All-Day Breakfast Place Alert: 26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Once upon a time, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) was known for their lattes, muffins, and their Eggs Benedict. Or, for me, at least, that was the extent of my CBTL dining experience. Until, a visit to 26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, located in Net Lima Building, on the corner of 26th St. and 5th avenue in BGC at Fort, changed all that.
Unlike the normal CBTL coffee shop, 26th St. Bistro is bigger, exuding a vibe that is both cozy and inviting. The chairs and tables are wooden, blending in with the subdued lighting of the place; the floor tiles have a retro pattern reminiscent of the 1960s. By the barista’s area is a row of bar stools perfect for eat and run commuters; with a selection of cakes and pastries beckoning to you, not far to the right.
Their all-day breakfast menu seals the deal, because 26th St. Bistro is open from as early as 6:30am, and closes at 1am. So, that means you can go wild and stuff your face with French Toast or US Angus Tapsilog even after midnight, and then wash them all down with a cup of coffee and tea, which is included with every breakfast meal.
Wild Mushroom Soup
Aside from the all-day breakfast, their menu also offers other delectable choices such as the very flavorful Wild Mushroom Soup (P225), made with three kinds of mushrooms: button, shitake and Portobello. Served with sesame seed grissini, the soup is truly comfort food, like a brew to soothe a headache or make a bad day better.
Hanging Tender Steak with Potato Gratin and MarsalaDelicately coated with marsala sauce, the meat is pinkish brown and soft to the bite. It’s nestled atop thin layers of beautifully-browned potato gratin. Filling and very satisfying, this dish will have you wiping with a forkful of potato every drop of marsala sauce from your plate.
Salmon Fish Cakes and Greens
Portobello Mushroom Ciabatta
Tiger Prawn & Shiitake Mushroom Linguine
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Choco Lava à la Mode“Our goal is to deliver an ‘#everydayextraordinary’ experience, and we do this by transforming everyday meals into extraordinary dining experiences, at prices you can afford every day,” says Walden Chu, president of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Philippines, the brand’s local franchiser.