How do you relax after a long day? As for me, I just eat and eat and eat. It was a bit more challenging this time because the fridge is empty and no one cooked dinner. My friend M and I have been working in front of the computer for hours, we definitely deserve a good meal. To give our strained eyes a break, I asked her out for dinner. We hailed a cab and drove along Katipunan Avenue. The sign Mom & Tina’s caught my attention. In an instant, I told the driver to drop us there. I heard good things about this bakery cafe and I thought we should give it a shot.
Inside has a cozy country feel—with wooden tables adorned with flowers in bronze cans, cushioned seats, dimmed lights, with walls decorated with blue and white china and lace doilies. The area is quite small, seats are close together one could actually hear the conversation from the next table. The place is a perfect after school-hang out place for students from nearby universities. Families and friends can enjoy great tasting homey comfort meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
On the table:
While waiting for our meals to arrive, we quenched our thirst with ice cold blue lemonade (bottomless: Php70) and lemon iced tea (bottomless Php 70). The waitstaff was kind enough to give us a glass of water together with our drinks.
We skipped on soup and salad and starters; I chose a pasta dish and a potato instead. As recommended by the waitstaff, I ordered Shepherd’s pie and Chicken Spinach Lasagna… their bestsellers.
Shepherd’s Pie (P195) is a casserole made of ground beef and mushrooms in a creamy tomato based sauce topped with a layer of mashed potatoes. It is served with 2 garlic cheese rolls that best compliments the creamy and meaty taste of the dish. It is a delightful potato dish that is a meal in itself.
The Chicken Spinach Lasagna (Php 175) consists of homemade spinach pasta with chicken, tomato, and cream sauce. It’s so flavorful and filling. I could actually feel the warmth and texture of the lasagna, beef, and mushrooms as I savor every bite. This dish is lip smacking good! It came with 2 garlic cheese rolls.
M wanted to eat rice, so we ordered for Salisbury Steak (Quarter lb- Php230) as recommended by the waitstaff. It wasn’t disappointing, as we enjoyed the grilled sirloin patty, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables. They give a generous serving of gravy that covered the patty and mashed potato. It came with a cup of rice that we could hardly finish. The serving is good for sharing. I like this dish the most. It is insanely delicious!!! It’s no wonder this hearty meal is one of their bestsellers!
We had no room for dessert, but I could not resist the cakes and pastries displayed on the counter. We shared a cup of Toblerone Walnut Torte (Php 110). I wanted to see what’s underneath so I tipped the cup over and let the cake fall on the plate.
The cake looks kinda messed up now. Hahaha… Well now we can see the layers of meringue, chocolate cream, whipped cream, walnut and small toblerone chunks. Sweet Heaven! Definitely a must try!
If you are for warm, homey, rich, and hearty meals, head on to Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe. I give it a clap, clap, clap, for their great tasting food.
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Address: 2/F Regis Center (Katipunan Ave.), Quezon City