milky and creamy. I’m not really into sweet coffee taste (I’m more of a mocha kind-of-person) but this sounded interesting so this is what I ordered. It was too sweet for me, it’s more like a caramel drink than a coffee drink, also I didn’t taste any of the saltiness not even a hint. It was ok though.
Brownie Cheesecake – true to it's name and yes, it's brownie and cheesecake layers. The cheesecake part tasted like the usual cheesecake. The brownie part was a bit dry for my liking. I like my brownies gooey and moist. This was ok.
Tsoko, Kreme N Mangoes – this is basically a dupe of Conti’s Mango Bravo Cake. But Tsoko.Nut version has doesn’t have the meringue layer of the latter. Though that is compensated by the layers of chocolate chiffon cake and more cashew nuts. Also, unlike the Mango Bravo, this version doesn’t require to be inside a ref most of the time. It doesn’t melt and gets soggy that quickly unlike the mango bravo, which is a good thing I think. The cream tasted good and the there is a good amount of mango cubes. We all agreed that we really like this cake and it’s a good choice because it’s crunchy, nutty, fruity, chocolatey and creamy. A must-order if you happen to find yourself in any Tsoko.Nut café.