CHECK IT OUT: Benny’s Café at Rustan’s Makati

A coterie of classic Pinoy favorites hold court at the newly opened Benny’s Cafe at Rustan’s Makati.

 

Benny’s Cafe serves Pinoy food favorites.

Benny’s Café recently opened at Rustan’s Makati with Filipino pecialties from different parts of the country. The space which was formerly called Blast Off in the 70s and mid-80s, Yum Yum Tree Cafe in the 80s and 90s, then Le Gourmet was renamed after Rustan’s founder Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr. The café’s opening also coincided with the supermarket’s 40th year anniversary.

Benny’s Pinakbet Rice (P170). Click for more photos.

With culinary consultant Chef Beth Romualdez at the helm, Benny’s Café’s menu is a nod to Pinoy cuisine with signature dishes that include Crispy Pata (Fried Pork Knuckles) with Garlic and Chili (P485), Pinakbet Rice (P170), Aligui Rice (P120) and Crispy Pla-pla with Mustasa at Buro (P250). Other specialties include Ginataang Puso ng Saging (P145), Lechong Kawali with Lemongrass Sauce (P175), Sari-saring inihaw na gulay at sawsawan (Ratatoulle version) with Patis Bicol (P195), Ensaladang Pako at Itlog na Maalat (P135), and Talbos ng Kamote at Suha (P120). Says Romualdez on the choice of dishes, "I based the menu choices on various tastes and preferences. I wanted them to be appealing to a broad variety of palates."

Benny’s Café also has a pizza and pasta bar which greets customers at the front of the café. Handmade pasta and freshly-made pizzas are made everyday, including Pumpkin Ravioli, Agnolotti Quadrati, Gnocchi, and Linguine with several sauces available: Aglio Olio, Ragu Bolognese, Wild Mushroom, and Alfredo sauce.

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