What’s your favorite quote? One of ours is by Julia Child. “People who love to eat are always the best people.” But eating is just half the story. The search for a good place to eat is a whole other question. So our food quest has brought us back to the Legarda area for a cafe which we could describe as memorable… Quoted Cafe!
By its name you can probably guess what the cafe’s theme is… typography! Expect to see some quotable quotes surprising you at every corner. Even before you step into the door, a painted brick wall says, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.”
We shared a conversation with Jessica Del Rosario, one of the owners of Quoted Cafe. According to her, she wants the restaurant to be a place that feeds the soul. Literally and figuratively, this cafe brings meaning to the term “comfort food”. As we tried the different dishes, we found that there was a recurring feel of indulgence that came with the food.
Many of the dishes are meant to be shared, just like this wooden plank of Quesadilla Fajitas (PHP 165). The quesadillas are stuffed with chicken and cheese, and a light salsa is served on the side. Someone say, “Arrriiibaaaa!”
Our mouths watered as soon as the plate of Quoted Spare Ribs (PHP 205) was set on the table. For its hefty size, the price was more than reasonable. The meat was juicy and tender to the bone. And who doesn’t love a good, smoky barbecue sauce? Let’s not forget the side of vegetables that comes along with it.
Health buffs might love the Open-faced Hearty Sandwich (PHP 145). When it was served to us, it looked like a tiny garden. Underneath the abundance of alfalfa sprouts are slices of tomato and gooey mozarella cheese. A sweet sauce is sprinkled all over it. Since we were distracted with the other food on the table, the bread absorbed the sauce. So quick tip: finish the sandwich before the bread becomes soggy!
Salted egg-flavored snacks have gained popularity this year, and Quoted Cafe jumped on the trend train with their own version of Salted Egg Fries. It was spicy and salty at the same time. While they’re still perfecting the recipe, we can’t wait for it to be officially part of the menu.
The big winner of our dining experience was the Chicken Parmigiana (PHP 175). This entree was layer upon layer of texture and flavor. The chicken breast was crusted and fried, drizzled with tomato sauce, topped with cheese sauce, and garnished with parmesan cheese and herbs. We could probably compare it to a pizza or lasagna, but with chicken!
Give yourself a “cheat day” with a plate of Red Velvet Oreos with Ice Cream (PHP 120). The name says it all. Five pieces of Oreos dipped in red velvet batter with vanilla ice cream to match, topped off with chocolate and caramel syrup. Just thinking about it makes us go “uuunnhhhh.”
FInally, among their blended drinks are these buckets of delicious slush. For about 240 to 260 pesos, you can share this hefty drink with your significant other or your non-laway-conscious friends. Amounting to 32 ounces, these are about the size of two Starbucks grande frappes, so we applaud you if you can finish one on your own! We really loved the Blue Raspberry Yogurt, but if you want to stay on the safe side, there’s always Matcha Green Tea.
Many find Quoted Cafe to be a conducive place for studying or working online. The place is generally peaceful, and the working customers are probably constantly motivated by the inspirational quotes around them. heehee
They have a corner of knick knacks with inspirational messages, such as book marks, calendars, notebooks, and other decor. Even their cute table succulents are for sale, so you could take one home if one of them speaks to you. They also have “Pick a Quote” bowls filled with cute wrapped papers, kind of like opening a fortune cookie.
The giant collage on one of the walls says, “Get busy living or get busy dying,” and one way to “live” is to take a break and enjoy some great food, even better enjoy it with company. Quoted Cafe definitely left a sparkle in us. Visit them at Bukaneg Street, Legarda Road. They’re open from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm.
Here’s a Map!