About two Saturdays ago I got invited into a food crawl and that I can't say no to. Zomato x ABSCBN = HUNGER GAMES! Antipolo was our destination with six restaurants to visit. The food crawl started around 10:30AM visiting one restaurant after the other with very little time to recover. We reached our last stop by dinner time! I'm telling you, it was the ultimate food trip and I was so full, no I was SUPER FULL that I wasn't able to eat the following day!
|Cafe Lupe - Antipolo|
|Cafe Lupe - Hotel and Resto|
The property was huge! Aside from the restaurant, they also offer bed and breakfast. Can I also say that they've got a nice overlooking view of the entire Metro?
|Overlooking the Metro!|
If you wanna dine with a spectacular view, this is your best bet and I'm guessing that the view is lovelier when the sun has set and all the night lights sparkling like remote stars.
|Paella a la Lupe - Reg. for 600Php | Big for 1200Php|
|A closer look at this huge pan of Paella!|
The rice was a little sticky, flavorful but I prefer a little touch of tomato sauce. Nonetheless, this dish is your best bet if your dining here with a big group!
We also got to try the following dishes --
|Baby Back Ribs for 325Php|
The ribs were tender, not fall off the bone, but the meat was soft and flavorful! According to the manager, they steam the ribs for about 4-5 hrs and then slow cooked until very tender. Then they rub them with a mix composed of Mexican herbs, sugar and cayenne pepper. To complete the process, they grill the ribs and use the same marinade to make a thick reduction for the side sauce (infused with mango and with a little spicy kick). Delicious ribs!
Note: Regular order comes in with a cup of garlic rice.
|Beef Kansi for 385Php|
Kansi is something that's not new to me. Sarsa's Sizzling Kansi is a family favorite. Cafe Lupe's version though is the traditional one. Batwan infused soup, giving the dish it's characteristic sourness, tender beef and a little spicy kick - it was like sinigang, only better.
|Kadyos (KBL - Kadyos Baboy Langka) for 385Php|
Last dish served was this - Kadyos. I have never tried, even heard, this dish until this day. Learned that it's made up of Kadyos which are pigeon peas, the small black ones in the pic, chopped jack fruit, batwan and pork liempo chunks. It was more like Sinigang with the characteristic sourness of the Kansi that we had. I did not really dare eat the jack fruit slices coz I'm not a fan of jack fruit cooked as viand.
For drinks, I got a glass of iced tea which was so refreshing and had a hint of mango in it. I later learned that they brew their own tea and infuse it with mango juice. Nice!
|Zomato x ABS-CBN Antipolo Food Crawl - Cafe Lupe|
3.5 out of 5 Stars for Cafe Lupe!
--- Cafe Lupe: 267-269 Comoda Ville Penthouse, Sitio Ruhat, Sumulong Highway, Mambugan, Lower Antipolo, Rizal