Last June 12, I came across a neighborhood cafe serving a fusion of local and Asian comfort food, specially brewed coffee and yummy pastries. Curious Table is the name of the cafe. Are you getting curious now? I was surprised! Why? I didn’t expect that a start up cafe would be able to meet my expectations… way above my expectations!
It was a rainy afternoon. I got drenched in the rain. I played tennis few hours before I went to this casually street inspired cafe. I was searching for a cup of local Joe. As the good aroma of the slowly brewed beans fill my nose, I saw smiles from people I just met for the first time.
I immediately sat on the table. Ordered a Turmeric Latte and chatted with one of the owners. The Curious Table Team is composed of Rayan Rivera as co-owner and administrative lead, Nasia Cammayo as co-owner and marketing lead, JB Reyes as one of the co-owners and chef and John Monteclaro as co-owner and head barista. They are also joined by Doms Osana as one of their junior barista. They surely have diverse and fun team ready to served you.
Here are some of the best food items I tried on their current menu:
I first tried the desserts of course! Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes of all time. With their own homemade version, it was “Zest-ra special” since it was flavored with lemon zest. It was so refreshing and lite. It was not too sweet. I finished it immediately as it was really that good. I paired it with the Turmeric Latte. I’ll give it an ACE.
Curious Fried Chicken is not your typical fried chicken. It was served on the side with Indian butter sauce, pickled vegetables and generous amounts of rice. Talk about carbo and protein loading. It’s perfect for athletes and on the go guys like me. My verdict? I’l give it a HIT.
Beef Rendang was not as visually appealing like the Curious Fried Chicken but it was very tasty. It was served with pickled veggies and hefty amounts of rice. Sulit! My grade? HIT.
Turmeric Latte is the perfect drink for non-coffee drinkers. It is the relaxing and calming drink for rainy days. My score? An ACE for me.
I really loved every bite of Black Sesame Cheesecake. It was not too sweet but it was very rich in flavor. It is perfectly paired with any freshly brewed coffee. My verdict? It got an ACE for me.
Did you know that they also have “to go” cold brew? They ensure freshness on each bottle. You can also return the bottle and get a 15 pesos rebate for each.
Curious Table is located at 2575 Espiritu St. Cor. Consuelo, Vitocruz, Manila, Philippines 1004. They are open from 11 AM – 8 PM from Monday to Friday.