Brew Up by Palengkera
UP ISSI, E. Virata Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) A hashtag led us to the second floor of ISSI (Virata Hall along Emilio Jacinto Street inside the UP Diliman campus), where a café has apparently set up shop for a little over a month. Brew Up by Palengkera is a cozy nook that serves coffee, fruit soda, and food all for under P100. It's tambay-friendly and best of all, easy on the wallet.
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The different kinds of coffee they brew here are from local sources. You can have Sagada or Mindanao Barako with options for pourover, inverted aeropress, French press, or cold drip (you'll have to wait for the next available cup if they’ve just started a fresh batch). Brewed coffee ranges from P60 for eight ounces and P80 for a P-jar (mason jars embossed with the Palengkera seal). There are also aeropress espresso drinks on the menu. Try Halik ni Palengkera (P99/8 oz) which has carabao milk, Chocnut, and tablea. And if you're not a coffee drinker, don't worry because they also serve Tsokolate Tablea (P85/8 oz, P99/12 oz) and homemade fruit soda (P65 for a P-jar).
Roast Pork Adobo
Start with the Prichon Wrap (P99) and the Pugon Sampler (P90), which includes the Hamon Bautista (Excelente Ham, Quezo de Bola), Hubadero (homemade skinless longganisa, tomato, lettuce, basil, and sukang Iloko mayo), and Anak ng Tinapa. Each one can be ordered as a full pugon sandwich for P60.
Share (or not, your choice) the Pakong Pako (P85), Fiddlehead fern salad, and Sam's Sardinasosyal (P95), Spanish sardines, tomatoes, capers, basil tossed in olive oil and garlic.
Ask for the day's specials so you can have a hearty meal like the Roast Pork Adobo or Creamy Bistek with two kinds of mushrooms, crispy onion rings, and served with rice.
And if you must have dessert, do yourself a favor and order the Tablea Cake (P90) with tablea ganache icing, served with ice cream and crushed Chocnut. Best paired with a cup of brewed coffee, it would be the perfect end to a fantastic meal.