Cottage Kitchen Cafe: Authentic Cajun and Creole Cuisine (Angeles Pampanga)

Angeles, Philippines

I'm glad the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 (#MAFT2014) took the road less traveled by choosing Cottage Kitchen Cafe to try their authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine.

cottage kitchen cafe cajun creole

Even in Manila, establishments offering these southern American cuisine are quite few.  I've only tried Gumbo and Cajun Red Rock (I only tried their burger and that was ages ago).  So I'm quite ecstatic to venture more on these cuisines.

I even had to research what the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisine is.  I learned that Cajun cuisine is rich in spices (onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, paprika, thyme, file, parsley and green onions) and makes use of every part of a slaughtered animal.  Being rich in spices however, does not imply that all are spicy. On the hand, Creole cuisine is more extravagant.  It makes use of tomatoes, cream, butter, seafood and exotic herbs.  While Cajun is classified as country-style cooking, Creole is categorized as city-style cooking.
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The place was dimly lit with candles on each table.  There's a bar area, a casual dining area with a good view of the stage and a more private area with curtains on the side.  The ceiling had a glass portion where you can see the clouds or dark skies with stars at night.  Diners are a mix of foreigners and locals.


Appetizers & Starters
zing wings
Zing Wings (235 php)
If you love spicy dishes, I highly recommend the Zing Wings.  It got a pleasant spicy kick with a hint of rich herbs and spices.  The chicken skin is fun-tastically crispy and the meat was tender and juicy.

deep fried potato wedges
Deep Fried Potato Wedges (180 php)
For some finger food, there's the Deep Fried Potato Wedges served with thousand island dressing.

ckcs corn bread
CKC's Corn Bread (100 php)
The CKC's Corn Bread is delicious!  This block is quite dense and heavy.  It is served with herbed butter.

Soups & Salad
creole onion soup
Creole Onion Soup (180 php)
The Creole Onion Soup is a creamy heavvily spiced onion soup with cheese and crouton.  As you can see, it is very peppery.  From this point, I've acknowledged that creole and cajun cuisine seems like an acquired taste as some of my companions was overwhelmed and wary of the spiced flavors. 

chefs salad
Chef's Salad (250 php)
The Chef's Salad has greens, egg, ham, tomatoes and carrots with thousand island dressing.  

cajun shrimp salad
Cajun Shrimp Salad (270 php)
We all loved the Cajun Shrimp Salad with wasabi dressing.  Every element was harmonically aligned to please the palate.

Southern Specialty Cajun and Creole Dishes
shrimp jambalaya
Shrimp Jambalaya (450 php)
The Shrimp Jambalaya made it irresistible for me to lessen my carb intake.  Aside from delivering a really wholesome herbed and spiced flavor, it was topped with shrimps, mildly spiced sausage chunks and chopped green bell peppers.  It is served with dinner bread.

cajun fried chicken dirty rice
Cajun Fried Chicken and Dirty Rice 2 pcs. (300 php)
The Cajun Fried Chicken was pretty good.  It was more on the peppery side.  But, I prefer the Zing Wings over this.  I loved the Dirty Rice.  I hope they offer that separately.

Blackened Cajun Dishes
blackened chicken
Blackened Chicken (385 php)
The Blackened Chicken is a spice and herb crusted chicken breast fillet.  As you can see it was succulent.

blackened catfish
Blackened Catfish (400 php)
Between the Blackened Catfish and the Blackened Chicken, I prefer the former.

CKC's House Special BBQ (All barbecue entries comes with coleslaw, baked beans, bread and choice of either: mashed potatoes, potato salad, fried, corn on a cob or steamed rice.)

baby back pork
Original Baby Back Pork (575 php)

The Original Baby Back Pork is really good!  It had a sweet and savory BBQ sauce and smokey lean, tender and meaty pork meat.  This is a must try!

barbecue beeef slab
Barbecue Beef Slab Full (800 php)
The Barbecue Beef is just a bigger and chunkier option.  Basically, it has the same barbecue sauce.

peach cobbler
Peach Cobbler (180 php)
The Peach Cobbler was finished in a flash!  It is a pie filled with sweetened peach with hints of cinnamon.

apple pie
Apple Pie (180 php)
I liked the Apple Pie more than the Peach Cobbler.  But, they are equally good.  It's just a matter of preference.

pecan pie
Pecan Pie (180 php)
The Pecan Pie is very sweet with its rich and gooey consistency.  It had a generous amount of pecan.

peach cheesecake
Specialty Cake of the Week: Peach Cheesecake (180 php)
The Peach Cheesecake served chilled was so heavenly!  This is my favorite among all the desserts we tried.

iced tea
Iced Tea

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Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Cottage Kitchen Cafe delivers authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine like no other.  In addition to its great dishes, the ambiance is superb and the staffs are nice.  Bring some company as dishes are in sharing portions.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cottage Kitchen Cafe Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cottage Kitchen Cafe
Business Address 582 Don Juico Avenue Clarkview,
Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Business Hours 7am-12mn
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-800
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (045) 893-2599
Other  Email: Facebook Fan Page

Disclosure:  This review is part of the Metro Angeles Food Tour (#MAFT2014) organized by that aims to promote the local partner establishments in Angeles City Pampanga by sharing our objective review.  Everything we tried was provided for that purpose.

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