Review: Perfect Desserts Toasts and More at Cafe Shibuya, Katipunan, Quezon City




The newly opened UP Town Center at Katipunan, Quezon City brought together a handful of restaurants we are dying to try. There are much to look forward to for what’s in store for us excited shoppers, because a number of retail and foreign brands are opening shop at the heart of Katipunan, beside the biggest universities. I would have to say that this is a great place to hang out and dine for the students, but since I am way past my college years and have never studied in the area, let’s focus on the dining, shall we?

The UP Town Center features a lot of big names in the food industry, such as the popular IHOP, the Vanilla Cupcake Bakery, and J.CO Donuts & Coffee, among others. As a dessert fan, one establishment caught my attention more than any other. Right in front of the UP Town Center is Cafe Shibuya, aiming to offer something new and delightful to the foodies of the north.

Entering Cafe Shibuya and seeing a lot of wood that has been put into adorning and decorating the place just puts you at ease and makes you feel at home. Every direction I looked showed me something cute, or something I can stare at for hours, like the artistic messages strewn over black illustration boards with white chalk. It has a rustic appeal that a lot of people find cozy and comfortable.

And if that’s not enough cuteness to draw you in, here’s a look at their menu:

If I had unlimited stomach space, I would love to order everything! The dessert toasts got us debating which to order, but the pasta choices were limited so it was easier to choose.

I shared a table with Dems, and her friend Elaine. It was my first time meeting both of them, and I’m glad I did. They shared my awe for the menu dishes and were willing to try out many of the dishes with me. Later on, Jam and her friend, Robin, arrived, and they ordered a couple more dishes that we were also interested to try.

Without further ado, here’s the lowdown on Cafe Shibuya’s Dishes, those that we’d recommend and those that we’d definitely come back for:

FOOD

Shibuya Benedict (Php 255)

For starters, we had the savory toasts, something to keep you full, filling enough for lunch or dinner. Their bestseller, Shibuya Benedict, is Cafe Shibuya’s version of the popular breakfast dish, Eggs Benedict. This features farmer’s ham, poached eggs, topped with their japanese cream mayo and shiitake mushrooms. It also offers potato chips and a mayo dip as sides. This has all the making to be a blockbuster dish. Poached egg, shiitake mushroom, and japanese mayo? What’s not to love?

Tonkatsu with Mango Sauce (Php 235)

Despite the Eggs Benedict being irresistible the way it is, the Tonkatsu with Mango Sauce wins for me as the better tasting savory dish. This must be because I enjoy katsu dishes immensely, and being on rice or toast does not change that. The best part of this dish was the generous serving of mango mayo sauce and the mango relish that topped the pork cutlets. This should be on your must-try list when you visit.

Mentaiko Pasta (Php 265 for solo, Php 480 for sharing)

For their pasta offerings, they recommended their specialty, the Mentaiko Pasta. This offers something different to the tastebuds, with the peculiar mix of cod roe with olive oil. One look at the dish will get you confused: Is it Japanese or Italian? Strips of seaweed and plenty of black sesame seeds topped the dish, with small diced pieces of pork thrown in. It’s the cod roe that really catches your attention, which lends saltiness to the dish and to which sixty percent of the dish’s taste is attributed to.

Truffle Cream with Prosciutto (Php 265 for solo, Php 480 for sharing)

Our second pasta dish, the Truffle Cream with Prosciutto, is the better tasting pasta dish, as agreed by everyone in our table, at least. It’s a pasta dish that has rich truffle cream all over it, topped with shitake mushrooms and prosciutto. If you haven’t heard or tried prosciutto, then take comfort in the fact that a lot of people, myself included, have not yet too. This makes this dish even more worth trying, because it’s premium quality prosciutto seated right there on top of your pasta dish.

There are two kinds of prosciutto, though; the prosciutto cotto, which is cooked, and the prosciutto crudo, which is served raw. I’m not really sure as to what kind of prosciutto is on the dish, but either way, they are both safe to eat (the prosciutto crudo is SAFE to eat thanks to the curing process.)

