There are friendships that hold firm despite the distance or the dearth in time spent together in the past year. There are people with whom you will always feel at ease and every meeting is a welcome rediscovery of what made you friends to begin with.
Holding get-togethers with these kinds of friends in a charming and comfortable venue provides a special backdrop for fun ribbing, meaningful conversations and new happy memories.
That is what my yearly Christmas reunion with my ex-officemates held at Prologue Neighborhood Kitchen was: a coming together of individuals who may be separated by distance but are still close in heart and mind.
Prologue is a relatively new dining destination in the Tomas Morato area. It is a place designed to give comfort and good cheer with its bright and airy interiors adorned with homey touches such as a warmly colored brick walls, displays of freshly baked bread, bric-a-bracs artfully displayed on a shelf and old wood furniture and plush couches.
Diners curious about what goes on in food prep can take a peek through the window to the kitchen to see Chef Hiroyuki Meno’s team hard at work in bringing Prologue’s comforting fusion of French and Asian cuisines to their tables.
The dishes that fueled our talks and good-natured teasing include:
Farmer’s Salad (Php240). Mixed greens, apple, candied walnuts, Italian parsley, sweet corn, boiled egg and okra tossed in miso honey dressing.
Fried Chicken Wings (Php240). Tender and juicy fried chicken wings coated in mixed spices and served sriracha mayonnaise.
Pastas. These dishes make use of Prologue’s fresh homemade pasta.
Amatriciana (Php260). Made with homemade Iberico Pancetta, Semi-dried cherry tomatoes, basil, olive and parmesan.
Trofie Pesto (Php370). Made with clams, shrimps, basil pesto, Semi-dried cherry tomatoes, asparagus and parmesan.
Parma Arugula Spaghettini (Php380). Made with asparagus, arugula leaves and puree, aglio e olio and parmesan.
Pizzas. These Neapolitan-style pizzas are all freshly made upon your order, using fresh ingredients and hand-kneaded dough.
Frutti di Mare (Php590). Made with stewed tomato sauce and pesto topped with squid, mussels, shrimp and Paris mushrooms.
Prosciutto Rucola (Php490). Made with stewed tomato sauce and pesto topped with parma ham, arugula, cherry tomato and shaved parmesan.
Pastries and Coffee. Prologue roasts its coffee beans in-house. Its Hiro blend is made of beans originating from Brazil, Ethiopia and Indonesia roasted medium dark with a rich flavor and fruity notes which we enjoyed as hot drinks along with some pastries for dessert.
Cafe Latte (Php140).
Matcha Torte (Php330).
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake (Php250).
With Prologue’s delightful surroundings and delectable food, a gathering of friends was made even more special.
Cheers to more happy meetings with real friends.
Prologue is located at 87 Scout Gandia Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, open daily from 7am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 86932013, +63 961 3799889 or +63 995 8424928.
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- Over Easy, Marikina
- Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato
- Sammy’s, Cainta
- Artesa Deli + Coffee, Kapitolyo
- Burrow Cafe, Antipolo
- Pookaberry Cafe, Tomas Morato
- Cafe Tribu, Victoria de Morato
- Cafe Tribu, Kamuning
- Cafe Tribu, Gloria Diaz
- Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt
- Little Owl Cafe, New Manila
- Starbucks, Tomas Morato
- Starbucks, SM East Ortigas
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Tomas Morato
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Venice Piazza
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, SM East Ortigas
- White Camp Coffee, Tomas Morato