On the same day that I set up BlissfulBites at Tea & Symphony (yay!), I was invited by my friend Ejay of ZageMedia Productions, to the launching of Sprockets Café, another milk tea café. Honestly, I’m getting quite tired of the growing number of this fad. All of them are nice hangouts and serve ALMOST the same thing, it’s getting confusing where to go. Well, the good thing is, you can have your milk tea fix almost anywhere now. But this one was different -- a good different. Real food is served here, and not just those Taiwanese snacks. I’ve been hearing from some friends (and seen some pics on FB) that the food and the place is unique and good, its concept inspired from photography. It is also in a quite secluded spot hence a “Cebu Secret Chow” qualifier. Though I already had a large dose of milk tea earlier at Tea & Symphony, I didn’t mind having to taste another one from here. The babe is always up to try anything new. ;)
So, when I finally came to this interesting new find with Ejay and Mary Angeli Bas of foodiecraft.com, I was instantly impressed by the set up. Mary and I squealed with excitement as we entered and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the food (haha). The tiny open kitchen at the counter was what caught my eye first, and then the colorful lomo collage wall. I’ve just recently (around last year) discovered my appreciative artsy fartsy side and this place just drew me – a place for the eyes, tongue and belly! Indeed, an entertaining hub for the senses.
Most of the details were really attractive: the spherical lights from the ceiling, the comfy and chic furnishing, the complementing color scheme, the open kitchen (of course), the lomo wall! and even the name of the café. The atmosphere stimulates creativity and innovation. It was fully packed that day but I’m sure it would make for a great hangout when there are less people; that kinda place where you can refresh your mind or even be artistically inspired and treat your tummy, too!
|the kitchen and counter|
|the coolest spot in the room: the lomo wall :D|
|cute lomo camera pillows on the cozy sofa|
But first, why “Sprockets”? Rachel Arandilla, the beautiful and creative young proprietor and friend of Ejay, explained that her interest in photography, specifically lomography of which she is a member of an exclusive group called Analog Cebu, is the main inspiration for the whole concept. Sprockets are the small wheels with teeth found inside the camera that keep the film in place by holding on to the sprocket holes.
For the launching, the café catered with food from their own menu; perfect chance to taste their dishes! Though the food was served a bit late, it was worth the wait (I’m rhyming now? Lol). Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was soooo good! They were pretty organized and I was drooling watching them plate the dishes.
|with good guacamole!!! nom nom nom|
|margherita pizza - i liked the crust :D|
|just a few of what I got on my table :D|
|Ms. Foodiecraft :)|
|food is what brings us together ;)|
Rachel’s fiancé, L.A, is the artist behind the nifty gastronomic offerings here. He happens to be a fellow schoolmate from ICAAC (a few batches ahead of me). Yeah, proud of that school. The food menu is composed of Holga appetizers, Pizza, Polaroid Pasta and The Main Event. It is adequately limited in selections and everything is a must try. My favorites were the quesadillas, margherita pizza and philly cheese steak! :D
The milk tea here is offered in two sizes, 16 oz and 22 oz. Ejay recommended the taro milk tea for me and Mary took my suggestion for the toasted hazelnut milk tea, both our drinks at 50% sweetness level. And both were great! Rachel also took photos of and with us using her polaroid camera. Cute! She pinned the photos on a corkboard on the wall near the counter. Spot us there!
I’d have to say, this is the perfect milk tea café yet; ample choices of unique milk tea flavors and great food served along with it. And the ambience, of course, is a big bonus. I mean, for milk tea, Cobo and Tea & Symphony are also really good but this has to be my favorite place yet. I can imagine artists, photographers, writers, or even students and professionals lingering here. And I think it’s also a family-friendly place. No liquor is served here; just good old hot, iced or blended coffee, and milk tea. Check it out for yourself! I’m sure you’ll love it.
J Block Building, Corner Apitong St., Escario St., Cebu City 6000
(near Parklane Hotel)
mobile +63 922 886 7477
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun 11 am – 10 pm
Milk tea - classic P80 - 90; special P90 - 105Holga Appetizers - P55 - 100
Pizzas - P190 - 210
Polaroid Pasta - P130 - 165
The Main Event - P130 - 350
Like them on FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sprockets-Cafe/276220652462761?ref=ts
Follow them on Twitter: @sprocketscafe
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