Tucked in the corner of Trinity Business Centre along Ayala Highway is Café Veronica – a quaint café that promises healthy coffee & delectable food. I’ve been seeing their sign along Ayala Highway regularly and have always wondered what they’re offering. Are they offering something unique or are they just like the other coffee shops in Lipa City?
I’ve always made a mental promise to try it out but I always forget about it. Fortunately, one of the café’s owners, Marianne Uy Chua, got in touch with me and invited me to try Café Veronica.
You guys know me. I’m not one to turn down an invitation. This is especially true after I checked out their Facebook page. The pictures looked good. The food indeed looked delectable. But as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
My wife and I visited Café Veronica yesterday, March 28, 2016, for lunch. Here’s what greeted us from the outside:
I remember thinking that we’re off to a good start. It’s pretty charming even from the outside.
We entered the café and immediately thought of it as a cozy café. Now, I know some people use cozy to describe a cramp space, but this is not the case with Café Veronica. Sure, it’s smaller as compared to other coffee shops, but that’s the beauty of it. I immediately thought of all the things that I can do here – work, conduct meetings, go on cozy dates with my wife, have a relaxing breakfast after gym, etc. I can do all these things minus the crowd.
It’s not one of those “grab and go” coffee shops wherein you just order your coffee to go. It’s a place where you actually sit down, look at the menu, place your order, and wait for your food and beverages while you look at the surroundings.
Here are some pictures of the interior:
I particularly loved this space. They made good use of this space and turned it into some sort of a private space for cozy dates and meetings. According to Marianne, it’s very popular for meetings and even presentations:
Oh, and there’s free wifi!
The Delectable Food and Refreshing Drinks
We were asked to try the best-sellers of every food category. Not one to back down from a challenge, of course I said yes and waited in anticipation.
The first to arrive was the Susie Wong. I know what you’re thinking. What is a Susie Wong?
Well, it’s probably the best sandwich that I’ve tried here in Lipa City.
Imagine a ham and cheese sandwich that’s covered in scrambled egg before being pan-seared. Sounds good and savory, right? Now, imagine smothering that with strawberry jam. Sounds even better and sweet right? That’s exactly what it is – a sweet and savory sandwich that should be good enough to satisfy two people.
I’m just going to shut up about it and show you a picture:
Yes, it’s as sinfully good as it looks.
Next to arrive was the longsilog which is a part of their All Day Breakfast Menu. The longanisa was sweet with the right saltiness which makes the vinegar the perfect dipping sauce. The fried egg was perfectly cooked. Of course, it came with a heaping cup of fried rice. I actually had to send back the extra fried rice because one was enough. That’s the first time it happened to me. Who am I?
Next came the taco salad. It’s a huge bowl filled with what you’ll find in a taco, except the ground beef. This makes it the perfect appetizer for the main meals or a light meal in itself. It should be good enough for two to three people.
We were also served the fettuccine Pomodoro. The fettuccine was al dente and the Pomodoro sauce made sure that every bite has the right sweetness with a hint of sourness.
We were already so full and satisfied but it’s almost a sin to reject the Banana Caramel & Walnut Waffle. I mean, tell me that you’ll say no to this and I’ll tell you that you’re lying:
The waffles were thick and the bananas were of just the right ripeness. Bananas and caramel go together like cookies and cream, so they’re perfect for the waffle toppings. For additional crunch, and a healthy one at that, the dish comes with a generous amount of walnuts.
I had to walk outside a bit so I can make more room for the beverage. After all, I’ve been eyeing the caramel banana milkshake. I took one sip and was transported to the white sands of Boracay.
My wife got the cucumber cooler. It’s very refreshing.
A Product of Passion
The Café Veronica brand is a product of passion. It’s a family-run business with owners Marianne Uy Chua, Joan Uy and Katherine Uy Fortu pitching in with recipe ideas together with other family members. It shows in their dishes and beverages.
While admittedly on the pricier side (although not that expensive) as compared to fast food restaurants that we’re used to, the prices are justified because the meals and beverages are worth it. They make sure that the quality for both the food and service is not compromised.
We recommend that you try it. It’s classy enough for those “I’d like to impress you” dates and important milestones and celebrations, while affordable enough for those meetings and weekday lunches and morning coffees.
You can’t go wrong with the dishes that we’ve tried, but feel free to check out their menu for their other offerings. We can’t wait to go back so we can try the other dishes. We have our eyes on the Al Capone cake.
Here’s their menu:
Their offerings are regularly updated so make sure to like their Facebook page!
Address: Unit 6 Trinity Business Centre, Ayala Highway, Lipa City
Contact Number: 0917 555 4026
Operating Hours: 9AM to 9PM