I went to Uke Box Caffe last week for their new menu launch! I got really excited because I wasn’t able to go back there after my birthday last year. One can say they were really able to keep up with their Hawaiian-Filipino theme just by looking at their new menu.
Evidently incorporated in their menu are the words “pineapple”, “tropical”, “Hawaiian”, and “Samoan”. Since all the dishes were new and there were no bestsellers yet, struggling what I should get was okay, I guess. I ordered their Creamy Mushroom Soup, Cheezy Pockets, and Samoan BBQ. Since RJ, a ukulele teacher in Uke Box Caffe, ordered the Spam Fries, I was also able to try it out. I really found their Pineapple Hen dish witty but I had my eyes on something that interested me more so I’ll try it out next time. Most of the food were served in ukulele-shaped wooden plates.
Before devouring my main dish and the equally tempting appetizers, I had the Creamy Mushroom Soup (P80) first. Like most mushroom soups, it is made of mushrooms with cream base soup. What made it different from the soups I’ve previously tried before was that the taste of the mushroom was very distinct. It’s also served with toasted bread stick to even out the taste.
It was also my first time to try Spam Fries (P180)! I didn’t really know that crispy fried Spam sticks and French Fries served with pineapple mayo can taste so good. I’m not really the type of person who goes gaga over Spam and I don’t really eat much of it so that was new to the taste. I was able to try it out with their garlic sauce/mayo and it did complement it well. Some of the fries’ cut were too small for my liking though.
The Cheezy Pockets (P160) are premium melting cheese wrapped in egg wrapper, deep-fried to perfection and is served with pineapple mayo on the side. In my opinion, the price for the Cheezy pockets is really a good deal considering that premium cheese was used for the inside of it and also the serving! It’s even good for two people. The texture of the cheese inside it once you take a bite is so smooth, also not too gooey, which is just the way I like it. This is my personal favorite so far!
As for my main dish, I had the Samoan BBQ (P300) which is American pork ribs in spicy Hawaiian BBQ. I love the pineapple, carrot strips, and coleslaw with mayo that they served along with it as it balances the taste. It’s not as tender as other pork ribs I’ve tried but it’s actually good. Love the unique flavor but I was a bit disappointed because it was not that spicy for my standard. Well, you know what they say about Bicolanos and our love for spicy food! They had to give me Tabasco sauce instead to appease the craving for spiciness.
I got the chance to talk to their new chef, Chef Adrien Tagumpay, and he said that it was not the kind of taste they had originally planned for it. Since not everyone’s tolerance for spiciness is the same, they had to bring the spiciness level down a bit and the customer has the option to ask for Tabasco sauce just in case they want it spicier!
Last but not the least, the Tropical Pulled Pork Sandwich (P200)! Shredded pork dipped in Uke Box’s spicy Hawaiian BBQ sauce topped with Hawaiian slaw and jalapenos in a baguette. Best thing about it aside from the taste? The Potato Chips on the side!
Chef Adrien said that what really urged them to revise the menu was the customers’ demand for more gourmet food. Asked about the drinks and desserts, right now they still have the ones in the old menu. They do have plans of adding more to it in the coming months! They also have plans of moving to a better venue in January 2017.
Uke Box Caffe
187 Village Center Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Quezon City
1110 Metro Manila, Philippines
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM- 9:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM- 12:00 MN
Telephone No. 374-7467
Cellphone No. +63 915 181 8115
Disclaimer: Zomato invited us to try out Uke Box Caffe’s new menu. All thoughts and opinion about the restaurant and food are completely mine.