Small Talk Cafe

51 Doña Aurora St., Legazpi, Albay

Small Talk Cafe
4.0
4.0 Stars

34 Reviewers

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  • 4 stars 15
  • 3 stars 9
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 36 Reviews
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Category:
Café
Business Hours
Open: 11:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+63524801393

Hours

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

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Foodcrawl P.
4.0 Stars
3

While searching for places to eat in Legaspi, this was one of my top choices based on the Menu provided online. The location was hidden inside the stretch of establishments in Legaspi. We ordered Bikolano favorites and it tastes just as right. My personal favorite is the Seafood Fiesta drenched in coconut milk sauce with a bowl of shrimps, fish, crab, and clamps. The restaurant's interior is rustic suggesting its authentic passed on recipes that lived through the generations

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Cindy S.
5.0 Stars
5

When my friends and I were researching for "Places to Eat in Legazpi" for our Albay trip, Small Talk Café was a constant on the lists. It's one of the most visited restaurants in the city.

It's an old house that they turned into a cozy café and they're quite known for their Bicolano dishes with a twist! And affordable too! I loved the interior and the homey feel of the place. One would feel right at home upon entering. The staff were super friendly and would patiently explain the items on the menu.

We had the following:

127860 Pinangat/Laing
Pinangat, which is more popularly known in Manila as laing, is a Filipino dish which combines taro leaves, chili, meat and coconut milk. The ingredients are then wrapped in gabi leaves, tied securely with coconut leaf and simmered in coconut milk.

I can't begin to describe how good this particular fare was. I loved the smooth texture of the taro leaves and the burst of flavor in your mouth. It was just a little too spicy for me though, but that's just me, I'm sure people who enjoy spicy food would love this! My friends did! And for just 55php, this is a gem!

P.S. Small Talk Café's taro leaves are harvested at the foot of Mt. Mayon. 128077🏻

127860 Pili Basil Pasta
Roasted pili, garlic, and fresh basil blended with spaghetti pasta.

I wish I could say good things about this dish, but sadly I couldn't. It is a unique dish, but it was too dry and I can't really taste the basil in there, the roasted pili was good though.

127860 Pasta Pinangat/Laing
Taro leaves and gata (coconut milk) blended in white sauce with spaghetti pasta.

Daaaaamn, but this one was really good! 128076🏻 My favorite of all the items we've ordered. The pasta itself was cooked al dente and the pinangat laing white sauce was creamy, thick and oh so good!

And lastly..

127860 Red Hot Lava
Do not dare to leave Legazpu without trying their famed sili ice cream! It's being sold almost everywhere!

Small Talk Café's version is the Red Hot Lava - 7 scoops of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream with sweet-hot sauce and boulders of bukayo (candied coconut) and pili.

It's a hot and cold experience! I actually thought I wouldn't enjoy this (not a fan of spicy food 128532) but I actually did! From time to time, I'd get a tinge of spice if I happened to scoop on the part of the ice cream where they've poured the sweet-hot sauce. But overall, it was enjoyable and a nice end to a hearty meal!

Make sure to visit Small Talk Café whenever you find yourself in Legazpi. They're worth it! 10024

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Jovin B.
4.0 Stars

Wandering around Legazpi we found this quint and very charming cafe.
After our very satisfying trip ATV ride to Mount Mayon my wife and ask our hotel of good places to eat. He recommends small talk and we stumble upon it by accident.

Small talk cafe is a fusion restaurant of modern Bicolano dishes. They have some interesting dish offerings that you'll only find from them and my wife and I are always down to try new dishes. One of the interesting menu option they have on there is dish called Pasta Mayon. I had the Pasta Mayon and my wife went a bit more traditional and had the longanisa meal as y wife is firm believer that if she doesn't eat rice she'll never get full. Our food came and the Pasta Mayon was laing in "gata" over spaghetti noodles I wasn't complaining as it was surprisingly good. The place is lit like a 1950's bistro and the antiques and decorations compliment the lighting very well. The decor range from newspaper clippings to wall garden fountains and stained glass lamps.

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Wood Z.
4.0 Stars
2

This is one little nice place you need to visit while in Legazpi City.

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Con M.
5.0 Stars

First time in Legazpi, First time here in Small Talk as well. We had a tour guide which is one of the reason we went here to visit our friend/tour guide and let her hometown be known.

This resto is well known to be serving fusions of food in bicol. A little house turned into a very comfy and homey feelin with lots of pictures and decorations you see at the living room of a house.

First stop, appetizer.. Squidlets. It's calamari guys with a dip of sweet chili sauce. I loved this because well one is i like squid and two it really taste good.

