G/F Luneta Hotel, 414 TM Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila
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Cafe Yano is the cafe of the newly restored and renovated historical landmark --the Luneta Hotel. The Cafe aims to bring back the hotel's "old" menu that was once enjoyed by their notable guests when they first opened in the early 1900's. Since our visit was in the afternoon, after a tour of the hotel, we opted to try out their snacks.
Notably, their menu carries vintage dishes, coffee selections (they offer their personal coffee blends and in fact sell coffee bean blends under the Luneta Hotel brand), a few sweet endings, and a wine/cocktail/ beer list.
Cafe Yano is located just off the lobby. They have regular table settings and a lovely long bar sitting. Interestingly, their bar seating area evokes a tasteful Art-Deco theme with plush bar stools and black &white floor tiles.
We tried their hotel blend brewed coffee. We paired this with one of their pastries---Dulce de Leche Cake.
I personally liked their house blend. Nicely strong, acidic, earthy, and aromatic. A bit chocolatey. Served with free butter cookies (that tasted quite ordinary). A small cup priced at 150.
Their Dulce de Leche cake was a disappointment. It tasted like ordinary chiffon cake (tasted like Mamon even), iced with buttercream, topped with dulce de leche. Quite expensive for such a small serving of such ordinary tasting pastry ( priced at 200).
Albeit the sub-par afternoon snacks that we tried , I must say however that dining at Cafe Yano was an experience. Quaint, plush, and quiet. We quickly surmised that the place would make a lovely set for some period films. It was quiet easy to imagine the likes of great turn-of-the century writers quietly hanging out at their bar or in one of their tables, enjoying afternoon tea while drafting some great novels or perhaps the refined elite of by-gone gentile times using the place as a watering hole. But, again, that was our personal take.
I do hope that once the hotel goes fully operational, they would have improved their food quality. I'm rooting for them specially that they have put such fantastic efforts in restoring the hotel to its former glory. Upping their food offering would certainly match their hotel's impeccable structure.
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