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Sunday, March 11, 2012

DW Cafe: Food, Drinks and Gadgets

Whenever my date and I visit Eastwood, we'd usually pass by Digital Walker, a store famous for carrying stylish accessories for Apple products. Although I consider myself quite tech-savvy, I don't own any Apple gadgets so the store didn't look as enticing for me. Not until now.

Just beside the shop is a Japanese concept café, DW Cafe. Owned by Charlie Paw -- the man behind Digital Walker, Digital Hub and Beyond the Box, among others, DW Cafe somehow serves as a dining section for the Eastwood gadget store.

Dw Cafe Other Wall DW Cafe wall

It's been a while since my date and I have been in the area. And although we've previously seen DW Cafe, it was only last week that we got the chance to finally check the place out. Painted with white and accented with reds and a black backdrop, DW Cafe exudes a clean and modern vibe (which I failed to take photos of since I was really starving that afternoon).

Being first-timers in the shop, we approached the counter since no one seemed to be looking our way unlike in other similar cafés like UCC and Tokyo Cafe. Good thing, the crew at the counter was very courteous and friendly, guiding us with what their bestsellers are. After ordering, customers have to pay up front.

Omu Rice with Spicy Karaage P225

DW Cafe has a decent menu selection. They have Japanese pasta dishes, all-day breakfast items and rice meals. I was thinking of getting their Uni Pasta (P255), but since I was really hungry that time and was craving badly for rice, I decided to go with the Omu Rice with Spicy Karaage (P225). There was really nothing special with this dish -- fried rice wrapped in omelette and served with semi-spicy chicken pieces.

Chicken Pasta P235

My date on the other hand, ordered a serving of the Chicken Pasta (P235) -- grilled chicken bites mixed with greens, and sautéed in a light cream sauce. Although this pasta dish was flavorful and very creamy, we were disappointed with the portion size. For the price, they could've added a few more strands of pasta. But what made us raise our eyebrows was the server's comment when we asked her how big their pasta dishes are, prior to ordering. She said this dish would even be good for sharing, but really, this didn't even fill up my date.

Mudslide Frappe P125 Hot Chocolate 16oz P130

For drinks, my date decided to go with a Mudslide Espresso Frappe (P125). Although this drink tasted good, my date would've preferred it a bit more bittersweet. On the other hand, I got a 16oz. Hot Chocolate (P130) which my date and I both loved! It was very rich and probably unsweetened.

Hot Chocolate Up-close

So although there were a few misses for our late lunch at DW Cafe, this hot cup of rich, bittersweet chocolate had managed to save the day.

THE VERDICT

DW Cafe provides an ambiance brighter and more modern than the more popular coffee shops. Like famous Japanese concept cafés, it also serves well-cooked food. However, basing my review on this trip, DW Cafe can make room for more improvements. The food items we tried were okay, but given the price, they can be made better-tasting. If not, bigger in portion. The service can also be worked on. They've hit the courtesy and friendliness, why not add promptness?

Although this trip to DW Cafe isn't exactly a very good one, my date and I weren't turned off that badly to not return at all. We'd still visit DW some time soon to get a taste of their Japanese pasta items (Uni and Unagi), as well as their cakes.

Taste - 3/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 3.5/5
Price - 3/5
Overall Value - 3/5


DW Cafe, Eastwood Mall
G/F Beside Digital Walker,
Eastwood Mall, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02)584-3745
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53 comments :

  1. ang ganda ng interior! maganda ang idea na ang food nila ang photos nila sa wall. =)

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  2. i agree with your review, looking at the pictures and price, lugi. =)

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  3. the place is looking nice..and so the foods..but with your verdict? ah oh!!!

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  4. I think most of the food serving in most of the Phils. food establishment is really small and the stuff are not trained well.

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  5. Eastwood is really fast becoming interesting in my head ... hmmm ...

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  6. I can definitely tell that the pasta serving is small. It is too small for the price of P235.

    Baka nagkamali lang sila sa kitchen. They thought you ordered half lang. Hihi!

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  7. I could not imagine unsweetened hot chocolate =(

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  8. Ohh the chicken pasta - my ultimate fave! Mahal naman talaga food trips diyan sa inyo sis noh? Di tulad dito, kayang2 ang prices. lol

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  9. I think i'll like the omu rice with spicy karaage! :)

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  10. I've never heard of this cafe before. But then, I've never been to Eastwood LOL. I would love to taste that hot chocolate!

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  11. Place looks good but too dear for me. Hindi xa angkop sa price nya for me. Hehehehehe. Tnx for the share Sumi!:)

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  12. I really like the minimal design for this one. But the price could scare me. Haha! Will try to drop by and check this place out if napadpad ako sa Eastwood.

