December 23, 2018

Pre-Christmas Tita Brunch at Museum Cafe x Kabila

Just this weekend I met up with my foodie friends Gel (@beingjellybeans) and Bunny (@_bunny_sa) for a tita brunch and some pampering just before the holidays hit us. We actually just planned to get some facials at Bench Skin Expert but days before that I won a Museum Cafe gift certificate from another foodie friend AC (@thefoodieinac).

Since both places are in the Ayala Center area, we decided to meet earlier than agreed on so that we can have lunch before our treatments. Also, Gel and Bunny have Zomato Gold memberships that we can use at Museum Cafe and Kabila so we also took advantage of that and had a mini-FMU (foodie meetup). 

Museum Cafe and Kabila are restaurants by the Rain Tree Group which occupies the same space at the ground floor of the Ayala Museum in Greenbelt 4. Museum Cafe offers International dishes. The Museum Café glows through the double-height glass windows, offering passersby a hint of the excitement inside. It offers a modern twist to Asian cuisine featuring variations of Szechuan Style Crab + Pork Tofu Skins, Smoked Bangus Salad and Miso Gindara.

On the other hand, Kabila offers Filipino food where the menu harmoniously puts together local favorites that are good for pairing and sharing - just how Filipino families like it. Expect nothing less than a selection that is straightforward, locally sourced and outright Filipino. The place is very will lit and filled with sleek yet native furniture and decors. The main attraction of the restaurant perhaps are the different sizes of rattan light fixtures dropping from the ceiling.

We ordered 4 dishes from Kabila and 2 from Museum Café but since we have Zomato Gold memberships, we got 2 of those dishes for free. Here are what we ordered:

Fresh Lumpia sa Kabila - fresh ubod, shrimp and pork mince, sweet garlic sauce, fresh garlic and ground peanut sugar. I love this lumpiang sariwa from Kabila. It looks so fancy with its geometric wrapper. It taste good too as it appears to me that they cooked the lumpiang ubod.

Sunday Pochero - beef shank, chorizo, garbanzos, cabbage, fried saba, eggplant and tomato salad. Very generous serving with very tender beef. But this is not the pochero taste that I like. For me this was lacking the bold tomato taste.

Batchoy Noodle Soup - topped with bone marrow, pork bagnet, liver, egg, bokchoy and crispy garlic. This was definitely a heart-warming dish and really taste like the authentic ones.

Dinakdakan - Grilled Pork Belly and Pig’s Ear with calamansi, vinegar, onion, sili and mayonnaise. So far this was our favorite dish at Kabila. The meat were smokey and the flavors were bold. I just wish that the  serving is bigger.

Classic Margherita Pizza - thin crust pizza topped with tomato slices, cheese and basil leaves. This was from Museum Café’s menu. Probably one of my fave pizza flavors because  it is simple. Love the play of sweet, sour and salty flavors.

 Mango Sticky Rice - fresh ripe mango, chilled coconut cream, spread of ube and burnt coconut. I never met a mango sticky rice that I didn’t like. Even though the mango wasn’t as sweet as I prefer it to be, this was still a treat to eat, I mean, like always.

Service was great and I’m surprised that our food was served quite faster than I was expecting, even though the place was packed. It’s nice that we got to do a brunch that is far from the usual FMU that we do. But nonetheless, still a very enjoyable one. We got to catch up and talk about other #titasofmanila kind of stuff. 

G/F Ayala Museum Complex, Makati Avenue 
corner Dela Rosa St., Makati City
Contact Nos: +632-757-3000 or +632-757-6000

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Kabila Filipino Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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