I wouldn’t have given this non-descript restaurant along Congressional Avenue a second thought had it not been for its fairly high ratings on Zomato. So that got me curious. After doing errands on a Monday, when I was to too tired to cook lunch from all the lining up I did just to pay bills, I drove less than 2 kilometers away to Caffe La Tea to finally try the food with my son. And while I had no idea what to order, I was kinda excited to eat and see if CLT lived up to its high rating.
The verdict and the short of it: It’s an ideal place to have a light lunch and get work done or have meetings. Lighting is not the best for reading but there’s free wi-fi and high tolerance for people who put their feet up on the couch, Indian sit or have a single order of milk tea for hours on end. Not that I did that but people from the other table casually removed their shoes and put their feet up. Anyway…
Of their various dishes, we tried the Pork Sinigang, Crispy Binagoongan, and Salpicao. All were delicious, well-seasoned and plated nicely. Serving size is good for one person. Best of all, they’re affordable. I’m not sure if they originally planned to target students but any student can eat here more than once weekly and not break the bank. I just wish they serve meals on regular round plates instead of bowls. It was an effort to scoop the last bit of morsels from the bowl.
Food? Would definitely go back to try the other dishes.
Parking? Ample parking.
Service? Courteous, patient (we took so long to decide what to order), fast (we were in and out of there in an hour and a half.
Overall, we don’t mind eating here repeatedly. This may very well be an extension of my kitchen when I’m too tired or too lazy to prepare meals for the family.