    And oh, see you on Monday! :D Will go to Alabang din! WOOT!

    www.foodiefromthemetro.com

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  13. Wow, I didn't know that DW has a cafe. I wonder what other food items are available.

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  14. Hmmm... don't think I wanna try this. Haha there are other jap restos that serve better food. Well, I'm only basing this on your description of course. Which reminds me, I'm craving for some uni pasta from Red Kimono!!! :D

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  15. Wow, interesting. A DW Cafe! Thanks for sharing Sumi. This is medyo pwede pwede na in terms of distance. Have to try soon! :)

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  16. yey, i've been there and i love their foods, so yummy!

    It’s a GIRL Thing

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  17. MUDslide espresso..looks more than yummy!

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  18. cool that they also have cafe now :) but acckk i think the price points are way too high! :(

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  19. hot choco is a good revitalizing drink.

    I think it is becoming a trend that in almost every circle of gadget or related stores, refreshments are always there to compliment. Makes it convenient to shoppers.

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  20. i would love to try their omu rice and that hot choco!

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  21. Na notice ko lang, you're always out for a date ha. haha! But the food looks okay naman. thanks for sharing this.

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  22. wow, nice post, i love the foods, the chocolates and desserts..

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  23. nice post....sarap na sana pero ang mahal ng foods

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  24. Hello, this is a nice blog. Love the food photography.

    Just visiting from FBW. =)

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  25. Cool! Thay don't have other branches yet right? =)

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  26. The hot chocolate looks enticing! Are desserts also offered? :)

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  27. Oh my! Another great post. My tummy just growled at the sight of your sumptuous snapshots. Will definitely try that cafe when I visit Eastwood. =)

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  28. I love the interiors...very sophisticated. looks very clean too.

    I am now craving for hot chocolate drink. :)

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  29. The few times I've been in the area, I noticed na this palce but I wasn't really that excited to go in and check it out. Hmm, taste for me is very important and I guess theirs wasn't a five so okay lang pala if I skip this place.:)

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  30. I love the verdict time,, seems like my kind of taste.. pasta is my all time favorite dish.. gonna try when I VISIT philippines

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  31. I love to read your article... its really superb information.

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  32. love the hot choco photo... feel ko ang thickness ng chocolate.. wanna try this cafe soon :)

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  33. Now I'm gonna cook omurice....seeing your photo made me crave!

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  34. I think I've seen this one time when I was still working in the Eastwood area. It has nice interiors.

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  35. The place looks cozy and gorgeous!! :D and I love the photos too!!! love the way you took them <3

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  36. thanks for the information.. will go to DW the next time I am in the area

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  37. Hot chocolate seems to be really irresistible! I wanna try their drinks!

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  38. I live in Eastwood but I still haven't tried this!!!

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  39. I've never been a fan of Omu Rice, but the presentation always looks nice. :) Too bad it didn't meet your expectations. :P The Hot Choco looks really good though! I'll take your word for it!

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  40. I will try to visit the cafe this weekend . Looks interesting to me . I am more intrigued with Mudslide Espresso Frappe

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  41. I've only visited eastwood once... its quite far from our place... do they have other branches like in makati...

    by the way for those haven't tried selecta magnum you may want to check it out
    http://aaronicelim.com/2012/03/why-selecta-magnum-is-the-newest-summer-craze

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  42. looks yummy but expensive, considering your description on the portioning part. been to Eastwood couple of times now, thanks to my dear brothers, hihihi!

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  43. Will definitely drop by DW this weekend for a family treat.

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  44. We tsinoy foodies ate there last year rin. The burger steak was too salty for our taste so we never came back

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  45. nice blog :) shall follow :) I'm not in eastwood often but will check out this place if ever i'm there.

    btw- if you cook, check out my blog too =D

    thebeeinthekitchen.blogspot.com =)

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  46. This cafe is different from cafe present in market of similar kind.It consist excellent interior as well as quality food .
    Melbourne Venue Hire

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  47. I got curious with the unsweetened hot chocolate Sumi, I think I'll try it out if ever my kuya wants to have a joy ride to that area.

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  48. great photos! DW cafe is the best in eastwood city!

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  49. Parang masarap yung kape..
    for me mahal din..hehehe..
    nice photos..

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  50. Thanks for giving me an idea where to buy Apple products and accessories. I currently own a McBook Pro laptop and I'm still thinking what other accessories to put into it. My 300 SR gift certificates are still intact. I might use it soon to buy accessories in JARIR Bookstore --the famous b-store in KSA. Cafe-wise, I am not a lover or a die hard fan nor the sweets they offer. Maybe, I might drop by there just for a plan coffee and nothing else. Though, the place is great and I am sure the coffee lovers would really have a wide smile when they see it.

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