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Zomato #FoodieMeetUp: Frank & Dean Burgos Circle, TaguigFriday, March 25, 2016
Prior to going to this foodie meetup, I did a little researching about Frank & Dean, and the term "third wave" kept coming up. I drink coffee occasionally or unless really needed and my knowledge is limited to frappes and blended beverages and "iced" so I'm clueless as to what 'third wave coffee' meant.
According to this website, which tackled the first, second and third wave coffee:
Third Wave references the current movement within specialty coffee that appreciates coffee as an artisan or craft beverage. Coffee, in all of its processes, from the origin of the harvested bean to the roasting and brewing process, is treated with the same reverence as fine wine and craft beer.
In the first wave, the consumer led the way. It was all about availability to the masses on a national scale. With second wave, the coffee was better, but marketing the experience was the driving force. With third wave, production and marketing take the back seat, and the product takes center stage. So basically, the third wave of coffee is a movement to produce high-quality coffee, and consider coffee as an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity. (Thanks, Wiki!) Oh there goes that term, artisanal, it's been thrown around a lot these days. But wait, is Frank and Dean going to be... hipster-ish?
(On a side note, I guess Manila's on a third wave high right now because there are a bunch of new coffee shops opening here and there, proclaiming themselves to be third wave cafes, to the delight of coffee enthusiasts.)
Frank & Dean is tucked away in a corner, out of sight from the more popular restaurants that are actually near the rotund in Burgos Circle. It has that relaxed ambiance, nothing felt rushed considering the foodie meetup was held at lunch time. It doesn't have that intimidating vibe that I feel with some upscale restos and cafes (IDK if that's just me or what). It's contemporary and cool.
The same people behind the crowd favorite, Pablo's Pub & Restaurant were also the ones responsible for opening Frank & Dean. If Pablo's was named after Pablo Escobar, this 'cafe x kitchen' was named after Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, two of the most influential music icons back in the day.
I love the industrial chic, semi-rustic theme of the cafe. Brick walls? Check. Steel materials? Check. Wooden fixtures? Check. It also had some hints of vintage because of the retro knickknacks all around: a vinyl player, chalkboards and walls that double as mood boards. The wooden pallets and metal caging of sorts that held the lights were a great touch! The way the natural light enters the cafe was also perfect for, of course, Instagram-ming their equally picture perfect food.
For this Zomato meet-up, the grub that they chose to serve us were items that make them different from other coffee shops and restaurants around the metro; they offer three things that most of us look for in a menu: coffee, chicken and pizza. You can come here for the Yardstick coffee (yes, they partnered with Yardstick for all your coffee needs), and maybe if, in the long run, you need to stay longer, you can order their chicken and/or pizza for lunch or dinner so you don't have to go to another place.
|Southern Fried Chicken with Waffles|
I was impressed by their Southern Fried Chicken with Waffles because of the salty-sweet flavors complementing each other. I've always thought that crispy fried chicken is always best paired with rice but this works just as well! The chicken was juicy and flavorful; the skin, crispy and tasty to the last bite. This has been FxD's signature dish but you can opt to have instead doughnuts, mac n’ cheese or the good ol' rice. The waffles had that crunchy exterior but light and airy inside. Don't forget to drizzle the maple syrup all over to intensify its and the chicken's flavors. I found this really good and I will definitely come back for this.
|More Southern Fried Chicken goodness!|
|Five Cheese, All Meat and Pepperoni Pizzas (12 inches)|
I found their pizza moderately well. Maybe it's because the pizza turned cold with all the photo-taking we did. Hahaha. #bloggerproblems Flavor-wise, it's not as delectable and tasty as I'd hoped. Maybe I'm looking for the comfort that a greasy pizza brings.
These bite-sized doughnuts are what we had for dessert, which were served warm, that went perfect with my F&D Basic Cold Brew. And because I like my coffee on the sweet side (to the point it's almost not coffee anymore hahaha), I asked for sweeteners and milk. Perfect!
Frank & Dean also serves liquor and cocktails for those evening hangout with friends. Proceed to their second floor to see their small bar and al fresco tables if you prefer feeling the night breeze.
There's this red wooden door that's peculiarly placed beside the mini bar and you'll discover that it's a telephone booth with 5 vintage phones in it. Lift the right handset and you might find a secret passageway and be transported to a concealed watering hole perfect for a late night to early morning of cocktails and spirits with your squad. Ssshh. You didn't read that here, okay? ;)
Eventhough Frank & Dean screams hipster vibes, their food is uncomplicated, unpretentious and effortless -- some of the comfort food classics that we all love. They have all-day breakfast, pasta, salads, soups, mains, sandwiches, coffee, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, and even a secret space that can make you stay here from sun up to sun down and until the sun rises again!