26th St. Bistro by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – Making Everyday, Extraordinary !

We have all seen the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf  (CBTL) stores all over the  metro.  Most of us have  enjoyed their hot and cold beverages and sampled their delicious baked creations. The great news is that CBTL has expanded its delightful offerings to include a full- course cuisine via its restaurant launched some two years ago.  The 26th St.  Bistro is the essence of CBTL expressed as a unique dining concept.

The BQP was invited to the 26th  St. Bistro flagship restaurant over at the Bonifacio Global City.  The place had an all glass façade  which allows light to enter into its cozy  and welcoming interior.  Nina Gregorius and Nella Lomotan of the CBTL group warmly welcomed my brood.   After suggesting what drinks we should get, Nella said  “Did you know that CBTL is the first coffee shop to offer Ice Blended Drinks and Tea Lattes? The others just followed suit.”    “Now that the bistro is open, aside from the drinks. we are able to offer a whole range of products to the public –from soups, salads, sandwiches, cakes , pastries, pastas and meals.  We also have a selection of premium wines and international  beer,” added Nina.

CBTL- Store collage

The 26th St. Bistro is located at the ground floor of Net Lima Bldg, 26th St. corner th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. You may also want to visit their other branch at the 5th level of Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, EDSA corner Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong. Shown here are the friendly staff , CBTL sous chef as well as Nina and Nella of the Marketing group.

 

LUNCH BISTRO-STYLE

Cold Drinks

CBTL- Cold Drinks

We had CARAMEL (PHP185) and DOUBLE CHOCOLATE (PHP185). Both are sooo deliciously good! My daughter opted to eat the whip cream from her DOUBLE CHOCOLATE drink and not mix it. 🙂

 

Starter Salad

CBTL- Salad

GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD (PHP295) -Romaine lettuce, boiled egg, grilled chicken, croutons and shaved parmesan cheese with the house’s signature dressing. I enjoyed eating this salad. The large shavings of cheese added that extra “oomph” to the greens.

 

 

Fish Patties

CBTL- fish cakes

SALMON FISHCAKES and GREENS (PHP345) – Deep fried Norwegian salmon cakes served with smoked paprika aioli and a side of mixed greens , drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. If you want to have meat with your salad, you can opt for this.

 

Healthy Choices

CBTl- Vegetarian

The health conscious can find a delicious fix or two at the bistro . On the LEFT, ROSTI with smoked salmon , sunny side up egg with sour cream (PHP345) is a Swiss potato cake made from layers of grated potatoes and delicately fried until golden brown.
On the RIGHT , PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM CIABATTA (PHP395) has grilled mushrooms, zucchini and asparagus served with feta cheese. I’ve never tried eating a mushroom this size. It tasted a bit bland at first bite but the flavors develop in your mouth as you eat. I later found out that it had eggplant puree.

 

 

Burger-licious!

 

CBTL- Burger

26th St. BISTRO BURGER (PHP395) This is definitely a WINNER! 1/2 pound burger with garlic cream and cheese spread, sauteed shitake mushrooms, mozarella and parmesan cheese on a wheat bun. The meat is so soft and juicy! GONE IN MINUTES!

 

Perfect Pasta

CBTL- Pasta

MUST TRY! TIGER PRAWN AND SHITAKE MUSHROOM LINGUINE (395) – This white based sauce pasta is so delciously creamy. The prawns were cooked just right and again the large slices of parmesan made the dish tastier. We’ll definitely order this when we come back!

 

Salmon Special

CBTL - Salmon

My son’s favorite dish from the lot – HERB CRUSTED SALMON WITH LEMON RISOTTO & HOLLANDAISE SAUCE ((PHP 495). The pairing of pan seared salmon and saffron lemon risotto is just a gustatory delight! We give this dish a perfect 10!

 

Tapa Extraordinaire

CBTL -Angus Tapa

TAPA taken to the next level! “Ang sarap!” Served under FILIPINO BREAKFAST, US Angus Tapa has strips of tender beef with garlic rice, sunny side-up egg , baked tomato with pesto, achara jelly and chili balsamic reduction. MY FAVORITE!

