270 – On Pandemic Breakfasts: UCC Park Café, Eastwood Mall

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Updating this one with a rather optimistic tone, as the joint just provided a positive development. While it closed down its old location at the Eastwood 1880 building in November 2021 – with Casa Reyes Bistro taking its place – it has since reopened at a new location within Eastwood City.

UCC Park Cafe is now located at One Eastwood Avenue, beside MOS Burger – which is under Hubert Young’s Mugen Group. The cafe started operations at its new spot in June 2022. In line with this, I also updated the place’s address. Timestamp: 2 June 2022, 19:03.

Also adding this image to see where UCC Park Cafe‘s new location is, for those wanting to find it. Timestamp: 11 May 2023, 08:51.

I have been able to leave the house ever since Metro Manila was placed under the more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) following a tighter fortnight lockdown in August. I also got a new job after a short tour of duty in Ortigas – and now I’m back in Eastwood! However, my current work is from Tuesday to Saturday and we’re still on a work from home setup, so I only get to leave on Sundays and Mondays.

Most establishments open rather late in the new normal compared to before, with only a few catering to early birds. Fortunately, two such places that open early exist in Eastwood City, allowing me to work while having breakfast. UCC Park Café is one of them.

I first wrote about UCC Park Café back in 2016 for a triptych, but I distinctly remember seeing it as early as 2012 when I first had a stint in the business process outsourcing enclave. The café served good food and had power outlets for remote workers, but the menu items were on the more expensive side. However, I would say the prices are justified given that UCC cafes are known for their syphon-brewed coffee and Western-inspired Japanese dishes. After all, the company’s head Hubert Young brought a number of notable Japanese food franchises to Manila – such as CoCo Ichibanya, Tendon Kohaku, Mitsuyado Sei-Men, and MOS Burger.

UCC Park Café at the Eastwood 1800 building became my frequent haunt during the past few months. I would usually go there as soon as it opens at 7:00 in the morning and have breakfast whilst finishing my deliverables, wrapping up at around 9:00 or 9:30. Just like I mentioned in a previous post, UCC Park Café takes public health protocols seriously: One can expect contact tracing forms, sanitized surfaces, temperature checks, socially distanced seats, acrylic barriers, and protected staff when dining here. The presence of these assured me that I would have a safe dining experience despite the expense.

The UCC brand is very much known for its coffee, and my dad has definitely agreed ever since someone gave him a box of UCC’s drip coffee as a gift. Traditionalists will enjoy the syphon brewed coffee, whilst more adventurous ones will like the kori kohi – frozen coffee cubes served with milk and sugar syrup. UCC Park Café also serves a variety of dishes, from starters to whet the appetite; Filipino and Japanese breakfast plates; yoshoku (Western-inspired Japanese) main courses; to desserts for capping off a meal.

I’ll end my thoughts here and proceed to show what you people visit this blog for.

Visit UCC Cafe on Facebook and Instagram to find out the latest promotions and menu items.

Until the next review, bon appetit and stay safe!

UCC Park Café  
G/F One Eastwood Avenue Tower 2,
Eastwood Avenue, Eastwood City,          
Brgy. Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City 1110        


6 thoughts on “270 – On Pandemic Breakfasts: UCC Park Café, Eastwood Mall

  1. I started missing Eastwood ❤️ ahhh this pandemic!
    My cousins and I who are all near our 40s would often debate hanging out in Starbucks or UCC? We always prefer UCC of course… it is way less hipster and has subtle crowd… it has a relaxing vibe like you’re there to really get coffee.

    • You nailed it right there! I noticed that most diners I encounter at UCC tend to be more refined than the fast-paced, rowdy customers at Starbucks or Tim Hortons.

      Not to mention UCC does coffee right, too! Just the right amount of brewing, with little to no need of sugar or milk.

      (Thank you for following the blog, by the way.) 🙂

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