CO/OP MANILA is a house-turned-lifestyle store and café in San Juan selling hip goods and comfort food. The name was inspired by the “cooperation” of the cousins who founded it.
It’s a refreshingly unique homegrown store, something Manila could really use amidst the spreading of international chains.
Here’s what to expect at CO/OP Manila and some improvement suggestions…
They offer the owners’ comfort food favorites. The pricing is a bit on the high side.
I love the Helen Dardik illustrations of kids and animals adorning the brick walls.
The logo of CO/OP is based on the Jackalope, a mythical creature which is a cross between a jackrabbit and antelope.
I love the crispy thin phyllo crust with a hint of the filling’s flavor. Something unique to start with.
I like this homemade tomato soup. Thick with a strong roasted tomato flavor.
The salad was good but the lettuce and pear slices were a bit worn out already.
Strawberry lemonade has a really strong, full-bodied flavor but for P150, it would have been better with chewy or popping sago.
This tastes ordinary and does not justify its price tag.
Love the combination of the fish and shrimp flavors with the emmental cheese. The presentation of the sandwich can still be improved though.
An awesome combination of prosciutto with arugula, balanced with the creaminess of aioli, the flavor of the goat cheese, and the sweetness of the grilled peaches. 🙂
The coffee was good. I like the café ambiance of the place.
The cake was also not bad. Just the right moistness and chocolate flavor.
Homemade chocolate cookie for Rache. 🙂
Gift items are unique and well-curated. Hopefully, they’ll have items from local artists and other local handmade products soon.
Food is OK; a bit expensive since you are paying for the ambiance. I recommend the Spanakopitas, Tomato Soup, and Goat Cheese Sandwich. Budget at P500/head.
This is sure to be a successful venture because Manila is craving for unique homegrown lifestyle places like this! 🙂
Live an Awesome Life,
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P.S. Mabini Street is the same street where Suzhou is located. It’s a one way street going to Wilson. You can turn into Mabini Street from Shaw Blvd., right before the Shell Gas Station opposite Puregold. You’ll find CO/OP at the end of Mabini.