In the heart of Quezon City, within the Santo Domingo Parish and Convent complex, lies a hidden gem that has been charming visitors since 2017. Café Inggo 1587, a small and cozy café, is more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee; it’s a tribute to history, culture, and the flavors that define Filipino and Spanish comfort food.
A Name Steeped in History
The café’s name, Inggo, is an endearing Filipino nickname for Domingo, the Spanish variant of Dominic. The inspiration behind the name dates back to 1587 when the first 15 Dominicans arrived in the Philippines to embark on their missions in the country. This historical connection sets the tone for a unique and culturally rich experience at Café Inggo 1587.
Location with a Story
Situated within the Santo Domingo Church Compound, one of Metro Manila’s largest churches, the café shares its space with the Santo Domingo Convent and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary. Originally situated in Intramuros, the church moved to Quezon City after World War II. The church’s architecture, a blend of Art Deco and Spanish Modern styles, sets the stage for a serene and contemplative atmosphere.
A Vision Realized
The conception of Café Inggo 1587 involved the collaboration between the Dominican friars and F&B veteran Vic Alcuaz. Initially tasked with finding partners for the project, the friars eventually entrusted Alcuaz to lead the venture, given his wealth of experience in the industry.
Upon entering the café, visitors are greeted by a bright, airy space adorned with elements that echo its historical and cultural significance.
Cafe Inggo 1587 Menu
Café Inggo 1587’s menu, curated by renowned chef Willy Domingo, reflects a commitment to simplicity and authenticity. Chef Domingo, a culinary expert with a noteworthy background as part of the opening team at Harana restaurant in EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, brings a wealth of experience to the table. Diners can indulge in a selection of Filipino and Spanish comfort dishes, each prepared with meticulous attention to flavor and tradition.
It’s a perfect brunch spot for us before hearing the mass. Here are some light meals that we tried –
Caramel Macchiato Latte (Php 165)
Bibingka ni Danda with Salted Egg & White Cheese (Php 190)
Rice “masa” baked and topped with slices of salted egg and carabao cheese
Bread & Butter Pudding (Php 145)
Cutlets of French baguette mixed with cream, butter and eggs, baked golden brown, topped with soft cream and served with a dash of caramel sauce and fruits