New Restaurant Alert: Frank & Dean at Forbes Town Center, Bonifacio Global City
The Rat Pack comes to town: Bada-bing! A new coffee shop hits the Burgos Circle circuit.
Frank & Dean Cafe x Kitchen
G/F Forbes Town Center Open Garden, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City
Open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday to Thursday); and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday and Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) Frank & Dean is a play on Frank (Sinatra) and Dean (Martin)—some of music’s biggest players from the '50s. This new coffee spot, however, is nowhere near nostalgic or retro—it has all the bells and whistles of a current third-wave café: wood detailing, white brick, pallets and wire installations on the ceiling, and an al fresco area with string lights.
Casual mish-mash that's so in nowadays
Instagram at the ready
Indoor garden eating
Run by the same team behind Pablo’s Pub & Restaurant (a walk away at Forum), the place ushers in to BGC the now-ubiquitous hipster coffee-shop vibe for which Makati has become known. Frank & Dean partners with well-established Yardstick Coffee and offers a slew of selections from your regular brew (P85) to a signature espresso shake, long black to a nice, smooth cappuccino. Drinks will run you from P85 to P200, pretty much what you would expect from one of these specialty coffee establishments.
Just a touch retro
F&D x Yardstick
For those looking for a little more kick, Frank & Dean spins their menu to include cocktails starting at 3 p.m. (drinks range from P400 to 700). With their bar located on the second floor, guests can also enjoy happy hour in the balcony. A red door looking like a phone booth is nearby—regulars at the coffee shop will know to ask Frank & Dean what lies right behind (shh, that tip didn’t come from us).
Love the wood and red
Southern fried Chicken with Waffles. You can get the chicken with other sides for an added price.
Another element that adds some individuality to this shop is its food options. With restaurant-style seating and a hefty comfort food-filled menu, guests have the option to go beyond the typical donut-and-pastry-with-coffee tandem. Their signature dish is Southern Fried Chicken with Waffles (P430), peddling to those who are after something bready and thick, while the chicken is generous with its battered, crispy skin. The highlight of the dish is the maple syrup, which skews towards the lighter, not overpoweringly saccharine side.
Raclette Grilled Cheese
Glazed Donut that you can have as a side
Other menu items include a range of New York-inspired pizzas, 12-inch diameter discs that range from P300 to P500, a thick Raclette Grilled Cheese Sandwich (P335) paired with a hefty marinara sauce, and assorted breakfast items. When ordering the Truffled Scrambled Eggs (P280) with hash, add a side of bacon—their slices are meaty and offer a substantial bite. A meal will cost about P400 to P500 per head—a little on the pricey side for coffee shop fare.
Truffled Scrambled Egg, Hash, and Bacon
One Eyed Jack (P355)
If you’re looking for a good Instagram shot (the interiors are picture-perfect with its cork and blackboard wall, teal poufs, and even a red phone booth) and find yourself in the BGC area looking for a caffeine boost, this is your place.
Photos by Majoy Siason