Most of my adult life was spent inside cafes, if not at
home. Having been a freelance writer/social media manager for the past 4 years,
the combination of freshly brewed coffee beans and the ambient noise has always
helped boost my productivity. The result of my frequent visits to different
cafes has turned me into a first-name basis with local baristas, not only in
Bacolod but in Manila as well. For this, I am always in search for a good café
It may be because I’m a self-diagnosed bipolar, or perhaps I
am a non-conformist: but my daily routine the past few weeks have included
deciding which café to go to for the rest of the afternoon. A day without going
to a café feels so empty to me; that I end up going at night.And with the number of holdups/ home
break-ins going on, I would rather do it in the afternoon.
My daily routine has become very simple: I wake up and
prepare the batter for J-Pan Cakes,
wait for my staff to arrive, read the Bible + do my devotion, take a bath,
watch a little TV (or play Candy Crush), and after that it’s time for me to
visit my stall and eat lunch. When I’m done, I’d contemplate by weighing pros
& cons on where to go for my daily coffee intake and get some work done
(well, at least try.)
Recently, I’ve been visiting different cafes around the
metro; particularly the new ones: 6th
Street Café, Little Miss Cupcake,
and 365 Modern Café. Usually, my
friends bring me to these new places because they know I love to eat and try
new restaurants. Unfortunately, I am often not in my blogging state of mind
that I post my whereabouts. Yes, I do take photos of the food but I don’t post
them right away. My iPhone is full of food pictures that you’d barely see a
selfie. I’ll try to post more photos sooner—I promise.
Anyway, one of the cafes that has recently piqued me is 365 Modern Café; it’s near, new, and
accommodating. To date, I’ve been to the café twice and it has always been a
pleasant experience. The food is great, the selection is abundant, and the
service is impeccable! Here’s a more detailed review of the café:
One thing I appreciate about 365 Modern Café is that it has
a very well lit space. Adorned with wood, light, and mint green; the café is
delightfully planned out so that it gives out enough space to its customers.
What I like about the café is that they have provided couches for almost every
table that customers won’t have to fight over one. Yet, at the same time, each
table is situated a short distance from one another—so that no one gets to
eavesdrop on certain conversations.
Food & Coffee
There’s a particular reason why the café calls itself a
‘Modern’ café. When I asked the barista about this, he told me that it’s
because they make use of modern techniques in coffee preparation. Indeed, I
have to agree. There are a number of strange coffee maker apparatus that they
make me feel like experimenting with their coffee beans. Compared to other
cafes in the city, 365 Modern Café has an abundant selection of coffee bean
options. From the common coffee selection: (Columbia, Sumatran) to the new
options: (Vietnamese, Guatemalan); there is a never endless supply to choose
from. They also have a portion where you can take a whiff of the aroma of the coffee beans they offer.
Iced Vietnamese Coffee (also served hot)
They even have a Quad Zombie
Coffee that promises to ‘keep you up
all night long.’ When served, they make use of different coffee art designs
that are very picturesque and Instragram-worthy.
Quad Zombie: Too scared to try it!
Apart from serving coffee, the café also offers other
beverages such as Frappes, Teas, and even Bubble Teas. I really like this because they don’t only cater to
coffee drinkers. I believe Bacolod needs more of such places! There’s even one
café in Dumaguete that I can compare
this café to (will mention next time) just for the extensive selection of their
Wintermelon Milk Tea with Free Sinker
While they do promise to serve food soon, it is always a
good idea to try their cakes. On my
two visits, I tried different cakes: Red
Velvet and their Turtle Pie.
When I spoke to one of the owners, she told me that she wanted to provide Red
Velvet with cream cheese frosting since the other places in Bacolod serve it
with white cupcake frosting only. I do have to agree with her—red velvet is not
red velvet without cream cheese frosting. To their advantage, their Red Velvet
is one of the two bestsellers; the other is their chocolate cake.
Cakes: Red Velvet Cake & Turtle Pie
Red Velvet Cake
But I do have to suggest that you try their Turtle Pie. I
haven’t tried their chocolate cake yet but since I prefer cookie-crusted cakes,
the Turtle Pie is a personal favorite. In fact, it’s even better than the
Turtle Pie offered in Coffee Bean &
Tea Leaf. I suggest sharing it with a friend though as it can be too sweet.
Okay, so the interior is amazing and the coffee is great.
When it comes to service, 365 Modern Café eats the whole cake. The baristas are
friendly and the owners are always around to strike up a conversation with you.
One thing I REALLY appreciated about the café though, amidst all these, is that
they will offer you a pitcher of water on your table without you asking for it.
Also, they offer free Wi-fi and they give out individual passwords to each
Service: Double Check
Price: I admit, the price can be a little expensive but it’s
still cheaper than Starbucks.
I’d definitely return to this café. Who knows, I might be
there again tomorrow!
365 Modern Cafe is situated along B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City. They are behind Star Oil and in very close proximityto Doctor's Hospital. They are open from Mondays to Thursdays (9:00am-10:30pm), Fridays to Saturdays (9:00am- 12:00mn), and Sundays (10:00am-10:00pm). For more information, you may call them at (034) 435-2351.