Costa Coffee is a UK-based coffee chain, and just this week, they’ve opened their sixth store in the Philippines at SM North EDSA. And when it comes to commercial coffee, I’m more of I’ll try stuff at least once so I gave Costa Coffee a shot.
The interior’s pretty cool and I like how there are a variety of tables and seats. The phone booth outside is picture-worthy, too. To my right is a couch, two ottomans, a table and a lamp, the best seats in the resto and most in-demand. Wasn’t able to take a pic because I didn’t want to take pics of strangers >_<
A sample of their hip furniture
Before noticing the British theme and the tagline, I first headed to the cake display. They had desserts obviously catered to the Philippine palate–they had chocolate pandan roll, mango sago cake. The chocolate lover in me ended up drawn into this slice of Sinful Chocolate Cake, though. And you know what it tastes like? A Milky Way bar. Yup, you read that right. It’s rich, it’s sweet, and it’s best shared.
I had mocha to go with the cake. The coffee-bean art is almost too pretty to drink. But coffee is meant to be drunk, so I had to close my eyes when I started stirring my drink (ok, not really 😛 ). I’m lacking adjectives today, but let me just say that the coffee was good! You may also notice the table, how it has some carvings sprawled about. These actually reminded me of vandalized desks in school. Haha!
The ambiance including music was cozy, and the price is comparable to Seattle’s Best or Starbucks (the cake slice cost PhP 150 or just under USD4; the 12-oz coffee at PhP 130 or around USD 3.5). One thing that probably needs working on though is for the crew to be a little friendlier. Not Starbucks-levels perky; maybe just a few smiles and short greetings will do. That would make the place even more inviting. But overall, I think Costa Coffee is a good place to hang out and enjoy coffee with family, friends or your significant other.