Cubao in Quezon City is a hustlin’ and bustlin’ place with various malls, shopping centers and bus stations in the vicinity.
Well, there’s a piece of good news for the hungry shopper or commuter in this area as a new and exciting restaurant just opened last month.
KopiChan translates to “coffee eatery.” It’s a place to have a sip of coffee while munching on some tasty and affordable Asian dishes.
The restaurant is styled after the old-timey Chinese restaurants in Binondo which are near and dear to us Pinoys, albeit with a few modern and colorful touches.
Together with my fellow foodies, I got a taste of its food offerings crafted by Chef Isaac Bravo and his team, which include:
Kung Pao Chicken (Php218 for solo | Php398 for sharing). Tender fried chicken fillets tossed with peanuts in a sauce made of sweet chili and soy sauce.
Soy Chicken (Php178 for solo | Php335 for sharing). Poached chicken leg in soy sauce with steamed bokchoy.
Tausi Beef Ribs (Php278 for solo | Php518 for sharing). Beef ribs with tofu cubes in tausi sauce.
Shrimp Paste Pork Ribs (Php248 for solo | Php458 for sharing). Pork spare ribs marinated in shrimp paste.
Beef Rendang (Php258 for solo | Php498 for sharing). Mildly spicy Indonesian-style beef stew in which the ribs are coconut milk.
Beef Noodle Soup (Php198 for solo | Php378 for sharing). Tender braised beef pieces in beef broth together egg noodles and bokchoy.
KC Spaghetti (Php138 for solo | Php248 for sharing). Spaghetti noodles topped with Asian spaghetti sauce and curry cheese sauce.
Salt and Pepper Squid (Php268 for solo | Php518 for sharing). Lightly battered pieces of fried squid tossed in salt and pepper.
KC Chopsuey (Php188 for solo | Php368 for sharing). Stir-fried mixed vegetables with shrimp, chicken, Chinese sausage and quail eggs in oyster sauce.
Gravy Eggs (Php48 for solo | Php118 for sharing). Hard-boiled eggs in Asian gravy.
Rendang Eggs (Php48 for solo | Php118 for sharing). Soft-boiled eggs in spicy Rendang sauce.
KC Clubhouse (Php218). KopiChan’s take on the clubhouse sandwich with bacon, egg, ham and special KC spread.
Kaya French Toast (Php198). Milk-soaked loaf bread toast topped with kaya spread, condensed milk and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Banana Pancakes (Php258). Pancakes with caramelized bananas and crunchy peanut butter.
Salted Egg Pao (Php98). Steamed salted egg custard bun.
Fried Kaya Buns (Php88). Fried mantou stuffed with kaya custard and served with vanilla ice cream.
KC Sundae (Php178). Three ice cream flavors – salted caramel, cookied and cream and vanilla – topped with crunchy cornflakes.
KopiChan will also launch new items on the menu soon so be on the lookout out for:
Yang Chow with Egg. A sunny side up egg is added to stir-fried rice with Chinese sausage, ham, egg and vegetable.
Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang and Boiled Egg. A rice meal featuring the fragrant Malaysian rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, accompanied by beef rendang and boiled egg.
Nasi Lemak with Charsiu Belly and Fried Egg. Another take on the nasi lemak, this time as KopiChan’s approximation of the Pinoy tocilog with charsiu pork belly and a sunny side up egg.
Soy Chicken Congee. The Asian style of rice porridge (similar to the Pinoy lugaw) served with a piece of soy chicken.
Enjoy your meal with tasty drinks that the kitchen can whip up for you:
Coffee with Condensed Milk (Php100). KopiChan’s take on the Vietnamese ca phe sua nong but this time, the condensed milk is poured into hot freshly brewed coffee.
Teh Tarik (Php100). The national drink of Malaysia, it is made from strong black tea blended with condensed milk.
Milo Dinosaur (Php135). Also known as Milo Tabur, it is a popular drink in Malaysia and Singapore wherein undissolved Milo powder is added on top of an already prepared iced Milo drink.
Horlicks (Php195). A cold drink flavored with horlicks powder primarily made of malted wheat and malted barley.
With Kopi Chan’s extensive array of affordable Asian food choices, Cubao just got itself a new foodie destination that opens of new worlds of dining for its locals and visitors!
Many thanks to Chef Isaac and team for the delightful meal and the warm welcome and to Harvard of AlwaysHungryPH for extending the invitation.
KopiChan is located at Shopwise Arcade, General Romulo Street, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, open 24/7. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 82515863 or +63 977 7486064.
Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I was invited to attend a food tasting held in this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.
Check out my reviews of other Chinese restaurants:
- Asian Taste, Seascape Village
- GoGo Kitchen, Seascape Village
- Templo, Banawe
- DaTang, The Venice Piazza
- Bistro Charlemagne, Nuvali
- Bistro Charlemagne, Ayala Malls Feliz
- Bistro Charlemagne, Ayala Malls Manila Bay
- Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant, Banawe
- Hong Kong Roasting, Tomas Morato
- Yeah! Yeah! Chinese Cuisine, New Manila
- Causeway, Tomas Morato
- Bai Nian Tang Bao, BGC
- Greyson’s Dimsum and Noodle House, Mother Ignacia
- Le Ching, Tomas Morato
- Kopi Tiam, New Manila
- Hap Chan, Maybunga