Forbestown Road, Taguig
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) Date spots in the Metro are plenty. With lots of new restaurants and activities popping up everywhere, you're bound to find somewhere to visit with your friends or your S.O. But as with any group dynamic, there will be more than one thing on your mind when you guys go out. You might want to chill at a cafe, wine and dine at a resto, go shopping, or whatever tickles your fancy. The point is, if there are a lot of things you want to do, chances are you're going to end up in a shopping complex or a mall. Now if you're tired of malls, what with the massive crowd, the expansive layout, and the seemingly never-ending walk from one spot to the next, it might be time to check out other spots. Wouldn't it be nice just to have a space where you can enjoy more than one experience at a time sans the tiresome adventure?
Well, look no further, as a new cafe + retail concept called Eesome in Taguig City fits the bill. This two-story shop lets you wine, dine, and shop all within a hip space that would look perfect on the 'Gram, too.
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Check out this highly aesthetic all-in-one Taguig restaurant and streetwear shop:
Eesome is a mix of a premium streetwear boutique and a cafe-slash-restaurant-slash-bar. Their limited space along Forbestown Road is segmented into two: the first floor carries the food business concept while the second floor houses their shopping component.
From the outside, Eesome looks like any typical cafe or restaurant in the area. It has tables outside for al fresco diners and a big, bold sign that tells you you're there. Walking into the store, however, will transport you to a posh new world.
You'll be drawn in by their simple yet intentional tables, carefully curated flower centerpieces, and a sleek and polished overall look reminiscent of some clean low-key New York City bar or modern Sweden spot. The interiors are a crash course in Scandinavian-minimalist chic that looks straight out of a design magazine, in a way that gives it a level of sophistication with zero pretentiousness.
But Eesome is not in the game just to look pretty and aesthetic. They're also serious about the way they handle their food. In talks with the chefs and baristas at the resto, you can tell that this endeavor is a passion project. Food and drinks at Eesome are not just one cuisine or one type of beverage, it's a mix of different food cultures brought together by the fact that they bring comfort to those who consume them.
Take, for example, their Pulpo Ceviche, an off-menu item we got to try during our visit. It is a tangy, briny, yet fresh-tasting starter all wrapped up in a pani puri-like bite. Someone says ceviche, and you think of Mediterranean flavors and Spanish flair, but here you get the same dish leveled up with elements of Indian street food. It makes for an interesting start to any meal.
If there's one thing we're sure of, it's that meals at this food haunt won't be boring. Aside from being a mix of cultures and concepts, the restaurant brings a level of sophistication to familiar fare. Despite not having a large selection of food items, their menu has enough to sate your hunger and give you the happy-tummy good vibes you deserve on a day off. Our personal favorites from their menu include the Grilled Mahi-Mahi (P570) and the Short-Rib Agnolotti with Charon (P595).
Their mahi-mahi is a simple grilled fish fillet served with a side of greens. A bite of this flaky but moist fish dish will send you over the moon. It's perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper, just enough to let the natural flavor of the fish come through. Then you also get hit with char from the grill, the tang from the lime, and the crunch of the bokchoy and you have got yourself a flavor bomb bite. There's also the matter of the cilantro oil carefully scattered all around the dish adding a little citrus zing to every bite. After a plate of this dish, you'll want to start planning your next beach trip and imagine yourself munching on grilled fish by the sea.
Where the mahi-mahi will take you to an island paradise, the Short-Rib Agnolotti will bring you back home. Each bite of this pillowy, filled pasta will remind you of the warm hugs you used to get from your parents after a long hard day. Each pasta pillow is filled with tender and flavorful short-rib meat ragu, lovingly plated and smothered in a creamy truffle foam with bits of garlic and parmesan that perfectly complements the rustic flavors of the filling. It's the comfort of home in every bite.
When eating at Eesome always leave room for dessert. Whether you go for their pastries or their in-house Mango and Coconut Panna Cotta (P310), you won't go wrong in ending your meal on a high note. It takes guts to only have one item on a dessert menu as you're betting the closing dish on just one item, but if you have to wage a bet, then their take on the traditional mango sticky rice is the winning choice. This panna cotta is addictive, to say the least. It has the flavors you would expect from mango sticky rice without the heavy after notes. With a perfect balance between sweet and tart, it's not overbearking in that it'll make you forget your main. A perfect end to, or pause between, your visit. We say pause because you might not necessarily be done with Eesome after your sit-down meal.
Take a look at the Eesome streetwear shop
Head on up to the second floor for a streetwear-shopping session. At Eesome's retail arm, you'll find premium streetwear brands like Supreme, Nike, Adidas, and many others. Think an array of sneakers, shirts, hoodies, and other accessories sure to amp up your street cred.
Done shopping? Don't forget to grab a cup of ice cream on your way out. Yup, Eesome makes their own ice cream on the second floor; A pretty sweet way to cool down after seeing all your money fly away at their curation.
There's so much more to this establishment than what immediately meets the eye. When you judge it from the outside, you'll be quick to dismiss it as another aesthetic cafe with little actuality, but once you go in, sample their food, check out their shop, and heck, maybe even stay for some drinks, you'll soon realize that there's a lot to take in from this seemingly tiny shop.
Speaking with the people behind the brand, you start to get a sense of what the goal is with this cafe-slash-restaurant-slash-bar-slash-shop. It may be a bit overwhelming at your first step in, but Eesome is simply a place to feel awesome—in whatever way that may come to you. Whether that's sipping on a cup of coffee, having a full meal, getting ice cream, or just going ham on the shopping, their goal is for this establishment to be the spot for you.