Overall, Kafe Batwan combines modern cuisine with traditional dishes. Good enough to draw in foreign diners whom we spotted excitedly ticking off items from the menu. Good job, Chef Jayps!
We've been wanting to check out Chef Jayps' Kafe Batwan in Rockwell but each time, it would rain -- as it pours -- and we'd instead choose not to cross the street from Power Plant Mall to this corner building where Kafe Batwan is.
The high ceiling with "drop lighting" is welcoming. And it's easy to be entertained by the writing on the wall. Or on the glass. Literally. The reviews by celebrities and popular foodies are on display here. In their own handwriting!
We were intrigued by the Trio of Pinoy Spreads for appetizers: Biscocho Pandesal slices with Monggo Labuyo, eggplant with Salted egg and tahong ginamos. I can skip this in my next visit, though the fancy names amused me.
The two teens ordered the Inasal Burrito and Adobo Flakes with egg and garlic coconut rice. Both scored well! I shared my Madrid Fusion Batchoy as one bowl of this sinful goodness is just too much. Yum but not healthy. 😔
The kurobuta charsiu graces this 12 hour soup stock filled with noodles and innards. Pricey at P480 a bowl but then again, it's NOT your usual bowl of super batchoy.
The Inasal Pecho is as good as expected. Just like in Sarsa, this Ilonggo dish is tops. Can't say the same though for their Dinuguan, which wasn't bad but neither outstanding.
This 2nd time around, I didn't miss the Grilled Ribs, Tuna Skin Cracklings and Pancit Palabok with all its sinful crunchies from fried pusit to talangka to chicharon to aligi! Oh my Lord! All 3 are good additions to our "repeat orders" of batchoy, inasal, trio of local spreads and adobo flakes. Not to forget, we were also happy with our local drinks: Batwan Bliss which is really like gin with sour batwan and cucumbers. That plus the pot-sticking molo appetizers!