Amazing Discovery at Cafe Monaco

After spending the entire afternoon doing our Christmas shopping, our dear friend Chel treated the group for dinner at her favorite restaurant along Banawe street in Quezon City. She couldn't believe that none of us have dined at Cafe Monaco yet as it has been around for quite a while. The funny thing was that our fellow newly married couple J and S even lives a couple of steps away from the restaurant and still we were all newbies that evening.

From the outside, Cafe Monaco looks a bit dark giving you the impression that the restaurant may be empty. Once you enter, you'll be surprise to see the restaurant filled up and their server busy attending to the needs of every customer.

The menu is a mix of Japanese-Korean-Pinoy dishes. We took Chel's lead by ordering the Gyu Nikuyakidon, the spicy Bibimbap and Mango Crepe for dessert.

After placing our orders, we were given saucers of kimchi for appetizer. Oh I love kimchi and together with wasabi, these are the only two spicy things that I truly like. I later found out that one of the owners is Korean thus the authentic taste of their kimchi.

Our orders arrived shortly and I immediately caught the wonderful smell of my piping hot Bibimbap. I carefully mixed it to evenly spread the red hot sauce and the veggies all around. The rice was a bit too spicy for my taste but I love how filling each spoonful was. No wonder it was a crowd favorite. Maybe next time I'll make sure to tell them to not put in the hot sauce.

The Gyu Nikuyakidon was the highlight of our meal, served on a pretty mug we love the tender minced beef mixed with egg and steamed rice. It makes a perfect comfort dish after a busy day of shopping. Even our friend J loved this one very much. I'm definitely going back to Cafe Monaco for more Gyu Nikuyakidon.

As if we were not full yet, we all had Mango Crepes for dessert. I forgot to ask if they add whipped cream inside as I was used to Manang's Mango Crepe without whipped cream for me. I just ate a little of this as I am not allowed to have even a teeny-tiny whipped cream. Judging from the looks on my friends' faces, it looks like the Mango Crepe is also a winner.

Who would have thought that you'd be able to find a hidden gem right smack in the middle of busy Banawe street in Quezon City? Thanks to Chel, we have one more reason to visit Quezon City and that is Cafe Monaco's Gyu Nikuyakidon.

Thanks Chel for the treat! :)

Cafe Monaco is located at 647 Banawe street, Quezon City. Call them at 743-2685.

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