Being home-based, I usually know about good restaurants or food establishments through blogs and online lifestyle sites. I usually dread when the shops are based in farther locations.
On one of my work-related trips to Makati, I noticed a familiar name, Vengo!
I visited their store one Friday, a few hours before the lunch hour hoping to get a Horchata latte. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available yet. I decided to go for Love, Rosie, a latte with rose syrup and tapioca pearls, instead.
As I waited for my drink, I surveyed the tiny shop. It was charming with the contrast of white with the wooden fixtures. It is quite cozy.
After some time, my order arrived. I usually take my coffee black and hot. However, if I go to coffee shops I would like to try something that I don’t think I can make at home. I was glad that this one isn’t overly saccharine. I enjoyed the floral taste that cuts through the milky coffee. I was not fond of having the tapioca pearls in the coffee drink, but overall, it wasn’t really that bad.
I waited for the lunch hour to avail of the lunch bowls in the restaurant adjacent the cafe. When I went inside the restaurant, I noticed the stark difference from the bright cozy ambiance of Cafe Vengo. The restaurant side exuded a chill bar vibe.
I got the Al Pastor rice bowl and two of the Pork Cheek Confit tacos (through the Booky app.) The first thing I noticed upon biting my first taco is the texture. The slightly gelatinous meat with the cream and the tortilla created a rather odd sensation in my mouth. It is packed with quite a lot of flavor especially when lime is added. I only wish is that I asked for hot sauce so I can fully experience the balance of textures and flavors. I enjoyed the al pastor rice bowl more. Though I would have preferred it with a little more heat, the rice bowl in itself was already well balanced. Not to mention, it was very very filling.
I sketched my drink in the cafe as I was waiting for the lunch hour. My lunch, however, was sketched at home where there is ample space and light.
¡Vengo! is at the Jose Cojuangco & Sons Building, Carlos Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati.