Sunday is Lord’s day for us Christians. Yesterday, we decided to have breakfast at Cafe France before attending Lord’s day. It’s funny that in spite of Cafe France running for more than 1 year, I haven’t heard of it. However, as soon as we parked the car in front of its U.N. Manila branch, I noticed that it must be Delifrance rebranded.
Apparently, I was right! Jollibee who used to own Delifrance franchise in the Philippines sold its Delifrance assets to Euro-Med Philippines last December 2010. Since then, existing Delifrance branches were changed to Cafe France, giving it a new image. Filipinos love to hang out at Cafes and rebranding Delifrance into a coffee shop will tap more customers in the Metro.
Cafe France still served French style baked products like croissants, baguettes, etc. You can either buy those products for take out or order for dine in.
We decided to order some of Cafe France’s breakfast sets for dine in. Price is a bit steep for my taste but my companions seemed to like the restaurant. Service is good though. Without asking for water, we were even served it. Servers were easy to call out for any requests.
Cafe France has decent ambiance too with refreshing colors and well-maintained interiors.
- Egg Salad Sandwich (Php 155)
Brother Joseph ordered egg salad sandwich. It looked like a club sandwich with potato chips on the side. I’m not fond of sandwiches but I really liked that Cafe France decided to put potato chips with their sandwich sets instead of the usual french fries. Suffice to say, I took some of my friend’s potato chips 😛
- Ham and Cheese Omelet (Php 185)
Sister Shilo ordered Ham and Cheese omelet. With a whopping price of Php 185, I’m not really sure if it was worth the price. I guess the whole brand and quality of preparation attributed to the tag price. It was basically ham and grated cheese wrapped in scrambled egg, served with 2 pieces of bread on the side.
Siobs Debbie and I ordered rice meals. I ordered beef while Debbie ordered fish. Cafe France’s rice meals had several options. You can either order a la carte, with soft drink (+Php20) or with juice/coffee (+Php50). I’ve always enjoyed Delifrance’s orange juice so it didn’t take much time for me to decide to order the one with orange juice.
- Breakfast Beef & Egg (Php 175)
I was expecting tapa (Filipino-style beef) but was surprised that it actually was Japanese-style beef. Fatty beef strips that were cooked in butter – unhealthy but oh so tasty! 🙂 My order came with salad, two sunny side-up eggs and rice.
- Fish Fillet in Tartare Sauce (Php 175)
I almost ordered fish fillet and I was relieved that I have chosen beef over it. Cafe France gave generous servings of the fish. However, I guess I didn’t appreciate that they cut thinner strips of fish as usual. I prefer the bigger rectangular cut but I think this all boils down to preference. Still, a successful dish as my friend enjoyed her order and finished it!
We had breakfast early in the morning and I looked newly awake. Still! hahaha! Anyway, I had a great time with church friends. I’m especially glad because I get to spend more time with Debbie as our barkada don’t go out that much anymore since most of them got married recently.
As I write this post, I remember that yesterday I saw three different Cafe France branches. So funny that I decided to immediately write this review over other stories that I need to write quickly. We had breakfast at Cafe France U.N. branch, saw another branch when we visited a church friend at Metropolitan Hospital in Manila and lastly, saw another Cafe France at MOA while we were strolling around the mall.
So, that was my experience yesterday with Cafe France. Oh, and by the way, the U.N. branch is open 24 hours daily.
U.N. Ave. Maria Orosa St., Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines