Sneak Peek: Paella and Cochinillo at Café Enye Make Every Day Feel Like a Fiesta
It's time to revisit this restaurant.
Mezzanine Floor, Citi Plaza 34th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) While a lot of restaurants push for the “authentic” and traditional with their food, dishes that deviate from the usual often make for a more exciting dining experience. For instance, Café Enye looks like any other Spanish restaurant, but they’re a bit more complicated than that.
“We actually serve colonial-Spanish cuisine,” says Chef Claudia Schulze. “Picture the galleon trade. We get our inspiration from all the countries along that route, and from all the countries Spain conquered. That’s where we get our menu from.”
Despite opening their first branch in Eastwood more than a year ago, Chef Claudia isn’t very surprised that many aren’t fully acquainted with what Café Enye has to offer. “The Eastwood branch was very secluded,” says Chef Claudia. “Very few people knew about the place. So hopefully, here, we’re going to be more out there.”
“Here” is Café
The menu has also been pared down, from a whopping 172 dishes to just the bestsellers or the dishes that Chef Claudia felt best captured the essence of Café Enye. The food is still fundamentally
Start with the Pollo Croquettas (P175), or addicting fried balls filled with chicken béchamel and potatoes. Crisp on the outside and almost melt-in-your-mouth creamy on the inside, the
Morrocan-Style Curry Paella
You may find the blend of curry-turmeric and cinnamon in the Moroccan-Style Curry Paella (P385)
The classic carbonara gets an upgrade with crispy
Cochinillo a la Casa
But if you’re looking to really treat yourself, go all out with the Cochinillo a la Casa (P1,200). Glistening and beautifully crisp, the
As Chef Claudia and the kitchen whip up one excellent dish after the other, it's safe to say that, even in the more than one year that they’ve been around, we’ve only scratched the surface on what Café Enye has to offer. Their newest BGC branch is a great excuse to revisit this not-quite Spanish restaurant.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel