Chocolate Kiss' Brownie Cookie Sundae
(SPOT.ph) The Chocolate Kiss Cafe has always been a signature of the University of the Philippines. It's not owned by the school, but it's definitely become part and parcel with the institution—a definite neighborhood must-try for cakes, comfort food, and even iced tea.
CKC began as a home-based cake business by sisters Malin Apelo-Flores and Alma Apelo-Manahan, and it stayed that way for 25 years until finally opening in UP's Ang Bahay ng Alumni in 1997. The restaurant was intended to cater to the campus community, but it eventually attracted a wider clientele.
Now, CKC will join UP Town Center's roster of eats. Set in a new wing called Urban Turf, it is the first mall location for the homey brand. Urban Turf will be dedicated to students and it will focus on homegrown concepts from UP, Maginhawa, and other Quezon City areas. Rodic's Diner, Hey Kessy, and Friuli Trattoria will also share the same wing. Chocolate Kiss will open on May 19.
Chocolate Kiss' Indonesian Sate
Both bestsellers and new items will be featured on the menu, but CKC promises to keep the spirit of their flagship restaurant. Just like the one in UP, the sisters will dedicate a wall to serve as a mini-gallery. For their first exhibit, they will feature the original artwork of architect and illustrator Asa Montenejo, who also illustrated the adult coloring book Hue Can Do It: Manila.