Kandle Cafe

113 Mother Ignacia Ave., South Triangle, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Kandle Cafe
4.2
4.0 Stars

26 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 10
  • 4 stars 13
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 1
  • 28 Reviews
  • 141 Recommend
  • 26 Reviewers
Category:
Café
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+639982761571

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:45p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:45p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:45p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street, Parking Lot
Reservations:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Attire:
Casual

Most Recent Reviews

Chao H.
5.0 Stars
4

I loved it.

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Pam L.
4.0 Stars
6

Located beside a Puregold grocery, you wouldn't think that there's a cafe this nice on an ordinary-looking street.

The cafe is surprisingly huge and they have parking spaces although I'm pretty sure they fill up pretty quickly. The interiors looked really nice!

We went there on a Friday night and it was packed. My friend was able to get a tiny table for two, but we were able to quickly transfer to a bigger one when a group left. They also have outdoor seating.

We ordered the Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta, which I was hesitant to try at first because I'm not a big fan of squid ink. I was happy to find out that there's no squid ink sauce -- it was the noodles that were made out of squid ink. It had a cream-based sauce with bacon bits topped with poached egg. The dish was delicious! The sauce was creamy and the noodles perfectly cooked.

We also ordered the BBQ Chicken, which was more of a salad I suppose because of all the greens in the dish. It was also topped with poached egg. The chicken was also good and the dish itself was very healthy!

For dessert, we decided to get the strawberry shortcake and cappucinos. The cake was okay, it wasn't that bad but it wasn't memorable either.

My only complaint is that the acoustics in the cafe is bad. The noise from the big group from the other table reverberated around the room, which ruined the cafe's ambiance. If you're going there to study, better avoid going during lunch or dinner time.

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April H.
2.0 Stars
5

My then bf and I went to Kandle Cafe for a quick date. Emphasis on the "QUICK".

It was a Sunday afternoon and the store was in a lull. The lunch crowd has already cleared, the students probably still at home mentally readying themselves for Monday, and the dinner service hours away. When we entered, we immediately loved the interiors! I felt the Feng Shui was spot on-- the water by the entrance and the rest of the place had a good flow. Very understated and yet fun with the colorful accents of multi-colored chairs and knick-knacks all over. Great floor plan and a clean bathroom are checks in my book. Very stylish indeed.

You order at the counter and they will serve the food. I had the Mr and Mrs Eggoy pasta and he had the BBQ chicken. We planned to share the Tres Leches and I, forever alone regarding caffeine cravings, had the Iced Latte. I knew the place was owned by siblings whose names started with the letters K-N-D-L, hence the name of the cafe. Apparently the siblings were very hands on about the place.

We waited for the food in peace. Initially. The BBQ chicken was served already. We followed up the pasta several times because we were hungry. The staff kept saying that they were just making it. I kept looking at my watch because we were going somewhere after, so I know. The pasta was served 32mins AFTER the chicken. I was pissed. Apparently, something went wrong with their pasta maker. They were improvising with the pasta. I really told the staff that they should tell us what happened and not just expect us to keep waiting.

I initially wanted the coffee to be served with the cake but I already asked for it. Caffeine calms me down and I needed it. I felt myself scowling. I know that it was a mechanical malfunction that can happen, but we were due to go somewhere else after. The whole snafu caused us our time to rest, because we had to rethink our plans. I DID NOT APPRECIATE IT. I was already asking them to cancel the order but they kept "reassuring" me that it was coming. It did come. 32 minutes after our initial order came.

When the pasta came, it was really thick and the texture was weird. IT WAS NOT GOOD. It felt like it was too starchy. I waited that long for this? Come on. Maybe it tasted different because they improvised, I don't know. But, it was not good.

They gave us an additional cake in a hazelnut flavor to apologize, which I think was decent of them. I also did not understand why the owners themselves didn't reassure us. By the looks of it, there were 3 of them present at the time. There were two other tables occupied. It would have been better if they themselves explained the situation, we are still customers after all.

In the end, I think they should have admitted that there was a problem and let us choose if we want to change our order. I think they served us something substandard and it was unfair to us. We didn't really want the extra cake, though that gesture was appreciated. We wanted to stick to our schedule, so I would have rather changed my order than wait that long. I'm not being unreasonable. I'm a busy person and I have other things to do than eat at the cafe.

