Caffe La Tea
Zamora St., Tarlac City, Tarlac
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The first time we tried Caffe La Tea in Tarlac City was not bad at all. We liked what we ordered and we walked away happy. Good food, affordable prices, good customer service. It was somewhat automatic to choose this place again for the birthday celebration of my brother last month.
So we went, me and my entire family, including my siblings. We were quite a group and the place was packed when we got there on a weekday for dinner. We needed to wait a little and then we got our tables. We were seated separately to accommodate us faster. That was okay. We checked their menu and ordered right away.
> Mango Berry Smoothie for 139Php
Lets start with the drinks. I only got to take pictures of my drink and my daughter's though. She loves mangoes so she agreed to get a Mango Berry Smoothie. The menu says that it has local mango puree, berries, milk and ice. Topped with whipped cream and some tapioca/jelly looking rounds and a drizzle of mango sauce. I didn't like it! It tasted very artificial like there was no fresh mango puree in it all.
> Choco Peppermint Tea for 89Php (L)
I got a Choco Peppermint Tea for myself. Dark chocolate milk tea plus peppermint, this was decent. I would love for it to have a richer chocolate taste and a stronger peppermint flavor though coz I think it's a little watered down.
> Cheesy Beef Nachos for 169Php
For appetizer, we got two bowls of Cheesy Beef Nachos. Good potion for it's price but then again it was just okay. Nachos piled up with ground beef, salsa, some greens and then they covered the nachos mountain with a good load of cheese sauce and sour cream. Gets cloying after sometime though.
> Cheeseburger for 125Php
For the main event, my daughter got a Cheeseburger. Ordinary bun, thick burger patty, lettuce, tomato and a heck load of cheese sauce served with some potato chips on the side - it looked enticing! The chips were crunchy and salty and lovely but the burger was meh. The burger patty was dry, lacked in flavor. It was bland and not even the cheese made up for it. SKIP THIS NO MATTER WHAT.
> Hungarian Sausage and Pesto Pasta for 159Php
My choice was their Hungarian Sausage and Pesto Pasta. This was okay. Needs a stronger pesto taste though it had a good garlic kick but needs a little more salt. There were five slices of Hungarian Sausage in it and I wished there was more.
> Red Velvet for 49Php, Choc-La-Tea for 49Php & Blueberry Cheesecake for 59Php
We also tried their cupcakes - Red Velvet, Death by Choc-La-Tea and Blueberry Cheesecake. Loved the Blueberry Cheesecake - tart and sweet. The other two were just okay. Red Velvet was meh, didn't taste like red velvet at all, no chocolate kick. Death by Choc-La-Tea was supposed to be choco lava but it didn't deliver and was too sweet.
My mom and siblings got pasta dishes as well as rice bowls and said that they were just okay. Guess we didn't order the right dishes during this visit. Maybe a third time? We'll see.
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Food is ok. Ordered Pasta Español a bit spicy because if the sardine. Some appetizers like chilly bomb, mozzarella sticks is ok. The place is good for chillin' with friends/ family.
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Whenever we are in Tarlac City, we try to discover new foodie places. Most times I would like for us to do a food crawl but since we are always pressed for time, we only get to visit one or two. Tarlac City has developed into a busy place teeming with foodie spots. From a shy city to a blossoming one offering different types of cuisine. Of course there are those classic restaurants that we grew up with but today, Tarlac City's food scene has been catching up.
During our recent visit, we decided to check out Caffe La Tea. Pride of Nueva Ecija, this restaurant braved the market and put up branches in Pangasinan, Tarlac and even in QC. Since it's QC branch is far off from our Paranaque home, we decided to visit once we go home to Tarlac City.
The place is easy to find. Coming from Manila, you just have to take a left turn as soon as you see the Y shaped road, just after SM City Tarlac. Just a couple of blocks away from Siesta, along Zamora St., pay attention to the right side of the road, Caffe La Tea is just across Capitol Gardens and Eby's Plaza and just beside an established restaurant in the city - D&C Cuisine.
There were about 3 tables occupied when we got there, brunch time. I loved that the place was cozy and the overall ambiance was pleasant. We checked the menu and got some pasta. I was a little overwhelmed with their beverage menu. There was a lot! From hot coffee and tea to signature coffee concoctions, milk tea, cream based drinks, over ice, ice blended, smoothies, ect etc.
We got the following --
Creamy Lonnga Pasta --
It was indeed creamy with generous serving of longganisa pieces. I liked that the longganisa was salty and had strong garlic taste. According to the menu, they used Cabsy longga. It went well with the cream.
With a little research via Google, found out that Cabsy Longga is native to Nueva Ecija. It tasted like Lucban Longga because it was salty and garlicky but had a good portion of fat trimmings. Got very curious so I'll definitely look for this in the grocery.
Creamy Chicken Pesto --
Hubby's pick - Creamy Chicken Pesto. We've tried a pesto dish elsewhere in Tarlac and we were greatly disappointed so this pasta dish from Caffe La Tea was such a good find! It was creamy, bursting with fresh basil flavor and had a good serving of chicken chunks.
Americano Meets Tokyo --
Then our drinks. I was a little hesitant to try their Americano Meets Tokyo but it sounded interesting and I wanted to find out how espresso x matcha would play out. I was hoping to get their signature ice blended Mocha but I just couldn't take my thoughts out of Americano Meets Tokyo so I took the risk. Was it worth it? Well, let's just say that I have finally satisfied my curiosity and nothing more. Definitely not one for the books. There was no character in this drink. Being a coffee and matcha lover, this was a betrayal to the true essence of coffee and matcha. It was too milky for an espresso drink and the matcha kick was very shallow. Not a good idea to combine these two.
Taro Custard Tango --
Hubby opted for a milk tea. We LOVE how the Taro Milk Tea from Tea Farm tastes like and we were hoping this would be the same. It wasn't bad at all, I tell you, but it didn't have the taro flavor that we were looking for. Maybe we will stick to their best sellers next time.
One thing that impressed me here was the place itself. Each chair was upholstered and I liked that they had couches too. Their interiors were simple but nice and the place boasted a zen like theme. Servers were attentive but then it would be best of they're able to recommend dishes and drinks especially to obvious first timers.
Two things that turned me off this place though --
First, their best selling appetizer which was Deviled Eggs, was not available. I asked why and the server just said that it wasn't. Unlikely for such an early time for something that's supposed to be a favorite.
Second - I asked them very nicely if they can change the pasta of the Creamy Longga to Spaghetti instead of Penne and the staff willingly asked the chef. The chef gave me a hard no. Oh well, maybe they weren't allowed by the management to be flexible and that is just disappointing.
Anyhow, we enjoyed the food and loved that they were reasonably priced! Will definitely checkout more of their menu next time.
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