Enjoy Avant-Garde Kapampangan Cuisine at Cafe Fleur

September 09, 2017


We went there about a month or so cuz we’re bored and we got money to burn, no I’m kidding I’m actually in dire need of money hahaha, we wanted to break in our new auto before I went on my Cebu trip. So as we were looking for a place to go for a short trip, I came across my friend’s instagram post which had a lot of interesting-looking food so when I asked her where it was, she said it was Cafe Fleur.



Located at Angeles Pampanga, this cafe features avant-garde Kapangpangan Cuisine by Chef Sau del Rosario. Without spoiling anything else, I’ll get on with the review.



Appetizer

Pako Savage (225php)
Watermelon, salted egg, kesong puti coconut vinigar garlic and chili



Can we talk about the appearance for just a second, haha cuz I’m really loving this mix of color. Anyway, this salad is a bit typical, for those who are not familiar with how filipinos prepare a pako salad, it’s the usual mix of pako, salted egg, onions and tomato. the only thing that makes this one unique is the watermelon, but i love this dish still, mostly because of the not so strong or pungent vinaigrette that comes with it

Kalabasa et Corn (175php). 
Pumpkin, coconut cream, red curry



You all probably know by now how obsessed I am with pumpkin soup, and Chef Sau’s Kalabasa et Corn was a hit for me. The creamy coconut, the pumpkin base, the sweetness of the corn, and red curry flavor are mixed very well. It’s like Kalabasa on Fleek! 

Salted egg Crusted Chicken Wings (275php)
Chili sauce and curry leaves



I did not like it as much as thought I would, It was just plain spicy for me, and the spice overpowered the salted egg flavor.

Main Dish

Crispy Pork Belly Macadamia Kare-Kare (285php) 
Eggplant, sitaw, rice



I’am obsessed, I love this, it’s sweet and you can really taste the macadamia nuts, the crispy pork belly was cooked to perfection. However I do have to recognize how thick the sauce was, it reminded me of those KareKare cooked with peanut butter and not actual ground peanuts. Im not sure if they used store bought macadamia nut butter (yes people it exists), or you actually get that texture if you cook KareKare with macadamia nuts, anywhoo, It’s a yes for me.

Pesang Apahap (575php)
Tomato and pechay



It was ok, nothing new really, but it was cooked well.

Almond Crusted Cobbler Fillet (295php)
Calamansi aioli, rice and veggies 



Ok I’m not loving this one cuz it was super dry, and it was super tough, the breading was good though


Cafe Fleur Style Lengua (375php)
Ox tongue, potato, carrots, olives and corn



This lengua is so delish, the sauce is very well seasoned and the tongue is cooked perfectly well. I’m loving it.


Grilled Fresh Ulang (425php)
River Shrimp, alige, and coconut sauce 



I love this one as well, the river shrimp is firm yet soft, and is easy to chew which is a good sign that a shrimp is perfectly cooked. (Feeling pro tip: if your shrimp is hard to chew it’s undercooked, if it doesnt have that sort of soft-crispy-skin (not shell) then it’s overcooked) the sauce tastes good, a bit typical but done exquisitely.


Dessert and Drinks 


Brazo de Calamansi, Salted Choco Caramel Cake, and Pandan Sansrival


Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie


Pineapple coconut Smoothie




The building has a heritage facade that is quite reminiscent of our Spanish colonial times. In front they have a huge parking space. They also have an al fresco, and cocktail area where people smoke.



Inside the cafe there are a lot of vintage decors like the flat iron that works with coal, or the metal cups and vintage looking kettles. To sum up the aesthetic would be hard because it’s kind of like a mixture of Filipino, American, and Japanese sensibilities which figures since Chef Sau’s motto is “Cooking my way to your heart through my travels”



While I like everything about this cafe, I’m not a fan of the lighting, it was too dark when we dined there, (my photos are awesome I know, cuz Im that humble hahaha, but it was all thanks to Lightroom and not their actual lighting)





Their staff was ok, very accommodating and hospitable, however the food took a tad bit too long than expected, but nonetheless we’re satisfied with the service.




I appreciate a restaurant that serves scrumptious dishes with a gorgeous presentation, Cafe Fleur has both, which is why I’m giving them a rating of 4/5. It could be higher should the interior ambiance, and time of service improve.



Cafe Fleur
L-463B Miranda Street, Barangay Sto. Rosario
Angeles City
0995 313 8413
Monday to Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm 
Friday and Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm 
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00pm


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