Grand 1919 Cafe

If you work or live in Binondo, Manila and wants a change of scenery, walk ahead to Grand 1919 Cafe.

It will not only take you away from the hustle and bustle of Binondo but will also take you to a period in time.

Everything is grand in this place.

The grand main door entrance

Even the pathway going to the rest room was thought about

The building where Grand 1919 Cafe is located now is a 100 year old building. It was built in 1919 to house the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank.

A huge picture of Old Manila greets guests.

The bar is lighted up to give a dramatic look.

Every corner, rather everything in this place is instagrammable! The interior is nicely done. The lighting is perfect. You could choose to seat on leather couches or in wooden chairs.

There is also a 2nd floor because the 1st floor tends to fill. Wooden planks adorn the ceiling, it complements the whole look and feel of the furnitures. But it’s not dark and gloomy here, some chairs have splashes of color.

So enough about the place, let’s talk about the food! For something this wonderful and grand of a place, the pricing of the food tends to be on the expensive side. But, the quality is good. It’s a reward you may give your deserving self after a hard day’s work or even a break to a hectic day.

Salt and Pepper Squid at Php 330.00

Even if this dish is cheaper than the other items in the menu, it turned out okay. It’s crunchy and crispy, the squid is not chewy.

Kung Pao Chicken at Php 580.00

I really don’t think this is worth the price. Serving’s too small and the taste isn’t really that good.

Hawaiian Pizza at Php 520.00.

The serving is small but it does taste good. It is simple, with the usual toppings like bacon, ham and pineapple, but I love the overall taste of the pizza.

Cafe Americano at Php 150.00

Their coffee is so good according to my coffee drinker friends. Better than those famous coffee chains, if you know what I mean.

And it’s priced just right.

I heard the pastries are good, maybe next time.

What matters most is that we were comfortable on our table and we enjoyed the company of friends with good coffee!

Grand 1919 Cafe is located at Juan Luna Street Binondo Manila.

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Cafe Publico

We usually watch movies at Promenade but we have taken this resto for granted! Cafe Publico is located at the right side of Promenade Theater Lobby (from the escalator).

If not for an Eatigo promo, we would have not tried this cafe/resto. There was a 40% discount because we booked through the Eatigo app.

Even if it’s just a small cafe, there are a lot of dishes to choose from!

Taking advantage of the promo, we ordered a lot! I love all the food we ordered!

Fishbolan

Pizza Dough Chips

Chicken Noodle Soup

Spicy Tuna Panini

Chicken Pie Panini

Pulled Pork BBQ Mac & Cheese

Of course, the kids had their gelato fix after dinner.

In a cup, you get to taste 3 different flavors all at once! I love their Dark Belgian Chocolate. Just the way I like my chocolate, bittersweet!

In addition, seems like they serve good coffee as well! Neighboring tables all ordered coffee! And they have a stash of books and game boards too! Just get it from the counter or borrow one from the staff!

Sure going back for gelato and more one of these days!

The place is good for unwinding!

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Beyond Coffee

Not your usual coffee shop, it’s a good place to chill and relax.  The place has a nice ambience.  

Each wall is decorated differently.

Beyond Coffee is suitable for a small group, about 3 to 4 persons.  This gives you a moment to enjoy your company.

My only problem would be the chairs.  It’s a stool without a backrest so you wouldn’t be that comfortable.  I had to rest my back on one of the walls.  Maybe they did this to save space.  Because I know bulky chairs could take so much space.

Anyway, that’s just a minor thing so let’s go to the food.

We ordered an appetizer to get us going.  Mr Nacho Gwapito – Php 195.00

Presented in a 2 tier plate.  There were 4 kinds of dip: Jalapeno Cheese, Sour Cream & Cheese, Salsa, and Ground Beef.  Up to you how your dip mix will be.

The nacho chips are also different.  You will have a choice of sour cream chips, bbq flavored chips, and the colored plain chips.  Crunchy and so full of flavor!

For the main course, we ordered their Burger Mac & Cheese at Php 155.00.

It’s a bowl of super cheesy mac & cheese paired with sausage burger.  Yumminess because there’s so much cheese in it!

Up next is a rice variant.  I called for the Pork in Teriyaki at Php 155.00.

Everything is tasty.  From the rice to the meat to the sauce.

Lastly, we ordered another pasta.  It’s one of their signature dishes, Red Pesto Tinapa.

I like tinapa but not really in a pasta.  Didn’t taste the pesto either.  My friend liked it, maybe it was just me. 

Of course, a trip to the coffee shop won’t be complete without a dessert!

Mouth watering Devil’s Cake.  Super chocolatey! We love it!

Definitely will be going back to try their coffee! We didn’t order coffee anymore as we are already so full and I for myself has a very early day the next day.  I wouldn’t want to risk not being able to fall asleep when I get home.

Also, there’s many more dishes to try!  I think I’ll set foot again in Beyond Coffee within the next few weeks.

See you!

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Food: Cafe Aquatica Manila

Good news for everyone! 

Cafe Aquatica, that famous and relaxing fish shop / cafe in Greenhills, just opened their 2nd shop in Binondo, Manila!

It’s very near my workplace, about 5 minute walk.  This new branch is just a quaint coffee shop / restaurant.  Don’t expect something like their branch in Greenhills.  

It still has those nice aquariums though.  And when you enter the place, it’s like you’re transported out of the hustle and bustle of Chinatown!

They don’t offer everything in this branch. The menu is limited

This is what we ordered.  Take note, we were only 2!

Appetizer: Nacho Cups 

(super sulit – yummy and crunchy – only Php130.00)

Main Dish: Grilled Chicken & Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Drinks: Almond Shake

They also offer a variety of cakes and I can’t wait to taste them all!

Let’s go to the Aquariums.  

These are Albino Angel Fishes.  They are not available in the market.  

I think the next one is called Mickey Platy because of its inborn black Mickey figure in its tail.

This next one is the Neon Fish.

If you’re in the area, why don’t  you try Cafe Aquatica. We went there for our lunch and it surely took away the stress we were feeling at work.  Such a relaxing place to be in.  With its extraordinary aquariums and soothing music, this one’s really a keeper!

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