New Restaurant Alert: Love Monday Café in Kapitolyo, Pasig
Monday will be your new favorite.
Love Monday Café
19 San Rafael Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Contact: 239-1472, 0917-804-7802
Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) A dose of wanderlust took budding restaurateur Daene Luna places, including bringing her passion project to life: Love Monday Café. The café is in the quaint neighborhood of Kapitolyo in Pasig. Having worked in the corporate world for nine years, Daene felt it was time to pursue her one-woman labor of love. Inspired by her travels around Southeast Asia, Love Monday Café is a kaleidoscope of sentimental mementos, quirky artworks, and culinary delights.
While the words “love” and “Monday” don’t usually go together, Daene quickly came to its defense. “I always dreaded Mondays, working in different multinational companies,” she quips. "I wanted to do something that would make me excited to get up on a Monday, so I’ve been brewing the idea of this restaurant since I was assigned in Vietnam for work.”
As in Vietnam, where establishments are usually set in colonial houses, her café is situated in an old shop house from way back in the ‘50s. The tiles on the floors are preserved, giving it an old-world charm. The interiors are influenced by the indie coffee shops in Seoul, particularly in the university area of Hong Dae. One of the cafés she went to had a Southern Californian vibe, which became her inspiration to decorate her restaurant with lots of plants and white walls depicting white sandy beaches.
More than the fun and creative
For starters, the
Next on the menu is the Cheesy Rosti (P120), which are potato pancakes served in the style of crispy fritters. The
Of course, the way to a Filipino’s heart is through their stomach—with a hefty serving of garlic rice, no less. Love Monday Café has 12 selections of mains for their rice meals, all served with egg and vegetables (a yummy mix of zucchini, carrots, beans, and eggplant) sautéed in special herbs. Inspired by the street food of Vietnam, the rice dishes are served in a hot iron skillet—definitely not your ordinary -
We recommend the Garlic Longganisa (P150), a milder version of the Vigan
Tex-Mex food enthusiasts will love the Breakfast Taco (P180).
Cheesy Salami and Potato Bake
The Breakfast Burger (P180) has everything you’re looking for but with a twist: It comes with impeccably cooked fried egg and
For the ultimate steal, the Rainy Day
Breakfast Cereal Combo Waffle Pops
For a sweet encore, the Waffle Pops are a sure hit as it’s made from scratch, with six luscious varieties to choose from: Cookies & Cream (P50), White Choco Strawberry (P70) and the bestseller Breakfast Cereal Combo (P60), which is generously topped with Froot Loops, corn flakes, and chocolate syrup. The waffles are warm and chewy when served, and glazed with sugar for that extra boost of sweetness.
(Left to right) Vanilla Blue Chai, Strawberry Hibiscus
Finally, a meal is not complete without Love Monday Café's collection of Instagram-worthy specialty drinks. While they have the usual classic coffee mixes, adventurous coffee-
Ombre Milk Tea
If coffee is not your thing, try the Ombre Milk Tea (P130) version of the house specials, available in the same two flavors. No artificial colorings are used, and the tea base is all-natural and utterly earthy. The Ombre Lemonade (P80) is highly recommended for hot summer days, as it’s refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness. Choose between the Blue Butterfly or Hibiscus flavors for this rejuvenating drink.
And lastly, the Hot Chocolate (P120) mixes mystery with allure with its secret recipe. The heartwarming drink has a hint of
Aside from its offerings, Love Monday Café is also a feast for the eyes. Daene is an avid collector of art and a keen supporter of local talent. Her place is embellished with artworks, both from her travels and emerging artists in the Philippines. “I have Vietnamese pop-up cards, a sand painting from Myanmar, a Phoenix concert poster from Hong Kong, and the works of Filipino artist Cassy Kicks and Chichi Little,” she shares.
To spice things up, the upcoming Saturdays are booked with art and writing workshops and Korean quiz nights. Love Monday Café is the perfect hub for creative minds looking for eclectic food and drinks (over free Wi-Fi, of course). It’s definitely something to look forward to during the week, beating the Monday blues as they come.