 

Prawn and Steak

CBTL- Surf and Turf

SURF N’ TURF (PHP495) – Pan-roasted hanging tender steak and grilled butterfly prawns topped with marsala sauce and served with mashed potatoes. Come hungry if you want to order this big meal!

JUST DESSERTS!

CBTL - Cakes

I LOVE THE CAKES! —- My ultimate favorite? The GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT ! Melt-in-your-mouth-chocolate-goodness! YUM YUM!

 

 

CBTL - Panna Cotta

PANNACOTTA SAMPLER (PHP 235) – This trio of a dessert has Espresso, Vanilla and Earl grey flavors. Served with two chocolate cookies. The boys and I liked Earl Grey the most. Best shared!

CBTL- apple crumble

APPLE CRUMBLE ALA MODE (PHP235) – Served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream. Very filling indeed!

 

CBTL- Pancake

TOBLERONE WITH SALTED CARAMEL (PHP235) – three layers of pancake heaven goodness smothered with salted caramel sauce, topped with whipped cream and Toblerone bits! Who can resist this?!!! Tastes even better than it looks! 🙂

 

QUESTIONS : (BEST ANSWERS WILL GET A PHP500 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM 26th ST. BISTRO!)

YOU MUST SHARE this post, TAG friends,  and ANSWER the questions on the COMMENT SECTION of the BLOG.

1.  What is my favorite dessert from the bistro?

2.  Which dish would you like to try and why?

 

THE BQP RECOMMENDS 26th BISTRO

Did we eat all the food that was served here? YES!  I took a bite out  of everything and took an even bigger bite of the dishes that I favored!  The philosophy of this bistro is best captured in the hashtag  #everydayextraordinary.  The cuisine is creative, delicious and served in generous portions.  I’m sure the food shots in this post made you hungry!  You won’t be disappointed.  Come and let your day be extraordinary by dining at 26th St. Bistro!

 

CBTL- Welcome Sign

SEE YOU AT 26th ST. BISTRO!

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43 replies
  1. Benjie Lara says:

    To answer your questions:
    1. Your favorite dessert, as you said, was the Guiltless Chocolate Delight
    2. OMG! Pancakes smothered with salted caramel sauce, whipped cream & Toblerone bits?!? Need I say more? Just hearing the description makes me wanna pack up & travel to BGC now!
    I must say though, the Salmon Special (I love Salmon) is not so far behind!

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  2. Cristina Sen says:

    1.Your favorite dessert; Guiltless Chocolate Delight
    2.I would like to try their Crusted Salmon with Lemon Risotto & Hollandaise Sauce….I love eating salmon because it has a big health benefits like Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins B12 and Calcium.

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  3. Dean Santos says:

    As always, BQP transports her readers to the very experience of dining! Super Nakagutom with the great description and photos! Keep writing, BQP! 🙂

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  4. Ge says:

    The Guiltless Chocolate Delight is your favorite dessert from the bistro, so I want to try that too! So I can have my cake and eat it too! 🙂

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  5. Achie says:

    Yum yum yum!!! Everything looks so delicious.Can”t wait to taste their herb crusted salmon with lemon risotto and hollandaise sauce.

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  6. Annette P. Mangahas says:

    1.)You favorite dessert – Guiltless Chocolate Cake.

    2.) Definitely, I would like to try all 🙂 When I read this post it really made me hungry but if there’s one dish I would like to try, it’s the Tapa Extraordinaire – US Angus Tapa. I’m actually a fan of beef tapa since I was a child. I can eat this everyday without “sawa” 🙂 It’s really my favorite. I like partnering it with egg (sunny side up or scrambled) and vinegar…I’ve been trying Angus Tapa at several resto already. It’s pricey but definetely worth the money.
    My next stop now is to visit Coffee Bean and try this dish. The picture and description of it was already stored in my mind. Alluring me with the images of moist and tender meat softening plus the garlic rice and achara jelly. Super yummy 🙂

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  7. Annette says:

    Correction for my #1 answer 🙂 it’s the Guiltless Chocolate Delight 🙂 I typed in Guiltless Chocolate Cake 🙂

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  8. haroldmonica1989 says:

    1) for dessert, your favorite is guiltless chocolate delight.
    2) since I am allergic to all seafoods and fish, I’ll try Tapa extraordinaire and the cheese cake. I love tapsilog!!

