2/15/2017

A Hidden Gem Serving Radical Kapampangan Dishes in the Outskirts of Manila: Cafe Fleur

Located in an unassuming part of Angeles City, dubbed as a mini-Manila due to the fast growth of new restaurants and development around the area, lies a house which doesn't seem to be a restaurant at first glance, but serves superb Kapampangan dishes even the restaurants of Manila would envy. Right next door in the same compound also lies Leh-Leh Thai Comfort Food, for those who would prefer to have Thai-inspired food with the same great taste as Cafe Fleur.
 
Home Sweet Home
Cafe Fleur is owned by none other than Chef Sau Del Rosario who is well acquainted with the culinary arts, having practiced in numerous prestigious hotels and restaurants around the world. Angeles is lucky to be graced with this hidden gem serving Kampampangan dishes with a twist. Stepping in this humble abode gives you the feeling of eating at your grandma's house for a family gathering as it gives you the comforts of home. You can choose to have a full meal, or to hang around while enjoying a cup of coffee with cake.


The food can be a bit on the pricey side as the name of a notable chef is attached to it, which is understandable, but the serving size can be a little on the small side as well (which is my only complaint as the food are all scrumptuous and I wish I could have more).
Crispy Hito and Green Mango Salad P195
For the appetizer, we ordered their Crispy Hito and Green Mango Salad which has a medley of greens, tomatoes, red onions, and topped with generous slices of Hito (or Catfish) drizzled with citrus vinaigrette. Pretty good as far as salads go, but the saving grace for this dish are the fried slices of catfish.
Pad Thai Noodle (from Leh-Leh Thai) P325
For our carbs, we chose to have Leh-Leh Thai's Pad Thai Noodle which comes with a number of seasonings on the side. Sweet yet spicy if you put on the red pepper powder. This dish definitely gives your tongue a Thailand adventure.
Chicken Pandan (from Leh-Leh Thai) P195
Originally, they served this with extra small chicken the size of maybe a thumb, so we had to complain and have them re-do it because P195 for 4 bites of chicken is not something I would be happy with. Thankfully, they gladly gave us bigger slices of chicken the second time around, and while this dish is a classic cooked traditionally, the chicken fully absorbed the taste of the pandan leaf which gives it extra flavor.
Crispy Pork Belly + Truffled Macadamia Kare-Kare P375
The creme de la creme, the dish they highly recommended (along with other blogs), the sought-after Truffled Macadamia Kare-Kare. It may not seem obvious in the photo, but those 3 slices of pork belly are quite large, and the skin was so crunchy you can break it with just your tongue. The rich flavors of the Kare-kare sauce was heavenly, and right until this moment I still crave that taste to grace my tongue once more. It was creamy and the fascinating smell and flavor of the bagoong makes this a perfect dish to go with your staple rice. By the time we were done, this whole plate was licked clean.

We were not able to try their other desserts as we were in a rush, but we will definitely come back to this place again if we are in the area. For foodies who want to take a food adventure outside the bustling city of Manila, I can wholeheartedly recommend this place, along with the whole city of Angeles which is full of hidden food gems. As the people of Pampanga say, Mangan Tana!



Location:
Cafe Fleur
- L-463B Miranda Street, Barangay Sto. Rosario, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga, Pilipinas 
For reservations: +639953138413
*I know it's hard to find their menu online, but we have it right here :)
Menu: Click Here

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