Make way for Bench Café, a lifestyle restaurant that serves classic Filipino food in fresh executions set against a cozy dining setting.

‘Modern and chic’ are two words that best describe Bench’s new venture. They did not veer away from their trademark style: Trendy yet timeless. Their menu screams “Love Local,” an advocacy they’re long been known for.

Found at one section of their flagship branch in Bonifacio High Street, Bench Café features familiar elements Filipinos grew up with: Palm trees, abaca trays, and the brand’s nostalgic print ads.

According to Erik Dee, one of Ben Chan’s business partners and president of Foodee Global Concepts, “We didn’t change anything! It’s classic Filipino food.”

From refreshments down to the main courses and desserts, it lives up to its theme. You will find your all-time favorite merienda such as the Arroz Caldo and halo-halo. Watch out for cute details like the shape of their leche flan (it’s B-shaped for Bench!).

Bench Cafe’s line of drinks shouldn’t be left unmentioned as it is a lovely reflection of our country’s culture. They used local ingredients for their specialty coffees and cocktails like Pandan Latik, Luzon Double Mocha, Ube Tanglad Latte, Circa 1987 (the year Bench was established), and Bench Mojito.

As for the main courses, you get to choose among the delightful and affordable ulams! There’s Pinakbet rice, Dilis rice, Crispy Okoy, Bistek, Bangus Belly, Sisig, and the best-selling Inasal, among others.

Due to positive reviews and abundance of customers, the first-ever Bench Café is now planning to branch out near other Bench stores. Possible stand-alone restos are also in the company’s mind in its exciting future.


What’s your favorite Bench Cafe dish? Drop us a line in the comments section below!


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