It’s very common nowadays for friends to meet up in a cafe or pizzeria or restaurant to catch up on each other’s lives. And my friends and I, belong to this demographic who enjoy an order of pasta, pizza, fruit juices and coffee while chitchatting the hours away. There must be something about coffee and food that add up to the bond of friendship. Personally, I favoured those cozy coffee shops with wide array of food choices than those mainstream cafes which are always filled with people and with limited menu options.
Living in the province north of Manila, the place doesn’t fall short on good spots to dine and enjoy some eating eureka. One place we frequent is this cozy cafe/restaurant located along McArthur Highway, Meycauyan called Cafe Nenzo. Well-lit with nice, welcoming interiors and comfy seating, Cafe Nenzo is me and my friends official “meeting place.”
That Saturday, like those old-usual-catching-up-late-in-the-afternoon bonding, we treated ourselves to our all time favorite – pizza and pasta. Always a fan of their trio cheese pizza, this time around, we tried the garlic mushroom pizza and we paired it with creamy seafood pasta. Such a beautiful combination – the thin crust pizza smoldered with ample amount of mushroom and garlic slices (which you can top with diced tomato or lettuce or alfalfa sprouts before devouring) and the creamy seafood pasta (loaded with shrimps and squid, really!) were really filling, comforting even, if I may say; fruit juices complemented these meals. Of course, desserts are always a part of a dining engagement. And Cafe Nenzo offers a wide variety of sinfully good sweets. We ordered slices of cheesecake and carrot cake and cups of brewed coffee. What I like about their pastries is that they are not that sweet like the pastries in other cafes – the cheesecake was so rich with flavours it makes you want to eat it the whole of it right away; and the carrot cake was moist and soft, it perfectly goes with coffee.
Service was very consistent. The staff are friendly and warm. Not to forget that they are really attentive and would always approach you with a smile on their faces. These things also tote up to the warm, relaxing ambiance of the place.
Cafe Nenzo also serves vegetarian dishes. And from what I’ve heard from my cousins, these dishes are also something worthy to try. Well, will sure do the next time! Actually, I haven’t tried their coloful nachos, California maki salad, beef salpicao and a lot more. Oh my goodness! I think we have to schedule another catching-up-bonding very soon! Haha!