Even After 30 Years, Café Ysabel Continues to be a Favorite in San Juan
How did they do it?
(SPOT.ph) When news broke that Café Ysabel was closing down their first branch in San Juan, it was met with protests and sadness. With three decades under its belt, the restaurant was pretty much a revered institution. So everyone was able to breathe a sigh of relief when Chef Gene Gonzalez announced soon after that they were merely moving a few blocks away from their original site. Perhaps, we should all have known that it would take a lot to bring Café Ysabel down.
Since the 1980s, the bistro has successfully navigated the ever-changing tastes of their diners, and even introduced a few innovations of their own to the local dining scene, from degustation dinners to wine pairings. Today, they've pared down their menu to the staples that have made them such a hit, like their Strawberry Shortcake—though they're often reluctant to strike out anything from their menu as many regulars look for their favorites. In their new location, they've not only kept their roster of comforting dishes, but also their old-world charm that has endeared them to many.
Café Ysabel is at 175 M. Paterno Street, Barangay Pasadena, San Juan City.