Last week I was invited by Zomato Philippines for another foodie meet-up. The foodie meet-up was held at Fika in Capitol Greenstreet Building in Quezon City. The name Fika is a Swedish word which means “coffee or tea break”. According to Mr. Mats Loo, Owner of Fika and Director of First Gourmet Academy, the restaurant is a project of the culinary school (First Gourmet Academy) which is also in the same building. Fika serves as a training ground for students to showcase the skills they learned from the academy. These students were properly guided by the academy’s experienced faculty in preparing the dishes.
Fika started out as a coffee shop then later transformed into a restaurant that serves asian comfort food. The restaurant can accommodate 36 to 40 guests. It has an ambiance that is cozy and calm. They have a nice veranda overlooking the pleasant view of Capitol Hills Golf Club.
Me and my fellow Zomato foodies were able to try some of their bestsellers. Here are the dishes:
Filipino Pork Crackling. Made from oven roasted salted pork rind sticks served with vinegar dip. This dish is sinfully delicious. The pork rind sticks are super crunchy. Perfect to eat with beer on the side.
Dynamite. Made from long green chili and cheese wrapped in rice paper then deep-fried. This dish is literally “the bomb” spicy level is 4.5/5. I love that it’s oozing with cheese. Also goes well with beer.
Cantonese Pork Siu Mai. Made from steamed minced pork dumplings drizzled with sesame oil served with soy sauce and chili oil sauce. I love pork dumplings. Their dumpling has an authentic Chinese taste. The meat is juicy and goes well with the sauce.
Indonesian Chicken Satay. One of their bestsellers. Grilled seasoned chicken breast in cube skewers served with peanut sauce. The chicken meat is luscious. The peanut sauce goes well with chicken meat.
Salads and Soups:
Japanese Crab stick and Mango Salad. Mixed lettuce, shredded crab stick and diced ripe mango served with wasabi vinaigrette dressing. The lettuce is fresh and crispy. The wasabi dressing creates a burst of flavor that is fresh, light and zesty.
Malaysian Fish Sambal. Crunchy deep fried fish fillet with chili and garlic sauce. A thin layer of sweet and sour sauce is applied on the fish before coating it with bread crumbs. This dish is their version of fish fillet but with a twist. I like how it was cooked, juicy and yet crispy.
Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid. Squid sliced in thin strips then stir-fried in Korean chili bean paste. This dish is loaded with spiciness. Spicy level 5/5. If you like spicy dishes then this one is for you.
Thai Chicken Curry in Peanut Sauce. Chicken and vegetables simmered in Thai curry paste cooked with coconut milk and peanuts. This is my favorite among the dishes I’ve tried. The chicken meat is tender. The Thai curry and coconut milk creates a creamy flavor that goes well with peanuts. A must try dish! ♡
Vietnamese Pork Stewed in Honey and Herbs. Pork slices braised for hours seasoned with curry sauce, honey and herbs. This is actually a sweeter version of our pork binagoongan. The meat is soft and juicy. The spices blended well with the meat.
Cantonese Barbequed Pork. Pork roasted in oven for hours then grilled and simmered with Chinese barbeque sauce with sesame seeds. The pork meat is super soft it actually melts in your mouth. A must try dish. Goes well with Chinese yeung chow fried rice.
Chinese Meat Balls. Pork meat balls and cabbage simmered with Chinese soy sauce. The meat is tender but a little bland.
Chinese Styled Stir-Fried Vegetables. Mixed sliced fresh vegetables stir-fried with garlic, chili and chinese soy sauce. My second favorite dish. The vegetables are crunchy to bite. The mixture of chinese soy sauce, garlic and chili creates a unique burst of flavor. A must try dish.
Rice and Noodle Dishes:
Malaysian Pandan Cream Pie. Pie filled with a layer of pandan custard and sweetened cream. Malaysian version of leche flan. This is my favorite among the desserts I’ve tried. The pandan custard is cooked just right. It’s firm and creamy. I’ll give double thumbs up for this dessert.
I will give Fika a rating of 4/5 because they serve good food at an affordable price. Thank you again Zomato Philippines for inviting me!
Ground Floor, Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center, Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, Quezon City