Chef Sau and Chef Jam have finally opened a Kapampangan resto serving heirloom recipes from their families. It is aptly named "Villa" because of the old villages in Angeles — Villa Gloria and Angela — where they grew up.

All the dishes we ordered were rich in taste, plated well, and had that signature Kapampangan quality. Looks-wise and taste-wise, this is the kind of Filipino food that can please an international audience.


 
The left wall of Villa Cafe is reserved for Chef Sau's childhood photos, while the right wall is for Chef Jam.


Villa Cafe Menu (Heirloom Recipes from Angeles)

The restaurant has minimalist interiors with an  an open-home kitchen-type of setup.  The first floor can accommodate 20 guests.


The second floor can be reserved for functions and can comfortably seat 16 people.

  
★ Tinapa Pate with Melba Toast (Free Appetizer)

Aidan couldn't get enough of the Tinapa Pate mousse. It was so creamy and addicting. Appetizer pa lang, ulam na…

 
★ Bulanglang Pork Ribs (P175 +10% service charge). Guava, Gandus.

We started with the Guava Sinagang that had generous servings of meat. It was like drinking hot guava juice with the right amount of sourness.


★ Pastel de Lengua (P395 +10% service charge). Mushrooms, Chorizo & Sausages. Two thumbs up from Chef Jam!

The lengua chunks were perfect — full of flavor, really soft and tender, and complemented well by the chorizo and mushroom. The serving size was quite huge, good enough for 2-3 persons.

This was super creamy, buttery, and rich. Sarap! 


★ Tinapa Caper Pasta (P375 +10% service charge). Garlic Confit & Fried Tomatoes.

We requested a non-spicy version of this pasta for Aidan. You can tell that they did not scrimp on the ingredients. The serving size of this dish can feed 2 persons.


★ Soft Lamb Shank Kaldereta (P625 +10% service charge). Parmesan, Vegetables (best served with Kangaroo Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2009).

My personal favorite! The fork-tender lamb shank went quite well with the buttery tomato sauce and cheese. This dish certainly tastes as good as it looks.


We weren't able to try their best seller Dulce de Tsokulati, which was wiped out the night before, during Chef Sau's birthday party. Instead, we got the Tsoknut Sansrival, which was kind of similar to the soft sansrival that they serve in M Cafe (without the crunchy layers) but not as yummy.

Have you tried their Dulce de Tsokulati?


The San Nicolas Cookies and Binuro of Atching Lillian Borromeo, one of Pampanga's culinary icons, are available in Villa Cafe.


Congratulations to Chef Sau and Chef Jam for creating a Filipino restaurant that we can all be proud of! This resto will be the talk of the foodie town this Christmas. 🙂

What's your take on Chef Sau and Chef Jam's Villa Cafe?

Villa Cafe, Makati
by Chef Sau Del Rosario and Chef Jam Melchor
7427 Glory Building, Yakal St., San Antonio Village, Makati
(located a few buildings before I'm Angus and Santis)
Email: villacafe11@gmail.com
Mobile: +63 917 434-3143
Telephone: +632 478-2659
Contact: Chef Sau directly at +63 917 556 0917 or chefsau@yahoo.com
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 1opm
Facebook: Villa Cafe

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Full Disclosure: We paid for our meals. We are not connected in any way to the owners or PR company promoting this restaurant.

★ Happily recommended 🙂

P.S. This is an interesting promo — All you can eat fresh oysters + a glass of Beringer Wine for P595 ! My dad would love this. We will definitely go back to try the other dishes.