Saturday, September 18, 2010

Forget Love, I'd rather eat at Chocolate Kiss Cafe

"Forget Love, I'd rather fall in chocolate". I love this quote very much. Why? Well that is because aside from the fact that I am a certified chocoholic, this quote somehow embodies a certain aspect of my life. What aspect?! Is it me being single or a bar of a good dark chocolate can actually lure me to forget about love??? Haha! What do you think??? Well the answer is both a yes and a no. I have been single for quite a time now and that I am actually waiting for Cupid to finally hit me with his love-infused arrows. At the same time, I have been long in love and commited with chocolates. I am sure anyone (or should I say me... haha!) will have a hard time deciding what to pick. But enough talk about me (this is a food blog, not lovenotes or something, haha!) so I better stick to the main topic. I don't want to mislead you guys with my not so interesting lovelife... haha! Instead, lets go ahead and be thrilled at one of my favorite cafe/restaurants in the metro: The Chocolate Kiss Cafe!

It was a rainy Sunday morning when my Mommy Daney and Ian brought me for the first time to The Chocolate Kiss Cafe at the UP Bahay ng Alumni for breakfast (I do not have yet a food blogsite that time... ^_^). It was such a relaxing start of the day. I cannot forget how excited I am - giddying a lot at Kalabasa's back seat (mommy's car) while feeling the cool breeze kiss my cheeks as we pass through UP's ever green roads. So when we finally arrived, being all keyed up and hungry, we immediately asked for a table and started ordering.

I picked the Hungarian Sausage in Penne, Mommy Daney the Chicken Kiev and Ian the Daing na Bangus. I've never had such great tasting Hungarian sausage - it's spicy and at the same time savory, complementing the tomato pasta sauce really well. I also enjoyed the al dente penne pasta that is adequately covered with the sauce. I find it very simple yet exquisite - its plating with the toasted bread is uncomplicated and that can be done easily at home. Add to that the taste of the sausage that gives a kick to your every bite. It also makes the pasta dish different from its tomato-based pasta relatives.

The Chicken Kiev is astonishing. It is a roulade of tender chicken breast, pounded and then filled with cream cheese. butter and herbs served with a generous amount of mixed vegetables or garlic mashed potatoes and rice. This dish is loaded with such creamy goodness that everyone will love. The chicken meat is also remarkable - well-cooked with such flavorful breading and is still juicy and succulent - perfect for a white meat lover.


But of course, every Filipino breakfast will not be complete without the Daing na Bangus served with a sunny side up egg and garlic rice. This is such a classic Filipino dish that I really love. I can't help not to express how good the bangus was. The fish tasted very clean, well-marinated and fried to prefection. The fish and it's crust has the right saltiness in it that when dipped in vinegar creates a great deal of savory taste. Add to that layer the flavor of the garlic rice! A Filipino breakfast meal to die for! (well, I wish they included fresh tomatoes as a part of the dish...

For desserts, we had Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Sour Cream Cheesecake, Devil's Food Cake and Kahlua Butter Cake - all are amazingly delicious and such a great treat to have at any time of the day! The Chocolate Chip Cheesecake is a classic New York-style cheesecake with semi-sweet real chocolate chip morsels, drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with more chocolate chips! I am a sucker for cheesecakes and its combination with chocolate chips is such a delight, more than the usual chips ahoy cookie that we can eat. It is smooth, creamy, simple and not too sweet. The same smoothness goes with the Sour Cream Cheesecake, an old fashioned cheesecake that is made even better by topping it with the cafe's home-made sour cream. I have to say that this cake is actually the simplest of all that I have tried. It's very straightforward with a hint of sourness (which goes well with the creamy, smooth texture of the cheesecake).


The Devil's Food Cake is such a darling. I love how elegant it can look like with those spiky marshmallow frosting. The taste is also superb with its deep chocolate cake and chocolate fudge filling! Such a sinful and delight that could actually leave you craving for more slices! Devilishly delicious I must say...

Last but definitely not the least is the Kahlua Butter Cake - a full-flavored coffee liqueur mocha butter cake with Kahlua fudge filling and coffee butter icing - a must try for all coffee addicts out there. I remember digging more often on this cake slice, the texture of the fluffy coffee flavored chiffon perfectly goes with the smooth and rich coffee butter icing, not to mention the filling that gives you the goodness of both mocha and fudge chocolate! What more can you ask for!

I am so glad that Mommy Daney and Ian brought me to this wonderful food haven that though were not able to sit and check the paintings in its gallery at the second floor, still the experience was very memorable and exceptional. That way, I was amazed and kissed - good food kisses from the Chocolate Kiss! For sure, I will be back and try more of their fantastic food offerings.


The Chocolate Kiss Cafe

Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, Quezon City
GF: +63 (2) 4333782 2nd flr: +63 (2) 4347430
Open everyday, from 7:00am to 10:00pm
Visit them at: http://www.thechocolatekiss.com/
Credits: Special thanks to Mommy Daney and Ian for the pics. love lots! ^_^

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