Last weekend it felt like I was doing a marathon trying to get from one mall to the next to obtain some stuff. You know the Makati malls; Glorietta, SM, and Landmark, (thankfully, I didn’t have to go all the way to Greenbelt). I like malls, it’s convenient, you get everything that you need in one place, but it was one of those moments when I wished that I had everything that I need in just one spot (instead of 3 buildings). This is the exact concept that Dapitan55 is trying to promote. It’s a one stop shop that caters to the people living around Banawe in Quezon City. It’s basically a lifestyle complex with a car wash, cafe, restaurant, and other shops. Last month, I was invited with some of my fellow foodie bloggers to check out this newly opened complex.
Dapitan55 is located in Banawe, Quezon City. It’s out of the major roads but it can be found by Waze so the Uber driver didn’t have a hard time getting me there. On whether you can reach it by public transportation, I cannot tell for sure. As mentioned on their Facebook page, it houses several establishments meant to provide their customers the ultimate convenience. Here let me show you what you can find inside.
Car, Automobile, and Indention Services
For car needs there’s the Mr. Buff Carwash, the Ironman Suspension Sales and Showroom Center, and Careation Car Services. These three cover your automobile needs. None of us had a car, but if we did we would have been allowed to try their car wash service for free.
For a variety of retail or wholesale items, you can check out TrusTrade Global’s showroom. They offer what they call indention services, which means they can source products for their customers, such as general products, toys kitchen wares, mechanical
What’s a one stop shop without food? No of course, it wouldn’t be complete without food. Good thing there is Garage Cafe, restaurant, which you guessed it, has a garage theme going on. Would you believe they used old tires as a mount of their glass tables? Yes, it’s cute, and their sink is much more cuter because it is also made from a car tire and the faucet is made of a gas nozzle. How ingenious!
The people behind Dapitan55 by the way are the same people who put up Red Baron Manila so I immediately set high expectations on the food. Just like the Red Baron‘s gig, I was with Michy, Jerro, and Arrianne (and Enzo instead of Cai).
Let me breeze through the food because we were served a lot, more than I could handle. I was the early bird among my peers so I waited at the Garage Cafe for more than an hour. The staff seems to have taken pity on me so they took out a dish, which name I’m so sorry to say, I wasn’t able to get. But it was good and if you know what it’s called, please leave a comment below.
After fiftyleven years the rest of the crew has arrived. We were joined by the marketing manager, Joyce Esteban. Food then starts coming in and soon we were doing blogger duties (shoot first, eat later). It was a blur of plates, meats, and sauces. We had two kinds of fried rice: Yang Chow Fried Rice (PHP 95 – USD 1.92) and Beef Fried Rice with Lettuce (PHP 120 – USD 2.42). I was expecting to love Yang Chow, maybe because of the color, but I found the beef rice more to my liking.
We had many viands to choose from (yes I use the term, viand, what could be more Filipino than that hahaha…), such as Salt & Chili Spare Ribs (PHP 230 – USD 4.64), Roast Chicken Whole (PHP 380 – USD 7.67), Kento Chicken (PHP 250 – USD 5.04), Roast Liempo (PHP 230 – USD 4.64), Asado (PHP 230 – USD 4.64), and Beef Brisket (PHP 140 – USD 2.83). Pretty cheap huh?! And I tell you they are all good. This event happened several weeks ago though so forgive me if the memory of how each dish tasted has faded in my mind. But I do remember loving the Salt & Chili Spare Ribs and the Roast Chicken, and we are unanimous with the former so be sure to try that.
For soup we had Joyce’s favorite, Hot & Sour Soup (PHP 150 – USD 3.03). This one is a bit sour and it’s interesting to note that the soup has thin strips of soft tofu. I didn’t like it at first, it sort of grew on me.
What to chase down all these food? Try their brewed, Lick flavored iced tea. It comes in two flavors, Huckleberry (green and black tea) and Lemon. These are naturally sweetened by Stevia so if you’re careful about your sugar level then this may be a good choice for you. I didn’t get to try the lemon flavor, but Huckleberry was fantastic. I am hoping to see these bottles on retail stores someday. Joyce said that they are already looking to that option.
If you want to have some coffee or you just want somewhere to leave your children while you are busy doing some car business at Dapitan55, then BZ Bean is for you. I had Flat White (PHP 120 – USD 2.42), which tasted okay but lacked the richness that flat whites are known for. As with the latte art, forget about it, they failed in that department.
We agreed that the Sans Rival (PHP 130 – USD 2.62), but I noticed an unmistakable taste of garlic especially on first bite. I don’t really know why and where did it come from, my guess would be the cake sat somewhere close to a garlicky food that it absorbed the flavor. My sense of taste and smell have always been keen so I noticed this right away. Despite this, the cake is good. Maybe this was just an isolated case, I sure hope so.
Baan Khun Thai
If it’s relaxation that you are after, you really don’t have to go that far because Dapitan55 has a Baan Khun Thai branch. We were treated to an hour worth of full body massage and boy it was relaxing. It started with the washing of feet and then we were ushered to the second level where the massage room is. There’s a section with mattresses on the floor, with just the curtains to serve as partition. Then there are also bed frames. Not sure what’s the difference between the two, I mean do they let the customers choose whether they want to be massaged on the floor or on the elevated bed? I wasn’t able to ask.
I tried the Baan Khun Thai branch in Bonifacio Stopover and I remember feeling smothered by the pillow when I had to lie face down. At least on this branch they had neck/travel pillows, which served as the face hole of the mattress. It does wonders, didn’t feel like I was being cut off of air while getting back massage.
Dapitan55 is opened from 8AM to 12AM.