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While Maginhawa in Quezon City, Kapitolyo in Pasig, and Poblacion in Makati continue to battle it out as the ultimate foodie neighborhood, Manila’s east side is slowly and quietly growing roots in the foodie scene. And during one of our foodie field trips, we found Sulok Café in Antipolo.

Established in July 13, 2016, Sulok Café is owned and operated by millennial couple Rod Escobar and Andy Wong. The two were working in the advertising and e-commerce industries right after college but eventually realized that they didn’t want to get stuck with their corporate jobs.

“We really wanted to put up our own business pero we didn’t have the needed experience back then. So, we have to gain knowledge and of course, money from the corporate world. Ideally, we were saving up for marriage sana kasi we’ve been together since college, pero nung nakapag-ipon kami ng konti, naisip namin na mag-negosyo. So, we quit our jobs to build and manage a business,” Rod said.

Because they both loved coffee shops, they decided to build one. They named it Sulok because they believe that all of us have our own personal space and they want this café to become customers’ safe corner.

The place has its relaxing and peaceful vibe where you can study or just chill with your friends. Visitors can also write or draw using colored chalk on their writable walls.

We started hyping our taste-buds with their best-selling appetizers. The Chili Poppers (P140) are deep-fried wanton wrappers with melted cheese inside. How they’ve achieved the right level of spiciness is beyond us as we kept popping them in our mouths. On the other hand, their Fish Tacos (P165) has the freshness of the veggies and the fish, perfectly complemented with sour cream.

Chili Poppers (P140)

 

Fish Tacos (P165)

If you’re more than famished and merienda won’t cut it, Sulok Cafe has a few things up its sleeve. There’s the Tuyo Mushroom Pasta (P165), for one. This oil-based pasta has achieved the right balance between tuyo and mushroom. This is definitely our new favorite dish!

Tuyo Mushroom pasta (P165)

But if you need right, the Adobo Flakes (P110) is the bomb. It has the right saltiness and savory taste. Perfect for lunch.

Adobo Flakes (P110)

The café also has a menu dedicated for the baguette and pizza lovers. They have corned beef, spicy chicken, tuyo, and sausage baguette. The Sausage Baguette (P175) has the right hint of spice with its sausage and melted cheese.

Sausage Baguette (P175)

We enjoyed eating all of these with their White Chocolate Mocha (Reg P150; Large; P240) and Mocha (Reg P150; Large; P240) from their frappe menu.

White Chocolate Mocha and Mocha Frappe (Reg P150; Large P240)

Although the place requires long travel from Manila, the good food and fantastic service make Sulok Café worth it. Two thumbs up!

2/F Okinari Arcade, L. Sumulong Memorial Circle, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City. 12nn-11pm. +632 534 4918. Facebook page

Photos by Madel Crudo

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