After a timely Christmas shopping trip to Human Nature‘s flagship store along Commonwealth Avenue, where else to service a rumbling stomach than at the Enchanted Farm Cafe upstairs?
Another social business enterprise, the cafe is “initiated by Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation that bridges the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, from Angat, Bulacan to the city market. It aims to raise social awareness by promoting home-grown business innovations that develop industry-competent local products while uplifting the lives of the poor.” Literally, going there allows you to eat for change, as the produce, meat and other ingredients used on the menu are fruits of labor of the GK Enchanted Farm. But be assured, a date in the cafe not only fills up the heart but a hungry stomach too.
A walk through the doors will reveal a small cozy space, lined to the walls with home grown goods for sale from the farm. Theo and Philo chocolates, Bayani Brew iced teas, Cafe de Sug coffee beens, Plush and Play vegetable plushies, cookies, goodies and healthy condiments in kitchen jars and bottles are sitting on the shelves to welcome you in. The refrigerator next to the counter is stocked with more things you can enjoy, like local organic greens, salted golden duck eggs and white cheese (3 slabs on a wooden plank. Yum). Pictures of the GK Enchanted Farm likewise show you where everything you see come from, and poses an invitation to visit the farm for a day trip.
Then there is the menu.
One of their options for a picky pescetarian like myself is the Golden Egg Salad for only P120, a mess of organic greens, salted duck eggs and tomatoes with a hefty drizzle of calamansi vinaigrette (which was to die for). It came with a surprise serving of Camote Fries served with mayo bagoong dip that does not taste as weird as it sounds. For P50 more, I got a Bayani Brew (P45 on its own) in its Calamansi, Pandan and Lemongrass variant and their dessert for the day, which was a chocolate chip cookie atop a small pillow of crunchy saba chips. Complete and balanced meal, I say.
My date Hazel ordered off their appetizer menu, firstly the Kesong Puti sticks for only P100. It was fried, wrapped in lumpia wrapper, served with a herb garlic mayo dip (yum) and a side salad drenched in the same awesome vinaigrette. She also asked for their FilBambu Bamboo Suman for P100 which was served with muscovado sugar, and strangely, though we were not complaining, a side salad as well. She tried the funkier purple version of Bayani Brew which was made from calamansi, lemongrass and kamote tops.
The dishes were served in little quaint wooden bowls in the nick of time. And although I was not yet properly hungry, I was not eating any less than my breakfast-less friend. Each dish was delicious, fresh, and you know it’s good for both body and soul.
If you happen along this far side of QC, make the Enchanted Farm Cafe a sure stop together with the Human Nature store below it. I myself cannot wait to go back and try more things from their menu. Also a trip to that Enchanted Farm is securely calendared for early 2014.
Enchanted Farm Cafe
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