The BBQ chicken was just ok. The tres leches cake was ok. The hazelnut cake (don't really know what it is since I didn't order it) was good. Iced latte is as expected, nothing special.

Would I come back? Maybe. But I found my visit wasted. Rather than putting us in a good mood, I left slightly dizzy from the hundred or so times I rolled my eyes. So that's the feeling I remember when this store is brought up.

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Em D.
3.0 Stars
5

I was super excited to try this place out but............ 128560 The food they serve isn't great. Actually, it wasn't good. I was excited to try the Cheesy Piggy (their version of a ham and cheese sandwich) but the sauce was weird and there were just too much onions. The bread was also soggy. 128531 The pampano pasta was dry and so bland. I also tried their arroz caldo, which was the only thing I liked. I thought they put chicharon pieces through the barbecue sticks (seen on top of the bowl) but I realized it was just soggy fat. 128553128553128553128553128553

I also liked the white chocolate mocha. Their desserts are probably better than their food food items. 128543

Food = 1.5/5
Ambiance = 4/5
Price = 3/5
Service = 3/5

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Max C.
1.0 Stars

Ambiance- 4/5
Arroz Caldo - 1/5
Pampano Pasta- 1/5
KANDLE Burger - 1/5

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Sandra Y.
4.0 Stars
5

It was so nice to find this hidden gem in Panay area of Quezon City. Upon entering, I was amused with the bicycle decors and water fall fountain. This place is super nice! This has been in my list and finally got a chance to visit after my client call.

This coffee shop is spacious, with very pleasant interiors. It has a very relaxing ambiance. Since I'll be out for dinner after, i just had a slice of banana walnut (P40) and Latte (P130, 12 oz)

The banana walnut has a texture of pudding bread, not that sweet and has plenty of walnuts. Its good and cheap!

My latte has a strong coffee blend, which makes it good. Something to boost my energy on a sleepy afternoon.

Will look forward to taste their meals. I love to visit this coffee shop once again.

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Dana P.
4.0 Stars

So happy we chose to try Kandle Café for lunch today! The ambiance is refreshing and their food does not disappoint at all. 10084️ Enjoyed Mr. Egoy & Ms. Eggy Pasta... YUMMMYY! The perfect comfort food for me! 128522

Room for improvement, though, is their service. One of their was staff wasn't attentive and friendly. I'd like to think he was just having a bad day... but still. 128528

Nonetheless, this place is highly recommended and I'll be back soon for sure! 128077🏼10024

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Michelle A.
5.0 Stars
2

Love how this place looks and the feel it gives with the brick walls, industrial lighting fixtures. Very cozy. We only had Banoffee pie and Moroccan Mint Tea Latte which are both really good. Will definitely go back to try more dishes out of their menu.

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars
10

I have been hearing a lot of good reviews about Kandle Café. I must admit, I was so curious and dying to visit the adorable café. But two words discourage me from going... Quezon City. As a self proclaimed resident of the South (self proclaimed because my friends refuse to believe that Fort Bonifacio is "south") I hardly visit that part of Quezon City. But a very tempting food crawl invite to Tomas Morato made me brave Manila traffic to join the well planned food trip. And of course, one of the stops was Kandle Café.

Hello, Kandle Café!

This is probably one of the few restaurants with ample parking space. We didn't have a hard time parking at all.

We were greeted by a homey facade and an adorable porch with Kandle Café on it.

As we moved closer to the dining area, I noticed the beautiful lush landscape beside the al fresco area. It was very charming and that sight made it clear to me why this place was named one of the best (affordable) date places in Quezon City.

The food we were about to try have been chosen by the owners but we were given the chance to choose our drinks. I went with Hot Mocha (PHP145) while R chose Matcha Milkshake (PHP160).

While waiting for our drinks, we watched one of the baristas make some cute bear latte art. Apparently, you can choose what latte art you want on your drink. They didn't ask me though what I want on mine.

We were so mesmerized by the barista's skills (while some were mesmerized by something, rather, someone else) that we didn't notice the milkshakes being prepared. Each milkshake gets dashed with extra powder of the flavor they chose. I asked if they could sprinkle a bit more so that I could take some action shots. And what was supposed to be sprinkle turned to a dollop. I then realized that this could be the perfect excuse to get extra powder!

