Sampling shakshouka and other Middle Eastern food at Chaplin (GMA News Online)

The Shakshouka is a must-try especially for first-time visitors

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last March 17, 2016)

I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I visit a new restaurant. I get this urge to try almost everything in the menu, but I have learned to practice my will power and only take on what I can chew.

With the booming food scene in Metro Manila, even this self-proclaimed foodie cannot keep up with all the establishments mushrooming all over town. My latest discovery is new contemporary café called Chaplin located at the roof deck of Century City Mall.

It was noontime when I first set foot in this area and I sensed a beach-like vibe as I approached the modern café. The high sun cast rays on the white seats in the establishment’s outdoor area, and I could imagine myself sipping a cocktail there and thinking of the sand and sea. But since I was in the heart of the city, I settled for a food trip instead of some beach fun.

A little taste of Middle-Eastern flavors

Chaplin’s indoor area felt like a mix between a coffee shop and a hotel lounge. I liked the modern black-and-white theme of the restaurant with warm wooden accents, and I especially liked how comfortable I felt, sitting at the bucket lounge seats. The focal point of the restaurant was the counter where there was a cake display area and a shelf with rows of liquor. It wasn’t just a café after all!

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