Figaro Coffee Company: What's New This Summer

Friday, March 23, 2012
Although I love coffee, I've been battling against a case of hyperacidity for the past few months. What I can't battle out though is the temptation to visit coffee shops. Fortunately, Figaro Coffee Company does not only carry a wide array of caffeine-infused beverages, but also a continuously growing selection of food and refreshments.

Pan-Seared Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice and Lemonade P150

I have always been a fan of Figaro Coffee Company ever since the beau and I got to try the café and its offerings thru a discount coupons booklet. We liked most of the dishes and coffee products we had. However, it has been over a month since I've last been to this Filipino-owned coffee shop and little did I know that Figaro Coffee Company has been adding more and more food items to their menu. Luckily, I was invited to sample what Figaro is set to offer starting this summer.

Along with other bloggers, we first sampled 2 of the dishes yet to be added to Figaro's line of Dinner Meals, rice dishes which can be availed from 6PM onwards, and comes with a free glass of lemonade.

Crusted Dory Fillet in Creamy Pesto Sauce and Rice Pilaf

First we got to try is a plate of the Crusted Dory Fillet in Creamy Pesto Sauce and Rice Pilaf (P150). I am partial to crispy fried dory fillet so I really enjoyed this dish. The pesto sauce went well with the dory fish, and the mango-cucumber siding was also a nice touch. Everyone on our table nodded for approval, and we just had to agree that this dish is a good food item for the Lenten season.

Pan-Seared Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice

We also had the Pan-Seared Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice (P150) which had an ensemble of a savory chicken cutlet with sweet barbecue sauce and string beans. Although I am very picky when it comes to chicken dishes, Figaro's version made the cut. The chicken meat was moist and flavorful even without the sauce. And although I'm not a big fan of string beans, I finished my veggies as I just loved the nice crunch.

Our group also got to try the not-so-new Healthy Pandesal at Figaro, filled malunggay pandesal that comes with unlimited brewed coffee available between 7AM to 11AM.

Tuna-Filled Pandesal with Unlimited Brewed Coffee P99 Asado-Filled Pandesal with Unlimited Brewed Coffee P99

These line of Healthy Pandesal is available in 2 variants -- Tuna-Filled Pandesal (P99) and Asado-Filled Pandesal (P99). They seemed like a local version of siopao, especially with the red marking atop the pandesal. However, although I enjoyed munching on these, I really think I'd prefer the malunggay pandesal without the filling.

Although this pasta dish has been a mainstay at Figaro for the longest time, we were still served with the Pasta a la Carlo (P199) -- a specialty pasta dish with tuna flakes, tomatoes, onion slices, olives and capers, drizzled with olive oil.

Pasta a la Carlo P199

I'm not sure if I already had this particular pasta dish before. But, I can definitely say that I liked it. The Pasta a la Carlo had a lovely blend of sweet, salty and a little hint of spice. It was well-seasoned and the pasta strands were cooked nicely, quite softer than al dente though. And whoever Carlo is, I'll make sure to remember his name on my next trip to Figaro.

For something sweet, Figaro also has a new addition to its lovely collection of pastries. It's a moist and rich chocolate cake covered with coffee butter cream and topped with fudge icing, the Devil's Mocha Cake.

Devil's Mocha Cake

Like Figaro's other sweet offerings, the Devil's Mocha Cake was also a hit. The coffee butter cream had a lovely bittersweet taste that gave a nice balance to the chocolate cake's rich flavor. Everyone on the table just can't get enough it!

For beverages, Figaro will also have 2 additional items for their line of Milk Tea Craze -- the Honeydew Frost with Figaro Tea (P100) and the Wintermelon Frost with Classic Tea (P100).

Honeydew Frost with Figaro Tea P100 Wintermelon Frost with Classic Tea

The Honeydew Frost with Figaro Tea is perfect for fruit beverage lovers who are not big fans of milk teas. This drink had a strong yet refreshing honeydew flavor which I really dig, and not a hint of tea. The Wintermelon Frost with Classic Tea on the other hand, really tasted strongly of tea. The winter melon flavor is very evident, so I'd recommend this for true blue winter melon lovers.