The milkshake was pretty good. It has nice matcha taste and its taste profile was close to the famous siren's matcha frappuccino.

I liked my hot mocha too as it was thick and had a nice blend of chocolate, milk and espresso. It wasn't overly sweet nor bitter.

Soon, the dishes were served one by one.

The Kimchi Tortilla (PHP175) may look plain from the outside but it is a beaut in the inside with its colorful filling. The soft tortilla is stuffed with homemade beef brisket, mixed greens and kimchi cream cheese sauce. I enjoyed the various textures in one bite. The flavors of the ingredients also went well together.

The Lentil Soup (PHP150) was pretty good too. It had nice consistency as it was in between being watery and creamy. I also liked the light curry flavor.

The Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta (PHP240) or squid ink pasta sautéed in smoked bacon, onion and light cream sauce topped with a 63 degree poached egg was my least favorite of the bunch. It was bland compared to the first two dishes I sampled. Then again, I think this dish would have been fine if I sampled this before the other two dishes. Nonetheless, I liked the smoked bacon bits.

There was a bit of delay for us to try the Kandle Burger (PHP250) as the first one served to us was undercooked. But it was worth the wait as what was served to us was a piece of heaven.

A single bite of the succulent thick beef patty stuffed with cheesy red pesto and drizzled with red and green char sauce while being enveloped by the smooth egg yolk could be described as a harmonious dance inside my mouth. It became a livelier dance when I got a taste of the sautéed onions, tomatoes and greens.

We were also given Lemon Tart Cookie, Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie and a slice of decadent Praline cake to try. Though all were pretty good, I didn't get to fully appreciate it as my drink was too sweet for it. And my heart and tummy was hoping to try the matcha cake.

Overall though, it was a pleasant stop and I will definitely be back to try that green cake!

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Nikki C.
4.0 Stars
3

Hello Kandle Cafe, finally, I was able to locate you 9786

Location is quite hidden at the back of Puregold, near Tropical Hut (Panay) and slightly adjacent to Kettletop. From the outside, the place looked small but the insides are just to-wow-for 10084️A mini water cascade on the right side before the entrance welcomes you, for a moment, I thought I was entering a spa center 128517

The vibe of the place was really homey. An outside dining area is located where bookworms can chill and rest their minds and read to the surrounding nature sounds. 128524 I came around lunchtime and the place was not full nor noisy.

Today, I got to try the following:
🔹Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta (240php) 110881108811088️ -- good for sharing. The creamy white sauce was a bit filling for one person to eat. I find the taste unique, plus the poached egg gave the taste like-ihavenevertastedthisbefore-feeling 128513

🔹Pour Over Coffee (120php) 11088️ -- barista offered this one and he said that it's much stronger than the regular brewed or americano coffee

🔹Piña Rose Tea (120php) 11088️-- (IMO) it just tasted like water 128549

Ambiance 11088110881108811088
Food 11088110881108811088
Service 1108811088110881108811088

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars
5

Kandle Cafe, no doubt, has a nice, chill vibe. I wouldn't be surprised if people would visit and stay here to study or work.

🔹Arroz Caldo. This was unique since it had chorizo and tripe but they could probably add more rice so it can actually be called arroz caldo. 🙃
🔹Hot Choco
🔹Mocha
Both beverages were okay.

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Marivic S.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Midz S.
4.0 Stars
10

We were looking for a cheap place up north with parking spaces for our lunch date today and came across this one.

We arrived the place around 12:30pm and found a parking space available. We entered the cafe and discovered that the cafe was accommodating more than what we expected, but seats were still available inside. There were also more seats outside, and we opted to stay there.

We lined up and ordered the kandle burger, bbq chicken and the oreo milkshake.

Kandle Burger P250
127828 The Kandle Burger is one of the recommended dishes in this cafe, so I had this one. I had better burgers, but this wasn't bad, since the beef patty was tender and well seasoned. I also enjoyed the crispy sweet potatoes that came with the dish. Serving was huge given the price.

BBQ Chicken P230
127831 The chicken was okay. The pieces were soft and tasty, and went well with the yogurt (I think?) sauce. It also came with around a cup of rice. Serving was less compared to their burger.

