Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: Ground floor, Net Lima building, 26th St, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Telephone: +63 2 856 7600

www.facebook.com/WildflourcafebakeryFortBonifacio

Just like how the dining scene in Hong Kong has been soaring for the past 3-4 years, the number of dining outlets in Manila has recently been shooting through the roof, with an exciting range of restaurants opening up all over the city. I am in Manila for a short trip and manage to meet up with Jin Perez, a sweet and bubbly blogger at Jin Loves to Eat who used to work in Hong Kong and moved back to Manila a few years ago.

Besides blogging, Jin is also a restaurant consultant and columnist in Manila (you can find her contact details on her blog!), and she kindly picks a restaurant for our dinner that night. She chose Wildflour Bakery and Cafe, which is a casual, lively restaurant in the city centre which offers a selection of hearty, tasty international dishes.

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The restaurant is trendy and popular, and has an outdoor area which is excellent for drinks. 

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(1) We start off with the octopus salad (PHP 390), which is light and delicious, with fresh mango, cilantro, basil and peanuts adding a refreshing kick.

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(2) The pork meatballs (PHP 330) is gorgeously flavourful and juicy, and the sauce is tangy.

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(3) The squid ink spaghetti (PHP 450) is nicely al dente, but the seafood in the serve – Manila clams, calamari and prawns – are only average.

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(4) The California burger (PHP 450) looks fantastic, and also comes with an excitingly large serve of french fries. The US beef patty can be more flavourful though.

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(5) From my previous visits to Manila, I have learned that the desserts here are generally very sweet, and I have adjusted my expectation of the “Tres leches” (PHP 195) accordingly. This dessert is quite sugary indeed, but the dulce de leche and whipped cream are utterly indulgent and delectable! 

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(6) The salted chocolate cake (PHP 250) is massive, but I am not complaining here! The chocolate flavour is excellently strong and the sprinkle of salt completes it. We don’t have any problems finishing this piece of cake!

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It is so much fun catching up with you Jin, can’t wait to eat with you in Hong Kong!

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