Remember Italian Market, that restaurant in Resort’s World Manila where I celebrated this blog’s third anniversary? Well I’ve got some good news, and some bad news: The bad news? The resto closed down a while ago. The good news? It has been reborn as a brand new breakfast spot/café called Café Creole! After sending off some relatives to the airport, I finally got to visit RWM again after a very long while – Not only was I more than excited to step foot into this place again, I was also more than ready to try out Café Creole’s New Orleans/Southern-inspired dishes.
Interior. Glad to see that they kept Italian Market’s giant oven for pizzas.
Menu: Southern Brunch (café pancakes, bourbon st. hangover breakfast, beef tapa dirty rice), Starters (voodoo gambas, truffle fries and corned beef), Kettle Pot (new orleans seafood gumbo), Plantation Greens (caprese salad), Between Two Breads (reuben sandwich), Pasta (truffle carbonara, clams and mussels vongole), New Orleans Bestsellers (blackened fillet mignon, everglades jambalaya, blackened chicken), Wood Fire Pizza (earth bread, seafood bisque pie), Brick Oven Oyster (oysters rockafeller), Café Creole Specials, Cold Beverages, Alcoholic Beverages
The parents shared the Bourbon Street Jambalaya, which had andouille sausage, creole shrimp, and dirty rice. Not bad at all, although it could use a little bit more spiciness and saltiness.
My own meal consisted of French Onion Jam (with beef onion broth, chicken pate toast, and onion jam), and two types of bread from their bread basket: A Butter Croissant and Classic Beignets. I ended up ordering these three instead of a rice meal since I was still feeling slightly full from my McDonald’s breakfast earlier. Ah, bread! ^^ The beignets were freshly-baked and lightly dusted with powdered sugar and almond slices. The croissant was freshly-baked too, and served warm (the butter melted immediately after spreading *dreamy sigh*), although it’s a little bit on the chewy side. I was not happy with the French onion soup, though – It could use a bit of salt, and I didn’t really like its presentation either.
Café Creole’s food was decent enough (the bread was heavenly though), but for me, it doesn’t really hold a candle to Italian Market’s fare (or even the other restos in the area like Johnny Chow or Parmigiana). Or maybe I should come back here so I can try more of their meals and drinks.
Food: 4/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)
Cafe Creole is located at Second Floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay City. Tel no: (02) 4038926. Links: Facebook.