Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory opened the 2nd branch of their cafe in the Philippines at the G/F of Estancia Mall’s East Wing. The Philippines have the only 2 Tokyo Milk Cheese cafes in the world serving their own take on Japanese comfort food.
House Potato Chips with Nori Aioli (P180). These are pretty good, crispy and well fried with nary a hint of oil. Keeping with the Japanese theme, they went with a nori(seaweed) aioli which gives it a nice creamy and umami flavor.
Sweet Corn Tempura (P260). This was my favorite dish, generous amounts of sweet corn covered in tempura batter. Perfect for adults and kids alike.
Crispy Kani Salad (P360). This salad is quite ordinary, lots of crisp textures but the flavor just wasn’t memorable. Skip it.
Forest Mushroom Soup (P230). This was an enjoyable cup with a good dose of earthiness to complement the fresh cream.
Tropical Peach Iced Tea (P125). I was expecting a discernible peach flavor in this drink but it was so mild I could hardly recognize the difference between this one and the Citrus Iced tea (P125) that Irene ordered. It’s a good drink, fruity and refreshing but temper your expectations.
Hayashi Beef Omurice (P395). This was my choice for main, tomato rice pilaf covered in fluffy egg with a side of beef and onions. Not bad but I’ve had much better omu rice plates before.
Chicken Cheese Omurice (P350). Tomato rice pilaf with chicken cubes wrapped in fluffy egg with tasty cheese bechamel sauce. I enjoyed this more than my hayashi beef omurice. The flavors were just more balanced with the bechamel being a better match to the tomato rice.
12 Hour Short Rib Sandwich (P485). Pulled beef ribs, pickled red cabbage and parsley aioli in between sourdough bread. I wasn’t able to try this one but our dining companions said it was good. Ebiko Carbonara (P345). Japanese style carbonara pasta topped with ebiko, poached egg and fresh shavings of Pecorino Romano. Molten Mozzarella Hamburg (P440). Mozzarella stuffed mini hamburger patties topped with more cheese, tomatoes and lettuce and served with a side of house potato chips.
Summer Berry Pancake (P315). Thick fluffy Japanese pancakes topped with mixed berry compote and a side of Nama cream. I loved this very much and changed my mind about Japanese pancakes after the disaster that is Am.Pm in Ayala Malls Manila Bay.
Creme Brulee Pancake (P265). I found this bottom pancake lacking the creme Anglaise sauce and the burnt sugar. It would better to serve them separately or with a side of more creme Anglaise.
Milk Pie (P100). These are the single best thing to buy at Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory, even more than their famous cookies. Freshly baked cream puff pastries filled with creamy and silky Hokkaido milk cream. If you see them at the store, buy it immediately, I’ve passed by the store a couple of times but it was always sold out. The Cow Cow ice cream is a wonderful consolation prize if you don’t get to buy the Milk Pie.
*The Milk Pie is only available at their cafe outlets and the retail store in Okada*
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory CafeG/F Estancia Mall East Wing
Capitol Commons, Pasig City
Contact No. (632) 7746-0973
Facebook Page: Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory
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