Hidden in the hills of Quezon City, at Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, is Fika, a Filipino restaurant run by the nearby First Gourmet Academy. After several cycles, the menu has evolved to Filipino favorites and great cakes, perfect complements to its picturesque surroundings.
Fika means “to have coffee” in Swedish, with a Swedish chef cooking Filipino dishes. How they eventually ended up with Filipino dishes was a happy evolution from a typical cafe set-up to what it is right now – our classic favorites done from just right. So much so that neighboring celebrities usually drop by Fika before or after their game at Capitol Hills Golf Course for a repast.
However, you do not have to be a golfer to enjoy their fare. Fika’s chefs create dishes that are done just the way your loved one does it in your home kitchen – from scratch and with the best ingredients. The Filipino Pork Crackling is a bestseller with its smooth skin and crunch. The rind was crispy and made a satisfying crack in one’s mouth. The bistek, dinakdakan, bistek and binagoongan were seasoned just right and the meat was tender. Diners will also appreciate the boneless chicken inasal; it makes eating it very easy. Fika’s pansit was also good with plenty of toppings.
Hidden gems in their menu include their breakfast meals, three of whom are served all day – tapa, tocino and corned beef. The meats are made in-house and from scratch and the eggs are cooked perfectly.
If you are visiting Fika mid-morning or in the afternoon for coffee, their cakes are also a must-try. Dessert-lovers will love that they are neither too sweet or cloying. The Matcha Oreo Cheesecake and the De leche cake are a departure from the usual desserts. Paired with coffee, you have a great afternoon watching the sun set from the west.
Fika has some of the priceless views in the city, with the setting sun casting shadows on the green of the nearby golf course and the Quezon City skyline. It is a little difficult to get to but you can ask the tricycle driver at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Tandang Sora or at Balara Filters. You can also ask your friendly driver to take you there. The view and the food are worth the trip.