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Serye – A Filipino Coffeeshop and Restaurant

Although a third world country, there is no scarcity of swanky restaurants in the Philippines. Peppering major areas of different cities across the country are hundreds of restaurants that boast of a variety of foreign cuisines. What I find slightly disconcerting is that there seems to be a preference for foreign nomz when eating out. 

Even with something as simple as coffee, we patronize foreign flavors and franchises. In a country where Starbucks is mainstream and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the alternative, it’s not very often do you find a local, Filipino-themed cafe like Serye.

From the same family that brought us local favorites Aristocrat and Reyes Barbecue, Serye Cafe Filipino is a coffeeshop doubling as a restaurant that caters to Filipinos’ love for good food and good coffee. 

They have a branch at Santana Grove, one of my favorite hangouts in the South, and it’s become one of those restaurants that I go back to time and again. My family was there just last week for a simple Filipino lunch.

Hototai Soup (p235, good for sharing)
To start the meal, we got an order of the Hototai soup for sharing. They also have this at Aristocrat (a sister company) and it has always been a family favorite. The tasty soup is a slightly thick broth with shrimps, dumplings, and cabbage in the mix. It’s a classic.
Sisig (p245)
Sisig has become a staple in most Filipino restaurants and it isn’t any different at Serye. Served in a circular sizzling plate, Serye’s sisig is topped with onions and crunchy chicharon bits with a side of chili sauce.
Boneless Chicken Barbecue (p320, half chicken)
The specialty of the house is the Boneless Chicken Barbecue. The half chicken order consists of two juicy slabs of boneless chicken marinated in their signature peanut sauce, served with java rice and a side of atchara. Serye’s sister companies, Aristocrat and Reyes Barbecue, are also famous for the same nutty barbecue sauce. 

Too bad, I didn’t order coffee during my last visit. The Serye coffeeshop deserves another post all on its own. They’re famous for their siphon-brewed coffee that’s freshly prepared each time you order. The cafe has a menu of traditional Filipino drinks that you don’t see in a lot of coffeeshops like the salabat, kapeng barako, tanglad tea, pito-pito, tsokolate as well as a wide array of classic coffee drinks.

With its homey couches, classy interior, good service, and local food, Serye is a coffeeshop and restaurant that you’ll surely appreciate.

Serye Cafe Filipino
Location: Santana Grove, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Sucat, Paranaque
Contact Info: 826-9317
Other Details: Serye Cafe Filipino Facebook page

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  1. abumelt

    @hottietin: Just updated the post with restaurant info. Besides the one in Sucat, Serye also has branches over at Quezon City, Eastwood, and Festival Mall. 🙂

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