Take-out Sundate Courtesy of 14 Four Cafe

Sunday, August 24, 2014

14 Four Cafe Website

It's a great year for Rizal gastronomes. Foodscapes have been turning up in the most unlikely places here in our province. We now have the option of driving (or commuting) around the area - without having to endure the teeth-grinding heavy traffic of the Metro.

One such foodscape is the 14 Four Cafe in Taytay, Rizal. Situated in a rather out-of-the-way street in Gregoria Heights Subdivision, this Breakfast & Brunch/New American Restaurant/Sandwich Shop is a welcomed alternative to the usual fast food chains that are abundant in Rizal. Or in any province, for that matter.

At any rate, I've first dined in this furniture-showroom-by-day restaurant last September with my good friends NJ, Marian, and Ady.
Ady was late. Haha!
As this was during pre-Overhaul, I did not make an entry about this particular foodscapade. Last Sunday, August 24, Dennis and I wanted to have something less fast-foodish for dinner. So I suggested we head out to 14 Four. However, we remembered we were going to watch Who Wants to Be A Millionaire Philippines, so we decided to have take-outs instead. Luckily, 14 Four Cafe also does take-outs, and so we texted them our orders and motorcycled our way to pick them up.

We arrived at the quaint restaurant 15 minutes later, and we still had to wait a couple more for our meal. There were several diners that night. We decided to take pictures of the area.

The Place
As I've mentioned earlier, 14 Four Cafe also doubles as a furniture showroom. I remember Ady telling us that the owners own a furniture shop somewhere in Rizal (do correct me if I'm wrong). It's no wonder that the place looked really artsy.
Random pieces of windows, doors, and what-not
A group of friends enjoying the early evening breeze
A cozy nook outside
Under foliage
Bright lights

The ambiance was nice, and kudos because I didn't suffer any insect bites when we were waiting for our meal in one of the outdoor seats. There are also tables indoors, if you prefer artificial ventilation.
Photo courtesy of Kaye Samson
The Food
Since it has been a long time since the dinner date with my girls and I barely remember how the food taste like, Dennis and I opted for the same things we had on that September night:

14 Four Tapa (Php210)
The take-out version
The dine-in version
This dish includes one fried sunny-side-up egg, garlic rice and a side of atsara (fermented papaya). Now, I had many a beef tapa (dried, cured beef), from the commercial versions to a signature dish of a beloved local tapahan. 14 Four Tapa can give all of them a run for their money. The beef was tender and not chewy. It has a layer of just the right sweetness that is not cloying. The atsara (which was different from the one in the dine-in version) was too sour for my taste. But everything works. This is a notch above your usual tapsilog.

Chicken Margherita (Php230 for single order)
The take-out single order
The family-size dine-in
It's pasta (linguine or spaghetti?) in marinara sauce with garlic, basil, pan-fried breaded chicken breast and melted mozzarella. I give it two thumbs up! The pasta was cooked right, the sauce was delicious. The pan-fried chicken was the bomb! Juicy and cooked to perfection. The marinara-based sauce had the perfect blend of spices. And I liked how it was not too garlicky.

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes (Php 190)

An order of this consists 3 pieces of delectable cinnamon swirled pancakes and a generous dollop of cream cheese icing. I'm no fan of cinnamon but it's a different matter when it comes to this dish. Yes, there is no mistaking that there is, indeed, cinnamon in the pancakes, yet the spice is not overpowering. And it doesn't leave an icky aftertaste that most cinnamon-flavored dish does. The actual pancakes are also soft and fluffy, not too light to make you think you've been scammed. I believe the cream cheese icing helped a lot too. It is a great complement to the cinnamon, providing a balance to the dessert. This is my favorite. 

Sesame-crusted Dory (Php 195)

Well, we didn't order this dish during our take-out Sundate, but I do remember Marian giving it a favorable nod of the head. It comes with an herb aoli and is served with steamed rice and cucumber salad (but the cucumber salad was not available during our visit, hence the atsara). It's a healthier option for an otherwise carb-loaded menu.

Aligue and Tuyo (Php 230)
Photo courtesy of Kaye Samson
I had this dish during a dinner date with my colleagues, last September  5. This pasta with aligue (crab roe) sauce, tuyo (dried and salted fish) flakes with just the right amount of citrus from the calamansi deserves to be on 14 Four's best seller. This is an absolute must-try!

For the whole menu, check out 14 Four Cafe's official website.

The Service
When we sent an SMS to their listed number (+63999-888-0144), they were very responsive and polite.

The take-out presentation was also very nice and sanitary. Each component of a dish was wrapped in an aluminum foil, the side and dips in a cup sealed with cling film. Because of this method of packing, each dish we ordered retained its integrity. No appetite-spoiling, unnecessary mess.

Thumbs up for the service, 14 Four!

Overall, I highly recommend 14 Four Cafe, especially to Rizal-based foodies. And, although, the dishes are a bit on the pricey spectrum, they are, in all honesty, worth a try. 

How to Get There
From Angono, ride a jeepney with either a "Sta. Lucia/Tropical Hi-way" or "Cubao-LRT" signage. Get-off at "Singer". It's across a Pizza Hut. Cross the street and from the terminal, ride a tricycle and tell them to drop you off at "14 Four Cafe".

Other Details
Address: 144 Magnolia Lane, Gregoria Heights Subdivision, Bgy San Isidro 1920 Taytay, Rizal
Business Hours: Friday to Saturday - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Sunday - 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Closed from Mondays to Thursday

Contact number: 0999 888 0144
Email: info@14fourcafe.com
Website: http://www.14fourcafe.com
Facebook: facebook.com/14FourCafe

Parking: Street

Services: Dine-in, Take-out/Pick-up, Walk-in/Reservations

Modes of Payment: Cash only


Cheers to the next adventure!

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