My Café Enye Experience
I love going on food trips, and I especially love it when the chow place I try earns a check mark in all the right areas. That’s what Café Enye got from me when I tried it out several days back. Café Enye is a restaurant in Eastwood City that serves Colonial Spanish cuisine. Actually, it’s sort of like a fusion restaurant serving a wonderful mixture of Moroccan, Spanish, and Argentinian dishes. They’re open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., so it’s the perfect place to go to when you want filling breakfast, a hearty brunch, or simply just to chill out with your friends (they have happy hour!).
The restaurant is quite new but it was filled to the rafters when we went there. I’m thinking Café Enye picked the perfect spot since establishments in the area cater to all, from the A to the D crowd. Yoga moms, those who work at IBM, students, families, and an odd mix of people troop to Eastwood every day, so Café Enye is guaranteed to get its fair share of patrons. I, for one, tried it out since I’m from the area; it’s near where I live so I don’t have to brave the heaviest of traffics.
One thin you should know about me is I have an abuela, or grandmother, who loves to cook Spanish dishes. She cooks a lot of Spanish fares, which I must say are all very good. So, it’s hard for me to trust Spanish restaurants since I always end up comparing their dishes to those that my grandma cooks. Not Café Enye, though. I LOVED IT and I loved everything that I tried!
I learned that Café Enye’s owners always wanted to put up a Spanish restaurant, and in particular, they wanted to infuse their dishes with spices from Spain, Argentina, and Morocco. They wanted to take the spice route, so they based their menu on it and started concocting meals that fused the flavors of those places. The chefs, one is Spanish while the other one is German, make everything from scratch (even roasting their own coffee!), and with their combined tastes in cooking, you can just imagine how well-thought of their meals are.
Now we get to the yummy part of the food trip – the fares we tried. For pinchitos (Spanish meat skewers), we had the Pollo Croquette, which was a chicken dish. I also ordered the Chorizo de Abuela since I am particularly fond of my grandma’s chorizo, and this didn’t disappoint. It was flavorful, and well, I’m such a big fan of spices, so I liked this one a lot. We also had Callos Buns, which was like your typical siopao except that it was filled with callos, one of my favorite Spanish dishes. Verdict for the Callos Buns – big check mark! We also tried Pinchitos Pescado (fish dish) and Scotch Eggs Huevos Rellenos Chorizo, an Argentinian special and a must-order!
For the main course, we tried the Pasta Negra, which was so good. A word to the wise, though, don’t try it if you’re eating there with your date lest you both want to end up covered in squid ink (wink). We also had the Basque Fish Fillet, a special from Spain. This particularly got me more excited for my upcoming trip to Spain; I am so ready to go on a food trip in Spain and try their other delectable dishes. Finally, we had Moroccan Chicken Curry, which is hands-down my favorite among all the dishes we tried. It was flavorfully rich in spices, a good rice dish with a kick.
For drinks, we had No Way Jose, a tequila-based drink that was so refreshing but had that kick; it was a scary-good drink. We also tried the Knight’s Watch, an espresso whose yumminess masked the real hit. We also didn’t pass up on the chance of tasting El Tendero, which apparently won the best drink in a cocktails competition in San Francisco. We capped off our filling meal with these desserts: Targe de Santiago, Carrot Cake, and Alforjorea.
Café Enye serves sampler plates during their happy hours, which are from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. and 9 p.m.-12 a.m., with beers served for 50php each and cocktails for 100php. They also have what they call the Pintxo Chow, which you can order for 1000php.
Final verdict: this is the kind of restaurant where I can take my family to and will not regret a single moment of it. My family, even my grandma, will certainly enjoy Café Enye. Food is great, cooked in a special way that fuses and mixes spices, that gives you the feeling you’re eating something you think you know but don’t because the flavors are bursting. Café Enye is a must-try