New on the Menu: Kopi Roti's Burgers
They also have a fresh new look.
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(SPOT.ph) The Singaporean franchise has always been there. The Kopi Roti along Tomas Morato; the Kopi Roti on Katipunan Avenue; the Kopi Roti in Newport. You know where they are, you know what they sell, and they could always be counted on to sate a random coffee bun craving.
But Kopi Roti, though nonetheless consistent, is not a habit-yet. It's not an answer to the question, "Where do we hang out today?" Again, not yet. But what began as a sideline for the Tecson family back in 2005 became a relatively steady business. It's been nearly 10 years and Kopi Roti Philippines has survived through fads like milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, and handcrafted brews. Its popular coffee buns no doubt have given it the anchor of reliability.
A little history, a little lounging
Kopi Roti is now under the hands of young Jenz Tecson, and he's working relentlessly to take it to the next level. The local franchise has nine outlets throughout the Philippines. There used to be more, but it's still far off from the solitary flagship in Singapore. Breaking the boundaries of a business built on history is a slow process, and Jenz started with the branch on Katipunan Extension.
The old stall is now a full-fledged café that launched on January 26. A zesty color palette, an affordable menu, and (glorious!) parking space have already attracted a crowd-from the takeaway set who leave with a few boxes of buns to the efficient diners who down a sandwich and a cup of coffee in a matter of minutes to the working bunch who nurse a cup of joe with their laptop date.
Jenz also hired a chef to work on more coffee-tinted concoctions. The bun (P50) is a featured favorite, but Kopi Roti squeezes out more of its potential. For instance, the sweet-salty bread works surprisingly well with savory additions. They've recently introduced a trio of sandwiches: a BLT (P170*) for those looking for a more familiar enjoyment; a Burger (P230*) with a juicy Angus beef patty, and a Chicken Satay (P180*). The last one, featuring real pieces of chicken, is so generously spiced that it's like a little taste of Southeast Asia.
"Roti" Kaya Cheese Toast (P75)
"Roti" Kaya Cheese Toast with Egg (P110)
Kopi Roti has also remixed the kaya toast. This Singaporean tradition of small coco-jam sandwiches becomes something much more relatable to the Filipino palate. A slice of local cheese in one and a rich fried egg (also with cheese) in the other. Either one works empathically with coffee, a secret bean blend sourced from Singapore, and condensed milk.
With prices that can make you stay for hours, great brews that will keep your raring, and a new ambiance, Kopi Roti may just break our coffee habit-and become the new one.
*Introductory prices only