Sunnies Cafe is an all-day brunch restaurant founded by supermodel (and my little sister’s ultimate girl crush) Georgina Wilson, together with her other pretty model gal pals Martine Cajucom and Bea Soriano, who also pioneered the famous local eyewear brand, Sunnies Studios. For the final celebration on my birthday week, I had dinner at Sunnies Cafe with Mike, my best friend Aspe, and our friend Eric (the only other leap year baby I know aside from myself).
I’ve always wanted to try Sunnies Cafe, but since we were with two manly men, I wondered, “Isn’t that place a little too girly?” Check out Sunnies Cafe’s Instagram feed and you’ll see all the dainty pink elements and purty food shots, not to mention, it’s owned by the “it girls” of the Philippines, so I thought it might be too feminine (and too millennial) for my boys. But when we got there, Mike said it looked fine, so we went in and ordered.
Okay, so the interiors are pretty, but it’s not as girly as I thought it would be! It really did look like a nice place to have brunch. With its pastel tones and warm colors, it was cozy but also stylish. I’ve never been to California, but I can imagine that this is the kind of thing that I’d see there! There was an upstairs area, but when we asked if we could sit there, the waiter said it was closed, so we just sat on one of the couches facing the bar, which was still a good spot.
The food menu is actually pretty small compared to their drinks list. They offer various flavors of coffee, hot teas, iced teas, milkshakes, fruit shakes, sodas, and water. And yes, you are seeing a bar there because if you’re in the mood for a party drink, they also have cocktails, wines, and beers. An all-day brunch place where you can have all-day alcohol? Sounds perfect!
Truffle Taters (PHP 190) – crispy potatoes, truffle, parmesan cheese, and truffle aioli
Anything with truffle is a hit in my book! The potatoes are good on their own — crunchy, a little bit cheesy, and not too salty — but it was really the truffle sauce that made me reach for more. I wish there was more sauce!
Sunnies Risotto (PHP 370) – Grana Padano cheese, risotto, caramelized bacon, sous vide egg, homemade gravy
So far, this is my favorite dish from Sunnies Cafe! It’s really rich and creamy, and has a delicate and cheesy flavor. The sous vide egg on top made it extra delish! I could have finished this all by myself, I think. The serving could be a little bigger, in my opinion. It was a little small for the price. Would I have this again? Yes… and this time, no more sharing. Haha!
Creamy Carbonara (PHP 260) – Linguini, smoked bacon, sous vide egg, grana padano cheese
The creamy carbonara was creamy, all right! Aspe and I made the mistake of ordering the risotto AND the carbonara together. They were both good, but when eaten together, it feels a bit… redundant. They taste almost the same — both are creamy, thick, and cheesy, and both even have the sous vide egg on top. It was kind of like eating the same thing, except that one is in rice form and the other one is in pasta form, though I would say that the risotto is more flavorful, and the carbonara has a lighter taste. We liked the carbonara too! It’s not the best and most outstanding carbonara I’ve ever had, but it’s nice, though it could do with more bacon bits.
Baked Squid Ink Lasagna (PHP 360) – Crispy calamares, creamy cheese sauce, homemade tomato jam, basil oil
This was Mike’s dish, and when the waiter put the plate in front of him, we all had the same sentiments: this plate is too tiny for a big guy like him. Haha! But we underestimated it. Mike actually got full after eating it. This one was cheesy and had generous servings of calamari. I think I remember him saying that he liked it, though it didn’t really taste like squid that much, so it was really just a black version of lasagna.
Honey Garlic Crispy Chicken (PHP 290) – Crispy chicken, pickled cucumbers, cilantro lime rice
This was Eric’s order. I didn’t try it but he said it was good too.
Sunnies Funfetti (PHP 290) – Creamy tres leches cake, whipped cream, salted caramel ice cream, birthday sprinkles
Mike said to me “You only ordered that because it looks cute, didn’t you?” Err… sort of. I got it because it’s cute and photogenic, but also because I love tres leches and salted caramel! What could be better than that? And also… it’s got birthday sprinkles! It was my birthday, so I wanted my birthday sprinkles!
The Sunnies Funfetti was moist and creamy, and had a light milky flavor without being too sweet. I might be biased here, but the best part for me was the salted caramel ice cream. Since the cake itself was not diabetes levels-sweet, the more sugary taste of the salted caramel ice cream blended well with the cake. Wheeee!!! The 8-year-old in me was feeling giddy and happy! Meanwhile, the 33-year-old in me couldn’t get enough of it. I think that this is a dessert that will be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, whether they’re 8 or 33.
Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie (PHP 340) – Oreo-crusted pie, fresh bananas, silky cream filling, whipped cream
For me, the Sunnies Funfetti was more “Instagrammable,” more colorful, and more fun, but taste-wise, I have to admit that the Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie is the yummier dessert. I loved the combination of the airy and fluffy whipped cream, the delicious Oreo pie, the unmistakable banana flavor, and the sweet caramel drizzle. Even if it’s rich (and obviously fatty, let’s not kid ourselves), it didn’t feel too heavy, perhaps because the cream was light and the fact that it has fruits in it! No wonder it’s the restaurant’s best-selling dessert!
I’ve been reading mixed reviews about Sunnies Cafe before our visit. Some loved it, while some say that it’s all aesthetics and no flavor or value. My experience has been good so far, so I wouldn’t hesitate to come back and try their other dishes. While the menu is limited and the food isn’t what I would call extremely exceptional, we all thought the food was enjoyable, the service was fine, the ambiance was charming, and yes, the aesthetics helped too. Most of the food and drinks are priced reasonably. Though some dishes are pricier than the others, I have yet to see how big the portions are.
Here’s the menu from their official website:
Sunnies Cafe BGC
Address: B3 Unit 748 Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City
Phone: (02) 949 2251
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11am – 11pm / Friday to Saturday: 11am – 12am