We also had pizza laing, adobo sa gata, pinangat, talmuk and lastly bicol express. Will review the foods in different days or maybe later. We'll see. For now, need to get some rest. 128077128522

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Jen L.
4.0 Stars

forgot to picture the cozy interior and the yummy pili pie hahaha

kung d lang xa regular hard seat chairs, baka buong araw na ako nakatambay with a book in my hand :)

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Pepper B.
4.0 Stars

I just love this restaurant that I won't miss it every time I'm in Legazpi City... Good food, great ambience, good service and very affordable... One of my fave food to order ... Is Bicol Express Pasta.. Spicy and yummy.128525128525🙂 ... one of their best seller is the chicken cordon bleu.. It's really good 128525

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Th C.
3.0 Stars

It was the talk of the blogosphere as a place to visit at Legazpi City thus my hungry hohums brought me at Small Talk Cafe. Cozy and quaint. Very modest fixtures, old photographs and different photos of majestic Mayon at different eras, as well as vintage photographs of the city. The famed bicolandia pinangat was said to be a must try and so I did among other fares. It was so so, I guess I've tasted better pinangat from my friends homecooked pinangat. The Tilmok is a must try! Crabmeat wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in coconut milk.... it was good paired with grilled chicken satay.

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Maureen L.
4.0 Stars

Slow service as usual. But good food nevertheless. Had bicol express pasta - which was a little spicy but the right level

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Alan R.
4.0 Stars

Homey, tasty food and comfy

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Abby C.
4.0 Stars

I went to Albay for my thesis data gathering. I visited last November and I fell in love with their Rhum Cake ala mode. I went back this January and I ate here for 4 consecutive days just to try some in their menu. Of course, they did not disappoint me. The ambience of the place is warm and very homey. The pili pasta and the pork spareribs are also a must try! Aside from the rhum cake ala mode, visitors should also try their cheesecakes (they're simple and satisfying but not that WOW). Plus, there's also a piano, which customers can use. The owner is also accommodating. She will approach your table and give stories about Albay. I will surely visit this place again soon.

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Pepper B.
5.0 Stars

This resto has been in the city for decades already, and until now they have retained the quality and taste of their food.. I love the rustic feel of the Restos interior. It's actually a house turned resto that's why it feels homey.
The food was delish! We ordered chicken cordon bleu, blue marlin belly, pinangat, bikol express, bikol express pasta, chicken satay and pili
Pie for desert. 128522128522128522128522128522 everything we ordered was spot on! my most fave was pili pie and bikol express pasta. it showcased bikolano touch on an international food.. And it was yummmmmmy!

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Aj M.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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April R.
5.0 Stars

Located at the heart of Legaspi Albay. Be serenated with classical piano music on a romantic setting. Food is not an ordinary flare, everything with a bicolano twist. Go for their best seller Pasta Pinangat, this is their take on pesto but this time it is definitely Filipino. Price range at least 200 to 400 pesos per person.

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Cai D.
5.0 Stars

Small talk! Big word!

LOCATION: located at Doña aurora street. Legazpi city! This humble place is very popular in legazpi city. 10 to 15 mins travel Coming from daraga albay. Just take a jeep going to legazpi and tell the driver to drop u at small talk.

PLACE: a rustic house inspired restaurant. Where pictures of old legazpi and local people can be seen its like eating in a museum. The aura is classic and simple. From the wooden floors., tables and chairs. Match with dim lights and a piano at the corner. This place have really something to say!

SERVICE: the service was quite slow but since the place is interesting try to walk around and take a look at the pictures around you. You will see how legazpi has its transformation from a very rural place to now a commercial city. People are very relax and hospitable.

Food: from the bottom of the uploaded photo is pesto pasta (bianco e verde) one of the best i ever had. The texture was perfectly cooked. The pesto taste so good. Next is the pasta mayon. Swear! This one was superb! Its very new to me. The pasta was al dente the sauce was from coconut cream with laing in a red tomato sauce with tuna. (Now I'm hungry) Next is laing it was sooo masarap coming from me which I'm not a fan of laing. Im just tasting a bit of laing before and from tasting this laing from small talk. Grabe iba to! Then last is the pasta pinangat. Imagine how good their laing was then put it on a pasta. Enough said. Heaven on earth!

PRICE: very reasonable price! Pizza is 245php good for 3-4px pasta mayon for only 105php laing for only 50php and pasta pinangat for only 110 php. See! Good food need not be expensive!

A really must try on legazpi city!

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Alex O.
3.0 Stars

An old house turned into a cozy and quaint restaurant that serves good comfort food. Try their Bicol Express pasta , and their Laing pizza. I was expecting a higher level of spice though. Nothing mind blowing, but good place to eat when in this town to see the majestic Mayon Volcano.

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Aj M.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jules A.
4.0 Stars

Loved their buco pandan shake, the mayon hot lava too. For my main entree i ordered their chicken cordon bleu, well nothing special. Medyo matabang. Pero ok na din because of their shake and ice cream because i am a certified sweet tooth. 128512 plus very affordable too. 128556

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Fatzimuh G.
3.0 Stars

We had the chicken cordon bleu with Bicol express on the side and their Bicolana pizza.
Prices were reasonable, servings were generous. 128077
Food was superb, servers were excellent and friendly; what i didn't like was the place, although it's homey, it was extremely warm inside (we were there around noon time)!
I was sweating non-stop. Servers were that friendly that's why i didn't have the courage to ask if they have ACs/if ACs aren't functional. 128529128586

Too bad we couldn't back out cos we were too famished and it was on our getaway itinerary.. 128534128531

Can i give a 2.5 stars? Geez.

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Gerald T.
3.0 Stars

Was so famished I could eat everything

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