Sofrito Cafe

LPL Mansion, 122 San Agustin St., Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila

Sofrito Cafe
4.2
4.0 Stars

24 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 9
  • 4 stars 11
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 29 Reviews
  • 86 Recommend
  • 24 Reviewers
Category:
Peruvian
Business Hours
Reopens Mon: 11:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+639178009570

Hours

  • Sunday
    • Closed
  • 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
    • 12:00p - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Tina E.
5.0 Stars
3

Tried this place for the first time and looooved it!
The resto is simple and cozy and food tasted great. Be ready to eat a lot of plantains! Almost all their dishes have a side of plantain.

L-R (pls refer to the picture)

Albondigas w/Spaghetti P150
- basically meatball spaghetti with a side of toasted bread.

Cuban Sandwich P270
- this is their best seller for a reason! 💯

Arroz ala Cubana P250
-marinated ground beef with fried egg and plantains

Hamburgesa w/ plantain fries P180
- beef

Chicken Empanada w/ spicy guava sauce P100 for 3pcs (regular size)
-another must try!!

They also serve specialty drinks, fruit shakes, beer and other alcoholic drinks! A one-stop shop for a weekend night! 128156

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Rachel T.
5.0 Stars
3

My first time to try a puerto rican restaurant. I wasn't really sure what to order but the staff serving us was nice enough to explain their menu and she even asked us if it was our first time there just right after we were seated on our table.

We ordered the Pastelon-it was a lasagna type but saba was used as the layers with beef, green beans and cheese in between the saba layers. We ordered this one with rice and beans. The side order beans included was also delicious and complimented the Pastelon. The meal cost 250 Php. For me, the price was not so bad as after eating i was so full, it was really heavy.

We also tried their 3 pcs small chicken empanada which had a slight curry aftertaste. I like mixing the empanada with the sweet sauce served with it and i put a little drop of chili sauce to spice things up.

The place was really chill, a nice place to talk with friends or even have some alone time as it wasn't noisy. There was even plenty of Domino sets placed at the center of the resto which you can borrow to play. They even served thin slices of crispy saba (banana chips as we know in the PH) as appetizers which was a bit starchy, not oily, tasty and slightly garlicky but not that strong.

Aside from the paper menu handed out to us, they also have some special meals written at the board, better to check it out. Also, they serve some cuban sandwiches.

The interior of the resto was like a homey kitchen.

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Gigo C.
5.0 Stars

Ordered the Cuban sandwich and it was so good!! My palate was pleased and my belly more than happy.

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Alexander D.
2.0 Stars

The P150 worth of Mango shake is just not worth it. Pricey but not yummy.

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Carla M.
3.0 Stars

Visited Sofrito few weeks ago for lunch with Chichi T Julie J and Zia M. I didn't find the food impressive during my first visit and I was hoping I'll have a better dining experience this time.

While waiting, they served us complimentary salted banana chips. It was good! They gladly gave us refills when Z arrived.

I shared a Cuban Sandwich with Jules. The pork filling was yummy but the ham was too thick and tough to chew. The bread was overly toasted.128542 Loved the jalapenos though!

Jules and Chi ordered some Plantain fritters for the group. Nothing special. The garlic(?) dip and fried banana sounded like a weird pair. 128528

Not sure if I'd be coming back. Probably this is just not my type of food. 128533

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Zia M.
3.0 Stars

Glad I've catch up with NBW ladies today (Carla M, Chichi T, and Master Julie J) in a Puerto Rican restaurant. 128523

Ordered for a Quesilla (Ham and Cheese) panini which consists of ham and cheese plus avocado, tomatoes and onions. While waiting, I've had banana chips (which are really good!!!) we actually had two orders of that! Hehehe

Then my panini came, and upon having the first bite, I realized that the bread is kind of over-toasted. Feels like my jaw is doing crossfit 128528 The fillings are actually good, but it took me forever to chew my food.

I also tried Chichi's banana fritters, which tastes weird but the vinegar mox is okay.

Overall, it was an okay experience.

