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Coffee Shop Review: Burrow Cafe, Taytay, Rizal, Philippines

Last year, I kept trying to reserve a table at Burrow Cafe, to no avail. It was fully booked all the time that I gave up trying. I had forgotten all about it until I recently saw it on Google Maps. And now that the restrictions have eased up, maybe it’s easier to make a reservation. So I went to their website to check, and what do you know, I found a slot!

Now that I mentioned it, you need to make a reservation on their website because they don’t accept walk-ins (as far as I know). There’s a grace period of 15 minutes, and you can stay there for at least two hours if you’re going to be late (as we were because traffic); give them a ring so they can hold the table for you.

ℹ️ Coffee shop – Burrow Cafe quick information

📍Address: Beverly Hills Dr, Taytay, 1920 Rizal, Philippines
🕑 Store hours: Open Wednesday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm | Sunday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Closed Monday & Tuesday
💰 Price range: USD 2.03-11.77 (PHP 120-695)
🍴What to order: Truffled cheese pasta, Moka pot black coffee
🔗 Website: https://www.antipolobeehouse.com/burrow-cafe/reservations

📍Coffee shop – Burrow Cafe location

Burrow Cafe - Rizal, Philippines - Facade

Burrow Cafe is located inside the Beverly Hills subdivision in Taytay, Rizal. My friend and I went there via Grab car; the fare from Makati was over USD 16.76 (PHP 985); I know, right? It was super expensive.

Upon entering the subdivision, we had to pay USD 0.34 (PHP 20) at the gate. I’m not sure why but they impose this fee on visitors.

We confirmed our reservation with a woman who was stationed by the entrance. When she found my name on the list, she told us to take the stairway down the path to get to the cafe.

I was wearing a dress and a pair of wedge shoes because your girl wants to look pretty for the gram. But it had rained that early afternoon, and the trail was muddy and slippery; thus, I regretted my decision to favor fashion over comfort. I had to be very careful during the descent, lest I’d be going home with an empty stomach and broken bones.

Good thing I managed to get to the cafe in one piece. So consider that when you want to visit Burrow Cafe. Also, check the weather and dress accordingly.

At the bottom of the stairs, we saw a burrow surrounded by a steel enclosure. It was a lightbulb moment for me; it’s called Burrow because the cafe can be found under that small underground tunnel.

🖼️ Coffee shop – Burrow Cafe ambiance and interiors

The cafe is primarily known for its beautiful interior design; I must say, it looked as beautiful as in the photos. When done right, the rustic and industrialized design can be quite appealing, as in the case of Burrow Cafe.

The natural light comes through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Edison lightbulbs were hanging from the ceiling, and the tables were far from each other, so dining was comfortable.

I specifically liked the coffee bar and the different coffee-making devices on display, such as a Moka pot, french press, cold brew, etc.

The best part for me is that Burrow Cafe is surrounded by nature. The trees are lush, there’s a small river nearby, and the place is so serene.

💻 Coffee shop – Burrow Cafe WiFi

Burrow Cafe has no WiFi.

🔌 Coffee shop – Burrow Cafe electrical outlets

We saw a few electrical outlets at Burrow Cafe, where the fans were plugged in. I don’t think they’re intended for the use of customers.

🥯 Burrow Cafe food

Truffled Cheese Pasta  

Price: USD 11.83 (PHP 695)

Burrow Cafe - Rizal, Philippines - Truffled cheese pizza

We ordered their bestseller pizza, Truffled Cheese. It’s about 14 inches and suitable for 5-6 people. I say it’s only good for three people and that’s being generous because it’s so delicious I swear I can finish the whole pizza by myself.

It’s savory, and the dough was chewy but not tough. My friends and I unanimously thought it was one of the best pizzas we’ve ever had.

Kalabasa Cake  

Price: USD 4.68 (PHP 275)

Burrow Cafe - Rizal, Philippines - Kalabasa cake

I was very curious about this cake because pumpkin cake is rare in the Philippines. Kalabasa is the Tagalog word for pumpkin, by the way. Unfortunately, we didn’t like it. It looked and tasted like carrot cake, not that I don’t like carrot cake, just that this one is too sweet for comfort.

Ube Cake  

Price: USD 4.68 (PHP 275)

Burrow Cafe - Rizal, Philippines - Ube cake

I had more expectations for Ube Cake because I love ube cake. It’s the flat white of cakes, and by that, I mean it’s my default cake when I go to coffee shops. But this ube cake is a major letdown if I have to be honest. It is more cream than cake, and the cream is unbearably sweet.
I’d love to return to Burrow Cafe, but I won’t order their cakes again.

☕ Coffee shop – Burrow Cafe drinks

Moka pot black coffee

Price: USD 2.21 (PHP 130)

Burrow Cafe - Rizal, Philippines - Moka pot black coffee

This is the first time I’ve tried Moka pot coffee if memory serves me right. I’m glad I chose black coffee because it helped wash away all the sugar I had from eating cakes.

The coffee has a sharp, bitter taste and is a bit acidic. If you want your coffee strong, then I highly recommend ordering this.

Burrow home brew iced tea

Price: USD 2.21 (PHP 130)

Burrow Cafe - Rizal, Philippines - Home brew iced tea

My friend had the Burrow home brew iced tea made of talbos (sweet potato sprout), ginger, lemongrass, and calamansi. Out of all those ingredients, lemongrass is the standout flavor. It tasted weird for me, but my friend liked it.

