Whether you’re a student finding a place to finish a paper, yuppies dining out with friends, a couple going on a casual date, or a family that just wants to eat together, The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is the place for you. This is because every dish was created with the same foundation – the concept of serving comfort food. And well, comfort + food? Surely we have all craved for this pairing… myself probably once a week!
I was invited to dine at The Fat Seed for a restaurant review. For someone who lives all the way in Makati, going to UP Town Center was a road trip. So let me jump to an early conclusion and say I was glad that dinner was a pleasant experience.
Rustic, industrial, with splashes of modern art, the look and feel of the place will make anyone want to stay a while. All throughout the time that we were dining, almost all the tables were occupied.
For dinner, we were served the restaurant’s best-sellers. On the top of my list to try was their Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle in Salted Egg Sauce (Php 325). This dish is perfect for those who like alternating between sweet and salty flavors during meals. The Salted Egg Sauce with the Ube Waffle is rich and filling and pairs well with the crispy and juicy texture of the chicken and the taste of the bacon-maple sauce.
Got an appetite to satisfy? The generous serving of The Fat Seed Signature Porkchop (Php 395) will hit the spot. I had a cooking technique crash course from Chef Ivan Tan who shared the pork was brined instead of marinated. This is the reason why despite the size of the meat, moisture was still retained, making it an easy eat. The salty flavors of the pork chop and home-made miso strike balance with the sweetness of the puréed sweet potato and beet sauce on the side.
Completing my top 3 dishes of the night is the Hotate Soy Cream Pasta (Php 385). Pasta AND non-pasta lovers come over! This signature dish bursting with well-loved Japanese flavors and a wildly creamy texture is a treat for your taste buds. This made me very much curious about their Tartufo Pasta (Php 310) which I’ll be trying the next time I’m there.
We were also served off-the-menu drinks created just that night by owner Bryant Dee. The Rojito (Red Mojito) and Purple Haze would be every good conversation’s perfect accessory. I love how the Rojito masks the taste of the alcohol. If you prefer tasting more of your liquor, go for the whiskey sour taste of the Purple Haze. Prices would play at around Php 200 – 300. Oh, and pair this with their Mushroom Fritters (Php 175)! This less-guilt alternative to appetizer binge-eating is a must table staple.
To cap off the night we were served some of the café’s signature coffees. Order their Peaberry (Php 135) for that extra jolt you need to finish that gruesome final paper or their Coffee Cubes (Php 150) to battle this INTENSE Manila summer heat.
The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is the Dee family’s (of People Are People) first foray into the restaurant industry. And with what I’m seeing, it will definitely not be the last!
The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery
G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City (Near Uniqlo)
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
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