June 16, 2019

All Day Brunching at Sunnies Café - SM Megamall

Brunch has become a thing nowadays. But did you know that it is not the millennials who invented the term or that way of eating? Actually, brunch originated in England in the late 19th century and became popular in the United States in the 1930s. Brunch is a portmanteau word for breakfast plus lunch and is eaten usually during the late morning to early afternoon, generally served from 10am up to 2pm, and regularly has some form of alcoholic drink, most usually champagne or a cocktail, served with it.

And of course, the Philippines isn't spared from this so-called phenomenon. You would find a lot of establishments in and around the metro serving brunch. One of the pioneers of brunch restaurants in Manila is Sunnies Café. Sunnies Cafe is where good food and good mood meet. Brunch to dinner, coffee to cocktails.

This restaurant was inspired by the owners’ preferred bars and brunch spots from their travels, Sunnies Café is the go-to neighborhood hangout for people who enjoy comfort food and signature drinks from day to night. This hip brunch spot caters to millennials and to the Gen Z’s. But of course, Sunnies could not adhere just to that “brunch” time slot, thus they are offering their menu all day.

To be honest, even if I have known about Sunnies Café for a couple of years now, I was kinda hesitant to dine there because most of the people I know who have tried it says the food is just so-so. But you see, taste is subjective, and I actually enjoyed the food that we tried at Sunnies Café.

Although Sunnies has been operating for awhile now, it was only my first time to dine there after me and my friends went to see a Game of Thrones related event in SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink. I don’t know why we chose to dine there, perhaps somebody suggested it and everyone was already famished and so we all agreed. We ordered the following:

Chicken and Pancakes - country-style boneless fried chicken, bacon and thyme pancakes, sunny side up egg, maple syrup

Truffle Pasta - spaghetti, grana padano cheese, egg yolk, truffle, parmesan cheese

Baked Rigatoni and Meatballs - rigatoni, meatball, bacon tomato pesto cream

Umami Surf and Turf Bowl - pan seared salmon and sous vide hanger steak in unagi sauce, scallion brown rice, homemade pickles

Sunnies Pork Bowl - crispy glazed pork belly, soy egg, scallion brown rice, homemade pickles

Beef Kimchi Egg Bowl - US beef bulgogi, sous vide egg, kimchi fried rice, homemade pickles

Creamy Caramelized Spam Bowl - caramelized spam, scrambled egg, caramelized onion, sriracha aioli, scallion brown rice

The Chicken and Pancakes were terrific! I loved the buttermilk fried chicken with that crispy skin. The pancakes though tasted more like bibingka than fluffy pancakes. The truffle pasta was divine, but I’m guessing the flavor came from the truffle oil more than real truffles. I enjoyed the Baked Rigatoni and Meatballs basically because I love rigatoni. I find them amusing because they looked like fat and oversized macaronis hahaha!

I ordered the Umami Surf and Turf Bowl for myself and seriously appreciate every spoonful of everything in mouth. The Creamy Caramelized Spam Bowl and Sunnies Pork Bowl were ok. The spiciness of the rice in the Beef Kimchi Egg Bowl was quite spicy for my liking though.

Overall, I enjoyed my time with my friends at Sunnies Café. Not only that I finally able to try their food, I was also able to catch up and bond with my friends over things that we are all passionate about.

2F Bridgeway, SM Megamall,
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Contact Nos: 02 7181862 
Email: hello@sunniescafe.com

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

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