🥘 Coffee shop – Burrow Cafe menu

Click the accordions below to see the menu. Note that prices may change without prior notice. USD conversion is based on the currency exchange rate on October 3, 2022.

Truffled mushroom soup – $6.18 (₱365)

Pumpkin soup – $4.83 (₱285)

Grilled corn chowder – $4.83 (₱285)

Tomato cream soup – $5.00 (₱295)

House rolls, assortment of spreads – $5.67 (₱335)

Burrow sourdough toast, housemaid Boursin – $5.59 (₱330)

Humba bun – $2.54255 (₱150)

Squash flower, homemade banana ketchup – $2.54 (₱255)

Poutine, truffle essence – $8.38 (₱495)

Watermelon and kesong puti salad – $8.30 (₱490)

Nicoise salad – $9.91 (₱585)

Classic Caesar salad – $10.08 (₱595)

Tender beef tapa – $6.27 (₱370)

Salisbury steak, mushrooms, home fries – $6.69 (₱395)

Bacon, sausage, eggs, and toast – $8.21 (₱485)

Yogurt, granola, fresh fruits – $6.18 (₱365)

Eggs Benedict on sourdough toast, smoked salmon, bacon jam – $9.23 (₱545)

Fruits and waffles – $8.38 (₱495)

Chicken and waffles – $7.45 (₱440)

Wine braised beef cheeks, squash orzo – $8.38 (₱495)

Salmon, ratatouille, pesto cream – $10.08 (₱595)

Lechon and gising gising bowl – $6.44 (₱380)

Grilled chicken, mushroom bordelaise, sweet potato mash – $6.61 (₱390)

Burrow burger – $9.15 (₱540)

Chori burger – $6.44 (₱380)

Shrimp, salmon, crabfat Adlai risotto – $10.50 (₱620)

Black panic, freshwater shrimps, tinapa crumbs – $9.23 (₱545)

Fish and chips, kimchi aioli – $7.37 (₱435)

Rigatoni, Italian sausage, spinach – $6.35 (₱375)

No meat taco – $7.11 (₱420)

Black rice and Adlai champorado – $7.20 (₱425)

Meatless burger – $9.57 (₱565)

Curry cauli bowl – $7.45 (₱440)

Tofu and barley – $5.00 (₱295)

Mushroom cauliflower rice – $6.01 (₱355)

Truffled mushroom adlai risotto – $9.32 (₱550)

Spaghetti bolognese – $6.18 (₱365)

Parmesan chicken fingers – $6.18 (₱365)

Burrow sliders – $4.91 (₱290)

Spicy sardine and olives – $11.77 (₱695)

Truffled cheese – $11.77 (₱695)

Ratatouille – $11.77 (₱695)

Bacon and eggs – $11.77 (₱695)

Italian sausage – $11.77 (₱695)

Chicken masala – $11.77 (₱695)

Margherita – $11.77 (₱695)

Signature cheesecake – $4.74 (₱280)

Nutella cheesecake – $4.91 (₱290)

Carrot cake – $4.66 (₱275)

Kalabasa cake – $4.66 (₱275)

Calamansi pie – $3.30 (₱195)

Dayap creme brûlée – $2.71 (₱160)

Crunchy suman ala mode – $3.13 (₱185)

Ube cake – $4.66 (₱275)

Chocnut cake – $5.76 (₱340)

Chocolate ganache – $4.23 (₱250)

Flourless chocolate cake – $5.42 (₱320)

Slow drip black coffee – $2.03 (₱120)

Slow drip latte – $2.37 (₱140)

Hot chocolate – $3.05 (₱180)

Fresh mint tea pot – $2.71 (₱160)

Moka pot black coffee – $2.20 (₱130)

Moka pot latte – $2.54 (₱150)

Cafe mocha – $2.79 (₱165)

Cold brew black – $2.54 (₱150)

Cold brew latte – $2.71 (₱160)

Burrow home-brew iced tea – $2.20 (₱130)

Seasonal fruit shakes – $3.30 (₱195)

Santiago beer amihan – $3.22 (₱190)

Santiago beer ipo-ipo – $3.73 (₱220)

Santiago beer buhawi – $3.73 (₱220)

Small batch ferments – $2.88 (₱170)

🫘 Coffeehan scale

I give Burrow Cafe 4 coffee beans.

🫘 Sad. Will never come back again.

🫘🫘 Meh. Lots of things to improve. Might reconsider a visit but maybe not anytime soon.

🫘🫘🫘 Good! There’s room for improvement, but overall, it was awesome. I will come back.

🫘🫘🫘🫘 Great! It’s almost perfect but not quite there yet. Definitely, I will come back.

🫘🫘🫘🫘🫘 Magnificent! It’s a coffee shop done right. The coffee is heavenly, perfect ambiance, and the crew is fantastic! Definitely worth the bucks and a revisit.

Author’s Note: Coffeehan’s scale pertains to Mara’s general feel about a coffee shop. The rating is based on her personal opinion, which is primarily influenced by the coffee’s taste more than the place’s aesthetics. The rating doesn’t aim to change, nor does it represent another person’s view of the coffee shops featured on this blog.

Do you want me to review any coffee shops? Leave your suggestion in the comment box below, and I’ll make time to check it out. 💕

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