Caravan Black Has a Secret Coffee Drink You Probably Didn’t Know About
We're spilling the beans.
G/F Net Park Building, 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) Since Caravan Black opened its doors in 2016, they have already been serving tasty sandwiches, pastas and other bites, not to mention excellent handcrafted coffee.
But the whole experience isn’t just about coffee. It’s also about the ambience, the food, and the service. Emphasis on the service. Owner and co-founder Miguel Rodriguez shares, “When hospitality and service come into play, it makes all the difference. We’ve learned so much since we’ve opened, and service is now a product itself.”
Now, this charming café at the Net Park building has made their menu even better with the introduction of their new, all-day breakfast dishes. The Caravan Parfait (P300), for example, is a beautiful bowl of goodness made with Greek-style yogurt and mixed with granola, dried fruits, honey-glazed whole rolled outs, and fresh mango slices. It’s one dish that pleases the palate and tummy all at once.
Meanwhile, there’s nothing that spells comfort more than pancakes. The Buttermilk Pancakes (P250) are four fluffy, thick homemade buttermilk pancakes drizzled with a tangy blackberry reduction and sweet maple syrup, and topped with deep-purple edible petals, fresh blackberries, and a slab of butter. The sheer sight of it leaves you feeling fully satisfied.
Egg Toast with Bacon Sausage
Those with a carnivorous appetite can opt for the Egg Toast with Bacon Sausage (P360). Sitting on top of a huge slice of sourdough bread is a fried egg and Canadian bacon sausage. It goes with a sprinkle of caramelized onions and a side of sautéed fresh button mushrooms, homemade roasted tomatoes, and Comer y Comic mustard.
Rice-bowl meals are a typical treat in fast-service chains and restaurants. At Caravan Black, they want to provide more elevated creations through their four Signature Grain Bowls, which are available starting 11 a.m.
The Naked Chorizo (P360) is packed with a savory homemade sausage that’s contrasted by the light and fresh flavors of lettuce and pickled radish and shallots. A seven-minute soft-boiled egg also tempers the spice and tanginess of the kimchi. Each spoonful is quite heavy, but you'll find yourself licking the whole bowl clean anyway.
On the other hand, the Smoked Salmon & Garlic Yogurt (P430) bowl is an extraordinary combination. The smoked Norwegian salmon goes together with a mix of quinoa and red and brown rice, sautéed in garlic and onion. It’s then combined with a creamy garlic-yogurt sauce, roasted tomatoes, kale, and shallots. Veggie lovers would be delighted to find a wholesome feast in the Braised Asian Eggplant (P340) bowl.
Caravan Tuna Melt
Another addition to their Hot Sandwiches menu is the Caravan Tuna Melt (P350). A melted cheese sandwich on its own is already a guaranteed yum, but when you have sourdough bread and Gochujang-marinated tuna, the result is explosive. Each bite is best taken with the crispy potato chips.
Of course, your meal at Caravan Black isn’t complete without a cup of joe. Caravan Black has its coffee bestsellers that keep regulars coming back. It would be easy to get lost in the surface of whipped cream, sprinkles, and syrups, so much so that the coffee itself becomes an afterthought. Not here at Caravan Black. Their primary objective is to emphasize the best of the coffee beans’ characteristic flavor.
(Left to right) Cooper, Gibraltar, Mocha
The Cooper (P160) is a cold and refreshing drink served in a dainty coupe glass, made of espresso with milk and a dash of almond syrup. When the citrus aroma from the orange peel intertwines with this suave drink, a magical moment occurs on your palate.
If you like your coffee on the darker side, the Gibraltar (P130) may be just your salvation. It’s a two-shot espresso beverage with steamed milk. The richness of the coffee beans’ flavor shines through, even with the milk and sweeteners.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s an off-menu drink called the Jad (P130), named after the guy who comes to the café and constantly explains to the baristas a step-by-step personalized concoction, which is similar to a Gibraltar but on the rocks. In essence, it’s a tweaked Gibraltar with a slightly longer coffee extraction and more milk. If you like the Gibraltar and want to go up a notch, this one is for you.
While operating times have been adjusted, some things at Caravan Black haven’t changed—there’s still no internet. Miguel says, “Social interaction is becoming a lost art, with everyone on their gadgets and cell phones. People message each other even when they are right in front of each other. We want to maintain a semblance of humanity.” And when the going gets tough, all you need to regain your sanity is a decent cup of coffee paired with tasty and hearty food from Caravan Black.
Photos by Majoy Siason