Hello, readers! It’s been a long time since the last update. Christmas has passed, by the way. How’s your holiday vacay? I had a quite long and happy one. But before the holidays, me and my office mates were able to have a mini team dinner. We chose to have it at Books and Borders Cafe.
Along with the restaurants in Tuscany, McKinley Hill lies Books and Borders Cafe. A cubbyhole to bookworms and foodies, this is quite smaller yet still cozy unlike the cafe’s other branches.
The cafe welcomes you with a bright ambiance. There are only few restaurants I know that has a book+cafe theme and this one is the second that I have visited and first one that I blogged about. I like the architectural design. Leading to the second floor is a wide enough wooden stairs and the books in the shelves will welcome you afterwards.
The seats and tables on the second floor can accommodate larger groups. There are also couches if a visitor would not eat and just enjoy coffee while reading. On this floor is where I found the A Game of Thrones novel and other fictions. Pretty awesome for a GoT fan.
We weren’t able to get a larger table for our group as all tables were occupied. Per table, there is only one sitting. Yes. Just one. I don’t why they would occupy a large table though. <sigh>. Anyway, we resorted to just combining the round tables on the 1st floor. It’s fine because there are also books there.
There are a lot of choices for their drinks. They have hot and cold varieties of coffee (of course), smoothies, juice, ice tea blends and blended beverages. I am a fan of matcha so I tried their Matcha Green Tea smoothie (P170.00). I find it too sweet so mixing the whipped cream on the smoothie worked well. It lessened the sweetness. Cath, one of my office mates ordered Ginger Tea and Meong tried a hot Cappuccino (P125.00).
Cupcakes were ordered- banana choco mousse and blueberry cheese. I went a little crazy for the Blueberry. Taste wise, it is indeed delicious. There is a filling of Blueberry inside and on top of the cake. However, what got me off is that the cake is not moist. It’s somehow dry and breaks at some point.
My main meal (and the others preferred this too) is Pork Ssokugie with Kimchi Rice. Ssokugie is just the same as Terriyaki but is the spicy version. Kimchi rice is not new to me and I was not not disappointed with the taste, but the amount of serving rather. It’s tasty and balances the stingy taste of the pork. The sunny side up and veggies side dish worked well too. Like, this seems to be a TapSilog, Books and Borders Cafe version for me. Yummy! But for the price of P250.00, it’s a little too much.
I would have ended up with pasta too if not with the Kimchi Rice. Was totally smitten to my officemates order- Chicken Penne Pesto. And because I can’t help it, I asked if I could taste it. <wink> It certainly looks sumptuous to me. It’s a creamy pasta topped with Parmesan Cheese and paired with garlic toasted bread. Penne pasta’s cooked al dente reason for much enjoyment on chewing it along with the fusion of the flavors. Ahhhhhh. Seriously! I could have ordered this too!
I have checked out some books. I read a few pages of It’s a Girl Thing by Jan King. The book talks about the mind-boggling idiosyncrasies of female behavior. There are books that I found interesting as they are on the genre that I usually read. However, I have observed that there are only few books here. Some of the shelves are occupied by other things that I would prefer to be just filled with books. Oooops. Sorry.
All in all, this cafe is quite a to go nook for those who want to study, read during their leisure time and just relax. It is a quiet and cool place to chill which is good for people who want to escape the hustle and bustle in the city. Foods are decent and tasty, except that some are unreasonable high. And if they would add more books and check the price of the meals, Books and Borders Cafe surely will be a perf place for bookworms and foodies.
Connect with them: @bookandborderscafe
Location: Tuscany, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
Perks: Outdoor Seating, Books and WiFi