Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Baguio: Patch Cafe

Food Photography: Patch Cafe, Baguio City

I recently did some commissioned work for this new and awesome little hotel cafe called Patch Cafe in Baguio City. They're getting popular for their desserts and all day breakfast. I was tasked with taking some food photos of their best sellers. 

For any one wondering, Patch Cafe is located in the Bloomfield Hotel, Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City. (Read complete details of Patch Cafe at the end of this post.)

Patch Cafe Brunch Sampler (Php 190) - Baguio Longanissa, choice of Carabao or Beef Tapa, Crispy Dangit, Two Eggs of your choice, garlic rice, two pancakes and your choice of coffee or tea. 
*****Disclaimer: This is a commissioned shoot I (Andreo Bongco Photography) did for Patch Cafe. Anything written in the succeeding post must consider that factor. Thank you*****

Some people may say that I am biased since I was commissioned to do the food photography for this place, but heck, I am going to say it anyway. Patch Cafe is one of the hippest new hotel cafes in the city of pines... and their food is pretty damn amazing!

Official opened in December 17, 2014, Patch Cafe was originally called Cafe Sorelle and served the regular clientele of Bloomfield Hotel  until the owners of the hotel decided that their cafe needed a rebrand. After undergoing some game changing interior design and menu development, Patch Cafe was born.

Too bad I wasn't able to get that much interior shots of this place as the design is B-E-Autiful.(Ahh well, next time!) Patch Cafe now serves as a nice hide-y hole for people along or near the downtown area of Baguio City and Session Road. It offers weary souls the chance to unwind and relax over good food and pastries at a location close to the heart of the city.

Before Patch Cafe was Patch Cafe, diners used to be few and mostly made up of diners in their forties and up. But ever since the rebrand, Patch Cafe has now been experiencing an influx of customers from the younger generation. Students from the nearby universities often visit Patch Cafe to partake of their trendy desserts (like the Boston Cream Cupcakes, New York Cheesecakes or even the fancy shmancy Strawberry Saint Honore! [beats me why they call it that! haha]). Don't be surprised to find the cafe filled with groups of quiet students having relaxing study groups during dismissal time (4 PM onwards). The cafe is also very popular with the young professionals of Session Road. One can usually see leisurely business meetings conducted at one of the secluded inner tables of the cafe during the 8 to 5 grind.

In my humble opinion, I think Patch Cafe will solidify its place in the food map of Baguio City because of two things: it's all day breakfast dining and its ever-evolving pastry menu. Let me elaborate on each:

Patch Cafe has a huge serving of All Day Breakfast offerings. They have 12 breakfast items that you can order at any time of the day. They're capitalizing on the recent trend of all day, everyday breakfast food and this is especially popular with the younger generation as I'm sure that almost everyone has had a hankering for some breakfast food at around 6 P.M. in the evening! (Try the Patch Cafe Brunch Sampler!)

Also, the dessert menu is constantly changing and adapting to the finicky dessert cravings of diners. The good people over at the Patch Cafe bakery are always thinking of new cupcakes, pastries or delicacies to serve their customers. At any one time, you'll be able to see up to around 16 different desserts chilling on the shelf at the Patch Cafe counter top. (Try their New York Cheesecake, Tiramisu Cupcakes or their Strawberry Saint Honore!)

Continue reading the post below for complete info about Patch Cafe.

Patch Cafe's moist and delicious Chocolate Cake (Php 100 per slice) with an arrangement of New York Cheesecakes (Php 50 per piece) on the side.