Cafe Shibuya is a Japanese restaurant that specializes on crunchy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside toasts. But aside from their famous toasts, the cafe also serves great fusion entrées and pasta.

Its flagship store was launched at UP Town Center and opened four more branches across the Metropolis for the past 3 years. The branch that I visited and would be referenced by this post was the newly launched cafe in SM Megamall.

Cafe Shibuya’s Food

Cafe Shibuya’s Food

Let’s start with a good appetizer – the Fish and Chips (Php 195.00) – a deep fried cream dory served with potato chips and Mentaiko mayonnaise dip.

Cafe Shibuya's Fish and Chips
Cafe Shibuya's Fish and Chips
Cafe Shibuya's Fish and Chips

The fish was a little dry but still tasted good. The breading was not too thick allowing me to enjoy the fried cream dory. The potato chips was freshly prepared and cooked – crispy! It was a good choice to start the course.

Mentaiko (pasta)
Mentaiko
Mentaiko (pasta)

I also tried the Japanese-Italian fusion pasta Mentaiko (Php 275 for single serving; Php 495 for sharing), which was topped with cod roe and nori strips. It was slightly bland overall. If not for the cod roe and bacon bits, the pasta will be totally bland. The cod roe tasted like fermented fish. It also could have been better if the bacon was crispy. However, I would like to emphasize how soft and buttery the toasts on the sides were.

Entrée

Entrée

Crispy Pork Belly with Kimchi Rice
Crispy Pork Belly with Kimchi Rice
Crispy Pork Belly with Kimchi Rice

One of the bestselling main dish is the Crispy Pork Belly with Kimchi Rice (Php 315.00). It tasted like Lechon Kawali – amazing! It was crispy outside and so tender inside. It was flavorful but not too salty. The rice had a hint of spiciness from the kimchi. The egg was cooked well. If you like, you may mix the yolk with the rice for creamier and complex rice flavor.

Tebasaki Fried Chicken
Tebasaki Fried Chicken
Tebasaki Fried Chicken

For chicken, two good choices are Tebasaki Fried Chicken and Chicken Parmigiana.

The Tebasaki Fried Chicken meal (with white rice – Php 240.00) was a two-piece Nagoya-style fried chicken. It was seasoned with sweet and garlicky soy sauce glaze.

I was a little disappointed to see that the serving was too small. But the taste was really good. This meal was flavorful – salty, a little sweet and tangy. The chicken was also cooked well – very tender!

Chicken Parmigiana with Pesto Pasta
Chicken Parmigiana with Pesto Pasta
Chicken Parmigiana with Pesto Pasta

The Chicken Parmigiana (with rice – Php 240; with pesto pasta – Php 285) is a breaded chicken backed with tomato sauce, Mozarella and Parmesan.

Cafe Shibuya’s version was great. The chicken fillet was cooked well. It was tender and juicy. It was also cheesy and sweet and sour because of the diced tomato sauce.

The pesto pasta that came together with the Parmigiana had a good flavor but super dry.

Honey Lemongrass Chops
Honey Lemongrass Chops
Honey Lemongrass Chops

Another good pork meal is the Honey Lemongrass Chops (Php 310.00), which consists of two pieces of pork chops marinated in honey lemongrass and grilled to perfection. It is served with tomato and corn salsa, and java rice.

The Chops were sweet and tender but dry. It was a nice pair to the salsa and the onion-flavored rice.

Dessert

Dessert

Sans Rival Toast
Sans Rival Toast
Sans Rival Toast

A Cafe Shibuya visit would not be complete without a plate of good buttery toast. I had the Sans Rival (Php 215 / Php 275) variant. It was not anymore surprised that it would be good. Like what I’ve mentioned at the beginning of this post, the toast was crunchy outside with a very soft core.

The Sans Rival variant was nutty, sweet and a little bitter. The vanilla ice cream added sweetness and creaminess to the toast.

Have you tried dining in in Cafe Shibuya? Let me know what do you think about their food in the comment section below.

Cafe Shibuya
2nd Floor, SM Megamall A
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Facebook: fb.com/CafeShibuya

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