I’d been excitedly anticipating the opening of Chef Laudico’s BFAST – All Day Breakfast Cafe. It was the first restaurant to open in the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Its concept is simple — serve Filipino Breakfast fare (with a modern eco twist) the entire day.
At first, I didn’t like the ambiance. The restaurant has this ranch-type feel amidst the minimalist design. We weren’t too happy about the cheap plastic glasses and plates either. We couldn’t believe that Chef Laudico would use them, giving his restaurant a “canteen” vibe.
Later on, we changed our minds. Chef Jackie explained that this is one of the first restaurants to go with an all-eco ambiance. The tables are made from recycled wood/palochina. The square seats are upholstered with recycled jeans. Plus, they use recycled plastic wares from a known eco-brand called Preserve.
Self-service is the system followed here. You order at the counter, they will give you a number, and you wait for your food to be served. It is best to know what to order already so that you don’t delay the queue, especially during lunchtime.
P148 Served with BFAST Garlic Rice, Tomato Salsa, Atchara, Choice of Egg & House Toppings. (Upgrade to Premium Toppings + P30)
This is the main attraction at BFAST. The tapa was a bit tough but very flavorful. The vinegar, which was served in very tiny quantities, did not seem to match the tapa. I don’t think it delivered the P178-worth tapa experience.
The longanisa was good but too fatty, so we did not enjoy it that much.
The bacon strips were not crispy. This dish was served with all the soft fat in their full glory.
Simple but very good. A bit too oily though. You could see the oil glistening on the plastic plate.
The malunggay basil pesto in the arroz caldo did not really work for me. It’s one of the worst combinations I’ve tried. (We didn’t even attempt to finish this.) We don’t recommend it.
This was a home run for us. It was a brilliant idea to use ensaymada for the eggs benedict. (Doesn’t it look like yummy breakfast dessert fare?) It’s a bit more expensive than the silogs but definitely a better breakfast experience. Sarap!
BFAST SWEET SPOT!
BFAST serves very good desserts — perfect for when you just want to hang around the Ayala Triangle Gardens to have coffee and your sugar fix. I did like the pavlova with the fruit (but not so much with the cream).
A bit dry but forgivable since the restaurant’s just on its soft opening.
Overall, I expected more from the Chef Laudico brand. Nevertheless, I know they’re on soft opening so we will revisit the place when their operations stabilize. I do hope they open for breakfast — starting at 7am — to give that authentic, garden breakfast feel. (Most of the restaurants in Ayala Triangle open at 11am.)
Chef Laudico’s BFAST
The Restaurants @ Ayala Triangle Gardens
Operating Hours: 11am to 10pm
Telephone: +632 901-0882, 856-0634, 856-0541
Mobile Number: +63 917-800CHEF (2433)
Email: [email protected]
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Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for all our meals and we are not connected in any way with Chef Roland and Jackie Laudico. We just know them and we are fans. 🙂
P.S. By 11.30am, the Makati lunch crowd queue starts getting long. The peak hours end at around 1pm. If you can, avoid eating in this area during lunchtime.