Lately, I’ve been craving to stay in one of Tagaytay’s bed and breakfast boutique hotels. The past weeks have been very stressful due to several on-going projects. I honestly never thought that my passion for interior decorating would turn into a full time job. So, thank you very much to all who appreciate my design. You made my career change possible. Haha!
Drama aside, I still want a break but I can’t. Working at home is a challenge because when I work, I want to finish it in one seating as much as possible, so the chains of thoughts and ideas wouldn’t be disrupted. But having two kids in the house makes it quite impossible so I’m constantly looking for a coffee shop where I can spend a few hours in solitude with earphones glued to my ears. So when I found out about B&P last Saturday, I was ecstatic! The cozy interior, comfort breakfast food, quality coffee and most of all free WI-FI! Heaven! 😀 As soon as I entered B&P, l instantly felt right at home. The first thing that caught my attention before being led upstairs for the bloggers’ event, was the huge upholstered booth divider which I later found out, were actual headboards! How cozy is that! It reminds me of The Boutique Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay. I think I can stay in one of the booths all day, if only they would let me put my feet up. Hehe!
Of course, being into interior decorating, it’s the cool and hip design that interests me more than the food whenever I come into restaurants like this (so that I can steal ideas for future projects, :D) The restaurant is actually the latest design project of Francis “Nix” Alañon, interior stylist of FTA Design and currently editor in chief of My Home magazine.
Putting together a lot of interesting patterns, colors and textural elements, the playful mix-and-match heightened the style quotient and added as well a cheerful welcoming appeal to the dining place. “I envisioned a bright, friendly haven for guests. I also combined interesting elements into this space without it feeling too overwhelming,” he said. Being an all-day breakfast place located within walking distance to business, commercial and BPO offices, Nix said that imbibing a cozy after-office ambiance is the most important aspect to consider in designing this restaurant.
“I took the breakfast in bed inspiration literally to make B&P laid-back, casual yet classy and remarkably designed for its market. This is why we have these comfortable plush seats with huge backrests, which are actually headboards, to make the dining experience like actually enjoying a leisurely breakfast in bed.” “To further enhance the lounging experience so as to promote B&P as a perfect place for casual conversations over coffee and great food, we added custom-made tables and chairs. I also thought of adding quirky egg prints on the walls to give the dining area bright, eye-popping visual details,” he added.
Lastly, to give B&P a charming rustic edge, Nix used wall sconces for moody lighting, floral design accents, as well as geometric-patterned wood flooring.
Of course, there’s more reason for me to go back here and stay even longer because of their menu line-up that encompasses breakfast classics, snacks, and lunch-style dishes both healthy and sinful. We got to try almost everything from the menu and I should say that I already have some personal favorites.
My #1: Burrito Omelette (P230)! It is crispy bacon fried rice wrapped in scrambled eggs, served with tomato salsa. I love cooking so whenever we eat out, I always try to order something that is not typical and is bursting with flavors, preferably with various spices. We all know that typical breakfast menu consists of “si-log” meals (Tapsilog, longsilog, etc.) and they are all just the same. This one has egg and fried rice too, but the salsa and the rich flavors of the rice makes it worthy of being a new favorite breakfast meal.
For lighter meal, I’d definitely go for Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich (P225). Don’t worry, the tomato soup isn’t sour at all. I actually dipped the bread there because I thought it was a dip since it seemed too thick for a soup. But try dipping it too. I think it enhances the sandwich’s flavor better. 😀
Honestly, when they served this Beer-battered Buttermilk Chicken (P450, half chicken, good for sharing), I wasn’t too interested. Probably because I was already full and I thought it would be like any other breaded chicken fillet. I have high standards in terms of deep-fried food because I know that it’s the batter and marinade that would make or break it. But this dish is surprisingly good! I prefer it without rice though, just the french toast and gravy served with it is already perfect.
Of course, good ol’ classic tapsilog will forever be in my favorite list. B&P’s Primera Tapa (P295) consists of prime Angus beef tapa topped in adobo rice with choice of egg and pickle relish. The serving is generous enough for one, big, hearty breakfast or lunch or dinner…. 😀
Their fork-tender Baby Back Ribs (P475) is a must try too and so is their creamy, linguine Carbonara (265).I wasn’t able to try their Triple Decker (P250) because really, I no longer had any room in my tummy although it looks so tempting! This is three layers of fluffy pancakes, smothered with generous serving of your choice if spread (peanut butter, Speculoos, coco jam, dulce de leche or Nutella) topped with caramelized banana. I surely will get this one next time.
In the months to follow, guests can expect more palate-pleasing additions to the menu, courtesy of its Junior Corporate Chef Angela Villaroman, a young and very promising graduate of CCA, Manila.
Caffeine fans are also offered with many options to brewing their cup of joes — via alternative brewing methods like cold drip, siphon, aeropress, and V60 pour over. Add to these the Specialty Coffee Mixes that are available at B&P Ortigas only: the Mocha Shot (a mix of espresso shot, condensed milk and chocolate) and Mindblower (which is a combination of condensed milk and espresso shot).
Open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM, start the day enjoyably right at the following B&P All-Day Breakfast Restaurant outlets: Cyberscape Alpha Ortigas (997-3218), 515 Shaw Boulevard (631-3252), Il Terrazzo Tomas Morato (374-7730), and Science Hub 3 McKinley Hill Taguig (833-0440). For more updates, like its Facebook and IG fan pages (BNPhome).