Vanderlust Cafe Bistro + Patiserrie

 

0010 Sct De Guia cor Tomas Morato
Quezon City, Philippines
(02) 954 0401 | Facebook

A friend I have missed for so long finally got time to sit down and chat recently. Most of my friends are normal adults who are employed, so what I do all day is just wait for someone to tell me they have time and then, I’ll have a reason to go out of the house. I wanted to try a new restaurant so I check my well-loved app Booky for a good resto with a good deal.

A friend I have missed for so long finally got time to sit down and chat recently. Most of my friends are normal adults who are employed, so what I do all day is just wait for someone to tell me they have time and then, I’ll have a reason to go out of the house. I wanted to try a new restaurant so I check my well-loved app Booky for a good resto with a good deal.

Vanderlust Bistro popped out for me because I am well-aware of my friend’s aesthetic and passion for creativity, traveling, and Europe ( we met in a French 10 class). Vanderlust prides itself on offering well- varied European cuisine so we decided to check it out. 

 

We ordered Mon Petit Polet and Espaguetis con Gambas Al Marinara

I took 12 units of French in university, and I felt ashamed for not knowing how Polet is pronounced. The waiter was very keen and nice, and more importantly, he knew the right pronunciation. I had a short French refresher course.

What he did not do, however, is suggest bestsellers, and noteworthy desserts so my friend and I made the mistake of only ordering classic churros. Ah, the language barrier prevented us from trying out the really cool ones.

I was late so I wasn’t able to read other people’s reviews before coming here. This is unlike me, as I am the person who likes to memorize the menu before coming to a place. I want to come back to try the others. Here are some amazing picks from The Tummy Train! They look so delectable.

They have wine selections so I’m expecting this place to be busy at date nights. At lunchtime, it was very quiet.

The Mon Petit Polet was surprisingly delicious. I had doubts when I first saw it because it looks so oily but the sauce did really great with the chicken and the spinach omelet. My friend’s pasta was spicy and did not have quite enough shrimps.

The churros were good, as churros usually are. They had a normal crunch that dissipated well before we got halfway through desserts.  It’s paired with a thick creamy dark chocolate, not warm. I wanted it to be warmer.

We both ordered Flat White and we both agreed it was not bad.

Now, on to really important things.

 

Sockets? Yes

Wifi? No

Clean, Well-Lighted Place? We were there around lunchtime. The only people on the second floor were us and a couple. The place is a little bit confusing, only because there are many countries it’s trying to present and it ended up with a weird mix of a curious romantic and minimalist aesthetic. The music playlist best describes this confusion. I will not be listening to this playlist on Spotify.

Sosyal Meter: Giving it a 7 because of the difficult words, but the place is very nonintimidating

Sustainability Meter:  I had to get the to-go cup even when I’m staying in the cafe because they lack properly-sized mugs. I specifically asked to not have my to-go cup with a plastic lid but I was still given one. Major pet peeve.

Affordability: The food can be a bit pricey, without promos.

Ongoing Promotions: We availed a 300 peso discount by booking a table through Booky. We booked this on the day itself, however, you can book earlier and avail a 500 peso discount. Upon writing this, I have learned that there is a piso pasta promo that is even more sulit than our Booky promo.

As usual, I end this post with a quote to pretend that I am an intellectual:

“And when all of the flourless chocolate cakes & chocolate mousse or ganache cakes have come and gone, there will still be nothing like a fudgy brownie, dry & crackled on top, moist & dense within, with a glass of cold milk.”

― Richard Sax

I want more dessert.

Love,

The Hungry Yogini

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, although I hope it is.