8 Delicious Creations You Need to Try At the New Bench Café
On the second floor of Bench’s Fort Bonifacio flagship, you’ll find the newly-opened Bench Café—with the brand’s heritage perfectly relayed from the Filipino-themed menu down to the décor.
Though the café uses fresh cooking techniques and exciting presentations, Eric Dee of FooDee maintains the menu is filled with no-fuss classic Filipino dishes that will be instantly familiar to Bench consumers.
The café brings together leading names from different industries and areas of expertise: culinary group FooDee Global Concepts, veteran chef Carlo Miguel, liquid chef Kalel Demetrio, interior designer Miguel Pastor, and, of course, Bench founder Ben Chan.
With Bench’s international reach, we have no doubt the café will be seminal in promoting Filipino cuisine.
Here are some of the dishes you must try:
1. Tinapa Cones
The Tinapa Cone is a three-piece layered snack with moussed
2. Binagoongan Caesar with Dilis Salad
Bench serves a Filipino version of Caesar salad using Romaine lettuce with
3. Sisig Skillet
Sisig, a staple on Filipino tables, is updated with a perfectly cooked 62°C egg and
4. Crispy Dinuguan
To update the Filipino
Don't take our word for it. The beauty of the Bongalmusal Silog is experienced better in real life. When first presented, you’ll see a spectacular mix of Filipino
6. Malunggay Pasta
To fully incorporate the
Salted Egg Fried Chicken, Pinaputok
na Bangus Belly, and Tortang Talong
The BENCH/TO is something unique to the café. The group wanted to introduce something new to the menu that would differentiate Bench Café from other Filipino restaurants, and so, the BENCH/TO was conceptualized. The concept is simply an adapted version of the Japanese bento box, a packed set meal.
There are 10 BENCH/TO selections with options such as Inasal
Salted Egg Fried Chicken; U.S. Angus Short Ribs Bistek
All BENCH/TO’s come with Filipino-style salsa,
Desserts aren’t an afterthought at Bench Café. There’s Mais Con Yelo, Banana Con Yelo, Tsoknut Ice Cream Sandwich, and Flan B. One of the real highlights of Bench Café is its Halo-Halo. In keeping with the café’s fresh and flavorful take on local cuisine, the Halo-Halo is made with finely shaved ice similar to a Korean
The café has three versions of the Filipino