Since we started staying around Makati area for staycations, we've been frequenting restaurants around Ayala malls as well. One of the few that we recently tried is Bench Cafe, the first food venture of the same local retail brand that's been known for its quality and affordable items.
Restaurant interiors was chic and modern - very impressive, but I can't say the same for the staff we've encountered on the day we visited. Aside from being slow-moving, most of the staff were busy minding their own business and might have forgotten about the customers they were supposed to serve. In fact, we had to stand up several times to go to the counter and get their attention to ask for a water refill, follow up on our orders, and get the bill.
What we ordered
|Pork Binagoongan - Php320.00|
My top favorite Pinoy pork dish and my staple order whenever I see it in any restaurant menu. Bench Cafe's take on this classic ulam is crispy and tasty with loads of eggplants to balance the umay feeling. Warning: Extra rice is guaranteed!
|Dancing Fish - Php350.00|
Anything fried is a sure hit and this Dancing Fish is no exception. But what sets it apart from others is the plum sauce it came with for the tangy flavor instead of the usual sour sauce.
|Ube Halo Halo - Php|
The most promising yet disappointing dessert in Bench Cafe is definitely IG-worthy but its just that - good to look at but the taste is a totally different story. The halo halo was too sweet and lacks the unique ube flavor that is supposed to be its selling point. Just a waste of money and calories.
Level 2, Greenbelt 3
Ayala Center, Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (63917) 634-2825