Croquettes (Php 175)

Their other savory dishes in the menu included Croquettes, which are six pieces mashed potatoes mixed with ground beef, rolled into a ball and deep fried until golden brown. They are a little over bite-sized, and can be shared by two to three people.

Karaage (Php 195)

The other savory non-toast option was the Karaage, which is basically Japanese boneless chicken. Cafe Shibuya’s has grated radish and sauteed onions on top, though none of it overpowered the taste of the chicken. The Ponzu sauce, or literally translated as vinegar punch, has a citrusy flavor that made the karaage more flavorful to eat.

Cafe Shibuya’s Dessert Toasts

Whew! After all of those, I don’t know how I managed to even look at five more dishes. But as they say, there’s always room for dessert. Here’s our favorites from the roster of Cafe Shibuya’s Dessert Toasts:





Original Shibuya Honey Toast (Php 145 for Baby, Php 175 for Regular)

 

Cheddar Cheese (Php 175 for Baby, Php 225 for Regular)

Tiramisu (Php 185 for Baby, Php 235 for Regular)

 

Nutella (Php 195 for Baby, Php 245 for Regular)

Mango Caramel (Php 185 for Baby, Php 235 for Regular)

Among the five dessert toasts that we tried, my ultimate favorite would have to be the Mango Caramel, followed by the Tiramisu. Third place goes to Cheddar Cheese. The Mango Caramel’s taste was similar to a Mango Float because of the combination of crushed graham, sweet ripe mangoes, and cream. The Tiramisu was one of the three dessert toasts that was topped with an ice cream flavor that wasn’t vanilla. The Tiramisu had coffee ice cream, which is why I’m loving it. The Cheddar Cheese had grated Cheddar cheese and vanilla cream sauce, a swoon-worthy combination.

That doesn’t mean that Original Shibuya Toast and Nutella are not dishes worth trying. I would recommend the Original Shibuya Toast to foodies who like dishes that are not very sweet. With the Original Shibuya Toast, you get to control the sweetness by determining the amount of honey you put on your toast. It comes with this cute little jar of honey.

Only the Original Shibuya Toast comes with honey, but if you’re craving for some on your Nutella or Cheddar Cheese, then that can most probably be arranged.

What makes Cafe Shibuya’s Toast so special is that it has been baked and prepared perfectly. You can tell when you try to pull the bread apart and see with your own two eyes how long and malleable the strands really are. Now that’s a perfect toast, and I haven’t seen any other cafe or bakeshop with this kind of bread.

DRINKS

Ghirardelli Below Zero (Php 155)

This Ghirardelli Below Zero Chocolate drink is to die for! Perfect blend of premium chocolate and happiness in a tall glass. And if you’re dieting, you can always have the whipped cream removed.

Below Zero with Whipped Cream vs Without Whipped Cream

Or not. Seriously, don’t skimp on the whip cream :)) How often do you have a cheat day, anyway? Treat yourself to this delicious chocolate drink, with whipped cream and everything good. Plus, it’s nicer on Instagram.

Matcha Green Tea Latte (Php 135)

Will I come back? YES! There’s still too many dishes I haven’t tried! Cafe Shibuya is like a candy store for the grown ups. But kids would love it too, so bring the young ones along the next time you visit Cafe Shibuya.

Price Range: Php 150-250

With co-bloggers, Justin and Ferzy

Dessert-lovin’ girls Dems, Elaine, Robin, Jams, and me

Thanks to Cafe Shibuya for having us over! They also gifted us with this rad shirt, which I now declare as my favorite shirt until the end of time.

Dessert is ALWAYS a good idea. No truer words ever printed on a shirt.

Cafe Shibuya

UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue

Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Open from 10 AM-12 AM on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 10PM from Sunday to Thursday

0947 221 3836

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3 comments to Review: Perfect Desserts Toasts and More at Cafe Shibuya, Katipunan, Quezon City

  • Justin  says:

    You should have stayed to try the strawberry toast! haha!! nice meeting you again.. :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Balik tayo, haha! Next time :) Nice meeting you again, too :D

  • Eddielli Bungay  says:

    My friends recommends this cafe especially if you love desserts! But not bad tih the main dishes! :)

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