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  9. haroldmonica1989 says:

    1)You’re favorite dessert is Guiltless Chocolate Delight. Does that mean anyone who eats it will not feel guilty of eating chocolate? Ha ha ha!

    2)Well, tapa extraordinaire still tops my list! It’s one dish I can cook… Tapsilog taste test is up! (“,)

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  10. Kristine Domingo says:

    1. What is my favorite dessert from the bistro?
    – its the Guiltless Chocolate Cake

    2. Which dish would you like to try and why?
    – i would like to try TIGER PRAWN AND SHITAKE MUSHROOM LINGUINE because it looks so tasteful and yummy… i love white based sauce pasta and every time i see pasta i crave so yummy and creamy…. I can eat pasta everyday or 3x a day that is how much i love pasta and also im a sea foods lover so Pasta plus Tiger prawn is super heaven’s delight. Hope to taste this on my birthday this coming august 21…. super fan of PASTA DISHES ^_^

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  11. Kristine Domingo says:

    1. What is my favorite dessert from the bistro?
    – its the Guiltless Chocolate Cake Delight

    2. Which dish would you like to try and why?
    – i would like to try TIGER PRAWN AND SHITAKE MUSHROOM LINGUINE because it looks so tasteful and yummy… i love white based sauce pasta and every time i see pasta i crave so yummy and creamy…. I can eat pasta everyday or 3x a day that is how much i love pasta and also im a sea foods lover so Pasta plus Tiger prawn is super heaven’s delight. Hope to taste this on my birthday this coming august 21…. super fan of PASTA DISHES ^_^

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  12. Eddielli Bungay says:

    1. Its the Guiltless Chocolate Cake, of course!

    2. I really wanna try the US Angus Beef Tapa because I really love Filipino food, and I like eating breakfast anytime of the day! I wanna try and see why it became your favorite! So please let me win! Thank you!

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  13. jane dulva says:

    Guiltless Chocolate Delight!
    I want to try that also coz I really loves cakes,, and chocolate is my favorite too.

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  14. sherry ann gole cruz says:

    1.The GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT is your favorite
    2.if i have a chance i would love to try the SURF N’ TURF ,its looks so yummy and i love prawns & i do love to try also your favorite The GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT, i want to taste what a busy queen like you loves!

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  15. arra odeza says:

    1. What is my favorite dessert from the bistro? GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT

    2. Which dish would you like to try and why? I would love to try the mouth-watering TOBLERONE WITH SALTED CARAMEL. The pancake looks heavenly sweet and makes me remember my childhood when my mother used to cooked pancake for us. I had a lot of good and happy memories attached to pancakes.Now that I have my own family its rare for me to eat pancake. I wish to win the GC to be able to bring back the old times.

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  16. Rhozallino Ramones says:

    1. What is my favorite dessert from the bistro?

    My Favorite dessert from the bistro is the TOBLERONE WITH SALTED CARAMEL because i love pancake.

    2. Which dish would you like to try and why?

    I would like to try the SURF N’ TURF because it looks delicious and i love tender steak and grilled butterfly prawns.

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  17. Susana Co says:

    1. Your favorite dessert is the Guiltless Chocolate Delight!
    2. I can’t wait to try this dish – the Surf and Turf. Steak and prawn are my all-time favorites. So when hunger pangs strike, these are my choice comfort foods. They never fail to hit the spot. After savoring this mouth-watering dish, a slice of Chicago Cheesecake and a shot of CBTL espresso make my day less dreary!

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  18. Ma. Cristina Dalina says:

    1. BQP’s favorite is the GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT! – That’s my favorite too! 😀

    2. I would like to try the Pannacotta sampler because, Pannacotta is my favorite italian dessert. The picture looks really promising and I’m already drooling just by looking at it. Haha! 3 flavors – wow! Just fantastic! Can’t wait to try it soon! 🙂

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  19. Judy Vera a.k.a Dyudi Bera says:

    1. BQP’s favorite is the GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT!

    2. I would like to try the Toblerone with Salted Caramel because Toblerone chocolate is really good and now it is paired with Caramel on a bed of layered pancakes. What a delish! I can already imagine the taste.

