Our third stop was at Khayil’s Bakeshop and Cafe.
Khayil’s started out as a bakeshop where customers ordered custom cakes. They added meals to the menu due to customer demand.
We also met Khayil, the owner Anna’s 12-year old daughter, whom the restaurant is named after. It’s a family business with 3 generations working there – grandmother, mother and daughters.
We started with the Crispy Pata (P550) – the skin was thin and crisp! It was really thin compared to other crispy patas I have tried. My piece of crispy pata skin reminded me of a dorito chip!
Beef Kaldereta – this was slightly spicy, with a thick sauce that only had a hint of liver and cheese. Best eaten with rice!
Khayil’s uses creamy dinorado rice, and paired with the beef caldereta, resisting eating more is just impossible.
We were also served some Pinaputok na Bangus, deboned bangus stuffed with onions and tomatoes, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled. We could really taste the freshness of the bangus. Why does food always tastes fresher when in the province?!
They also have a Sizzling Bulalo which was done ala pobre style with fried garlic and mushroom sauce.
As for dessert, I like their light & fluffy Red Velvet cupcake and their Mango cupcake. Cupcakes are P65 each.
I loved the quirky and cute design of the restaurant. It is simple, but the personal design touches like the pastel framed quotes and the printed placemats just made me feel like they make an extra effort to welcome their customers.
The food is delicious – I liked everything I tried. It tastes like wonderful home cooking, like true home cooking you’d expect to find in the provinces where they have time to make everything from scratch and to cook it for a long time.
Khayil’s Bakeshop is a very homey place, it feels like being a guest at a friend’s ancestral house in the province, and being stuffed with good, local dishes.
Circumferential Road, San Roque, Upper Antipolo, Rizal 1870
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