The 14 Four Cafe Experience

One of the best surprises that one can come across is a nice and cozy restaurant tucked in a village, as if in secret, waiting to be stumbled upon by a girl who loves to eat (that’s me!)

That’s why I was ultimately delighted when I finally set foot on 14 Four Cafe, a restaurant slash cafe slash furniture showroom in Taytay, Rizal. My friend learned about the resto a couple of years ago but it was only recently that I saw it for myself. The owner, Niki Sambile, surely did a great job in putting up this restaurant in their house which also serves as a showcase of her dad’s furniture designs at Sticks Showroom.

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I placed a reservation almost two weeks in advance and was really excited to try out their menu, but more than that, to see what lures people into visiting 14 Four Cafe. Check out these lovely photos (not just because I’m in most of them heee) of the dining areas:

The indoor dining area is small but intimate, with mismatched pieces of plush furniture and quirky stuff on the walls. There’s music played while you enjoy your food, though for some reason I found it weird that they were playing RnB songs, it kinda didn’t match the ambience.

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While waiting for our food, we took advantage of the spacious and vacant outdoor area for some photo ops, since it was a little too early and most of the guests were inside. There are colorful wooden and cushioned benches, chairs, and long tables, perfect for bigger groups who can dine and feel as if they’re in the comforts of their own garden. It kind of reminded me of Rustic Mornings.

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144, 14 four cafe, 14 four cafe review, 14 four cafe taytay

144, 14 four cafe, 14 four cafe review, 14 four cafe taytay

144, 14 four cafe, 14 four cafe review, 14 four cafe taytay

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More guests started to pour in as evening came, and the aroma of freshly cooked food wafted in the air together with the lively chatter of the diners. More snapshots of the place where taken because it was even lovelier, with all the lights turned on.

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144, 14 four cafe, 14 four cafe review, 14 four cafe taytay

144, 14 four cafe, 14 four cafe review, 14 four cafe taytay

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Now let’s go to the food. We ordered an appetizer, a pasta dish, a panini, a dessert, and a carafe of iced tea. These were all good for sharing and were served in about fifteen minutes.

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Our appetizer: The Local (Php150) – fresh greens with balsamic dressing and Laguna white cheese, with pinipig and crispy onions. This was my favorite dish, well next to the dessert, that is.
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A twist to our favorite pandesal: The Adobo Flakes and Kesong Puti Panini (Php160) – adobo flakes and kesong puti stuffed in pandesal, with tortilla chips and lettuce on the side. This was also yummy and filling like the appetizer.
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Our pasta: Aligue and Tuyo (Php220) – now who would’ve thought that aligue and tuyo can be used for pasta? It would’ve been more savory if it weren’t too dry, a few more tablespoons of the sauce would make the dish more enjoyable.
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That day’s dessert was Cashew Pie, and it was really heavenly. The cashew nuts scattered on top and inside the pie were crunchy, and the cake was moist and delectable.

 

The food was okay, the dessert was unforgettable, and the place was adorable. 14 Four Cafe is like a diamond in the rough.

 

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Come visit them now by placing a reservation or drive by the resto at:

144 Magnolia Lane, Barangay San Isidro,
Gregoria Heights Subdivision,
Taytay, Rizal, Philippines 1920

Friday & Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm
0999.888.0144 for reservations

Sticks showroom hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm (by appointment only)
02.669.1560

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