Bench started as a small retail store selling men’s t-shirt in 1987. After 30 years, it has grown into a global lifestyle brand that includes a ladies’ line, underwear, fragrances, and now they extend their reach to the culinary world. The brand for over 30 years was able to build a global stature that represents what a good Filipino brand should be.
Bench Cafe is located at the 2F Bench Flagship Store, 9th Ave, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City.Giving homage to the best Filipino dishes.
With Eric Dee from the FOODEE Global Concepts, the same group who brought in Tim Ho Wan and Todd English Food Hall.
With Executive Chef, Chef Carlo Miguel at the helm. Bench Cafe stays true to their mantra of promoting and supporting local by showcasing classic Filipino dishes served in an unconventional way.
Some of the best meals we’ve all had were in the comfort of our own homes. With the Bench Café, they wanted to copy that experience. Bench as a brand for the past 30 years promotes Filipino flare.
The principle that we love about this newly opened cafe is that they have combined elements of classic and modern Filipino dishes to create a selection that highlights our own cuisine. Unlike with most mainstream young Filipino restaurants opening in the market that played TOO MUCH with techniques. Bench Cafe is simple yet elegantly executed.
Drinks are handcrafted to give homage to different familiar and comforting Filipino flavors we grew up to incorporated into their hot & cold drinks, cocktails, and cakes — all with a Pinoy twist.
“Everything’s done locally. Our drinks, our coffee beans, chocolates are sourced locally because of the branding that they ‘love local,'” Dee said.
Bench Cafe starts you off with local versions of international favorites such as Pinoy Caprese, Binagoongan Caesar with Dilis Salad and Shrimp Suha Salad.
The Pinoy Caprese (149 PHP) had a base of watermelon instead of the usual tomatoes and made of our local kesong puti topped with basil and a cane vinegar gastrique. It was very refreshing and well balanced in flavor.
The Binagoongan Casar with Dilis Salad (149 PHP), might sound far from the original but the flavors of a classic Caesar salad are intact. The serve this with romaine lettuce with dilis croutons and a creamy bagoong and queso de bola dressing.
The Shrimp with Suha Salad (239 PHP), prawns and pomelo with a coriander and calamansi dressing.
Tinapa Cones(129 PHP)
Homemade Crispy Lumpia cones filled with Tinapa mouse and salsa. Crispy, smooth, and tangy. The different textures and flavors of this dish plays well balancing the contrast of all the ingredients.
Sisig Lettuce Wrap(239 PHP)
Crispy Sisig served with a lettuce cups and calamansi Foam. The calamansi foam was an interesting aspect of the dish, and the lettuce was a great way to combine the whole dish together.
Bongalmusal Silog(319 PHP)
This comes with portions of US Beef Tapa, Tocino, Daing na Bangus, Spam and Crispy Corned Beef. This is topped with their vinegar foam, that’s very evident each time you take a bite of their tapa, tocino, and daing. Each element of the dish is delicious and fulfilling.
Bench Cafe introduces the BENCH/TO meals, these are wooden trays with one main dish, one vegetable dish, one side dish and rice that’s served with atchara. It’s the local play into the Japanese bento box that dwelves around the idea of several different flavors and items that appear in one box to form a complete meal.
Fat Girls Day Out BENCH/TO favorites:
B9 Beef Kaldereta with Inasal Liempo, and Pinakbet (429 PHP)
Their slow cooked Beef Kaldereta was tender, and full flavor. It had a rich thick tomato sauce that was brimming with flavor. A lot of restaurants struggle with executing a Kaldereta dish, but Bench Cafe hits the just the right spot. It is delicisous. Try this with the dilis rice, it’s crunchy and adds an edge to your meal.
B10 US Angus Short Ribs Bistek, Inihaw na Pusit and Gising Gising (439 PHP)
The US Angus was tender and coated with the citrusy soy sauce and onions. It was seasoned exactly how we like our bistek Tagalog. It’s refined and homey at the same time. The Pusit was cooked perfectly and filled to the brim with tomatoes and onions. The Gising Gising had a strong coconut taste that could only come from fresh coconut milk. The combination of flavors of the B10 is just perfect.
Among the other viand choices are kare-kare, sisig, lechon kawali, tortang talong, and chicken inasal. Price points are between 250php and 400php.
All of their desserts make use of shaved ice with milk, similar to that of the Korean Bingsu. This innovation to our traditional deserts, enhance the flavor and avoid the usual struggles encountered when having your Halo Halo.
Their Flan B is shaped like a letter B, and is smooth, rich, and creamy. Similar to how our mom makes it. It has just the right amount of sweetness and is not overpowering.
Bench Cafe might be new to the Food scene, but we are foreseeing that they will stay for a very long time. Each dish is well thought out to show how unique and complex each of our varying Pinoy flavors can get. Rich and bold flavors are present in every dish we’ve tasted that night. Come thru and experience their food yourself.
The Bench Café
- Second Floor, Bench Flagship Store, Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue Corner Lane O, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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