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Julie J.
3.0 Stars

Puerto Rican Flavors for #nbw lunch with the girls Chichi T Carla M & Zia M

So why the name Sofrito?! It's actually a Puerto Rican blend of herbs and spices (cilantro, onion, garlic, green, red and aji peppers) used throughout the Caribbean specially Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Nice to learn something new 128522

Shared a Cuban Sandwich @270+ with Carla 128522 Good thing cause it was really good for sharing, 3/5 cause the meat inside was tough to chew, pang jaw exercise as Zia put it 128514

We also ordered some Tostones con mojo @80 which is plantain fritters with garlic dressing. Sorry but I did not like the taste of that together 128534128581🏻

We were also served complementary banana chips while waiting for our orders, they tasted so good (albeit a little salty) that we asked for a refill which they readily gave 128517 Had we known this, we wouldn't have ordered the fritters 128534128553

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Macy T.
4.0 Stars

Can't get enough of the banana fritters that come along with almost everything. The garlic banana chips served when ordering is the bomb. And the guava sauce with the empanadas is absolutely heavenly.

Wasn't as impressed with the tres leches this time around. Could have been fluffier and the cream on top was a little much. Nonetheless we finished it. A little pricey at php200.

Still liked the dining experience because it's so cozy. And the servers are really nice :)

If you haven't yet. This place is really worth a try!

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Dastine S.
5.0 Stars

One (very) rainy afternoon, while waiting for my meeting (which was cancelled anyway), Kirby G and I crossed the street from DiCofi to the restaurant beside Felipe and Sons, Sofrito. The place was mentioned in reply to my DiCofi post by no less than Peanut D

One word to describe the place: Homey 128522 It was a sight for sore eyes, a complete contrast of the gloom from outside. Bright and homey interiors greeted us when we entered this hole-in-the-wall restaurant, complimented by the warm greeting by our server. We also chanced upon Sofrito's owner, Millie, who was like a ray of sunshine to talk to, and her cutiepatootie dog, Lola 128054

Offhand, i noticed that they added a nice touch to their menu. Instead of the usual laminated board paper (which i kind of expected of the place) they have a simple die-cut, accordion-type menu, making the ordering experience a little bit more fun128077🏼 The menu has the puerto rican names of the dishes but has a little description of what the dish contains.

Once we were seated, our server offered us plantain chips 127820which we gulfed down in seconds 128517128517

What we ordered:
Rellenos de papa - I want to say this with maracas in hand but oh well. Hahaha! 128513This is mashed potato made into a ball, stuffed with meat in its center and deepfried to take your rainy day blues away128077🏼128077🏼. The dish is served with ketchup as dipping sauce. A very nice starter in my book.

Mofongo with carnitas (fried pork) served with rice and beans - super loove this dish!! It is cubes of tender pork cooked with onions with the famous mofongo, which for me is pure magic.

But what is a mofongo? A mofongo combination of mashed plantains combined with bits of chicharon. Puerto ricans, you're doing your food right128525128525128525. Boom.128165

We capped off our meal with an order of brookies! Perfect for every sweet tooth out there. A little on the sweet side, i think this will go hand in hand with a good cup of joe 9749

We had a nice chat with Millie, and i think her vision of the place translated in our experience- a venue where people can enjoy a warm home-cooked puerto rican meal made from fresh ingredients. Love the ambiance and the rustic lutong bahay (sa puerto rico) experience128513

Will definitely be back for more Sofrito goodness!

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Macy T.
5.0 Stars

Pictured here is the tres leches! On the house too! From the sweetest owner :)

I loved loved loved the dining experience.
Must try: Quesillas Sandwich

What I ordered:
Empanadas served with guava hot sauce
Quesillas Sandwich
Beer
Dessert (tres leches and brookies)

ALL FOR PHP300 (with tip pa)! Amazing stuff :)
Service was also A+ with very knowledgable and sweet servers who suggested what we ordered - except for the beer (that's a must ;))

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Krist M.
4.0 Stars

hola!, bati ng isang nakangiting babae na sumalubong samin.
sasagot dapat ako pero naalala ko na wala ako sa spanish class.
tumatanggap kayo ng credit card?
hindi po sir, sabi niya.
pero may atm dyan sa... dagdag niya. sa puntong ito di na ko masyado nakikinig. nagregister lang ang mga salitang corner, street, whatevs.
next time na lang. sa loob-loob ko.
ngunit pagkatapos tumawid sa lagusan papunta sa leviste, nakita ko ang atm.
kaya bumalik kami.

may mga bearded hipster akong naabutan sa labas (mga suki malamang ng barberya sa taas).
ngunit wala nang tao sa loob kaya nakapili kami ng kahit anong mesa.
pero pinalipat din kami sa pang apatan. malaki daw kasi mga plato nila. nunpala pang-sharing ang mga meals dito (parang sa sultan sa tapat).
umorder kami ng mofongo at cuban. sa sobrang dami at bigat, binaon ko kinabukasan ang kalahati ng cubano.

bago umalis, tinanong ko kung saan ang CR at tinuro ako sa tagiliran ng kusina sa isang pintong natatakpan ng makapal na plastic na kurtina. pagkaabot sa pinto, akala ko nakabalik ako sa boarding house ko sa may dos castillas sa sampaloc nung 90s. wow, ang third world!

