Okay, first of all… Sorry for the unexpected long hiatus! The family and I went on a five-day trip to Vigan (food was amazing, but no reviews from me, though)… Plus I had to deal with piles and piles of work, as usual. But now I’m back – Although TBH I can’t promise that I’ll be able to update this blog as frequently as I used to do T_T
… So anyway, we went to Estancia after church to purchase a few things, and have dinner too. Since none of us were in the mood to eat sandwiches that day, we decided to have some Vietnamese food instead, something that we haven’t had for a long time.
I have honestly been putting off Ba Noi’s for a while now, as I’ve always intended to visit their first branch in Kapitolyo. That particular branch has since been converted to a café (Ba Noi’s Caphe), so it was a choice between the one in UP Town and Estancia – And obviously, in the end, Estancia won.
Menu: Xa Lach + Khai Vi (goi cuon, goi buon tom thit), Pho (pho ga), Bun (bun cha gio thit), Nuong (bun ga nuong xa), Cac Mon Chinh (chao tom, banh xeo, suon nuong xa, thit heo kho trung, ga nuong, ca ri ga, ca tre chien gion mam gung), Rau Cai Xao, Trang Mieng & Ice-blended drinks
Pho Bo – A perfect homemade beef noodle served with fresh herbs and spices. This bowl could easily feed three people – We didn’t even get to finish the whole thing. The soup is still good though, and the rice noodles were firm too.
Pho Bo Ko – Beef stew noodle soup.
Cha Gio – Spring rolls filled with ground pork, shrimp, taro, and black fungus, wrapped and deep-fried, plus served with fresh greens and traditional nuoc mam dipping sauce. Loved the crisp-chewiness of the fillings/wrapper and the tanginess of the sauce.
Bo Luc Lac – The house favorite stir-fried beef served with fried basil. Ba Nhoi was right when they say that this dish is ‘not to be missed’.
Of course, I absolutely can’t skip out on their tasty freshly-baked, buttered Baguettes.
Dad’s Trung Nguyen Vietnamese-style coffee, made with the resto’s own special blend.
My drink was the Iced Vietnamese Blended Caramel, a thing of beauty.
We actually ended up paying a little bit more cash than usual due to taxes, but it was all worth it, I guess. The food was decent, and I can already see them opening even more branches and becoming a legitimate Vietnamese food chain.
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Ba Noi’s CaPhe is located at Basement 1, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City. Links: Facebook