Fika: Affordable Asian-Inspired Food (Old Balara Quezon City)

Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

I always try to expand my foodie horizon.  A few weeks ago, I finally reached Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center.  It's a foodie haven within Capitol Hills.  It is also a home to Fika, a humble cafe and restaurant run by the First Gourmet Academy - the culinary school located just above it. 

fika first gourmet academy
The set up is quite simple. 

fika first gourmet academy
Table set-up gives you a hint of its Asian flare as Fika provides chopsticks too.

fika first gourmet academy
I found the al fresco area more appealing as  it offers a nice view of the green golf course.  During late afternoon, you can even see the orange horizon because of the sunset.


filipino pork crackling
Filipino Pork Crackling (110 php)
The Filipino Pork Crackling is a the classic oven roasted salted pork rind sticks with vinegar dip presented in a fun twisted and thin form. 

chinese firecracker shrimp
Chinese Firecracker Shrimp (215 php)
The Chinese Firecracker Shrimp is fried shrimp wrapped in rice paper with sweet and spicy sauce.  This is simple but fun to munch.

cantonese pork siu mai
Cantonese Pork Siu Mai (165 php)
The Cantonese Pork Siu Mai is steamed minced pork dumplings drizzled with sesame oil and served with chili oil and soy sauce dip.  Many of my companions where wondering why this is called "siu mai" instead of the "siomai" we usually encounter here in the Philippines.  It's because "siomai" is Fookien-style as many of us Tsinoys here in the Philippines are Fookienese.

indonesia chicken satay
Indonesian Chicken Satay (200 php)
One of my favorite dishes among those I've tried is the  Indonesian Chicken Satay.  For 200 bucks, these huge grilled moist chicken breasts cubes is the wisest option to order.  I highly recommend it.

Salads and Soups
japanese crabstick and mango salad
Japanese Crabstick and Mango Salad (120 php)
The Japanese Crabstick and Mango Salad has a very light and faint wasabi dressing.  I enjoyed this!

japanese shoyu ramen
Japanese Shoyu Ramen (110 php)
The Japanese Shoyu Ramen is unlike the other shoyu ramen that I've tried because it was sweet like sukiyaki.  My friends like it because it has lots of seafood, vegetables and egg noodles.   And, at its pricing, this is one of the cheapest ramens, I've had.

malaysian fish fillet sambal
Malysian Fish Fillet Sambal (225 php)
The Malysian Fish Fillet Sambal was a bit disappointing for me.  It was an ordinary breaded dory fish fillet with chili and garlic sauce. 

korean spicy stir fried squid
Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid (220 php)
The Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid had the right blend of sweet and spiciness from the korean chili bean pasta and nutty flavor from the roasted sesame.

thai chicken curry in peanut sauce
Thai Chicken Curry in Peanut Sauce (200 php)
The Thai Chicken Curry in Peanut Sauce is cubed chicken and vegetable simmered in thai curry paste coconut milk and roasted peanuts.  I loved this!

chinese meat balls
Chinese Meat Balls (190 php)
The Chinese Meat Balls is a serving of 3 large pork meatballs and cabbage simmered in chinese soy sauce.  I find this one to be filling to the belly but not so enticing to the taste buds.

cantonese barbecue pork
Cantonese Barbecue Pork (235 php)
If you enjoy sweet and rich flavors, the Cantonese Barbecue Pork  which is roasted marinated pork with sweet Chinese barbecue sauce is for you.

stir fried vegetables
Chinese Styled Stir-Fried Vegetables (95 php)

Rice and Noodles
chinese yeung chow fried rice
Chinese Yeung Chow Fried Rice (195 php)
The Chinese Yeung Chow Fried Rice reminds me of my mom's cooking.  It's hearty and satisfactory.

Plain Omelette with Toast (100 php)
Beef Tapa with Garlic Rice, Fried Eggs and Atchara (220 php)
My favorite Filipino breakfast meal is tapaFika's Beef Tapa with Garlic Rice, Fried Eggs and Atchara is really good and has definitely passed my high standard.

Filipino Leche Flan (75 php), Malaysian Cream Pie (75 php), Cantonese Mango Pudding (75 php) and Thai Coco and Pandan Cooler (75 php)
Save room for dessert!  I specially loved the Malaysian Cream Pie.

iced cappuccino
Iced Cappuccino (110 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
If you're in the area and looking for affordable dishes to try, I highly recommend Fika.  The price is unbelievably cheap.  I'm told that its because they don't seek to profit but merely to train their students.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Fika Menu
Ambiance Breakfast 1 | Breakfast 2 |
Vegetables | Rice | Noodles | Salads and Soups |
 Appetizers | Mains 1 | Main 2 |
Drinks | Desserts |
=Favorites or Recommended 
Business Address GF Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center, Capitol Hills Drive, 
Old Balara, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 7am-9:30pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 100-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 246-9069
Other  Website | Facebook Fan Page
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