Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bench Cafe, Bonifacio Global City

Find it at the second floor of the Bench Flagship Store at Bonifacio High Street!

Today marks the opening of the first ever Bench Cafe located at the Bench Flagship Store in Bonifacio Global City. The cafe is a partnership between Suyen Corporation and FooDee Global Concepts, of which Chef Carlo Miguel is now the corporate executive chef.

The other day, we were invited for a sneak peek and let me tell you, the place looks gorgeous!
Check out these photos I took:
The prices aren't bad either. Get All Day Merienda dishes from Php 129 and silog meals from Php 139. 
But the main highlight, at least for me, are the Bench/To - their version of bento-style meals where you get meat/seafood, vegetables, and rice (which you can choose to upgrade to garlic rice, dilis rice, talangka rice, or bagoong rice). Prices for the Bench/To meals range from Php 239 to Php 439.

Tinapa Cones (P129)
crispy lumpia cones filled with tinapa mousse and salsa

Pinoy Caprese (P149)
salad of compressed watermelon, kesong puti, and basil with cane vinegar gastrique 

Binagoongang Caesar with Dilis (P149)
romaine lettuce with bacon and croutons in a creamy bagoong and queso de bola dressing

Shrimp Suha Salad (P239)
prawn and pomelo salad with coriander and calamansi dressing

Sisig Lettuce Cup (P239)
crispy sisig served with lettuce cups and calamansi foam

Arrozcaldo (P199)
rice porridge with ginger chicken ballotine and chicharon

Bonggalmusal (P319)
the silog meal with everything in it; served with garlic rice, crispy egg, roasted tomato, and atsara

Now for the Bench/To:

B4 (P319)
chicken pork adobo, tortang talong with Bench salsa, atsara, and Ifugao rice

B6 (P389)
beef kare kare with bagoong, tortang talong with Bench salsa, atsara, and Ifugao rice

B9 (P429)
beef kaldereta, inasal liempo, pinakbet with Bench salsa, atsara and Ifugao rice 
(upgraded to Dilis rice for additional Php 20)

B10 (P439)
US angus short ribs bistek, inihaw na pusit, gising gising with Bench salsa, atsara, and Ifugao rice 
(upgraded to Dilis rice for an additional Php 20)

Rice upgrades:
Garlic Rice - Php 10 / Dilis Rice - Php 20 / Bagoong Rice - Php 20 / Talangka Rice - Php 40

For dessert, we had the following:

Flan B (P185)
baked caramelized custard with macapuno

Tsoknut Ice Cream Sandwich (P150)
toasted ensaymada filled with tsoknut ice cream

Drinks to try:

Sago't Gulaman (P60) / Pandan Latik (P155)

These are just some of the dishes you can expect to find at the newly opened Bench Cafe. Personally, I recommend getting the Tinapa Cones, the Beef Caldereta Bench/To (B9), Flan B, and Pandan Latik (at least those were my favorites). Let me know which are yours!

Bench Cafe is located at the 2F Bench Boutique BGC Flagship Store, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City.
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