Single Origin Goes Beyond Coffee With Seafood Sandwiches and Craft Cocktails
And other items on their new menu.
(SPOT.ph) Those in the know would be aware that there’s more to Single Origin than just coffee, despite the name. Though they’re famous for strong brews, this homegrown concept is more than your average café. They’ve been known for their all-day breakfast favorites since opening in 2015.
Step inside any of the three branches and you’ll feel that ever-present cozy vibe enveloping you right away. All branches combine rustic and industrial chic, with the brick walls, exposed wooden beams, hanging lights, mismatched furniture, and assorted knickknacks like wooden crates and coffee bags. The wine shelves are still prominently on display, but there are little improvements if you look carefully.
“We merged with Barcino, Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, and Meat Depot,” reveals marketing manager Monica Modomo, who also mentioned that all four names are now under Restaurant Concept Group, Inc. “Since the new acquisition, we’ve decided to enhance and revamp the look of Single Origin. We didn’t want to completely change how it looks, but at the same time, we wanted to do something different and go outside our comfort zone.”
Regulars will have something different to sample thanks to the four new must-try dishes and four rum-based craft cocktails launched this October. Modomo shares, “Single Origin, at its essence, is known for the coffee—we offer single origin and single origin blends. But of course we want to transition from all-day breakfast to being a place where people can have lunch, afternoon tea, and late-night drinks.”
This one-stop shop still serves the staples like sandwiches, pizza, pasta, pancakes, and other Western specialties, but you can check out new flavors like the Hong Kong French Toast (P350). This is a twist on their classic French toast, which has been a bestseller since the restaurant’s inception. Picture thick slices of brioche with peanut butter in between, drizzled with condensed milk, topped with whipped butter and a dusting of powdered sugar. There’s even maple syrup on the side in case you don't find it sinful enough. It’s best eaten upon serving so you can enjoy the soft bread and all those sweet, sweet layers. The serving’s pretty huge, so you might want to split it, whether you have it for brunch or dessert.
On the savory side, there are couple of decadent items like the Lobster Sandwich (P720) that’s loaded with imported lobster claw and meat, held together by a buttery brioche buns and a garlic aioli spread. True, it’s the priciest sandwich on the list, but you’ll notice they’re pretty generous with the crustacean–you can even see the shelled lobster claws whole, as well as the rest of the shellfish meat in thick chunks. It has a decent slather of the aioli, which adds a good punch to the mild seafood flavor. In between bites, grab some addictive truffle chips or have a healthy nibble of the side salad with vinaigrette.
Take a break from the usual mini burgers and try the Soft Shell Crab Sliders (P495), beer-battered soft shell crab sandwich intensified with the addition of wasabi, remoulade, and coleslaw. There are three sliders in one order so you can easily share it with others, but we wouldn't be surprised if you might want to keep it all to yourself, because you won’t get this anywhere else. You’ll fall in love with the briny taste of the crab, accented by the wasabi sauce and creamy coleslaw. It’s full of textures and flavors—just the stuff of foodie dreams. Did we mention that it comes with truffle chips on the side?
In case you’re still craving some comfort food, nothing satisfies quite like the Truffle Mac & Cheese (P440), a baked pasta dish that blends together Mornay sauce, cheddar, parmesan, truffle cream, and bacon bits. You’ll be seduced by the whiff of that earthy scent even before you get a bite of the pasta: the al dente macaroni is thickly coated with béchamel and cheese. It comes with sliced baguette, which adds much-needed crunch to the meal.
Looking for something sweet at the end? Coffee, perhaps? Hit two birds with one stone with the iced version of their Salted Caramel Latte (P185/16oz). It’s espresso poured over in-house caramel and textured milk, served in a tall glass with sea salt on the rim. Pro tip: Ask to have it made with your preferred single origin bean for an additional P20. In fact, you can make this request for any of the espresso-based drinks.
But should you want to linger, keep yourself company with any of the new craft cocktails, made with premium rum from Venezuela. Among the four offerings, the Ginger Diplo (P350) is the most refreshing with its spritz. It’s an easy drink that’s a good mix of Diplomatico Mantuano Rum and ginger ale, garnished with a rosemary twig on top. Other light libations are the fruity and floral Heavenly Daquiri (P290) and Stiggin’s Daquiri (P290). The first one is a classic daquiri with Diplomatico Planas, lime, syrup, while the latter’s got a twist in that ot uses Stiggin’s Fancy Pineapple Rum. The most spirited-forward drink among them is the Venezuelan Old Fashioned (P450). It has a strong combo of Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva, simple syrup, and Scrappy’s Aromatic Bitter, which gives quite a kick at first sip.
You might even chance upon Motown music in the Rockwell branch, or jazz night in BGC—Single Origin holds live music events twice a month at each venue. Go ahead and enjoy the music with either coffee or cocktails, we won’t judge.
See a list of Single Origin branches.
Photos by Majoy Siason