My cousins, mom and I went to Makati earlier today, and we ended up visiting SM Jazz to do a little bit of grocery shopping and eat lunch. We ended up picking Coca Café, and I eventually learned that this place is a smaller version of Coca, the Asian restaurant that we dined in at SM Aura several months ago.
Props to my cousin for taking these amazing pictures of the interior/exterior!
Menu: Appetizers (coca chicken barbecue, coca pork barbecue), Soups (wanton and tofu soup), Mains (Chinese pork sisig, deep fried shrimp, chicken grapow, braised cha siu and tofu in brown sauce, hong kong style cha siu with honey glaze), Vegetables (stir-fried bokchoy in oyster sauce), Rice and noodles (stir-fried noodles with chicken, stir-fried noodles with pork, wonton and cha siu noodle soup, spinach noodles with wonton and cha siu soup, coca glass noodle with suki sauce), Rice soup (chicken rice soup), Rice plates (fried chicken drumsticks with rice, chicken grapow with rice, sweet and sour pork with rice, grilled tuna with rice), Desserts (banana and cheese spring roll, honey butter roll).
Drinks include coffee, tea, fruit shakes, fruit juices/smoothies, and beer.
Hawaiian Springrolls. These were AMAZING! They look like your average deep-fried spring rolls, except it had pieces of ham and pineapple inside instead of veggies.
Breaded Porkchop. The meat was slightly bland, but its sweet dipping sauce helps get rid of that problem. It’s also crunchy, with a nice layer of fat.
Sweet and Sour Fish. Light and crisp. I’m not really used to seeing a sweet and sour fish dish that isn’t orange. Hehe.
Chinese Pork Sisig. It had a very interesting texture – Very chunky, with a slight hint of spice.
Yang Chow Fried Rice.
Thai Iced Tea. It tasted vastly different from the other Thai milk teas I’ve tried before, since this version was quite bitter.
Everything about Coca Café was just perfect. But a small part of my brain keeps telling me that this review just felt slightly redundant, since I already did a review for Coca before. But because this restaurant served good food, I totally wouldn’t mind eating here several more times.
Ambiance/Interior: 5/5 (also, three words: NEW. WAVE. MUSIC. *excited squee*)
Food: 4/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)
Coca Cafe is located at SM Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia Corner Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City.