New Restaurant Alert: Kitchen Diaries Cafe at 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig
A cozy and intimate haven at the heart of Kapitolyo
Kitchen Diaries Cafe
Unit 1E, 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday to Wednesday); 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Thursday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) It’s easy to miss Kitchen Diaries Cafe, comfortably nestled among bustling streets and residential homes. Its unassuming facade is punctuated with a bright blue and white canopy that beckons curious passersby in. This quiet nook is as cozy as they come, made up of just a handful of tables with blue and pink seats. Its size also mirrors that of the people behind the cafe-a four-person team headed by Anj Dayao.
Bright and cheery interiors
Anj, a Kapitolyo resident herself, wanted a homey neighborhood spot where diners could come in, have a good cup of coffee with a side of delectable treats, and relax. The staff all have a hand in preparing dishes, while making it a point to talk to diners, unafraid to ask what they think. It’s all trial and error, she says, and it’s a process that reflects both their name and their menu. Anj, who didn’t undergo any formal training, explains that the name stems from the idea that recipes may serve as a guide, but aren’t exactly followed to a T.
Red Velvet Waffles
Banana Nutella Waffles
They specialize in the sweeter stuff, as seen in their wide variety of cakes and waffles. For the latter, choose between an Only Child (with whipped cream) or Twins (two waffles, plus ice cream). Zero in on their bestsellers, such as the Red Velvet (P140/P190), the Banana Nutella (P140/P190), and the Oreo (P100/P150). Don’t worry about the sugar levels; each dish is surprisingly balanced in its sweetness, thanks to the homemade whipped cream that balances it all out.
Oreo Mousse Cake
Their cakes, on the other hand, are all cream-based, including the popular Chocnut-Banoffee (P130/slice), a scrumptious creation from the subtly sweet banana slices down to the generous chunks of Chocnut in the crust. Not to be missed are the Snickers-Peach Mudcake (P150/slice), a marriage of slightly tangy slices of fresh peaches and a chewy Snickers base, and the Oreo Mousse Cake (P140/slice) that is light and silky smooth with every bite.
Nutella Ferrero Frappe (P170)
Whatever you decide to try, be sure to pair it with a cup of joe, all created by Anj’s assistant, Jeda Payong, a self-professed coffee addict. His freshly brewed lineup mirrors the same flavors of their cakes, but are perfectly tempered with the unmistakeable, bold coffee flavor lingering beneath the sweetness. The Frozen KiD (P120), described as a "deconstructed iced coffee" is a crowd-favorite, borne of Jeda’s many experiments.
Toasted Angus Corned Beef
Don’t write off their rice meals, either. Among the short list, it’s a toss-up between the Toasted Angus Corned Beef (P140), chewy and delicately spiced corned beef paired with English-style scrambled eggs and garlic fried rice, and the Sticky Chops (P150), tender pork chop laced with fat and swimming in their secret sweet and smoky sauce.
Since their opening last September, Kitchen Diaries has become an intimate haven for hungry diners with a sweet tooth. It’s easy to pick favorites among their lineup, but it’s even easier to come back over and over again. We’re already thinking of that Chocnut-Banoffee cake.