At first glance there is nothing that says Filipino about Luna Specialty Coffee. When we first saw it, it was just a cute café in the middle of the city, until the time when we entered the café and saw their menu with Tokwa’t Baboy (pork and tofu) written on their bar counter area.
First opened in 2013, Lino Cayetano decided to pursue his love of coffee by opening his very own café. Luna Specialty Coffee is actually named after the legendary painters Juan and Antonio Luna! Its name emphasizes the Spanish feel of the place, where most of the furniture during the Spanish era were made of wood, and at the cafe the furniture and most of the designs are made of metal and wood.
However, the café is not just about their Filipino classic coffee selection, but also the Filipino breakfast
menu that Cayetano developed with Chef Dino Dizon. To name a few, they have their unique take on pan de sal, classic Filipino dishes, and unique Filipino desserts like Leche Flan Yema and Pastillas.
Here’s what we ordered:
Since it is the start of the day, we did not miss out on the classic pan de sal. Don’t be fooled – this is not your usual bakeshop pan de sal. We first tried their classic BLT Pandesal (PHP 245.00), which includes Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato on top of the bread.
Our first impression with this is that the flat bread will taste like a normal sandwich bread, but it did not. Each bite you take of pan de sal is soft, chewy, and moist. Every bites definitely makes our standards for the humble pan de sal go higher. The Bacon is incredibly crunchy as well!
Next is the very unique Bangus Pandesal (PHP 220.00), which includes Bangus strips with red egg aioli, tomatoes, longganisa bits, and salted kesong puti. This may look salty, but it is not when paired with the delicately flavored pan de sal. This is indeed a must-try and is something new that your palate will
Corny Labuyo Muffin
It is definitely hard to choose from their desserts menu, but since we were looking for something new, we
tried to order the Corny Labuyo Muffin (PHP 75.00). This dessert is actually tricky, because its soft
texture mixed with properly sliced corn could definitely fool you on your first bite as you anticipate the spiciness of the labuyo. Soon you’ll find that the labuyo or local red chili peppers are just hidden in the right areas of the muffin. On your first bite you will only have a hint of the chili flavor, but as you finish it you will not miss the chili that is hidden inside it. So be ready for a unique kind of spicy dessert once you try this delicious Corny Labuyo Muffin.
At the end of our stay there, Luna Specialty Coffee actually did make us smile. With their unique options and lovely menu offerings, we are definitely sure to go back and try more of their unique dishes from their menu.
Luna Specialty Coffee
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