We were invited weeks ago to a coffee tasting brunch in the newly opened UCC Cafe Terrace in Trinoma. Some food bloggers were there such as: Noemi, Prudence, Tin, Robin and Nina ( and we enjoyed the food and taking pictures as well! ) I apologize that it took me awhile to blog about this, been busy and been sick as well ( I need full concentration to write this ).
I remember Karla and I headed our way to UCC Cafe Terrace in the Ground Level of Trinoma after ending my night shift. Thought we’re already late, good thing they haven’t really started. First they made us try their 3 best selling coffees: Blended Coffee, Sumiyaki and Blue Mountain. Wow, for someone who needs sleep like me had a bit of a caffeine kick after drinking those small cups of coffee . The Blended Coffee is good, if you just want the standard coffee. This one is worth PhP 129.00. I liked the Sumiyaki above all coffee that we tasted, this one is much darker and it’s charcoal roasted. Sumiyaki is worth PhP 159.00, believe me it’s worth the price. Lastly, Blue Mountain has the perfect mixture of sourness and bitterness of coffee and this one is worth PhP 219.00 a cup.
Maybe you’re wondering why their coffee is expensive, well it’s not really like the usual American coffees that we’re used to ( Starbucks, Seattle’s Best etc… ). The difference between UCC coffees from other coffee companies is that they have a coffee dripping machine ( it looked like flasks, you know like inside the science laboratory). They don’t use espresso machines for their specialty coffee. They only had the espresso machine due to the demand of customers who are accustomed to that. By the way, their coffee is a mixture of different beans that is unique to them. Probably that’s why their coffee tastes better and even smells better ( Promise, no sour coffee after taste. You know what I mean? ). They also need to have their coffee boil at the certain point ( has to be boiled with a blue flame), to achieve coffee perfection. When you order one of their specialty coffees, the waiter/waitress will give you a glass coffee container which you will pour into your cup. Surely, the coffee experience here in UCC is different from what we are used to. You are paying definitely for quality here.
UCC also has a variety of food selections on their menu (Japanese fusion dishes and desserts). Our gastronomic fancies were really fulfilled when they served us their signature dishes and desserts. We were literally full. The dishes we tried were Japanese Seafood Soup Spaghetti, Japanese Seafood Salad, Sumiyaki Eel and Mushroom Spaghetti, Yakiniku Rice and Hamburg Curry Rice. All of them were delish!
Japanese Soup Spaghetti… Sounds weird right? Soup and Spaghetti in one dish? Well this one is really unique I’m telling you. It actually tastes sweet (since one of the ingredients is mirin). Imagine the taste of tempura sauce or Sukiyaki. It also has seafoods on it: fresh mussels, shrimps, scallops and squids. By the way, they also have this in white sauce. This dish is worth PhP 395.
Japanese Seafood Salad… This is one of my favorites. I love the fresh greens, seafood and the wasabi-olive oil sauce. Yummy. This dish is worth Php 389.
Sumiyaki Eel and Mushroom Spaghetti… Eel is one of the delicacies of the Japanese and they incorporated it into a pasta dish. This one tastes a bit sweet and creamy. Shitake mushrooms were used in this dish. This dish is worth PhP 429.
Yakiniku Rice… Yakiniku are thin sliced beef ( like the ones you see in Sukiyaki) and this one is topped on rice. It’s very tasty as well This is worth Php 329.
Hamburg Curry Rice… This is also a unique combination hamburger and curry? Well what I liked about this dish is that it’s very tasty and the hamburger is thick. There’s also a great abundance of curry sauce which is perfect with rice. This one is worth PhP 329 also.
Of course, the best thing to end a very delicious meal is dessert. We were also served with their best selling desserts ( and newly added desserts on the menu as well).
Japanese Cheese Cake… We were able to taste the 3 varieties of their cheesecakes: Plain Cheesecake (PhP 175), Mango Cheesecake (PhP 185) and Caramel Cheesecake (PhP 185). What I loved about their cheesecakes is that it’s spongy unlike the common cheesecakes we have. This is baked and not refrigerated neither has the graham cracker or oreo as base. When you eat it, the texture is not too thick. It actually melts in your mouth.
Tiramisu… This one is also spongy and it’s very moist. I love this dessert, it also melts in your mouth and it’s not too sweet. This is a must try. This is worth PhP 230.
Chocolate Fudge Cake… I love chocolate cakes and I could say that this is one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve tasted. It’s fudgy and moist. This is worth PhP 125.
Coffee Jelly… This is inside a tall glass with thick slices of coffee jelly with fresh kiwi and ice cream on top. Yummy. This dessert is worth PhP 209.
Duchess Apple Pie… I love the apples, it’s so tender and it just melts in your mouth (almost all of their desserts melt in the mouth :p ). This is also a must try. This is priced at PhP 169.
We also tried their fresh and unique shakes. They’re very colorful and very attractive to the eye. The food bloggers enjoyed taking pictures of each drink because they’re so colorful . We all got different flavors such as: Kiwi-Apple, Blueberry-Banana, Orange-Mango etc. As for me, I got the Strawberry-Kiwi (the red and green one, Merry Christmas! )
UCC Cafe Terrace in Trinoma has some promos:
Get 15% off on anything from their menu until August 31 (you still have time!)
Also get a free 4 hours valet parking for every single minimum receipt worth PhP 1000. This will run from July 27, 2008- December 31, 2008. Parking is really hard when you’re in Trinoma, so better try this promo
UCC has 15 stores around the Philippines (including the 3 different concepts such as Vienna Cafe, Cafe Terrace and Park Cafe). Some of the other concepts carry some unique dishes but the best selling items are in all kinds of branches.
UCC Vienna Cafe branches are in: Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Connecticut st in Greenhills, The Podium At Ortigas Center, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, The Block in Quezon City, The Clubhouse at Corinthian Hills, Quezon City and at Rustan’s Makati. The most recent addition is in SM Pampanga.
UCC CAfe Terrace branches are in: Forbes Town Center in Global City, Paseo Center in Paseo de Roxas Makati, Rockwell Drive in Makati, Westgate Center in Alabang, Robinson’s Midtown in Ermita, Manila, SM Mall of Asia overlooking Manila Bay and of course the newly opened store in Trinoma, Quezon City.
UCC Park Cafe is at Glorietta Park, Makati.
Did you know…
– that UCC means Ueshima Coffee Company? Mr. Tadao Ueshima popularized coffee in Japan in 1933 though coffee has been in Japan 300 years prior to 1933.
– that they have cup tasters called ” classificadores”? They’re somewhat like wine tasters who would need to taste the quality of the coffee before being sold. Their palates are very much treasured. Imagine how many coffees they need to taste and the caffeine kick? hehe
– that coffee has oil on top of it, it’s actually much better?