Flavor-wise, both of these beverages are not something one would go gaga for. However, both had a feat I really loved. They had popping bobas, bursting balls of goodness which doesn't only add flavor, but makes the drinking experience more enjoyable.

THE VERDICT

Although the Healthy Pandesal didn't stir my interest, I liked everything else we got to try. Being quite a regular at Figaro, I definitely see myself coming back on April for their Dinner Meal items and pastries. And although I am not yet a big fan of their new non-coffee beverages, I see myself ordering some tea items with extra popping bobas, if possible.

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


Figaro Coffee Company, Emerald
G/F Hanston Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr. Ave.,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 631-3061
Official Website
Facebook Page

58 comments:

  1. na-excite ako sa milk tea variants! Will try that tomorrow kung abutan koo silang bukas...

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  2. I agree. Figaro has really great pasta dishes. =)

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  3. I haven't tried Figaro. I'd love to try that cake! :)

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  4. oh,my! photos palang nakakatakam na..,,,am drooling!

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  5. we love popping bobas!! I'm pretty sure D will love the honeydew frost.. He's been addicted to it ever since he tried gong cha's :)

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  6. Wow, Sumi! Great photos!
    I haven't really tried Figaro's meals yet, but knowing this, might try and order some time when i get a cup of jo

    www.foodiefromthemetro.com

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  7. Oooh, fruit jellies on their milk teas! Must try the next time I go to Figaro! And hm, that Devil's Mocha Cake sounds interesting!

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  8. I love Figaro na before Starbucks. But I still havent tried their milk teas and pasta....Parang I have to dine in na again sa Figaro. :)

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  9. I am eversince a fan of Figaro aside supporting Filipino coffee company but also their line of food. For almost 3 years now, keep on renewing my membership card. Love to try the new dessert.

    Jinkee Umali of www.livelifefullest.com and wwww.calamba-online.com

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  10. pasta a la Carlo looks very yummy also the figaro tea. There's a Figaro in Baguio but we are not trying it yet.

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  11. It's been a while since I last visited Figaro. :) It's good that their expanding their food selection. Mukang masarap lahat, must try soon. :D

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  12. wasnt happy w/ the pasta i ordered before kaya i didnt go back na. one sandwich na i like lang is the grilled chicken.. anyway the Devil's Mocha Cake looks yummy.

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  13. I love how that cake looked like... a great ending for a wonderful rice meal - super affordable at p150. I love dory, too, so I guess it is something I would order, too.

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  15. really great photos! 'd matatawaran ang blog mo..my favorite food blog! :)

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  16. i haven't been to figaro for the longest time. and the only things i've tried there were the pudding and brewed coffee. yeah, i can be quite adventurous ;)

    but i'm much more inclined to visit again because of your post. =)

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  17. I remember Figaro through one of the microentrepreneurs our org has been helping. They supply coffee beans to Figaro :)

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  18. Oh my heck, the food looks and sounds divine! WOw.... making me hungry! ha ha!

    Honeydew frost? Sounds amazing and looks so good, too!

    Have a lovely weekend :)

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  19. Will def try these soon! I want to try the Honeydew Tea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  20. I think I would enjoy drinking the teas.:)

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  21. they used to have a branch in ccp that was so cozy. sayang wala na yun ngayon.. :(

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  22. i thought they only have coffee and cakes, better check the pasta dishes when i get an opp...

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  23. I love their pasta ala carlo. I want to try their pan de sal. :D

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  24. nice mocha cake I loved that design

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  25. Mukhang ang sarap ng bagong meals ng figaro ah! I haven't ried their healthy pandesal.Pareho kong gusto i try!

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  26. I havent tried figaro yet as I am not a coffee lover. But with these, I would definitely drop by their store na.:)

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  27. It's nice to try new things this summer. I wonder how those dinner meals taste. :)

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  28. I have a bad case of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease too but I can't live without coffee.

    The food looks really delicious Sumi. And that cold tea made me look forward for summer next month. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. I haven't been to a Figaro coffee shop coz i'm a Starbucks fan. I guess it's time for me to try them out.

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  30. I tried their milk tea ... it was a fail for me. I do love their pesto.

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  31. Oh my. I haven't been to Figaro but will definitely give it a go next time I fly to the Philippines. I miss pandesal a lot and that tuna pandesal looks great! The mocha cake ... wow!

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  32. looks really really yummy.. I <3 Figaro's pasta.. but right now, i really cant eat much,.. haha its so hard to do cardio.. i have a figure to maintain now.. haha but thanks for sharing this.. maybe i could try it one at the time.. lol

    http://melleleee.tumblr.com

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  33. The pan de sal looks tempting. I might order this. =)

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  34. The rice, Pandesal, Pasta, Cake, The sago like drinks! Looks yummy! Parang I heard their company na but haven't tried it pa :)

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  35. oohhh i love the pasta! i still have vouchers, gamitin ko na nga :)

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  36. kagutom mga foods. Oh how i miss philippines:)

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  37. that pan-seared barbecue chicken looks delicious. and it's good to know that they are trying to expand their market :-)

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  38. I was able to try Crusted Dory Fillet in Creamy Pesto Sauce and Rice Pilaf and I must say I love it.

    I just noticed too that coffee shops are now geared in providing with their client with complete meals. Gone are the days that coffee shops are associated with pastries and coffee only.

    ANd BTW, I love the purple theme of your blog...My fave color, though none of my multiple blogs comes in it.

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  39. wow this all looks so good! I just ate and now i'm hungry again!

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  40. We just ate at figaro yesterday. Their pasta is okay for me kasi hindi talaga sila simply sweet or tangy lang medyo complicated.

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  41. those drink na may sago sago love it sa look pa lang..
    and the sweet?..surely would love it..

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  42. Great Pictures Sumi! You really can make a dull food look vibrant even when they don't taste great!Parang you have magic turning everything you photograph into something very beautiful!

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  43. oh nice! since i don't drink coffee i haven't been inside any Figaro resto. glad there are other non-coffee selections. i am wanting to try the pesto sauce rice pillaf.

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  44. What is great about Figaro is that they have branched out their menu to offer more than just coffee. They pretty much are like a full fledged cafe, and their serving sizes are just right :) !

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  45. wow! very tempting foodie for the summer!

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  46. I'm really curious with the milk tea, I love cream dory, so it's a must try for me and also their frosted tea treats. :D

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  47. Wow Sumi! I didn't know Figaro has been expanding its menu.. Your post gave me a reason to visit them. I love pasta specialties so I should try theirs soon. =)

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  48. I've tried one of their variant for Milk Teas about two weeks ago :) yum!

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  49. Mouthwatering! I suddenly missed bubble tea! My son (6yo) is beside me now and saw the photo too! He wants daw, it's almost 9pm here hehe

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  50. Na excite ako dito. Will visit their branch soon!

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  51. I've learned that Figaro is a Filipino company. I thought that it's a foreign coffee shop franchised by someone to have a branch in Pinas. This is something we can be proud of.

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  52. Too bad they don't have a branch here where I live. The pasta looks yum.

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  53. Nice to know that Figaro has new rice dishes! I've always loved their grilled rosemary chicken sandwich, Little Oscar, and the tuna with cheese sandwich. I forgot what Pasta ala Carlo tastes like, but thanks to your post - will try to order that next time. :)

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  54. That Devil's Mocha seems to me is the best treat I can give to myself when I'm in this place.

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  55. the pandesal and the Pasta a la Carlo looks yummy,wanna try it if we dropby figaro...

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  56. Been going to Figaro for their cold Frappe drink and it's delicious including their tea drinks

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