The thing about The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is that it’s a great place for everyone. The unlimited Wi-Fi access, strategically placed power outlets, and an amazing line of specialty coffee and tea make this cafe the perfect place to work or study at for long hours. The various choices of appetizers, entrées, and desserts on their (rather beautifully designed) menu also make it suitable for families and barkadas big or small.
But for me personally, The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is that one place you go to so you can just chill for a moment. The murals, all carefully handpainted on the walls, evoke a sense of carefreeness. It’s a quiet workplace on weekday mornings while on Sundays at brunch, you’ll hear titas and their chikas from every corner of the cafe.
Whether you visit for a simple drink or a full-on feast, you’ll leave with this warm and very satisfied feeling inside.
For quiet weekday mornings
Try a flavorful drink paired with a simple snack to start your day. For tea lovers, try the LGBT (Php 135). This is one of The Fat Seed’s tea infusions that combines lychee, ginger, and basil. It has that refreshing and light taste but with a spicy kick from the ginger. For dine-in orders, your LGBT drink comes in a classy rose gold mug (sadly, no rainbow mugs available).
Other tea infusions and juices you should try include the Virgin Mojito Tea (Php 110) and the Mango After Dark (Php 125), my top pick.
Believe us when we say there’s no going back after tasting The Fat Seed’s mushroom chicharon. Their Mushroom Fritters (Php 175) is the perfect snack alongside all the drinks they serve. These deep fried oyster mushrooms might lead you to think they’re a lot healthier than pork chicharon so, yeah, just keep getting some and we won’t judge. We thought of the same thing too.
The fritters are served with homemade ketchup but you can also request to have it with their special spiced vinegar.
For brunch with the titas
If you’re bringing in your family or barkada for a brunch out or just staying here a little longer, The Fat Seed has an all-day breakfast menu that’s sure to satisfy. They’ve changed the waffle game altogether. Here’s their take on the classic chicken and waffles – Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle in Salted Egg Sauce (Php 325).
Perfectly golden brown buttermilk fried chicken is served with waffles made out of everyone’s favorite purple yam. To top, maple syrup infused with bacon (yes, bacon) and salted egg sauce. That’s something you definitely won’t get anywhere else. In addition, they also serve this dish with pickled red onion.
The Fat Seed has multiple unique pasta dishes like one with a Japanese soy cream base and a mac n’ cheese with Cheetos. But for the lovers of classic flavors, the Tartufo Pasta (Php 310) is the one to get. It’s an uncomplicated pasta dish with cream truffle sauce, porcini, prosciutto, and parmesan cheese.
We also recommend you try their specialty coffee. The Fat Seed sources their beans both internationally and locally but for local beans, our faves are the Ampucao and the Atok Benguet.
For the U.P. Town Center lurker like me, a visit to The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is non-negotiable. It’s not your usual third wave coffee shop nor is it an ordinary comfort food restaurant. It’s a place to bond with friends and family and maybe even the perfect place to cram the report due later today without fear of being disturbed or distracted. And perhaps they’re already on their way to becoming the next chillnuman place in the area.
The Fat Seed is a metaphor for every idea that has sprouted into a beautiful reality. It’s a symbol of gratefulness towards every single hand that has helped in this actualization, including every soul who comes through their doors. In return, The Fat Seed is constantly driven to give their guests unique takes on familiar dishes and beverages, with quality that is aimed to provide the best possible experience for all.
Photos by Abby Singson and Armand dela Cruz for Typist PH