June 9, 2020

The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery - U.P. Town Center

In the past years, we have been witnessed to the rise of the hipster culture brought about by millennials. Hipster is defined as a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. And being a millennial myself, I totally enjoy everything about the said culture, most specially the style, the fashion, and aesthetics. 

Moreover, I also love places where the architecture or interior design embodies a hipster style. I’ve been to many, and most of those places happens to be cafes or coffee shops. Do you still remember when cafes were just places where you stop for food and drinks? They used to have simple decor, functional interior and of course modestly plated food that served its’ purpose.

With the popularity of hipster culture, there has been a shift of focus towards the aesthetics of a cafe’s outlook to attract its millennial clienteles. One that I really enjoyed was Fat Seed in U.P. Town Center. It’s one of the Metro’s hipster café. Why do I say that? 

So, where do I start? Long wooden communal tables, memorabilia and random mismatched furniture, Edison lights. Not yet convinced? Artwork by unknown artists, it’s dark and gloomy, some black and white or sepia tone photographs, it’s retro and funky route. Fat Seed offers milkshakes, salads, soups, benedicts, brunch, burgers, fried chicken, grilled cheese, pasta. The good old easy meals and some innovative ones thrown in there too. But they are proud of their coffee and hand grind/roast their own coffee beans and their signature mocktails and juices.

We tried Fat Seed’s Ube Waffles and Buttermilk Fried Chicken and their mocktails. A light brunch if you can tell, just another millennial thing, you know, brunching.  

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle in Salted Egg Sauce and also comes with bacon infused maple syrup and pickled red onions. It’s throwback comfort food with a twist. I loved the fried chicken, the coating and skin was crispy with tender and juicy meat. The ube flavor of the waffles were subtle but still good. Although I wasn’t a fan of the sides and sauces that it came with. 

For the mocktails, we tried their Mojito and Mango After Dark. At that time, they were 2+2 drinks on Zomato Gold, so we got 4 drinks. When it comes to drinks, in most hipster places, it’s a bit black and white. And Fat Seed, being one, features amazing and original drinks that sound like food made by professional mixologists who are dedicated to their craft. I think one of these have a tea infused with it. Both were really delish and refreshing. 

The place is a total feast for the eyes because of the vintage and industrial design and décor. Fat Seed has tell-tale signs that you’re in a hipster’s territory.  For me, it seems a bit more like a hang out than a restaurant. The food isn’t necessarily secondary, but it’s really about atmosphere and eating together. And anyone would love to hang out there and enjoy their heartwarming food offerings.

Ground Floor, Phase 2, UP Town Center, 
Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Contact Nos: +6329362113
Email: thefatseedph@gmail.com
Instagram: instagram.com/thefatseedph

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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