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.
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.
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