July 19, 2019

Burrow Café: Underground Hidden Haven at Antipolo Beehouse

Everywhere you look, people these days are stressed out. I don’t know if it’s because life has become fast-paced, or we just tend to over worked ourselves to reach our goals or earn more or perhaps we just continue to be so hard on ourselves. For whatever the reason is, it’s not really hard to take some time to pause. And what’s one of the option is to get close to nature.

Psychologists for years have conducted studies that believe there is healing power in nature. Bolstered by research, green spaces are known to be good for our health, our well-being, and even our relationships. It can be that we experience some kind of awe, that sense of being in the presence of something greater than ourselves that fills us with wonder. Or it can be as scientific as the color green impacts our moods and emotions which gives us a refreshing, tranquil and restful feelings.

In the past weeks, I’ve been having some unnerving feeling, most likely due to pressure of work and some life choices that I have to come to a decision on immediately.  Good thing my weekends are now strictly for rest and recreation and that my foodie friends and I have decided to finally visit Burrow Café in Antipolo – which is a restaurant completely surrounded by nature.

Burrow Café is a hidden haven located adjacent to the Antipolo Beehouse. First and foremost you have to make a reservation to be able to visit the place so as to control the crowd and keep it serene. Walking in without a reservation might not guarantee you a table.

You have to go down 76 steps down from the gate with a separate entrance that goes underground or you can take the steep ramp instead. Both options can be tiring but the nature that surrounds you can help put you at ease. You will land down a garden that will lead you down to restaurant itself, but you have to go down 19 more steps to get there. But I promise you, it’s worth it, as it’s like you’re in a dream sequence and a different place altogether.

Burrow Café is owned and designed by Vitty Gutierrez, an engineer with a career in the mining industry. They initially planned to build an indoor swimming pool on the property but after  getting a lot of clients for thir Antipolo Beehouse for prenuptial shoots and other intimate events, they decided to build Burrow Café as a place where people can meet up, dine, hold events, and relax.

True enough, when you enter the restaurant, it will give you nothing but a very relaxing vibe. Below the garden landing is a lush and beautifully decorated space with large panel windows showcasing the surrounding forest. Before you get seated to your assigned table, you can stay at their waiting area and sit on one of the colorful hammocks or admire the artworks on the wall or check out the items on the rack that are for sale.

Burrow Café has a fully operable kitchen with a regular breakfast and lunch menu and set hours. The cafe hosts bi-monthly dinners (by reservation) for occasions and hallmark events. Their menu are placed inside vintage-looking books and contains only a few entries, which to me is good since it won’t overwhelm you. Btw, their menu changes once in a while that's why they just put them as inserts in those books. Below are the following dishes that we tried:

Spiced Crusted Catfish Taco – battered catfish, chopped veggies, cream sauce on soft corn tacos. The fish was crispy on the outside, well-seasoned inside. The cream sauce brings it all together. It was a pretty tasty fish dish wrapped in a soft tortilla.

Tender Beef Tapa  – spiced and cured beef, fried rice, pickled papaya, veggies and eggs. I’m not sure if the beef is Angus, I can’t remember but the meat, since they are cut in strips, are easier to chew and more tender. You can choose how your eggs is served, sunny side up, scrambled or poached.

14-Day Corned Beef Brisket – dry-cured brined beef brisket, potato hashes, scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes and mayo dip. First off this is a huge serving, I even shared it with my friends yet I still had a hard time finishing it all. The beef brisket was a gorgeous corned beef with rich flavor, but it’s a little bit dry.  I still like it though.

Lechon and Gising-Gising Rice Bowl –  lechon kawali cutlets, grilled tomato, winged beans gising gising and white steamed rice. This is actually the best of all the dishes that we tried. The pork had a very crispy skin that resembled the texture of a chicharon. The gising gising lacked the sauce that I'm used to with other gising gising but very tasty and had a little spicy kick.

Curried Chicken Rice Bowl – chciken cutlets in curry sauce, grilled tomato, baby corns, veggies and steamed white rice. The curry flavor is on the subtler side, still quite savory. The serving for their rice bowls is quite large, IMO, that you can even share some of it with others.

Fish and Chips – battered fish, sweet potato wedge fries, mustard dip and salad. I'm not sure what fish they used for it but I'm guessing it tasted in the line of milk fish or blue marlin and it was quite good.

When we were there it was a bit drizzling, but that added some more dramatic atmosphere to this lovely restaurant. When we were there it was a bit drizzling, but that added some more dramatic atmosphere to this lovely restaurant. Had it not been raining, it would have been lovelier since the large glass walls will let in a lot of natural light.

We even went down to the stream below where you can pick up trash carried by current. It was really an experience close to nature, I mean there’s even a stream just a few steps away. We stayed for like an hour or so, but that gave me quite some relief and I felt relaxed, seriously.

The food is just ok, nothing spectacular but the ambiance and location makes up for that. Most people that go there are group of friends and family, but I’m telling you it’s quite a romantic place too; so even if it’s just you and your SO plan to visit, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy.

If you are interested in hosting a private event here, the Burrow is a versatile space and can accommodate gatherings of up to 50 to 60 people. The have partner vendors who can provide all of the trimmings from dinnerware to flower arrangements. Also, it’s Waze-able and is just along the main road. They are open from Wednesday to Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00pm and Friday to Sunday 7:00 am to 4:00pm. They are closed during Monday and Tuesday.

113 Beverly Hills Drive,
Beverly Hills Subdivision, Dolores, Taytay
Contact Nos: +63 9176229795
Email: burrowcafeph@gmail.com
Website: https://www.antipolobeehouse.com/burrow-cafe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burrowcafe.ph/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/burrowcafe.ph/

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

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