Botan Black Cafe is the new upscale sibling of Taiwanese joint, Botan Red. Both restaurants are owned by a Taiwanese national and uses many imported ingredients from Taiwan to give you the authentic flavor. Botan Black occupies the old space of 2nd’s and instead of the dark and cozy library feel and replaced by globes of gold, comfy couches and lots of light. If you take a closer look at the pillows they join up and spell Botan Black.
Their menu is made up of mix of Botan Red favorites and new dishes as well as their plentiful selection of drinks.
Start off your meal with some nibblers like the Kiamoy Sweet Potato Fries (P99). Sweet potato fries drizzled with salty dried plum powder. The powder gives it a distinctive taste and heightens the flavor of the sweet potato. I’ve used the same powder as dipping for fruits after discovering it in Taipei.
Ba-kih Noodle Soup (P210). I was quite surprised at how different this was to the ba-kih I was used to. The noodles they used are flattish and lighter in color, my thinking is flour noodles instead of the egg noodles used in the ba-kih I know and love. Lots of slices mushrooms and scrambled egg plus the silky noodles make this a very hearty choice. The serving size was also very generous, can be shared among a few table if you have lots of other orders.
Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (P300). A staple that you’ll find everywhere in Taiwan. A slightly spicy broth with tender chunks of simmered beef, green onion, a few greens and slurp-able noodles.
BBQ Sauce Beef with KangKong (P300). One of the Thai cuisine leaning dishes on Botan’s menu. There’s a slight spiciness and aroma of basil and a fair amount of sauce to go with the tender beef slices and sliced kangkong/morning glory.
Spicy Basil Fish Cake (P250). Fishcake sliced into pieces then sauteed with chili and basil with a rice calling sauce. I love fishcake and the slightly spicy flavor made it even better.
Crispy Chicken (P399/half). You can find it in almost every Chinese restaurant but Botan does it well with crispy skin, well seasoned and still juicy meat. For the less adventurous eater.
Triple Delight Milk Tea (P100/700ml) and Sea Foam Black Tea (P100/700ml). Both drinks have the strong tea taste we look for in our milk teas and much larger than the ones you can find in the malls. The triple delight comes with nata de coco, pudding and pearls in classic milk tea so there’s lots of stuff to suck and chew. The sea foam is similar like the cream cheese foam you find in other milk tea shops.
Shabu Shabu with Beef (P520/ for 2). This is only available for dinner service but is perfect for the rainy weather. You can slurp your soup and eat your meat while waiting for the traffic to subside. Comes with lots of vegetables and vermicelli as well as 2 special sauces to enhance your eating.
Banana Choco Waffle (P235). Chocoholics will love this dessert. Thick and chewy waffle pieces, sliced bananas, scoop of chocolate ice cream, cream and a wafer stick all drizzled in chocolate sauce.
Bean Bean Land Taiwan Shaved Ice (P160). A mix of mung beans, red beans and peanuts topped on fine shaved ice with sugar syrup. Not a big fan of this one but it’s very popular in Botan Red also as well as in Taiwan. So if love the beans then go and get a bowl of this one.
Botan Black Cafe has good Taiwanese food that will satiate your wanderlust of going on a trip. There’s a good variety of dishes as well as good milk tea priced reasonably and served in great surroundings. For lunch they have a number of rice topping options under P200, great for a quick and filling meal in case some might be intimidated by the look of the restaurant.
Botan Black Cafe2/F Wumaco Bldg.
Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio
Taguig City, Philippines
Contact No.: (632) 873-9999
Operating Hours: M-S – 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Facebook Page: Botan Black Cafe
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