Note: This restaurant is already closed.
A few days ago, I went to Eastwood to have dinner at the newly-opened cafe in the area: Cafe Enye.
Cafe Enye, from the letter ñ, is a restaurant that serves Spanish colonial cuisine and opens from early morning to late night. It just opened last December 2015.
Contrasting to the food concept, Cafe Enye's interiors are modern and stylish, with handcrafted tables, artsy wooden chairs, and couches.
We had the Gambas Enye Style (Php 350) and the Enye Callos Buns (Php 135 for 3 pcs) for appetizers. We each had a glass of Calamansi-Cucumber Smoothie (Php 90) with these dishes.
|Gambas Enye Style|
|Enye Callos Buns|
Gambas Enye Style is an enormous dish with sauteed shrimp on olive oil and lots of garlic. It was so delicious that it was gone within minutes. Same goes with the Enye Callos Buns, their version of the Chinese pork buns. The crunchy crust goes well with the soft buns and the tender callos inside. You should not miss this when you visit Cafe Enye. I was extremely happy that they serve Calamansi Cucumber Smoothie, as I love cucumber shakes but I rarely see restaurants serve it.
For pasta, we tried the Bacalao Puttanesca (Php 275) and the Lechon Carbonara (Php 250).
The Bacalao Puttanesca is kept simple with classic puttanesca sauce and bacalao chunks while the Lechon Carbonara is classic carbonara with homemade mojo chicharrones. I am impressed that they didn't mess with the classics but enhanced it with simple flavors. My friends loved the Bacalao Puttanesca while I fell in love with the Lechon Carbonara. However, I would have loved that the pork on the carbonara would be crunchy for added texture.
For main dishes, we were served the Grilled Pork Chop (Php 385) and the Fish Mojo Skewers (Php 380).
|Grilled Pork Chop|
|Fish Mojo Skewers|
The Grilled Pork is marinated pork loin with roasted root crop mash, cilantro yogurt, salsa, grilled tomato, and gravy. The pork was well-cooked and well-seasoned. Surprisingly, the cilantro yogurt and gravy blended perfectly and makes the pork taste better in each bite.
The Fish Mojo Skewers are citrus-marinated fish skewers served with cilantro yogurt on top of Enye Rice. It is served with fries or mashed potatoes. I love the citrus marinade on fish, and the cilantro yogurt makes it a lot better.
For desserts, we had the Chouxros with Dulce de Leche Cream (Php 170) and Creme Catalan (Php 185). We also indulged in their Spanish Tablea (Php 120).
|Chouxros with Dulce de Leche Cream|
Cafe Enye's version of churros is pate a choux pastry with dulce de leche red egg and tsokolate peanut butter dips. Though I love the dips, the chouxros was a bit on the heavy side. It is still worth the try though.
What I loved more is the Creme Catalan, a creme brulee with vanilla and orange zest topped with fresh fruits and served with artisan espresso. The best way to eat it is to sip espresso while eating a spoonful of Creme Catalan. The bitterness of the espresso balances the sweetness of the Creme Catalan. Love it!
The Spanish Tablea reminds me so much of what we have at home. I would have preferred it a bit thicker and less milky.
Cafe Enye also serves cocktails and wine at the bar.
Overall, Cafe Enye is the restaurant you'd love to visit to relax, enjoy good food and drinks with friends and family. I love most of the dishes we had and I enjoyed the drinks too. I would love to try more dishes and the cocktails on my next visit.
Thanks to Vannah Santiago for having us.
Excelsior Building Eastwood,
Libis, Quezon City