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  20. Melodenia Vera says:

    1. Your favorite is the GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT!

    2. I would like to try the US Angus Beef Tapa because, Tapa is my favorite in the world. I am very much intrigue with the sides of their Beef tapa. The tomatoes with pesto looks delicious and Atchara jelly, what a nice idea.

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  21. Inocencio Dalina says:

    1. Your favorite is the GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT!

    2. I would like to try the Surf n Turf because, it has two of my favorites! The meat and the seafood! YUM!

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  22. Victoria Dalina says:

    1. Your favorite is the GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT!

    2. I would like to try the HERB CRUSTED SALMON WITH LEMON RISOTTO & HOLLANDAISE SAUCE because, you gave it a perfect 10 and I trust your judgement. Hihi! 🙂 The picture looks so nice and delicious.

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  23. Adrian Soler says:

    Chicago cheesecake yum! Always a fan of Cheesecakes..

    Salmon special oh that crunchy skin…as what we say in Australia. .you bloody beauty.

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  24. Steve del Castillo says:

    1. Your favorite is the GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT!
    2. I would like to try the SURF and TURF because i like prawns too much i am excited to “SURF” all the way to 26th St. BISTRO, and try their SURF and TURF DISH!!! Yum! Yum!

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  25. Mona Verdida says:

    1. Your favorite dish from the bistro is the Guiltless Chocolate Delight! Wow, from the looks of that cake, I think it’s going to become my favorite, too! Why is it guiltless by the way? It is sugar-free? 😀

    2. I would like to try the HERB CRUSTED SALMON WITH LEMON RISOTTO & HOLLANDAISE SAUCE because I got curious when you mentioned that your son loves it so I would like to try it, too, to see if it’s really good. And it’s a healthy dish, too! 😀

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  26. AIZA SAKALURAN says:

    . Your favorite is the GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT!
    2. I would like to try toblerone with salted caramel Yum! Yum! hoping to win to taste it ^________^

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  27. Faith Hazel Almario says:

    Your favorite is Guiltless Chocolate Delight and I want to try everything actually but hmmm let me pick one that I know I will enjoy– TIGER PRAWN AND SHITAKE MUSHROOM LINGUINE. I always believe on your honest reviews on food not to mention the mouth-watering pictures (well, how much more in person). I want! I want!

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  28. Joe Usman says:

    1.Your favorite dessert; Guiltless Chocolate Delight
    2.I would like to try their Crusted Salmon with Lemon Risotto & Hollandaise Sauce…It’s my fave.

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  29. Mary Dee M. Ramos says:

    Your favorite dessert is the low suagr yet chocolaty, Guiltless Chocolate. DelightTapa Extraordinaire – US Angus Tapa is the dish I want to try. I often eat tapa with my family but I am very curious of what makes your tapa more special than mine haha.

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  30. Joanne Belle Tumulak says:

    1. Your ultimate favorite is Guiltless Chocolate Delight
    2. I love cakes too, and I want to try Guiltless Chocolate Delight too, I want to taste the chocolate goodness that will melt in my mouth.

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  31. Donna Gojo-Segunial says:

    1) Fave dessert? Well of course, the Chicago cheesecake. Nothing beats an original dessert AS IS with it’s plain cream cheese and crust. It’s perfect with hot matcha green tea latte!

    2) I would love to try the fave dish of your son. Since I’m so health conscious but would see to it that I ENJOY what I eat, the Herb Crusted Salmon with lemon risotto and hollandaise sauce is the PERFECT dish for me. It’s going to be my next lunch treat this week!!!

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  32. CJ Martinez says:

    Your favorite dessert is the GUILTLESS CHOCOLATE DELIGHT.
    All of those looks so yummy but the one that I want to try is the US Angus beef Tapa because this is my favorite.Cant wait to try it..:)

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  33. Adrian says:

    Sorry made a mistake it’s guiltless chocolate delight. …yum yum yum..I discovered the 5th receptor and it’s yum!

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  34. Angel Chua says:

    I will try the vegetarian set for change before dropping by Fully booked nearby! Good review ! CBTL has expanded indeed! Innovative 🙂

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