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Bettina V.
4.0 Stars

We Had dinner here on a rainy Sunday night that's why there were only a few customers. Yay!

I didn't know what to order so I checked looloo. Most rave about the mofongo and upon reading that it's got chicharon, I made up my mind and ordered that right away.

While waiting for our orders, we were served plantain chips. Really good and addictive! I wanted more but I controlled myself. Haha!

I got the mofongo with shrimp. It's served with plain rice and red beans. This dish is so good and tasty. You can definitely taste the chicharon. It's mixed with plantain too if I'm not mistaken. The shrimp was fresh and cooked perfectly. The sauce complimented the shrimp and mofongo. I just wish they added more sauce. The red beans were just okay.

We also ordered a cuban sandwich. Of course we watched Chef and were curious as to what a cuban sandwich is. 128556 I loved the sandwich! I think it's made up of ham, cheese, chicken/pork, pickles and jalapeños. Really good!

Loved the ambiance, music and service here. Will most definitely be back!

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Inier C.
4.0 Stars

Comida de Puerto Rico y Cuba. Try their Cuban sandwich and you'll go gaga over Cubana!

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Mae A.
5.0 Stars

Had dinner here weeks ago (yeah, talk about super backlog! 128514), and really found their Asopao comforting. It was a rainy night so this big bowl of soup really warmed my night. Shared this one with my dad coz boy, this was good to share. 128077

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Andrei d.
4.0 Stars

After getting my cut and shave at Felipe and Sons, I noticed this very unassuming place - Sofrito. They specialize in Puerto Rican cuisine. First time hearing that!
So tried it for myself - their Mofongo Carnitas is to die for. It's got chicharon, plantain and pork mixed into this pile of lump plus a bean soup on the side. So you can imagine how crispy and oily each bite is. Didn't like the soup that much though.
Sinful and very satisfying - halfway through, I couldn't take another bite anymore.

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Elmer R.
4.0 Stars

If you want to know what Puerto Rican cuisine is like go to Sofrito. Place is compact and the menu not intimidating with pictures to show what you are about to order. The wait staff were friendly and are more than accomodating to answer our questions.
The Mofongo is a plantain with chicharon and this can be had as a meal with beans, rice and carne fritas (fried pork). This came as a great combination to their Asopao or hearty chicken soup which I enjoyed so much! Ordered too their lechon asado and the Pastelon which is like a lasagna dish where the pasta is replaced by bananas. The dishes were very good and filling. Going back soon once I crave for this dishes.

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Mae A.
5.0 Stars

Had dinner here a week ago with a good friend of mine. It's nice to have conversations over some warm Asopao, Mofongo and Rellenos de Papa. 128077

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Christina M.
4.0 Stars

Ok, so I went here in search of a Cubano from the movie Chef. I'm sure a lot of their customers have done the same. 128514

Anyway, the interiors seem very Puerto Rican! Love the feel.

We had:
- The Cubano: the sandwich was good and very filling! The one in Chef LOOKED better haha, but this is good enough I suppose, if you're curious as to what it is (a grilled sandwich with "lechon," cheese, pickles, etc).
- Mofongo: this was delicious! I have no idea what the ulam was made of, but I heard there's chicharon somewhere in there. Only comments are that it would have been better with a tastier rice (VS just plain white), and the beans could have been more savory.
- Brookie: OMG! Insanely good, we had to order another one! I would go here again even just for this! Melt in your mouth goodness. 128076
- FREEBIES: they served us yummy, crispy banana chips upon seating. They also offered a free sample of their tres leche dessert (which was just alright, especially after eating the Brookie). But anyway, who doesn't love freebies?? Excellent place!

Good service also! Knowledgeable about the menu - and ya offered free stuff... To point out again.

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Myzyl C.
5.0 Stars

Their rellenos de papa is for the win! 128522128523 Ambience is all right. Though one of their servers talks with a certain accent but she also speaks in Filipino. I'm not sure whether she's trying to pull a Puerto Rican accent or if she's actually one so I was a bit confused.

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Mae A.
4.0 Stars

This is Puerto Rico's version of lechon. And I like it! Yeah, the name escapes me but when you ask the server for their "lechon", they already know what it is. 128521

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