Restaurant Spotlight: The Sci-Fi CaféNovember 19, 2018
- Mikka WeeWords
If you’re a sucker for sci-fi flicks, DC comics, Marvel mutants, or even Edward and Bella, then The Sci-Fi Café, located at the fourth floor of Robinson’s Galleria, is sure to catch your fancy.
“With these American movies being a consistent part this generation’s pop culture, we thought of making a café that would cater to movie lovers, toy enthusiast, and food fanatics alike,” says Richard Chua, owner of The Sci-Fi Café.
“Majority of the toys on display are imported items from US and Hong Kong. Some of them I acquired when I lived in Singapore and Australia, but the bulk of them I purchased locally. Including some toys I have at home, they would cost roughly over P5 million pesos based on our most recent inventory.”
Sci-Fi Café features a variety of Western comfort food with names like The Two Towers, Armageddon Pizza, and Nacho Libre.
How did you come up with your dishes?
“We initially planned for the items we wanted to see in the menu then named them afterwards. We wanted to name them based on familiar movies or items, and put a bit of a twist on those names in relation to what’s in the recipe.
Though majority of the dishes were named by me, some of them were named by my chefs and friends. They all contributed to the items you see on the menu.”
“We actually use Roti Paratha, instead of pita bread, just because it’s tastier. The hotdog rolled into a paratha was inspired by a favorite snack I’ve tried abroad.”
“There’s really no secret to this dish. We just use a classic barbecue sauce recipe for the sauce, and a bit of chili sauce for those who want it spicy. After frying the wings, they are sautéed with more sauce for that extra crisp.”
“Sebastian, being the name of Ariel’s crab sidekick from the Little Mermaid, was named as such since it’s crab flavored pasta thanks to the use of crab fat and crispy fried shredded crab sticks. The secret to the sauce is the use of a generous amount of garlic, sautéed in olive oil, and cream.”
“The Two Towers is basically calamari and onion rings stacked into two columns to form the two towers. The batter is a simple mixture of egg, flour, water ,and some salt and pepper to taste. What’s distinct with their deep-frying method is that water is slowly poured into the frying oil, in order to shock the frying oil, and produce that crispy coating of the squid and onion rings.
Served with fries, chili-lime mayo, and a sprinkle of paprika. [We] balance both towers to ensure they don’t tumble down.”
“Aside from having a unique dining experience, we made sure that the food would still be very enjoyable. There are also movie coffee table books available that customers could read and browse through while waiting for the food. Aside from that, there are props available such as Darth Vader’s helmet and light-saber, Harry Potter’s robe, and Thor’s hammer, which guests can use and take pictures with. Simply put, The Sci-Fi Café is a good place to enjoy good food with your friends and family.”
The Sci-Fi Café
4/F West Wing, Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas
+63920 964 8211
Store Hours: Sun – Th from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri – Sat from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
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