Oreo Milkshake P160
127868 I asked the man at the counter on which milkshake he can recommend, and he went with oreo and matcha. I just had matcha last week, so I chose the oreo and I loved it! It was thick and creamy, kinda like a drinkable oreo ice cream.

Service was good. Staff moved with much precision and appeared really neat.

Needless to say, I had a good lunch (burger and milkshake) for less than P500 and was pretty much happy about it. I didn't eat anything after this meal and still felt full throughout the day.

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Zarah L.
5.0 Stars

Matcha milkshake - exactly like starbucks green tea
Frappe
Matcha Boston cake - lost for words 128076128076128076 moist chocolate cake + matcha = 1108811088110881108811088

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Zarah L.
5.0 Stars
2

Kape Kanin 127861
Nice place to work or simply kill time. Good service!

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Iyah A.
4.0 Stars

Flat black if you have loads of paperwork to do. This will keep you focused for hours. Their cookie is ok. I usually go for dark chocolate as I watch my sugar level.

Great interiors, they're open for reservations too. A place to have dinner with your family on a Sunday night or wanting to study out. But gee max of 4hrs Na siguro 128517

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
5

This quaint and cozy cafe is an ideal place to relax with friends or family.

We ordered:
Matcha tea latte (140PHp, if I remember it correctly)
Ceylon tea latte (150PHp)
Tres leches - love this super moist cake

They also food on their menu which we will try out next time.

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Edwin I.
4.0 Stars
4

There is new cafe that offers good coffee and tea preps, desserts, and main dishes. The place, though located within the proximity of the foodie beat of the Morato area, is quite nicely situated away from the busy foodie joints. This is Kandle Cafe.

The place nicely mixes the concept of 3rd wave of coffee places and mainstream dining. Albiet being located away from the mainstream foodie joints of the Morato and Timog area, the place was packed with an interesting mix of diners.

In their main dining area, some customers were engrossed over their books and laptops (the place offers free wifi). Some were enjoying late dinner and/or desserts. The overflow of diners were seated at their outdoor seating that hugged around the main cafe.

This visit was for nightcap. I decided to try one of their Tea Latte preps and pair this with one of their pastries.

I must say that I loved their Moroccan Mint Tea Latte. The huge cup was filled to the brim with a minty-lightly sweet- creamy tea prep. I loved that the latte was nicely tempered /steamed giving the beverage the perfect velvety texture and temperature. The Moroccan Mint tea nicely pronounced with the creamy latte .

I also loved their Apple Crumble Cake. It was a marriage between an apple crumble pie and cake. The base was made of moist sponge cake that was topped with caramelized apple bits flavored with cinnamon then topped with a yummy ,buttery crumble crust. The pastry was served with a siding of whipped cream and a delicious rich vanilla sauce.

Since the place was packed, service was a bit slow as servers seemed to juggle between tables. Perhaps, at this point, this was forgivable since they just opened recently. But I must say that I appreciate the fact that the owners (run my
an entire family-mom, dad, and kids) were likewise active in trying to seat and serve customers. One was even busy with the baristas preparing the beverages.

Our next table neighbor were having main meals. Judging from the dishes that they got, the food looked quite appetizing. Will surely try Kandle Cafe's mains next time. Will also come back for their Moroccan Mint Tea Latte and will try their other pastries.

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Nico B.
5.0 Stars
3

Thumbs up for the place, its cozy and i really appreciate their furniture and garden. It's a perfect place for couples to hang out. The food is also highly recommended, though its a bit pricey but sure is worth it! So, better come and check them out! :)

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Julienne Y.
5.0 Stars
4

I AM IN LOVE with this place!!!! It's the perfect neighborhood cafe! Designed like a industrial Brooklyn Loft with touches of brick, leather and bathed in yellow light, It's a beautiful space that is energetic yet homey. Kandle is the place you can Spend an afternoon with your laptop or an evening with your family. For food I recommend the Egoy and Eggy Pasta and the Chicken Paella Croquettes. A deadly and sinful pairing but we Yolo-ed it up. For dessert, you can't go wrong with their cakes - we liked the strawberry shortcake. Wanted to try others but we were too full. Definitely a place to return to.

Notes: Can get loud when full. And it does get full.
Smokers not allowed, anywhere. a good thing for non-smokers like me. We can sit al fresco without worrying.

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